The Indian Ocean coastline of East Africa is one of the most beautiful in the world. Silver sands, year-round clear-blue waters and tropical palms.

Known as the Swahili Coastline, thanks to the unique mix of African, Arabic and Portuguese people who typify it, it also offers; a wide range of ancient cultural sites; mosques and ancient Swahili towns; a vibrantly colourful cuisine; a wide range of marine parks backed by coastal parks and the last remains of the African equatorial rain-forests; endless water-sports, child-friendly pursuits and nightly entertainments for all tastes; and one of the world’s most famous barrier reefs.

As for the accommodation, thanks to its long-established tourism infrastructure, the choices range from 5-star resorts and world-class spas, to simple palm-thatched chalets on the beach.

We work with only the very best hotels and resorts in this sector, all of which are listed below.

Should you wish to specify particular interests, such as; diving, family-friendly options or ‘Mind and Body’, our website allows you to tailor your choice exactly to your desires.The East African Indian Ocean beach hotels & resorts cuts across the entire Kenya Coast through Mombasa Island, reaching further south to Tanzania, highlighting at Dar es Salaam and including the Zanzibar archipelago.

The Kenya coast hotels and resorts spread across three sections:
The Northern Coast, encompassing:
Lamu
Malindi
Watamu
Kilifi
North Coast of Mombasa

The Southern Coast, region south of Mombasa runs all the way to Shimoni and beyond. South Coast hotel and resorts dot Diani and Ukunda.

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AfroChic Retreat – Diani Beach, Kenya, Kenya

(Diani Beach, Kenya)

AfroChic Retreat is a boutique hotel on Diani Beach, 25 miles south of Mombasa, offering just 10 charmingly presented rooms and suites.

The 10 beautifully decorated rooms, most with a view of the pristine Diani Beach and Indian Ocean, which can be enjoyed from your private balcony. The Queen of Sheeba Suite overlooks the lush garden and fishpond, and enjoys a quiet tranquility. The Zanzibar Junior Suite, and the Punda Milia Executive Suite are both fitted with extra beds, and offer luxurious and private accommodation.

Alfajiri Villas – Diani Beach, Kenya

Alfajiri Villas – Diani Beach, Kenya

(Diani Beach – South Coast of Mombasa, Kenya)

Considered by many as some of the finest private villas on the East African Coast, Alfajiri Villas elevated position on Diani Beach along the Indian Ocean ensures privacy and stunning views. The villas are owned by a charming Italian couple, Fabrizio Molinaro and his wife Marika. Marika is a renowned Kenyan style-guru who has been responsible for decorating some of Kenya’s most luxurious houses. Her exquisite style is evident at Alfajiri where the decor subtly blends the bright and airy Caribbean flamboyance with the African and the Oriental. The theme is large glass windows, ivory Danish floors, wooden beams, Lamu doors, large wildlife paintings and sketches and impressive artefacts personally sourced by Fabrizio from all over the world. The furniture is hand-made at Marika’s workshop on the property and is also exported worldwide. Large pavilions with huge hand carved sofas with cushions dominate the villas.

Almanara Diani Beach Resort – South Coast, Kenya

Almanara Diani Beach Resort – South Coast, Kenya

(On Diani Beach, Kenya South Coast Hotels Resorts)

Located on Kenya’s most famous beach, the superb Diani Beach, Almanara Diani Beach Resort is an exclusive villa complex offering six luxury beach villas and one presidential villa. Set within secluded palm-filled grounds, each villa has its own chef and maid while guests enjoy access to the resort’s private restaurant and beach bar, spa, gym, swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

Perfectly situated within an ambiance of intimacy on the East African Swahili Coast of Kenya, Almanara Diani Beach Resort is nothing shy of breathtaking.

Amani Tiwi Beach Resort – Ukunda, Kenya

Amani Tiwi Beach Resort – Ukunda, Kenya

(Ukunda – South Coast of Mombasa, Kenya)

The 4-star Tiwi Beach Resort is set in 20 acres of tropical gardens on its own private beach close to the famous Diani Beach Centre. Ideally suited to family holidays, the resort offers a range of facilities, activities, services and entertainment; live bands, acrobats, night club, disco, Maasai dance, theme nights, fashion shows, heath club, sauna, gym, steam room, tennis courts, 3 boutiques, hairdressing salon, beauty salon and massage parlour. Activities include: water aerobics, beach volley ball, billiards, chess, draughts, shuffleboard, darts, diving, fishing, kite boarding, air-conditioned health centre, Jacuzzi, jogging track, massage, sauna, squash, steam bath, table tennis, floodlit-tennis, tennis lessons and hire of equipment, windsurfing and water polo

Asha Cottage – Diani Beach, Kenya

Asha Cottage – Diani Beach, Kenya

(Diani Beach, South Coast of Mombasa, Kenya)

The typically Swahili-styled beach house known as Asha Cottage is located on beautiful Diani Beach within easy reach of all its many facilities. White-walled and thatch-roofed, the house stands on an exclusive stretch of private beach front, and offers five bedrooms, a private pool and a terraced seating area.

‘The Ledge’ dining and bar area offers breakfast (included in the cost of the room) and lunch and dinner. Primarily buffet selections include local, international (particularly Italian) choices and seafood. The well-stocked bar offers a wide range of local and international choices. The cottage also has its own spa area, which offers a range of treatments, and an air-conditioned snooker room and library.

Bamburi Beach Hotel – North Coast, Kenya

Bamburi Beach Hotel – North Coast, Kenya

(North Coast of Kenya)

Set amidst lush tropical gardens on a magnificent sweep of pure white sandy beach, the Bamburi Beach Hotel looks out over the Indian Ocean towards the coral reef of the marine parks. This large, bustling and friendly hotel makes the ideal family holiday venue – more especially because everything is all inclusive – so the kids can have whatever they want without heavy bills for the parents at the end.

Banana House & Wellness Centre – Lamu, Kenya

Banana House & Wellness Centre – Lamu, Kenya

(Lamu, North Kenya Coast)

Banana House and Banana Wellness Centre in Shela Village, Lamu, comprise two private houses which have evolved into a friendly ‘Bed & Breakfast’ alternative to the range of accommodation in Shela. Banana House was designed and constructed by master builder Mohamed Ali Mbarak (alias Banana) a well known local figure, and his wife Monika Fauth. Monika is an ‘Art of Living’ and Yoga instructor and runs various wellness courses in Lamu each year.

The house is the culmination of their combined imagination and craftsmanship. Cool and elegant with beautifully plastered and waxed neru walls the house is very spacious, and has numerous attractive sitting and lounging areas, hammocks, and day beds and a beautiful tropical garden within its walls. The atmosphere is homely and welcoming. The rooms and central areas are simply yet tastefully furnished in the classic Lamu Swahili style combining sumptuous Arabic elements with cool, clean surfaces and treasures combed from Lamu’s beaches.

Accommodation is offered either on a room-by-room basis, or the house can be taken in its entirety. The house has great views of the Lamu Channel from first and top floors and is two minutes walk from the lively seafront where dhows and small boats are moored, and a further five minutes to the fabulous Shela Beach and Peponi Hotel.

Baobab Beach Resort & Spa – Diani, Kenya

Baobab Beach Resort & Spa – Diani, Kenya

Diani Beach, South Coast of Mombasa, Kenya

A large (239 rooms) and friendly hotel the Baobab Beach Resort & Spa offers an all-inclusive service, inclusive of meals, activities and entertainments. Set in beautiful tropical gardens and with a sweep of pristine beach, the hotel offers a wide choice of rooms. The resort offers entertainment nightly, three restaurants, three bars, disco and nightclub, two pools, beauty hair and massage salon and shop. The hotel was built in 1974 and completely refurbished in 2005.

The hotel offers 239 rooms, all newly refurbished and set in spacious tropical gardens. The room rate is all inclusive of meals (other than a la carte) and selected drinks (usually sodas, beers and local spirits), entertainment nightly and all activities. Rooms are offered in three categories: Standard, Superior Bungalow and Seaview Bungalow (the bungalows are presented in clusters of four and are individually occupied). There are also a number of suites. All rooms have balconies or terraces, AC, ceiling fans, telephones, fridges, safes, wheelchair access, hair dryers, satellite TV (other than standard rooms) and tea and coffee making facilities (other than standard rooms).

Baobab Sea Lodge – Kilifi Beach, Kenya

Baobab Sea Lodge – Kilifi Beach, Kenya

(Kilifi Beach – North Coast of Kenya)

Set in five acres of tropical gardens, the 3-star Baobab Sea Lodge enjoys 60 meters of beach frontage. It offers a total of 20 rooms, a swimming pool with swim-up bar, a restaurant, lounge and bar, and access to numerous beach pursuits. Additionally, there are acrobatic shows, discos, live music, and traditional African shows.

Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa – Zanzibar

Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa – Zanzibar

The five-star Blue Bay Beach Resort and Spa stands in 30 acres of tropical gardens, dotted with over 1,000 palm trees and facing a wide, white, sandy beach.

For centuries past, cardamom, clove and cinnamon culled from the fabled spice gardens of the enchanted island of Zanzibar have been prized by sultans and princes alike. Now you can pick them for yourself on a spice tour that takes you from the winding alleys, carved doors and cool courtyards of Stone Town, through the slave caches of the coral bays, past the blue-domed bath-houses of long dead sultans and out onto the silver and blue ribbons of Zanzibar’s perfect beaches.

Breezes Beach Club and Spa – Zanzibar

Breezes Beach Club and Spa – Zanzibar

The Breezes Beach Club and Spa, 5-star family-run Zanzibar holiday resort is located on a pristine stretch of beach was nominated among the top five resorts in Africa and won the “Best Resort in Tanzania” at the World Travel Awards. Perfectly presented, this family vacation and beach vacation destination features a high level of interior décor and has been carefully furnished using genuine antiques and carefully selected art pieces.

Crystal Bay Resort – Watamu, Kenya

Crystal Bay Resort – Watamu, Kenya

(Watamu – North Coast of Kenya)

A new resort, Crystal Bay stands on an impressive bay, adjacent to the Watamu marine park. The resort offers 59 rooms, two swimming pools, two restaurants, a ‘Mind and Body’ treatment centre, each soccer and beach volley ball. The resort is ideally placed for visits to the Mida Adventure Centre, the Gedi Ruins, Watamu Bio-Ken snake park, Tsavo National Park (East) and Malindi Town.

Dhow Palace Hotel – Stone Town, Zanzibar

Dhow Palace Hotel – Stone Town, Zanzibar

The Dhow Palace Hotel is an original house set in the heart of Stone Town (the capital city of Zanzibar Island). Economically priced and simplistically presented, it offers a roof-top restaurant, a central courtyard and a selection of large, authentic, rooms, all with enormous Zanzibari four-poster beds.

Fully renovated in 2005, a new wing has been added to the original building, which offers a central courtyard with swimming pool, and a new selection of rooms, all with balconies. The roof top Indian restaurant overlooks the city’s rooftops (no alcohol). Tranquil and gracious, this centre-of-town hotel makes an excellent and economic Stone Town choice

Due to its position in the heart of the old town, the Dhow Palace Hotel does not have sea views, but compensates for this in terms of authentic charm and décor. It also has a charming lounge furnished with authentic antiques.

Diamonds Dream of Africa – Malindi, Kenya

Diamonds Dream of Africa – Malindi, Kenya

(Malindi – North Coast of Kenya)

North of Malindi is the boutique hotel, Dream of Africa, which is set in colourful gardens on Silversands Beach. Presented in typical Moorish fashion, the resort offers a pool, Italian restaurant, terrace, air-conditioned lounge, swimming pool and selection of bars.
The Swahili coast, a glorious ribbon of silver and sapphire, crashing surf and bright coral, is steeped in a turbulent history pre-dating Da Gama. The Swahili culture, a fabulous fusion of Arab, African, and Portuguese has created a pace of life, a style of cuisine and a mosaic of architecture, heritage, myth and magic that is found nowhere else in the world.

Diamonds Dream of Africa – Malindi, Kenya

Diamonds Malindi Beach – Malindi, Kenya

(Malindi, North Coast of Kenya)

Diamonds Malindi Beach hotel is an all-inclusive family-oriented resort just 5 mins from Malindi Town on the north Kenya coast. Standing in extensive tropical grounds, it offers 23 rooms, all of which are in double-storey Arab-style villas. The all-inclusive package includes all meals, drinks (including alcoholic), entertainment and extensive water sports. The resort enjoys access to the wider facilities of the neighbouring Tropical Beach Hotel, which is a part of the same Plan Hotel complex.

Its general facilities include; 2 swimming pools, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, Boutique, Hairdressing and massage, Discotheque, Live music and entertainment, Satellite TV with sports channel at the lounge, Fax services & Internet.

Diani Palm Hotel – Diani Beach, Kenya

Diani Palm Hotel – Diani Beach, Kenya

(Diani Beach – South coast of Kenya)

Built by Swiss national Hans U. Wanner, the Diani Palm Hotel offers a unique combination of African hospitality and Swiss management. Offering just 22 rooms, it also offers a restaurant and bar.

The hotel’s 22 rooms are comfortably equipped double-rooms; all with bath or shower, toilet, balcony or terrace, air conditioner, fridge, TV, telephone, and safe. All rooms provide a perfect view of the poolside and the bar area.

Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa – Diani, Kenya

Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa – Diani, Kenya

(Diani Beach – South Coast of Kenya)

The Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa is a magnificent new hotel, which offers all the amenities of a world-class resort. There are 150 bedrooms and a dazzling selection of restaurants and bars.
The hotel offers two fresh water free form swimming pools, a shaded baby pool and shaded outdoor Jacuzzi plus water slide and private beach. An 18-hole golf course is situated 500 meters away, with free transfers. The Water Sports Center (activities subject to availability) offers Scuba diving, PADI open water diving course, beach dive, wind surfing, Robinson Crusoe trip, snorkeling safari, Kaya culture tour, jet ski safaris, kite surfing intro course, kite surfing, sailing, glass bottom boat rides, sea kayak and big game fishing.

Driftwood Beach Club – Malindi, Kenya

Driftwood Beach Club – Malindi, Kenya

(Malindi – North Coast of Kenya)

Informal, relaxed and very friendly The Driftwood Beach Club was opened in 1963 and is something of a coastal institution, especially with the resident ex-pat community. A favourite place for eating and drinking (especially the Sunday curry), the resort stands on Silversands Beach, 3km south of Malindi Town. A popular haven for fishermen, it offers excellent deep-sea fishing. There is a bar and restaurant overlooking the beach, a swimming pool, squash court and diving centre.

Fumba Beach Lodge – Zanzibar

Fumba Beach Lodge – Zanzibar

(Menai Beach – Zanzibar)

Situated on Menai Beach, one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful and secluded beaches, Fumba Beach Lodge is a luxurious and peaceful hideaway, offering a perfect blend of casual elegance and friendly first class service.

Just 30 minutes southwest of Zanzibar’s historic capital, Stone Town, with its magnificent architecture and ancient culture, the Fumba Beach Lodge is concealed well away from the busy tourist areas, other hotels and resort areas, making it the perfect venue for enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this tropical island paradise. Fumba Beach Lodge is the first and only lodge offering accommodation on the pristine Fumba Peninsula.

Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continents most famous vacationdestinations when it comes to beach travel, beach vacations, beach resorts and Tanzania holiday options. Offering excellent beach hotels, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, and ocean paradise islands.

Fundu Lagoon – Pemba, Zanzibar

Fundu Lagoon – Pemba, Zanzibar

(Pemba Island… An Indian Ocean paradise)

Fundu Lagoon is located on Pemba Island, the sister island to Zanzibar, and is one of the top 5 diving destinations in the world. The hotel is situated on a beautiful remote beach on the south-western side of the island and is only accessible by boat.

Fundu Lagoon has been designed for travellers looking to escape the usual holiday crowds. This luxurious yet rustic getaway provides a friendly, relaxed haven of peace and outstanding natural beauty. The resort offers an a la carte restaurant, a bar and a massage and treatment room

Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent’s most famous destinations when it comes to beach travel, beach vacations, beach resorts and Tanzania holiday options. Offering excellent beach hotels and resorts, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, spice tours and ocean paradise islands.