Pinewood Beach Resort

Pinewood Beach Resort: Our full report

58 rooms
Traveller's rating
Good (90%) From 4 reviews
Great for all ages.
1 Jun to 30 April

This Mediterranean-style resort hotel is on the quiet Galu Beach – a stretch of beach south of the main Diani Beach area.

We last visited in February 2012 and found the hotel, as ever, looking well-tended and gently buzzing with activity and a good number of guests.

The rooms at Pinewood are large, modern and smartly furnished.

A full report on our visit will follow shortly.

Our view

With its pretty gardens, busy and helpful staff, strong environmental principles, water sports and a beach where you can walk relatively unhassled by beach boys, the Pinewood is a popular destination, especially with British guests. We have visited this well-managed hotel several times and rate it highly for its good value. We haven't yet had a chance to stay, but plan to do so soon.


Location: Kenya Coast, Kenya

Ideal length of stay: 6 nights+

Directions: Pinewood is a fifteen-minute transfer from Diani Beach (Ukunda) airport. If you're transferring to or from Mombasa, the Likoni ferry crossing, linking Mombasa Island with the south coast mainland can sometimes add significantly to journey times, especially at rush hours. For Mombasa airport, allow two and a half hours.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

Drinks included: Drinks are not included, but prices are reasonable - well below UK pub prices.

Special interests

Beach holidays: Pinewood Beach Resort is located at the quiet, southern end of Diani Beach, known as Galu Beach. Enjoy your beach holiday in peace and maybe take the opportunity learn to dive at the neighbouring Aqualand water sports centre.

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Power supply: Mains Electricity

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: A doctor from the excellent Diani Beach Hospital is on call.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: Watchmen patrol the grounds by day and night.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge

Accepted payment on location: All major currencies are accepted. Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted with a 4% surcharge.