Perfect vacation for a family seeking a real african experience. Diani Beach if gorgeous and the Kenyans could not have been more welcoming. You do need to be ready to embrace Africa, as this is not your prepackaged Disney version, it is the real thing. The only thing we missed was AC, but we learned to deal!
The villa is lovely. We are a family of 6, and had a wonderful time in Villa Madagaskar. The staff is exceptional. Mr. Ali is a wonderful chef and you really should take him to the market with you to plan out your meals. Ernesta and Gumbo keep the place spotless and are very friendly, attentive and met our every need. Mr Trompell planned a wonderful set of adventures for us. We snorkeled off of Wasini Island with Pili Pipa which was a highlight of the trip. We took an overnight safari with DM Tours to Tsavo East, which was incredible and my only regret is that we did not stay two nights. The Drivers Mr Trompell uses are fantastic and you will learn to rely on Lawrence and his brother Ben. They are punctual and professional and knowing they would be where they said they would when they said they would gave us great piece of mind!
The food in Diani is exceptional. The quality of the meals and the preparation exceeded our expectations. Get Mr Ali to roast some white snapper for you one night and I promise you will be delighted!
The only downside to the trip is the beach boys. They are relentless, but friendly, so be ready to buy a key chain and get asked for your flip flops at the end of your stay. We started going to the beach at the 40 Thieves for lunch because they have Massai to keep the beach boys at bay and it is a lovely place to have a Tusker and delicious lunch. I mention this only for full disclosure and not to be a deterrent.
Finally, for my American friends, If you want to be a hero, bring some Obama T-Shirts, pens, etc. There is no quicker way to make a friend in Kenya!
I can't say enough about the total experience. Kenya is simply incredible and we are richer for having visited. I would encourage you to take the leap as well. You will be changed by the experience.
Arlington, VA USA