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Swimming pool with gazebo
Grand Amber Villa at night
Grand Amber Villa
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
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Grand Amber Villa
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Diani Beach, Ukunda, Coast Province

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Nyashy
Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Birthday weekend ”
Reviewed September 17, 2017 for a stay in September 2017
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I learnt about this vacation rental from a friend's rave review. On looking it up the pictures sold the place completely and I booked the grand villa for a weekend trip with my girlfriends.
The place is very beautiful and well maintained. The rooms are airy and spacious, each with a view of the pool. Each room has indoor and outdoor showers as well as bathtubs
The chef Salim surpassed our culinary expectations with a good mix of Swahili food.
The villa is a 5minute walk from Gallu Beach and about 5 minute drive from hotels and activities nearby such as Alibarbour, SkyDive Diani and Sands at Nomad should one want to explore.

Recommendations:
-A menu should be availed beforehand so that the items needed can be purchased on time

We will be back soon! Best place in Diani for sure

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lonemeteo...
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Best stay ever”
Reviewed September 12, 2017 for a stay in September 2017

I did not expect that my stay would be so pleasant. Yes, I knew that the chef was included. Yes, I knew it was a private villa. it was also not cheap by my standard. Everything however surpasses my expectation and more. Finding this place was not easy as it was not sign posted but we managed to in the end. The manager, Anne, was always so busy but we didn't need much help navigating. The furnishings and decorations were top notch. The housekeeper came by everyday and as the washing machine was down, he helped us to wash. The chef, Rashid, was AMAZING. He whipped up the best home-made chips and his lobsters were so fresh and juicy. He cooked on all of the nights that we stayed and as his cooking was great, we only spent lunch outside (saved us a bit of money there). Very enjoyable stay!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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georgeiku...
Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing People ,Amazing Place”
Reviewed April 24, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

What makes a hotel special is when the people make you feel like home. Amber villa is a gem in ini lead by an amazing proprietor, manager, chef, pool attendant ,cleaner, driver...have never met such a harmonious group of people that made our stay that extra special. Kudos Andreas and team. The furnishing and design of the villas is to die for , clearly very well thought out, no expense spared in getting the finest fittings and pool my daughter couldn't get out of...I recommend this villa for anyone who wants to truly enjoined exclusive private holiday in the Kenyan coast

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kibs77
Columbia, MD
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Modern Villa with all you need for a good stay near Galu Beach”
Reviewed April 12, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We stayed at Amber Villas for 3 nights in April with our 2 children, aged 3yrs and 6yrs.
The villas are located just off the main road (not directly off the road). Are secluded, quiet and intimate. Very modern furnishings as reflected in the pictures. Air-conditioned, modern kitchen with fridge, oven, microwave, blender, coffee maker etc. Rooms are comfortable and master bathroom includes a huge sunken tub, indoor and outdoor shower. Chef was good and cooked what we asked well. Daily cleaning guy was great.

The pool is clean and well kept.

Note for those with young kids, the villa rooms are not directly connected by a door to each other but open directly into the outdoor area where the pool is.

As expected, wi-fi access was spotty at best.

My recommendation to the property managers would be to have a suggested list of menu items (that the chefs are well versed with) that clients may consider in addition to any personal preferences when working with the chef. Its so much easier than having to determine what the chef can cook.

Things to note, the closest beach access is to Galu Beach. The beach area was not attractive, grassy and full of seaweed. There was a small basic restaurant, a few jet skis and not much else. The beautiful sandy beaches of Diani are further north of the property. One can walk from Galu beach (i suppose) but with 2 young kids we took taxis and tuk tuks to access better parts of the beach (near 40 thieves and Nomad) where there is much much more to do and the beach is beautiful especially during low tide where you can access the sand bars.

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Liked best: Facilities, air conditioning and pool
Liked least: Distance from Diani Beach
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Yasmin K
1 review
“PERFECTION”
Reviewed January 21, 2016 for a stay in December 2015

My stay at the villa just made my holiday so much better. The perfect villa with the perfect services with the perfect hosts, reviews and pictures do no justice. This villa is a must to experience the beautiful stay. So much privacy and freedom, it was just like at home but abroad. The beach is just a 3mins walk away and there's also a local supermarket Nakumat about 10mins away, it was the most convenient stay at the best sight. The entire area is so clean and private and the staff are all so jolly and warm and welcoming. I'd book all over again every time, there's no where else I'd rather be! Perfect for the family! THANK YOU FOR HAVING US, we shall meet again soon.

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MustafaA2...
1 review
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“A little piece of heaven”
Reviewed July 21, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
2
people found this review helpful

This place needs an extra slot on the rating bar! Never expected to find such a villa with classy interior design in diani, the best in diani from all the hotels/villas I have seen. Great hospitality as well. Staff are all very friendly, including the watchmen, the chef and the manager herself. Can't wait to be back!

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Maggie N
1 review
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“Exactly what we needed”
Reviewed May 5, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
2
people found this review helpful

My family and I stayed at Grand Amber Villa in April and it exceeded our expectations. The location was very convenient for our needs and the beautiful Diani beach is a walking distance from the villa. We arrived late afternoon and were nicely welcomed by the host and even found the chef waiting to prepare our dinner. Every day of our stay was relaxing and enjoyable. The villa is top quality and had everything we needed. The chef (Joseph) cannot be faulted, and he happily took care of the minor shopping to prepare our daily meals. Housekeeping was done daily and everything was fresh and clean. The private pool provided many relaxing happy moments for us and having all our needs met in our very own private compound made it the perfect holiday. We hope to return again someday. Thank you for giving us the perfect experience.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: That we couldn't stay longer
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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