The Eco Lodge – “The place where dreams come true and where seeds will flourish “
Diamond Beach Village is a family eco lodge which has been running for 20 years, founded in 2000 by Cornish artist Helen Feiler and run by her daughter Rachael.
Situated facing the sunsets on the most pristine beach front of Manda island. At the mouth the indian ocean, the warmest ocean in the world, known as “the mine of gems” you will find your Diamond. If your looking for total relaxation coupled with exquisite modern food and Swahili culture which takes you back to the ancient rhythms of life, then look no further.
It is the perfect place to come and relax for a day on the beach, a weekend away from the city or weeks totally immersed in the peace of the island. There are no cars on Lamu or Manda, the only form of transport is donkey or boat: The pace of life is inevitably slow and relaxed. The island is located roughly two degrees south of the equator therefore you can guarantee that perfect island getaway from July – April.
Come and join us for sunset sailing, snorkeling, kite surfing, bird watching, star gazing and the occasional full moon party.
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We arrived to DBV by boat after a short flight from Nairobi. The atmosphere upon arrival was hard to describe... Maybe something like luxury eco-lodging... Rachel, the owner, hosted us in a very warm way. The staff were always looking out to make sure we were happy and the food... Well the food... Fresh, modern yet simple, great flavours and delightful combinations.
I’d be lying if I said that I have tasted a better pizza base anywhere in Kenya. The paper thin and crispy crust felt almost like a cracker and possessed a rich smoky flavor without tasting like burnt toast. After wolfing down our meals, my friends and I threw back an obscene number of perfectly concocted cocktails and there was not a single complaint from us which, with the sheer extremeness of the differences amongst us, is an incredible fete.
"Planning and plotting is clearly what Rachael does best. The resort draws a wide range of clientele - catering for this wide range of visitors is not a problem: Rachael runs music parties and pizza and film nights that draw people from across the narrow strip of water" Flick to page 56 to read the full article..... http://www.manormagazine.co.uk/issue-19-the-hot-issue/
We couldn't have found a more perfect place to kick our shoes off and sink into a deep state of relaxation. We loved the simplicity of the wood and palm woven huts which were immaculately clean, cool and comfortable, not to mention our outdoor swing bed under the shade of an acacia tree! The food was healthy good home style cooking and the pizza's were delicious. Our host, Rachel made us feel so welcome and the staff friendly and efficient.
Words can barely express the gratitude that Sundance Institute feels for your and your staff at Diamond Beach Village. July 2011 marked our second long-term stay on Manda Island and our experience rivaled our first visit. We are grateful that you were able to accommodate 17 artists with lodging and nearly 25 of us for daily meals. Your customer service from our arrival through our departure was top notch.