Really enjoyed our stay on Diani beach. We were a group of 20 so this house is great if you're looking for somewhere for a big group without feeling crowded.
This was an epic holiday destination! The sky blue pool set amid beautiful leafy greenery, surrounding a well built and stylishly furnished coastal villa. The open plan living room area and balconies provided just the right space to catch the cool evening breeze. The daily visits to the beach kept the children well occupied and when they were not at the beach they were in the pool. Diani shopping centre was nearby to provide any needed grocery as we took the self catering option and when the parents needed a night out there were nice restaurants in the surrounding areas. The food was tastefully prepared to suit our needs as we were a large family group.We even saw the resident tortoise! All in all a well spent vacation and we would go back again and soon.
Diani is a prime tourist destination therefore coming by an affordable, exclusive holiday on an uncrowded beach can be abit of a rarity. Upani offered us the privacy and pleasure of enjoying diani/Galu beach without all the fuss that accompanies touristy haunts.
Upani is very well located; Close enough to the beach, yet far enough to be away from the crowds and traffic and therefore offers a sense of privacy and exclusivity.
The fact that meals are prepared fresh for every meal by an expert chef is another huge plus for Upani.Hotel buffets can get rather tedious so i enjoyed that the chef made fresh meals and exactly what we requested.
The staff are attentive to your every need and friendly enough without being intrusive and overly familiar with guests.
I loved that for the price, the bed and bath linen was scrumptiously cottony....Most properties will scrounge on little comforts and make you feel like you are paying nickels and dimes and therefore getting what you exactly pay for. Not so for Upani.... Housekeeping services were also great.
The rooms are kept clean and laundry done so the kids always had fresh clothes to wear....
The best personal touch though was Winnie making a beach-ball for the kids out of plastic bags and cardboard..."mpira wa tufe" it was an insight into swahili children's lifestyle and a thoughtful thing to do for the kids :-)))
We stayed at Upani as a large group of 4 families in Nov - Dec 2016 and we had an awesome time. The welcome ceremony by the staff set a very good first impression and the rest of our stay lived up to this! The facility is well-kept and clean. The staff were friendly and courteous. The chef (Jonathan) was simply excellent! Every meal was a 5-star and despite our large number (24 mouths!), he managed to over-feed us and with excellent food. The walks to the beach were literary a few minutes and in a safe secluded area. The beach is superb - clean and without crowds.
The swinging day-bed was such a hit!
Only shortcoming is the number of bathrooms which were stretched by our large number - but the owner has assured us that there is a plan to add some.
We will definitely be going back to Upani.
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The extraordinary serene setting at Upani is a welcome relief from hustle and bustle of the Mombasa Island. The villa is a fusion of Swahili and contemporary architecture with an idllyic garden and swimming pool and well appointed rooms.The staff are helpful and go out of the way to make guests comfortable. It is also less than 10 minute walk to the renowned white sandy beaches of Diani. A great place to spend time with family.