There is no better feeling than that last sleep before a planned holiday… especially if you are going back home to see family and friends after 2 long years! Yes!… It was time to fly home to Kenya 😀 2017’s trip was extra special – it was going to be Teo’s first proper holiday, his first time in Kenya, plus the first time he meets most of my side of the family. Imani’s excitement at the thought of seeing her cousins again was too much to handle, she could barely sleep a week before… let alone the night before the flight! We were finally going to spend another warm Christmas, with my family, in the most beautiful country in the world – and am not just saying that because it’s home, it really is beautiful!
Whenever we are in Kenya, we always plan a mini holiday within THE holiday… often a relaxing week at the coast. We love Diani beach in the south coast of Kenya, and that’s where this gem of a place, that am selflessly going to share with you today, is located.
We first found ourselves at Pinewood in 2010, and it was love at first stay! From the minute we walked into the reception area, the warm and genuine smile of the front desk staff, the deliciously refreshing welcome drink, and the personalised welcome message displayed by the entrance, for all to see – making us feel like some VIPs – we were sold!
Pinewood is a small, family owned, resort with just a few beautifully furnished, suites, executive suites and a family suite. The compound is a beautifully maintained garden, with mature trees and loads of flowering bushes. There’s a lovely pool with pool bar… perfect to cool off from the coastal heat as you enjoy a cold Tusker (local beer). There’s a functional gym for fitness junkies like myself, and a relaxing spa that offers a good variety of treatments…from manicures to massages – for when you’ll need pampering. Down by the beach, they have their Jahazi restaurant and bar – this is where we love having our lunches à la carte… their pineapple boat salad… to die for! The Jahazi bar is perfect for a sun-downer pina colada 🙂 The main restaurant, Bahari, is where the scrumptious buffet breakfast is served daily… including a variety of delicious fresh tropical fruits! Dinner is a different theme every night. My favs are the BBQ nights down by the beach at the Peponi beach restaurant and the Swahili nights 😊
One of the things that we love most about Pinewood, and one of the major reasons why we keep going back there is the second to none hospitality. Kids… these people takes the meaning of the word hospitality to the next level! From the first day, they make you feel like part of the Pinewood family. These guys go out of their way to make your holiday as pleasant and memorable like you can’t imagine! They’re genuinely happy to help… with anything! Plus it’s absolutely kid friendly… they even have a baby pool 🙂 Perfect for families, even with small kids.
As regulars… think we qualify for that title by now, every stay is like going back to visit old friends… they have really made us part of the family. And something that hit us during this last visit is that staff has never changed… since 2010! There’s been promotions and changing of departments…. but we still found the same faces… to our great relief obviously! To me, this says a lot about the place, and it’s management! These people have seen Imani as a baby to the young little lady she is now, saw Teo as just a bump, and got to meet him. And man, they know how to spoil kids… to the parents’ delight! 🙂
There is a ton of activities within Pinewood itself, or nearby, to keep you busy – table tennis, darts, kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat rides… which the kids will love! – at very reasonable prices. And as they are located a bit further from all the other hotels along the beach, you are lucky enough to have the lovely, white sand beach all to yourself most of the time.
So if you are in Kenya right now… or ever plan to visit Kenya, make a point of staying at Pinewood, even just for a couple of days… you can’t afford not to! You can thank me later 😉