Alfajiri Villas

Alfajiri Villas: Our full report

Rooms
3 villas
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 2 reviews
Children
Fine for all ages.
Open
All year

Located on low cliffs above the northern stretch of Diani Beach, Alfajiri is a small property consisting of three villas, each one taken on an exclusive basis. The name means “Dawn" in Swahili and, like nearly all Kenya’s coastal lodges, Alfajiri faces east across the Indian Ocean.

Built in the late 1990s, Alfajiri is the most upmarket and boutique of the many properties along Diani Beach. Ahead of its time when it first opened, this set-up is still wowing visitors and has yet to be equaled along the south coast.

The four-bedroom Cliff Villa is classically stylish, with its top room, the Turret Suite having a 270-degree view. The Garden Villa has four rooms and the Beach Villa, closer to the beach itself, has two doubles and a twin. Each villa has a private pool and all-inclusive, 24-hour service from the Alfajiri team.

Although we haven’t visited Alfajiri, we are very much looking forward to doing so at the earliest opportunity. We were staying in the neighbouring cottages when Alfajiri was being built in 1997 and we can attest to the superb location – on Diani Beach, but raised above the beach itself, allowing a measure of extra privacy and security.

Among the activities included here as part of a stay are snorkeling in the lagoon and on the reef, using the lodge's local ngalawa sailing punts; massage; vehicle transport anywhere along the Diani Beach strip; and gym and sauna use at a nearby resort hotel. All Diani’s activities and excursions can also be organized by Alfajiri's management at extra cost, from diving, kite- and wind-surfing, to dhow cruises, golf, quad-biking and trips up to the wonderful forests and waterfalls of the Shimba Hills National Park.

Our view

Alfajiri is a very luxurious beach hideaway in an easily accessible location, with excellent food and service and plenty of activities and excursions on its doorstep. Although the three villas make very romantic honeymoon venues, they come into their own for small parties of friends or families celebrating special occasions.

Geographics

Location: Kenya Coast, Kenya

Ideal length of stay: 4 nights-plus

Directions: Alfajiri is located on the northern side of Diani Beach. The transfer from Diani Beach Airport takes less than 10 minutes. Transfers to Mombasa Airport take two to three hours depending on the traffic on Mombasa Island and the Likoni Ferry.

Key personnel

Owner: Fabrizio Molinaro

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: High-quality Mediterranean and international food is served to order, with fresh ingredients and seafood to the fore. Your preferences are easily catered for here, and when and what you eat can be discussed each day.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Drinks, except for some premium wines and luxury spirits, are all included.

Children

Attitude towards children: Children are welcome.

Property’s age restrictions: None.

Infrastructure

Sustainability

Connecting Luxury to Communities & the Environment

Located on the Diani Beach, considered one of the most exclusive beaches in Kenya, Alfajiri Villas show the positive impact luxury tourism can have on sustainability and conservation. Winning Africa’s Leading Resort in 2013 by World Travel Awards, Alfajiri invests heavily in protecting the fragile marine environment and supporting the remote local community.
Alfajiri uses Ngalawa, local African boats to offer guests snorkeling excursions to the local coral reef. These boats are specifically used as they have a shallow design with no engines. This means that tourists can enjoy unpolluted, crystal-clear water, and undamaged coral reef. The noise-free boats also ensure a wide variety of aquatic species for plenty of underwater photo opportunities. Most importantly, these reefs keep the waters calm for less experienced swimmers, allowing everyone to take part in the activity.
The family-friendly luxury villas also provide some of the best Mediterranean food in the area while supporting the local community, winning Best Safari Cuisine in Kenya every year since 2014. All seafood is bought locally and daily, including, shellfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado and snapper. This provides essential income to the local community and it means chefs have the freedom to develop personal daily menus based on each guest’s preference.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

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