i stayed here for a week with three friends last year. we had the two bedroom with a kitchen, and loved it! it was nice to get some groceries and cook in a few nights, rather than having to eat out all the time. there were basic amenities to cook and store food, which was great.
the location was awesome- only about a 3 min walk to the beach. although there aren't seaview rooms or anything like that, you're literally only a few steps from the white sand. the pathway leading to the beach is always dotted with hawkers, but they're friendly. we were in a group of 4 girls, and never felt unsafe or worried in this location. also- there's a salon and massage place right there along the path, we got $5/1 hour massages every day...which is a must! one of my friends also got her hair braided there, too, and it turned out great (make sure you bargain, though, they always start ridiculously high)
no real complaints with the rooms. everything was clean and spacious, easily big enough for all four of us. there's a nice living room area in addition to the kitchen and two rooms, making the whole thing nice and open. all of the rooms, regardless of size, are placed around the pool, which is nice and convenient for everyone. some people i know said it was a problem because everyone would be partying by the pool late into the night, but we never had anything close to that during our quiet stay there. i know there's also a problem with monkey theft at this property, so just keep an eye on all your shiny valuables....and money.
the staff was super friendly. the owner let us keep all of our things in his office, and use it as a room to change and get cleaned up until our bus left late that night (we couldn't stay in our room for an extra fee because it was already booked). he didn't charge us to hold our bags, nor to use his office as our own domain, which was nice. also, i lost my debit card in transit, so it took us a few days to get him all the cash to pay for the room. he was completely understanding, and not pushy about the situation, which was another nice surprise.
i know a lot of people stay at Diani Backpackers, and i've had a lot of friends love their experience there. but, for the trip we did, we found Campsite to be much more up our alley- less partying, closer to the beach, but at a higher price. split between all of us, it wasn't bad, and personally, i'd rather spend more to be near the water than save a few bucks and be half a mile away.
i will definitely be back there!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Diani’s Best Kept secret and beauty," a quote we cherish here at Diani Campsite, Winds Bar & Restaurant. Located in Diani Beach. Near The Post office, On your way to the Beach, Diani campsite Winds Bar & restaurant has its kept secret of beach location with ease in accessibility and nearness to the main Shopping Centres in Diani. The Campsite has both Three Bedroom Cottages, Two bedroom cottages, One room Suites and tents for Camping. There is an active bar and restaurant that will offer the extra entertainment communication and Relaxation. Availability of a Broadband wireless internet connection at a fee of kshs 5 per our Clients The very best connectivity for work and home communication. The New Campsite with great capacity and modern camping equipment. Bahari Conference : Good for Meetings and hosting of functions, Kaya Beauty Parlour & Massage, Winds Bar & Restaurant – and The Health Bar. ... more less