Beach lodges & resorts in Kenya Coast
Diani Blue, formerly Asha Cottage, is a small, owner-managed, guesthouse with just six rooms, all of which face onto the small, ...More about Diani Blue
The evening meals by candlelight around the pool area were fabulous. reviews...
Pinewood Beach Resort
This Mediterranean-style resort hotel is on the quiet Galu Beach – a stretch of beach south of the main Diani Beach area. It ...More about Pinewood Beach Resort
It may seem illogical to describe Pinewood Resort as disappointing but give it a 'good' rating. The reason is that it wasn't our choice - we were moved here ... reviews...
Driftwood Beach Club
First opened in 1963 the Driftwood Beach Club is a family-friendly, owner-managed, bungalow-style beach hotel set on Silversands ...More about Driftwood Beach Club
I had stayed at Driftwood with my wife in 1992. To my relief it has remained totally unchanged with the exception of IT and Air Con in the lodges! For me a perfect set up... reviews...
On Turtle Bay beach at Watamu, two hours’ drive north of Mombasa, Hemingways Watamu is a mid-sized game-fishing base and resort ...More about Hemingways Watamu
Oh dear, this is very sad Hemingways has long been one of my favourite hotels anywhere and this I think was my 7th visit over the years since it opened in 1988. The travesty ... reviews...
Mnarani Club is a well established family hotel, set in 40 acres of landscaped gardens, on the cliffs above Kilifi Creek, 60km ...More about Mnarani Club
This is our second visit to Mnarani Club and it remains our favourite hotel anywhere. Perfectly situated, overlooking the beautiful Kilifi Creek, it has its own beach and ... reviews...
Built in 1986, Shimba Lodge is set on the edge of a large waterhole in a patch of dense forest in the Shimba Hills National Park, ...More about Shimba Lodge
We had variable and at times disappointing weather throughout our time in Kenya. Afternoon game drive (after our driver managed to locate guide - I did have to get a ... reviews...
A recent addition to the properties on the north side of Diani Beach, AfroChic is a modern, boutique hotel, part of the Elewana Group that owns several lodges in Tanzania. Occupying a large, modern house in modest grounds, it’s billed as an exclusive hotel with a ‘unique and eclectic’ style. AfroChic ...More about AfroChic
First opened in 1978, but re-invented a few years ago as a kitesurfing centre, Che Shale is a rustic beach lodge on a wide sandy bay backed by coconut palms, on a remote stretch of coast, 20km north of Malindi on Kenya’s north coast. The lodge is owned and personally managed and hosted by Justin ...More about Che Shale
Diamond Beach Village
This rustic, eco-friendly beach lodge, owned and run by an English woman and her mother, nestles on the sands under shady acacias and the odd baobab tree on the beach at the southern end of Manda island. The lodge faces Shela village on Lamu island, 700m across the mouth of the Lamu channel. Unfortu...More about Diamond Beach Villlage
Located at the southern end of Kenya’s Diani Beach coastline, Kinondo Kwetu is a secluded Swedish-owned all-inclusive luxury boutique hotel set among baobabs and palm trees on the private Galu beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Diani coast can be quite built up in places, but Kinondo Kwetu ...More about Kinondo Kwetu
Located on a peninsula on the sunset-facing west coast of Lamu island, this desert island-style complex consists of fourteen simple palm mat-and-makuti thatch cottages behind the beach. A mangrove-clustered tidal inlet separates the northern part of the property from Lamu’s “mainland". There's ...More about Kipungani Explorer
On Lamu's extreme south-western tip, Kizingo (which means “point" in Swahili) is a simple beach lodge of palm matting and makuti thatch tiles on a large, 12-acre plot of sand dunes and scrub. Built in 2003 by the van Aardt family, and still owned and managed by them, it’s a deliberately informal ...More about Kizingo
Perched on a steep scarp above the Manolo River, in the Shimba Hills, a 45-minute drive from the coast south of Mombasa, Kutazama is an exclusive boutique lodge with just two suites. The lodge is the long-term project of British owners and hosts Gill and Garry Richardson, veterans of long careers ...More about Kutazama
Lamu House is a fine, Belgian-owned conversion on the waterfront in Lamu town, based on two traditional houses, Salama and Azania. The house is located towards the northern, less busy end of the waterfront, and its front faces out across Lamu creeek towards Manda island, while the back of the house ...More about Lamu House
Manda Bay is a luxury beach lodge located on Manda Island, 12km from Lamu airport. Formerly the Blue Safari Club, an exclusive island escape owned by an Italian musician Bruno Brighetti, the lodge was bought in 2003 by the Dyer and Roberts families, both long associated with safaris in Kenya, and ...More about Manda Bay
Manfriday’s Mida Cove
Manfriday’s Mida Cove is one of the few owner-run properties that we feature on Kenya’s coast and its also currently one of the most remote. Located by Mida Creek, across the bay from the rather more touristy Watamu, it’s a luxurious and secluded property with just four villas. Unfortunately, ...More about Manfridays Mida Cove
Msambweni Beach House
Far to the south of Diani Beach, where the coast consists of cliffs above the beach, the secluded Msambweni Beach House looks out across the Indian Ocean. There are three large and handsome Swahili-style double rooms in the main house. In front of this, possibly the largest infinity pool on the ...More about Msambweni Beach Hse
The long-established Ocean Sports is a small mid-range resort on Watamu Beach, a couple of hours drive north of Mombasa. It is a well-known and popular base for game-fishing, diving and beach holidays for both foreign travellers and Kenyans alike. Unfortunately, as of March 2015 we cannot recommend ...More about Ocean Sports
Olerai Beach House
A fully staffed, private home towards the southern end of Tiwi Beach, south of Mombasa, Olerai Beach House is a spacious and comfortable family beach house, opened to guests in 2011. Visitors have full and exclusive use of the house and grounds, and access straight onto the very quiet public beach...More about Olerai Beach House
One of the oldest lodgings on Lamu island, Peponi is a stylish, beachfront hotel in the prime spot in Shela village overlooking the eastern end of the Lamu Channel and the start of Lamu beach. Owned and managed by the Korschen family, it dates from the 1960s and has been successively expanded, ...More about Peponi
The huge Swahili Beach resort opened at the beginning of 2012 in a very central position on Diani Beach, south of Mombasa. The 140 rooms, with Mediterranean-style exteriors and Swahili chic interiors, are in two-storey clusters around the landscaped grounds. The hotel’s beachfront is one of the ...More about Swahili Beach
Facing the old city of Mombasa across Tudor Creek, Tamarind Village is a modern complex of 58 serviced apartments in the suburb of Nyali, managed by the Tamarind restaurant group. Unfortunately, as of 14 May 2014 we cannot recommend this property because the UK's foreign office has advised against ...More about Tamarind Village
The Funzi Keys
The Funzi Keys is a small family run beach lodge located on a small sand spit of Funzi Island, just off the coast of southern Kenya. Surrounded by mangroves and accessed only by boat, it is a remote retreat in a pristine environment. When the owner Alessandro first visited Funzi Island it was ...More about The Funzi Keys
The Majlis, Manda island’s biggest-ever building project, opened in 2009. Privately owned by an Italian family with a long association with Africa, it started life as a family holiday home and became a hotel almost by accident. Located on the west-facing shore of Manda island, it faces the village ...More about The Majlis
The Sands At Nomad
A long standing popular resort, The Sands At Nomad has a lovely location set within 26 acres of coastal forest. Looking out onto Diani Beach, it has 37 rooms with lots of Swahili style in its design and a variety of areas and restaurants to occupy your time. The main areas are dotted about the ...More about The Sands At Nomad
With just four cottages, Tijara Beach is one of the smallest properties that we feature on Kenya’s cost. Opened in December 2007, it is owner-run by Ian and Larissa and located just a short 30-minute drive from Diani, on a secluded hill by a very quiet beach.Unfortunately, as of 14 May 2014 we ...More about Tijara Beach