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Beach Holiday Hotels Dream of Africa Malindi Kenya
Dream of Africa - Malindi Beach
African Safari Beach Hotels Breezes Club Zanzibar
Breezes Beach Club Zanzibar
African Safari Beach Hotels Afrochic Retreat Diani
Afrochic Retreat - Diani Beach
Beach Holiday Hotels Fumba Beach Lodge Zanzibar
Fumba Beach Lodge Zanzibar

'Some way out on the still, black water, fishermen paddled their dug-outs to shore, the dull-red sun slipping quickly and cleanly beneath the horizon and painting  long-reflecting brushstrokes of gold across the surface of the lake. It was a scene as old as time, and was surely the closest one could hope to get to the serene uncorrupted soul of the world.'

Black Moon, Jade Sea Ian Meredith Hughes

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.

 

236 Hurumzi (formerly Emerson and Green) Zanzibar
236 Hurumzi - Stone Town, Zanzibar

Just behind the House of Wonders in the heart of Stone Town, the 236 Hurumzi is one of Zanzibar's best-known and highly rated hotels. Formerly known as Emerson and Green it was originally owned and decorated in eclectic style by a Mr Emerson, who has now sold it and is building a new hotel, Emerson Spice, elsewhere on the island. Now named after Hurumzi Street, upon which it stands, the hotel occupies 2 restored buildings dating from 1840-70, decorated with antique Zanzibari furniture and carpets.

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African Beach Hotels Afrochic Retreat Diani Kenya
AfroChic Retreat - Diani Beach, Kenya, Kenya

AfroChic Retreat is a boutique hotel on Diani Beach offering just 10 charmingly presented rooms and suites. The resort is on Diani Beach - 25 miles south of Mombasa. Kenya's stunning 700 km coastline (485 kms from Nairobi) is renowned for its silken white sandy beaches, coconut palms, sheltered lagoons, pellucid blue waters, remote islands, uncharted mangrove swamps and mysterious Arab and Swahili ruins, many of which date back to the 8th Century AD.

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Alfajiri Villas - Diani Beach, 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.

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Alliance Safari Beach - Diani, Kenya

Alliance Safari Beach Hotel stands on Kenya's most popular beach, the 17km Diani Beach. Set in spacious palm-tree filled grounds it fronts directly on to the Indian Ocean. Offering 228 air-conditioned rooms, this popular family-styled resort also offers a broad range of restaurants and bars. Additionally the resort offers nightly entertainment (live bands, dance performances), cultural talks, children's club, a gift shop and boutique, a massage and hair salon, 2 fresh water swimming...

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Almanara Diani Beach Resort - South Coast, Kenya

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.

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Amani Tiwi Beach Resort - Ukunda, Kenya

The Amani 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.

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Asha Cottage - Diani Beach, 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.

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Bamburi Beach Hotel - North Coast, 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.

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Banana House & Wellness Centre - Lamu, Kenya

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.

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Baobab Beach Resort & Spa - Diani, 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.

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Baobab Sea Lodge - Kilifi Beach, 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. 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.

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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

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African Safari Beach Holiday Breezes Club 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.

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Crystal Bay Resort - Watamu, 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.

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Dhow Palace Hotel - Stone Town, Zanzibar

The Dhow Palace 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.

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Beach Holiday Hotels Dream of Africa Malindi Kenya
Diamonds Dream of Africa - Malindi, 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.

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Diamonds Malindi Beach - Malindi, 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.

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Diani Palm Hotel - Diani Beach, 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 is just a few minutes from famous Diani Beach, 25 miles south of Mombasa. Kenya's stunning coastline (485 kms from Nairobi) runs 700 km between the Tanzanian and Somali borders and is renowned for its silken white sandy beaches, coconut palms, sheltered lagoons, pellucid blue waters, remote islands...

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Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa - Diani, 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...

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Driftwood Beach Club - Malindi, 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.

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Fairmont Zanzibar - Unguja, Zanzibar

The Fairmont Zanzibar, a member of the Fairmont hotels chain, is a superlative luxury beach holiday hotel, situated on 350 m of pristine beachfront. It offers 109 newly-renovated and comfortably appointed rooms and suites, located within extensive tropical gardens and with immediate access to a 45 km white sand beach. Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent's most famous destinations

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Fumba Beach Lodge - Zanzibar

Situated on 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 Lodge is concealed well away from the busy tourist areas, making it the perfect venue for enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this tropical island paradise.

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Fundu Lagoon - Pemba, Zanzibar

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.

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Hemingways Resort - Watamu, Kenya

Hemingways Resort is one of the world's premier big-game fishing destinations (marlin, tuna, sail-fish, king fish and more). Situated on an idyllic stretch of beach, voted ‘one of the best ten beaches in the world' by the Sunday Times magazine, it has immediate access to the beach and offers a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere - as suited to family holidays as to couples or groups of friends.

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Indian Ocean Beach Resort - Diani Beach, Kenya

A tasteful, low-key but very stylish resort, the Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort lies at the most northerly (and therefore most private and peaceful) end of Diani Beach, which represents the main ‘strip' of the southern Kenyan coast. A magnificent sweep of silver sand, sapphire sea and waving palms, it is the epitome of tropical paradise. Close to the mouth of the Tiwi River, the Club looks out over idyllic tropical views, while the beach front cottages stand literally ON the beach.

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Jahazi House - Lamu, Kenya

Jahazi House is one of a group of exclusive and secluded private homes set on Kizingoni Beach, on the beautiful island of Lamu off the Kenyan coast. Each house sleeps at least eight guests and is fully catered. All the houses are characterised by exquisite taste and an outstanding setting, a perfect retreat for total privacy and relaxation for families of groups of friends. Jahazi House, named after the historical large trading dhows that brought Lamu its trading wealth, stands right on the edge of the Indian Ocean on two acres of garden.

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Jannat House - Lamu Island, Kenya

Jannat House is a Swedish family home, which welcomes guests and offers a simple restaurant and a number of equally simple but charming rooms. Situated within Lamu town, with magnificent sea views, the House dates from the 18th century and was originally built as a merchant´s house. Decorated in typical Swahili style, with antique furniture, the House is exceptionally peaceful. There is neither air conditioning nor glass in the windows - the House is cooled by the breeze.

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Karafuu Hotel Beach Resort - Zanzibar

Karafuu means 'cloves' in Swahili and echoes the hotel's location on the famous 'spice isle' of Zanzibar. Fronting on to a wide pure white sandy beach with fabulous views over the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean, the Karafuu Hotel Beach Resort offers the ultimate island retreat. 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.

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Kenya Bay Beach Hotel - Bamburi, Kenya

The 3-star Kenya Bay Beach Hotel , just north of Mombasa, enjoys one of the longest beach frontages in the world - the sweeping Bamburi Beach. Offering a total of 106 rooms, this relaxed family hotel is immediately adjacent to the large Sarova Whitesands complex, and offers a selection of dining experiences with entertainment nightly, a range of water sports and immediate access to the beach and the famous Bamburi Nature Trail, the Rene Haller Park - an extensive area of forest, walks rivers and swamps.

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Kijani House - Lamu Island, Kenya

Kijani House is a small garden hotel with four double and three triple rooms spread amongst three charming original Swahili houses. The houses have traditional coral walls with high Makuti-thatched roofs and are surrounded by large tropical gardens. The grounds extend down to a jetty, where fishermen secure their boats. One can walk 3 km into Lamu Town or 300metres up the beach to the Peponi Hotel. The bedrooms are spacious with high ceilings, Lamu-style wooden furnishings and four-poster beds.

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Kilifi Bay Beach Resort - Kilifi, Kenya

The Kilifi Bay Beach Resort is a 4-star resort situated in Kilifi, an old coastal town halfway between Mombasa and Malindi. The property is set on 26,000 sq.meters of tropical gardens and 130 meters of sandy beach frontage on one of Kenya's most beautiful coastlines. There are no other hotels on this stretch of beach, allowing complete privacy. There are two swimming pools, two restaurants and 3 bars. The waterfall Lounge offers TV, video, billiards, table-tennis, darts and a small library.

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Kinondo Kwetu - Diani Beach, Kenya

Kinondo Kwetu is a small, all-inclusive luxury resort owned and operated by a Swedish family. Kinondo Kwetu, a private retreat on the Indian Ocean beach, is a home, not an entertainment centre. The retreat will accommodate only 38 guests in a selection of cottages, each of which is individually presented. There are two pools, a lounge, library and wellbeing spa. Kenya's south coast, one of her most popular beach holiday destinations, offers clear blue sea, marine parks, excellent water sports...

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Kipungani Explorer - Lamu Islands, Kenya

This idyllic Indian Ocean hideaway lies on Manda Island, a pristine island adjacent to the world-renowned holiday venue of Lamu, the oldest surviving town on the East African coast.

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Kiwayu Safari Village - Lamu Island, Kenya

Kiwayu Safari Village is situated 40km north of Lamu, off Kenya's remote North Coast. Nestled amongst the sand dunes, it overlooks a sheltered lagoon on the Indian Ocean. Situated on one of the most unspoilt reaches of coastline in Kenya, between the Kiunga Marine Reserve and the Dodori Forest Reserve, this unique resort offers just 17 rustic chalets, which are set along one km of sheltered lagoon, beyond which are 7kms of private beaches.

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Kizingoni House - Lamu, Kenya

Kizingoni House is one of a group of exclusive and secluded private homes set on Kizingoni Beach, on the beautiful island of Lamu off the Kenyan coast. Each house sleeps at least eight guests and is fully catered. All the houses are characterised by exquisite taste and an outstanding setting, a perfect retreat for total privacy and relaxation for families of groups of friends. Kizingoni House has been built and positioned to take full advantage of the west facing view for spectacular sunsets and sea views and to catch the sea breezes throughout the year.

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La Gemma Dell' Est - Zanzibar

La Gemma Dell' Est is the largest resort on Zanzibar and stands on the north-west coast near to Kendwa Rocks on a magnificent stretch of beach. An all-inclusive package hotel (all meals, drinks and entertainment), the hotel is modernistic in design and covers a large plot of tropical gardens facing a beautiful stretch of beach. Offering three restaurants, 3 bars, evening entertainment, a comprehensive activity programme and a social area built out over a sea jetty, the hotel is an ideal family or friends' choice.

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Lamu House - Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu House is made up of two houses both of which have been restored and offer all the charm of traditional Swahili architecture while offering the ideal retreat for holiday makers or business folk alike. The hotel is ideally located in the centre of Lamu town. Kenya's Lamu Island, one of her most popular beach holiday destinations, offers clear blue sea, a marine park, excellent water sports, coral reefs, monsoon winds, family vacations, sun n sand, cultural and beach travel and more.

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Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge - Bagamoyo, Tanzania

An idyllic Robinson Crusoe Island retreat, Lazy Lagoon offers the ultimate Indian Ocean retreat. Fronting on to 9 kms of pristine beach on the famous Zanzibar Channel, the lagoon lies just offshore from mainland Bagamoyo. Surrounded by indigenous forest and mangrove swamps, the sanctuary is home to a wide range of wildlife.

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Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort - Diani, Kenya

Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort stands on the cliffs above Diani Beach with broad views and its own beachfront area. It is the only hotel on the south coast to offer a championship golf course (18-hole 72 par, driving range, chipping green, bunker practice, golf professionals and Pro Shop and club house). A large and popular hotel, the lodge offers 156 rooms, a casino, four swimming pools, a dive school, windsurfing school, tennis courts, and numerous water sports activities.

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Leopard Beach Resort & Spa - Diani Beach, Kenya

Situated on Diani Beach, 34 km south of Kenya's bustling port of Mombasa, the Leopard Beach Resort & Spa enjoys a prime location on one of the world's most stunning beaches. Tropical gardens descend through water-garden terraces to the silver sand of the Indian Ocean below, where year-round warm waters, sheltered by the Kenyan barrier reef, offer endless opportunities for beach activities, diving and snorkelling

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LTI Kaskazi Beach Hotel - Diani, Kenya

Built in Moorish style, the horse-shoe-shaped LTI Kaskazi Beach Hotel stands on Kenya's most famous beach, the 7km Diani beach. Backed by tropical gardens filled with coconut palms, ancient baobabs and tumbling tropical blooms, this all-inclusive hotel offers 191 rooms, two restaurants, various bars, a swimming pool, terrace, TV room, lounge, boutique and hairdressing and massage salon.

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Manda Bay Resort - Lamu Island, Kenya

Manda Bay Resort is a small private lodge on Manda Island in northern Kenya's Lamu Kiwayu archipelago. Ten spacious cottages line the beach overlooking the calm waters of Manda Bay. Formerly the Blue Safari Club, Manda Bay has been renovated and reopened under new management. Manda Bay Resort is on a secluded peninsular, close to ancient Lamu Town and neighbouring Shela but far enough away from the bustle to enjoy total privacy.

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Mombasa Beach Hotel - North Coast, Kenya

Located on Nyali Beach, just north of Mombasa, the Mombasa Beach Hotel is a large hotel (150 rooms) perched on a cliff top overlooking the beach and set in tropical gardens. The hotel offers a lounge (with satellite TV), five restaurants, several bars, two swimming pools and a sports centre. The sports centre offers: tennis, basketball, badminton courts and crazy golf. The hotel 's beach offers a variety of water sports including sailing, windsurfing, goggling, snorkeling, scuba diving, big game fishing and glass bottomed boat excursions.

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Mombasa Continental Resort - Shanzu Beach, Kenya

Once a member of the InterContinental chain, the Mombasa Continental Resort is a large and luxurious hotel set in cool shaded grounds with access to the northerly Shanzu Beach. It offers a wide selection of rooms and suites, two restaurants, a number of bars and a broad range of sporting options including golf at the nearby Nyali Beach Hotel. Mombasa Continental Resort is located 28km from the Mombasa Airport, along the Mombasa - Malindi highway on Shanzu beach.

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New Lamu Palace Hotel - Lamu Island, Kenya

Located on the waterfront of Lamu town, the New Lamu Palace Hotel has recently been refurbished. It offers a choice of an awning-covered terrace at street level, an airy rooftop restaurant for meals (seafood being a speciality) and 22 rooms, all with AC, mosquito nets and ensuite bathrooms. The Lamu archipelago is a cluster of hot low-lying desert islands, which runs for some 60 km parallel to the northern coastline of Kenya.

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Nyali International Beach Hotel - Mombasa, Kenya

Nyali International Beach Hotel was Mombasa's first ‘proper' hotel on the mainland and was founded by John and Eva Noon. Opened in December 1946, is reflects the gracious style of that period while having been substantially renovated and extended to meet millennium requirements. Located on a stunning stretch of beach and set within extensive landscaped grounds, this 120-room hotel offers colonial charm, a relaxed atmosphere, a wide range of water sporting activities...

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Ocean Paradise Resort - Zanzibar

The Ocean Paradise Resort, Zanzibar is a peaceful and secluded resort located on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in East Africa, and surrounded by acres of brilliantly colour tropical gardens, which feature their own waterfall. With its own dive school, selection of restaurants and numerous activities, Ocean Paradise is ideal for families, couples or business-people alike. Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent's most famous destinations when it comes to beach travel and vacations.

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Peponi Hotel - Lamu Island, Kenya

Peponi Hotel is one of Lamu's most famous and iconic hotels. First opened in 1967, it is still run by the same Danish family who originally founded it; and it retains much of its original charm. Small and personal if offers just 24 rooms, all of which are different. Long known as ‘the place to stay' when visiting Lamu, the hotel is right on the water's edge in Shela Village, a few kilometers walk, or a 20 minute dhow ride away from Lamu Town.

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Petley's Inn - Lamu Island, Kenya

Petley's Inn stands on the sea front in Lamu Town, next to the waterfront museum. The oldest accommodation on Lamu Island, the Inn is presented in traditional colonial Swahili style. It offers a roof-top bar, a charming restaurant, a swimming pool and sundeck and a popular restaurant. Petley's Inn is located on Lamu Island, 225 km from Malindi. Kenya's Lamu Island, one of her most popular beach holiday destinations

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Pinewood Village Resort - Diani, Kenya

Pinewood Village Resort is a small boutique beach resort, located on Galu Beach, which is just south of the famous Diani Beach. Much less crowded and unspoiled Galu Beach also offers exceptional water sports. Set in tropical gardens with its own swimming pool, health spa and gym, the resort offers just 38 rooms and 20 suites, a selection of dining options, a number of bars.

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Plaza Beach Hotel - Bamburi Beach, Kenya

The glittering white 3-star Plaza Beach Hotel stands amid tropical gardens on the famous Bamburi Beach, which is just north of Mombasa. A relaxed, intimate, family oriented hotel with multiple water sports, the Plaza Beach offers a selection of 88 air-conditioned rooms, all of which are accommodated in double storey buildings within the grounds. 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.

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Sai Rock Hotel - Bamburi Beach, Kenya

The Sai Rock Hotel stands on Bamburi beach, just north of Mombasa. Newly constructed it offers 63 rooms, a range of restaurants and bars and two swimming pools. 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.

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Sandies Coconut Village - Malindi, Kenya

Sandies Coconut Village 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 45 rooms, all of which are in double-storey bungalow blocks. 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.

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Sandies Tropical Village - Malindi, Kenya

Sandies Tropical Village is a family oriented all-inclusive tariff, Indian Ocean resort just 5 mins from Malindi Town. Set in extensive tropical gardens, it is presented in a fusion of traditional African style (high-vaulted thatched buildings) and Swahili style (Arab-styled, Moorish tradition). The hotel fronts onto a sweep of bay where all manner of water sports are available. The resort is situated in on the Silversands Beach in Malindi, Kenya. It is approximately 140km north of Mombasa and 15 minutes from Malindi Airport.

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Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa - Kenya

The Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa is situated North of Mombasa town on one of East Africa's most stunning white sand beaches leading into the protected Mombasa Marine Park. Set over 22 acres of naturally landscaped greens with lily ponds, five free form swimming pools and Lamu style architecture, the resort has a unique ambience suited for an ultimate leisure retreat.

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Serena Beach Hotel and Spa - North Coast, Kenya

Fringed by white beaches, and shaded by coconut palms, the silver ribbon of the Swahili coastline offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Bright white against the blue sky, set in extensive tropical gardens, the architecture of the Serena Beach Hotel and Spa replicates the winding lanes and colourful market places of a traditional 13th century Swahili town. At its heart lies the coral-built ‘Fortress of Tranquillity' of the exquisite ‘Maisha' Mind, Body and Spirit Spa.

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Severin Sea Lodge - Bamburi Beach, Kenya

One of the larger hotels on Bamburi Beach, which lies north of Mombasa Island, the Severin Sea Lodge is German owned and has a sister property in Tsavo West. Set in extensive grounds, it offers two or three storey rondavels, in which the circular rooms are located. Winding paths lead to the beach and main reception, which features shops, bars and an outdoor dining area. The main restaurant is in the centre of the hotel and there is an a la carte dhow restaurant.

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Southern Palms Beach Resort - Diani, Kenya

Southern Palms Beach Resort is situated on the beautiful white sandy shores of the Indian Ocean, at Diani Beach, 35 km south of Mombasa. A 4-star beach resort, it features a unique blend of traditional Swahili and Arabic architecture. The property is surrounded by over 10 acres of mature tropical gardens and coconut palms. This glorious ribbon of silver and sapphire, crashing surf and bright coral embroiders the coast of both Kenya and Tanzania and is steeped in a turbulent history...

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Sun n Sand Beach Resort - North Coast, Kenya

A modern and very large hotel (300 rooms), Sun n Sand Beach Resort stands in landscaped gardens on the Indian Ocean. An all-inclusive family resort, it offers a wide range of water sports and activities plus extensive child-friendly pursuits and supervision. Offering a Chinese, seafood, Italian and BBQ restaurants, the hotel also offers live bands and entertainment nightly. There is an extensive sports centre.

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Tembo House Hotel - Stone Town, Zanzibar

The Tembo House Hotel stands on the seafront in the very centre of Stone Town, Zanzibar, some 10-15 minute's drive from the international airport. A magnificent building poised at the edge of this Indian Ocean island town, the hotel is a historic icon that once served as the American Consulate in 1834 and later as the premises of Cowasjee Dinshaw and Partners, a famous trading company in the western Indian Ocean in 1884.

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The Funzi Keys – South Coast, Kenya

Tucked away on an unspoilt island in the Indian Ocean, yet only 15 minutes flying time from Mombasa, The Funzi Keys unique appeal is its luxurious seclusion and beautiful natural scenery. Surrounded by water and superbly located on a west-facing beach with glorious views of the African sunset, this remote and exclusive hideaway is the perfect place to escape from the outside world in style.

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The Majlis Resort - Lamu Island, Kenya

The Majlis resort is a small luxury beach hotel on the Lamu archipelago of northern Kenya. The resort is named ‘Majlis' after the Arabic term for an exceptionally comfortable and special place, where the host traditionally entertains his most important guests. Located on the exclusive Manda Island, which looks across to the ancient town of Lamu, this privately-owned hotel offers just 25 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all of which are presented in timelessly elegant Lamu style.

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The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort - Zanzibar

The stylish and excellently presented Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort lies to the north of the island, near the dhow centre of Nungwi. Magnificently located it offers four stunning pools, 3 restaurants, 4 bars, numerous activities, and is exceptionally child-friendly. 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.

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The Sands at Chale Island - Diani, Kenya

The Sands at Chale Island is an island accommodation. The Chale Island is a small romantic island situated about 600 meters from the mainland and 10 km south of Diani Beach, 50 km south of Mombasa and 70 km from the border of Tanzania. The term "Chale" refers to the name of an old warrior of the Digo tribe who is buried on the island. On certain days of the year his descendants still come to celebrate religious rituals.

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The Sands at Nomad - Diani Beach, Kenya

The Sands at Nomad is Kenya first coastal 'Boutique' hotel. Set on 25 meters of pristine greensward with uninterrupted vistas over one of the most beautiful stretches of this legendary beach, The Sands is the inspiration of the celebrated local artist, Mario Scianna, who is already renowned for his work in creating two of the south coast's most stylish bars, Marco's and Mario's, at the adjacent Leopard Beach Hotel.

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Swahili House Zanzibar Beach Vacations Hotels 7
The Swahili House - Stone Town, Zanzibar

The Swahili House has stood at the heart of historic Stone Town for 125 years. Built as a traditional Indian merchant's house, it was also home to members of the ruling Omani Sultan's family until being renovated and turned into a Boutique hotel in 2008. Built on five floors around a central courtyard, which features both a traditional Zanzibari staircase and a lift, it offers 22 rooms and a rooftop dining and bar area (with Jacuzzi).

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Tijara Beach Hotel - Diani Beach, Kenya

Tijara Beach Hotel is an exclusive retreat set on a seaside bluff in 5 acres of colourful gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean. At the foot of the cliffs is a private beach. A magnificent fresh water pool and ‘al fresco' dining area complete this enchanting resort. Owned and managed by Ian & Larissa Manson Hart, this secret hideaway provides an upmarket service whose intimate and personal attention gives everyone the feeling of being at home.

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Turtle Bay Beach Club - Watamu, Kenya

Turtle Bay Beach Club, a haven of fun and entertainment for the whole family, is Kenya's first all-inclusive beach resort (inclusive of ALL meals, local drinks, sparkling wine, day and night entertainment, and a supervised Kids Club). Located on one of the world's top five beaches, the Club offers excellent water sports facilities in a national marine park, which hosts an abundant variety of fish, coral and marine life.

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Unguja Lodge - Zanzibar

Situated on one of Zanzibar's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Unguja Lodge is small but very luxurious beach 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 Lodge is concealed well away from the busy tourist areas, making it the perfect venue for enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this tropical island paradise.

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Voyager Beach Resort - Nyali Beach, Kenya

Voyager Beach Resort, just 7 km north of Mombasa, is located on a fabulous stretch of Nyali beach, within easy reach of the many facilities offered by this popular area. It also boasts its own world-class water sports centre and one of the most comprehensive family entertainment programmes in Kenya. With something for everyone, this classic resorts offers the ultimate high-value, action-packed family holiday - overlooking one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world.

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Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski Hotel - Zanzibar

The stunning Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski Hotel offers crystal blue waters, a wide selection of dining experiences, sumptuous suites, extensive sports, and its own spa and private beach club. To enter the world of Zanzibar, meanwhile, is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There's a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived.

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Zanzibar Serena Inn - Stone Town, Zanzibar

Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of one Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the inn has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence.

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