Take advantage of the 10% discounts on Safarilink to head down to one of Africa’s leading beach destinations, Diani. Whatever you desire from your getaway, one of these properties will have you covered.
FOR ROMANCE: The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel
Imagine a beach hotel without the shriek of young children. If that sounds like music to your ears, the Maji might just be the place for you. With a strict ‘no under 12s’ policy, and the freedom to take your meals when and where you want them, this is a place that might particularly appeal to those seeking a romantic escape, or stressed parents looking for a real escape. The hotel’s 15 rooms are spread over a converted villa, surrounded by a moat-like pool. Superior garden-view rooms start from Ksh 16,685 pp full-board, although there’s one economy room available at Ksh 8,210 pp.
ON A BUDGET: Kenyaways, Galu
Further down the coast at Galu is this rustic little 10-bedroom hotel (five bedrooms with sea views), catering to a more chilled, barefoot kind of crowd. With the excellent Lymingtons bistro on site, guests don’t have to travel for good food. Bedrooms are pretty simple, but nicely done, and there’s a good watersports outlet on site, offering kite surfing and other activities. Galu, a large sweep of beach, is quieter than Diani, with a lower likelihood of beach-boy annoyances. Rooms are very reasonably priced, even those with a sea view. Rates start from $43 pp sharing a double, B&B.
FOR FAMILIES: Waterlovers
Centered around the pool area in a fairly compact compound on the beach, this place gets consistently good feedback. It’s a popular choice for families, as besides its suites, it also offers the larger villa and penthouse that suits family-style living. It is a peaceful, tastefully-furnished hotel with good Italian food on offer, a superb pool, as well as a host of other freebies, such as iPads, suntan lotion and insect repellent. Resident rates start from Ksh 11,990 pp sharing, B&B, until Dec 16th. Rates go up to Ksh 13,198 pp next year.
FOR ARCHITECTURE: Mzima House
Mzima House is a fusion of Tunisian and Moroccan architecture with chalk-white walls and a high vaulted ceiling, hand-crafted on site by Tunisian stonemasons. It has five double air conditioned bedrooms. The house is built around a central pool within a courtyard offering dazzling views of the ocean. Sunset and moonlit nights can be enjoyed from the poolside courtyard and manicured lawn. A fully furnished cottage and luxury apartments are also available to rent. Rates from Ksh 25,000.
FOR LUXURY: ALFAJIRI VILLAS, DIANI
This spot has three unique villas which can be booked individually for honeymoons, romantic breaks or family adventures. Each villa includes your own butler and offers unrivaled exclusivity, impressive private swimming pools and stunning sea views. Owners Marica and Fabrizio will graciously host you during your stay. Menus here have a Mediterranean influence with fresh produce coming in daily from local farms. This is the ideal solution for families with small children and nannies can be available as needed.
Do not miss…
Should free-falling from a cliff or a crane not be quite scary enough for you, why not try flinging yourself from a plane? The 15-minute flight over Diani gives you enough time to tighten your nerves to their tautest – and of course to enjoy the view of Kenya’s most popular beach – before you plunge from the plane. You experience about 35 seconds of rushing towards the earth, reaching a velocity of up to 200km/hr, before your parachute opens. You then drift through the air – heartbeat hopefully slowing – before you land on the beach.
When booking online, enter the code Nomad1 to get a discount on flights to Zanzibar and other destinations like Vipingo, Lamu and Diani.