Kenya Coast

Beach lodges & resorts in Kenya Coast

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Pinewood Beach Resort

Pinewood Beach Resort

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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

Good  85%
(8 reviews)

After a week on safari, this was the perfect place to dust ourselves off, cannonball into the pool, soak in the sun, and splash in the Indian Ocean. That water! Those pictures ... reviews...

Diani Blue

Diani Blue

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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

Excellent  93%
(6 reviews)

The staff were waiting to welcome us with a drink and a short talk about Diani Blue. We were shown our room, which was spacious with plenty of storage space. Very comfortable ... reviews...

Driftwood Beach Club

Driftwood Beach Club

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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

Good  87%
(3 reviews)

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...

Alfajiri

Alfajiri

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Located on low cliffs above the northern stretch of Diani Beach, Alfajiri is a small property consisting of three villas, each ...More about Alfajiri

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

The accommodation is wonderful and the staff [ the butler, the chef, the helping hand for the pool, bags and the driver] are simply superb. The food is simple, fresh, ... reviews...

Hemingways Watamu

Hemingways Watamu

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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

Good  80%
(1 reviews)

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...

Kinondo Kwetu

Kinondo Kwetu

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Located at the southern end of Kenya’s Diani Beach coastline, Kinondo Kwetu is a secluded Swedish-owned all-inclusive luxury ...More about Kinondo Kwetu

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

Our five days at Kinondo Kwetu were the perfect way to end our honeymoon. Food and drink were amazing, with dinners served at different venues across the resort, which ... reviews...

Mnarani Club

Mnarani Club

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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

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

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...

Shimba Lodge

Shimba Lodge

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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

Good  80%
(1 reviews)

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...

The Sands At Nomad

The Sands At Nomad

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A long standing popular resort, The Sands At Nomad has a lovely location set within 26 acres of coastal forest. Looking out onto ...More about The Sands At Nomad

Poor  40%
(1 reviews)

I thought the hotel was very overpriced for our room. Initially the first room felt very strong of damp and the walls were covered in scuff and it was dark. Unfortunately ... reviews...

AfroChic

AfroChic

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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

Che Shale

Che Shale

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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

Diamond Beach Village

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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

House on the Beach

House on the Beach

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A fully staffed, private home towards the southern end of Tiwi Beach, south of Mombasa, House on the Beach (formerly 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 ...More about House on the Beach

Kipungani Explorer

Kipungani Explorer

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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

Kizingo

Kizingo

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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

Kutazama

Kutazama

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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

Lamu House

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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

Manda Bay

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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

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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. It is accessed ...More about Manfridays Mida Cove

Msambweni Beach House

Msambweni Beach House

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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

Ocean Sports

Ocean Sports

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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. The hotel shares its entrance road with the ...More about Ocean Sports

Peponi

Peponi

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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

Serena Beach Resort

Serena Beach Resort

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Dating from the 1970s, this 164-room hotel is part of the international Serena Hotels group owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. There are plenty of facilities here and the location is reasonably close to Mombasa island and Mombasa airport without being on a particularly busy stretch ...More about Serena Beach Resort

Swahili Beach

Swahili Beach

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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

Tamarind Village

Tamarind Village

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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. Best known for its famous Tamarind seafood restaurant, this apartment complex is very conveniently located if you ...More about Tamarind Village

The Funzi Keys

The Funzi Keys

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The Funzi Keys is a 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. The lodge closed for refurbishment and restructuring after Easter ...More about The Funzi Keys

The Majlis

The Majlis

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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

Tijara Beach

Tijara Beach

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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. Sat within five acres of beautifully ...More about Tijara Beach