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Diani Reef Magical. Majestic. Marvellous.

Diani Reef Magical. Majestic. Marvellous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report by: HUSSEIN JIVA

Expansively nestled on approximately 34 acres of prime beach property is Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa, a premium hotelier product that effortlessly accommodates its natural habitat into its architecture to manufacture a modern vacationing haven. Feted by the World Travel Awards (WTA) in 2018 with Kenya’s Leading Beach Resort award (as well as in 2015), the hotel is the epitome of multi-purpose usage as it accommodates for leisure and business travellers, while offering apt venues for conferences, wedding ceremonies and other gatherings as well as much-needed getaways.

“The hotel is a collection of 143 rooms: 124 standard rooms, nine suites, six deluxe suites, two penthouses and two presidential suites, catering for a diverse set of travellers and specific needs and wants,” remarked the hotel’s Director of Business Development, Chetan Suvarna.

Upon arrival for my three-day vacation, I put up at one of the capacious suites; a connection of three homely spaces – the bedroom, a dining area and a sitting room, affording a pool and beach view, amidst the Coastal palm trees.

Lunch was at Fins Seafood Restaurant, one of three eateries within the hotel. Famed for its fresh seafood variety and light Mediterranean food, I devoured a freshly prepared lobster. All this while soaking in the panoramic beauty of the hotel’s stupendous 380-meter beach stretch of white sands and azure waters.

The other two are the Coral Rock Café – which is the main dining area that carries the buffet service in an exciting delivery of live food preparation – and Sake Oriental, which is a warm setup that offers a fusion of Japanese Teppanyaki, Chinese and Indian cuisine, sprinkled with culinary showmanship. However, the latter (where I dined later that evening) requires you to book at least a day in advance and does not offer a buffet.

“We also have an Indian chef to specially cater for Indian conferences and weddings, as well as those who follow strict vegetarian and Jain diets,” Suvarna said.

I whiled away the afternoon at the award-winning Maya Spa. Aware of its WTA 2015 award as Africa’s Leading Spa Resort, I sampled the exemplary Maya Aromatherapy Massage. It is an ancient method of massaging that harnesses the power of warmed essential oils to relax, balance and stimulate the body.

The following morning, I awoke to the humming sound of the air condition, interspersed with the occasional chirping of birds and the notoriety of excited monkeys outside my locked balcony. After taking breakfast, I decided to shun the swimming pools – one of which has a pool bar that offers the best of both worlds – for adventures at sea. The hotel offers numerous water-sports, including jet skiing, snorkelling and glass boating.

With captain Juma navigating the vessel through the calm morning waters from a fading tide, we explored both, the stupendously clear waters and the sea-weed dominated pockets of a beautiful beach, as I was schooled on the rich marine life in Diani’s aquatic eco-system.

I spent parts of the afternoon lounging at the Zebra Lounge, one of several cavities within the hotel that is ideal for relaxation, as I shared conversations and experiences with the very warm and friendly hotel staff.

In the evening, I briefly enjoyed the entertainment segment that featured traditional African dances and contemporary musical performances.

On my final day, Suvarna toured me around the hotel. It was good to note the facility also had the Maya Gym, a Sports & Entertainment Centre, a Kids Club and a Night Club!

But what remains mighty impressive is the manner in which the hotel continues to reinvent itself, as it aligns itself to domestic trends in the economic and hospitality centre.

“Over and above the hotel’s various offerings, we have – since 2016 – established ourselves as a preferred conferencing venue. With over 100 conferences hosted thus far, we continue excelling on this front,” Suvarna concluded.

True to his words, the hotel has four conference centres: two halls (with a capacity of 500 and 300), the Oystel Hall (144 capacity) and Octopus Hall (120 capacity). And when the demand or occasion requires, the board room is also converted into a more intimate conference centre.

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