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These are the top 10 most beautiful beach resorts found on Kenya’s majestic coastline. The gallery below shows you a glimpse of what to expect when you visit these amazing destinations. Did I miss any? Share your favourite Kenyan beach resort in the comments below.
10. Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort, Diani Beach – Ukunda
Located along one of Kenya’s best beaches is Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort with a stunning beachfront space where luxury meets along the shores of Indian Ocean. The resort has 100 rooms designed in the unique Swahili style architecture and the area is surrounded by indigenous palm trees. Some of these rooms are specially styled to accommodate families. There are rooms with sea views giving you amazing views of the ocean. One amazing feature of the entire property is hearing the rhythmic sound of the ocean waves. The resort has a pool that is next to the beach and allows visitors to get a taste of both worlds.
Read my review of Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort here
Vipingo Ridge is located on the North Coast. It is a gated community offering several luxurious lifestyle services from private houses and villas to a golf course. You have an option of choosing 2-to-5-bedroom villas depending on your preference for your stay at Vipingo. This area is perfect for families and groups travelling together.
Each of these villas is built and designed different. Whats amazing is visitors get the most out of each of the villas from glittering views of the ocean to those with large spaces and access to relaxing lounges and swimming pools.
Vipingo also has a beach club that offers a place to eat, relax and play along the shores of the Indian Ocean. The beach club offers a restaurant that serves fresh sea food to salads and fast foods such as fries and burgers. The club also has a fully stocked bar offering a wide range of alcoholic drinks and cocktails.
The club also has a lounge where guests get to relax on the beach side on swinging chairs. This club has access to the most untouched beach along the Kenyan north coast.
8. Sun Africa – Nyali
This is a vintage resort that was built in 1946. What’s amazing about this place is that it combines the vintage aspects with the new and latest property. Sun Africa gives you the best of views Nyali beach.
Sun Africa has 168 rooms. These rooms represent the business, leisure and family travelers. Sun Africa also has a pool and a spa where guests can relax and enjoy.
7. Serena Beach Hotel -Shanzu
Serena Beach Hotel is located in Shanzu. It has two luxurious suites known as Tundwa and Shela. These have spacious washrooms and bathrooms including a massage shower. The beach resort has three restaurants and four bars. The restaurant also offers one of the best sea foods in Mombasa from one of their restaurants known as Jahazi grill. Serena has a spa and a pool for guest relaxation.
Other services offered by Serena include a gym, squash courts, nature trails, a gift shop, conference rooms, a dive school called the Padi dive school where you can enjoy water sports. The resort also has a salon so no bad hair days while here.
6. Bamburi Beach Hotel
Bamburi Beach Hotel is located in North Coast of Mombasa in an area called Bamburi. It is strategically located along the coastline, making it a perfect destination to enjoy the cool breeze and the white sands of the beaches along north coast. The hotel has the following amenities from squash courts, a kids club, a well-maintained swimming pool and a jacuzzi.
The rooms at Bamburi are spacious and each room has a hair dryer, coffee and tea making facilities. Each room has a balcony overlooking the beautiful ocean. The hotel is located very close to the beach, a perfect place to relax and enjoy the Indian Ocean. The theme and the room décor also add to the aesthetic and beauty of Bamburi Beach Hotel.
5. Leopard Point Luxury Beach Resort Malindi
Leopard Point Beach resort is a luxurious property located on the shores of the Indian ocean in Malindi. Leopard beach has 15 rooms and 4 villas. Each villa is completely separate from the other and each has a swimming pool and garden. The villas are raised in such a way that you are able to see the views of Indian Ocean.
The resort has a spa called the Jewel of Leopard Point Beach Resort. The spa offers sensory showers, scrubs, jacuzzi, gym, a relaxation area and Turkish baths.
The resort also offers specialized services which include hiring a boat to go site seeing around the area, the services of a butler and upon request the resort can also offer guests special themed dinners.
The resort’s restaurant is known as Jiko named after the what the locals call where they do their cooking. The restaurant serves sea food, grilled meals, it also caters to those who are into vegan diets.
4. Hemingways Resort Watamu
Hemingways beach resort in Watamu is a 5-star hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean. The waters of the Indian Ocean hit the coral that is just adjustment to the resort. Hemingways sits right at the heart of the Watamu Marine Park and right in front of it is the white sandy beaches of Watamu making it one of the best destinations to tour while in this part of Kenya’s coast. Surrounding the hotel are an array of activities that you can partake while staying here.
The rooms have amazing ocean views with amazing access to the beach and the pool. The rooms have a lot of space to just sit back and relax as you enjoy fantastic Indian Ocean views. The rooms range from a single en suite room to 4 bed roomed rooms. These rooms are amazing and accommodate the solo traveler to those traveling in groups and families. Spending time at Watamu gives you an opportunity to explore and stay at one of the areas hosting the best snorkeling and diving areas on the Kenyan coast.
3. Majlis Resort Lamu
Majlis Resort is a luxury hotel tucked away in the Manda Island of Lamu. Majlis has a beautiful beach front resort with beautiful views of the Manda Bay and Lamu Island. An amazing place to take barefoot walks over the coastal area of Kenya. Majlis has 39 rooms and suites that are divided into 3 beachfront villas.
The rooms are spacious with all the luxurious amenities you would normally find in a 5-star resort. The restaurant is located in a beautiful location with a panoramic view of Manda Bay. It also offers delicious delicacies ranging from seafood to local Swahili menus. Majlis has two bars, two swimming pools and a space that accommodates various water sport activities.
2. Shimoni Reef Wasini
Located 2km from Wasini Island and perched at its edge is Shimoni Reef. Shimoni Reef has a garden cottage, ocean suite and coral house. These are all private hideaways with amazing views of the ocean.
The restaurant offers local delicacy and it is also famous for offering guests the mangrove crabs. Shimoni Reef has a conveniently located terrace that offers stunning views of the Wasini channel. The restaurant offers sea food as their main meal however guests can choose other local delicacies for the chefs to prepare.
There is a lagoon inspired pool that guests can enjoy swimming. Shimoni feels like a home away from home, with nearby excursions, rooms covered over canopies of palm trees and the ocean breeze and cooling sounds just a few meters away from the hotel.
1.The Sands at Chale Islands
The Sands at Chales Island is unique in the sense that it is the only resort located in Chales Island
This beautiful island is surrounded by coral reefs and a salt water lake that is surrounded by a mangrove forest. A unique site to see on found in this island.
Chales Island is located just 10km away from Diani and it has a variety of flora and fauna. It has two parts, a unique resort and a kaya (a traditional Mijikenda) forest. The Sands at Chale is inside this 15 acre forest that is also surrounded a white sand bay and protected by coral reef. The resort has a white sandy beach that is only accessible to the hotel guests.
The resort has 28 rooms made of semi-circular shape and then there are Swahili day beds along the verandahs. These day beds face the ocean with fantastic views.