What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Kenya? Maasai Mara? Wildlife? Safari? Annual migration?
Magical Kenya has so much more to offer than what National Geographic exposes us to. Just an hour’s flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Diani Beach (located on the south coast of Mombasa) is your escape to a tropical paradise. A former fishing village, Diani has become one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations, offering a year-round tropical climate, white sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Swahili Beach Hotel is an exotic five-star beach and holiday resort for families, couples and even the business traveller. From the moment you walk into the hotel you see, feel and smell the fusion of African, Arabian, Indian and Swahili influences in the food and architecture and the lingering perception is one of sheer luxury.
The hotel is made up of coral-stoned Arabian styled villas comprising of 14 Executive Suites, 110 Superior Rooms and 16 Standard Rooms (140 rooms in total) each leading onto a veranda with beautiful Swahili décor and detail. Each room overlooks the ocean, lush gardens and a 200m cascading swimming pool. Add sun loungers, volleyball and palm and coconut trees alongside for shade – who really needs a beach? Each level of the pool is uniquely designed to emphasise the splendour of this resort, with the top level providing glimpses of the Indian Ocean, as well as a swim-up pool bar.
Enjoy a selection of cocktails and drinks at one of the resort’s three bars, before exercising your four restaurant options of cuisine ranging from Swahili and Indian to Italian, if you prefer.
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With winter temperatures peaking at 25 degrees Celsius, water lovers can hit the ocean for a range of activities including snorkelling, scuba diving, kite surfing, skydiving and dhow cruises. If terra firma is more your scene, try out the game viewing at Shimba Hills National Reserve.
Diani beach definitely gets a thumb’s up from me for holidays made in paradise!
Words and images: Nuraan Motlekar