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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.

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.

Location and seasons
The hotel is located on Mombasa's north coast. Kenya's north coast, one of her most popular beach holiday destinations, offers clear blue sea, marine parks, excellent water sports, coral reefs, monsoon winds, numerous hotels and beach resorts, family vacations, sun n sand, cultural and beach travel and more. Close to Mombasa, it is also within easy reach of Malindi, Lamu, Diani and many other popular Kenya safari resort hotels.

Beach vacation facts
The Kenyan coast is roughly divided into ‘North and ‘South' of the island city of Mombasa. To reach the south coast, it is necessary to cross from the island of Mombasa via the Likoni Ferry (10 minutes) to the start of the south coast beaches. The link to the north coast is via the Nyali Bridge, which leads from the island (via the suburb of Nyali) to the north coast.
The north coast features:
• Nyali Beach
• Kenyatta and Bamburi Beaches
• Shanzu beach
• Kilifi
• Watamu

Beach facts: Hottest time is between November and March, rainy season is May and June (hotel closed 01 May to 15 June); sea weed on beach and strong winds May /August. September to November is cool and pleasant.

Mombasa
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, lying on the Indian Ocean. It has a major port and an international airport. The city is the centre of the coastal tourism industry. The original Arabic name is Manbasa; in Swahili it is called Kisiwa Cha Mvita (or Mvita for short), which means "Island of War", due to the many changes in its ownership. The town is also the headquarters of Mombasa District which, like most other districts in Kenya, is named after its chief town.

The city has a population of 727,842 and is located on Mombasa Island, which is separated from the mainland by two creeks; Tudor Creek and Kilindini Harbour. The island is connected to the mainland to the north by the Nyali Bridge, to the south by the Likoni Ferry and to the west by the Makupa Causeway, alongside which runs the Uganda Railway. The port serves both Kenya and countries of the interior, linking them to the Ocean. The town is served by Moi International Airport.

The Background
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, uncharted mangrove swamps and mysterious Arab and Swahili ruins, many of which date back to the 8th Century AD. An idyllic climate cooled by the monsoon, the Swahili coast offers a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine, and the hot steamy climate is tempered by the monsoon winds: the south-easterly Kusi, which blows from April to October; and the north-easterly Kaskazi which blows from November to March.

Accommodation
The resort has 300 air conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms available in 4 categories.
The facilities include:
• Bath/shower
• Split unit air conditioning
• Pedestal fan
• Queen and standard size beds
• Hair drier
• Telephone
• Safe
• Satellite television
• Mini fridge
• Tea/coffee making facilities
• Private balcony

The room rate includes:
• All Meals: buffet breakfast with sparkling wine, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
• A choice of A' la Carte restaurants for dinner - Chinese, Sea food, Italian and Barbeque (charged extra) .
• Snacks: 1000 - 1800 hrs daily.
• Selected local drinks: Keg Beer, wines, spirits, cocktails, juices, sodas, purified water (treated by desalination/ozonation), up to 2300hrs.
• Glass-bottom boats/scuba diving/deep sea fishing and other motorized sports can be arranged at extra charge. (Please note all water sports subject to tide/season).
• Crazy golf, table tennis, billiards, volleyball, giant chess, badminton, soccer, tennis (1 floodlit tennis court, games, darts, indoor sports centre with satellite TV/Video and gym.
• Sunshine kids club for children (4 - 11 years old) open daily from 1000hrs to 1200hrs and 1430hrs. Fully supervised by trained animation team.
• Conference facilities of up to 300 participants with breakout rooms.
• Nightly entertainment including theme nights, discos, live bands, acrobatic shows, traditional dancers and the Animation team.

Dining and bars
The hotel offers six restaurants: The Fahari Restaurant, offering international buffet menus for breakfast, lunch and dinners. The Oriental Hut offering a la carte oriental cuisine, the Safari Ranch for open air BBQ meals and the Safina Snack Restaurant. La Stella is an Italian restaurant that overlooks the beach, while the Safina Grill offers an a la carte fine dining experience. There are six bars, some in the grounds, some on the beach.

Conference and event facilities
The business centre offers internet access, email services, image scanning, document printing and photocopying, fax services, wireless internet and secretarial support. The hotel also offers a selection of conference rooms (air conditioned) with business support services.

Child-friendly
The hotel welcomes children and offers: children's meal-times, children's play/TV room, babysitting and additional beds in rooms. The resort offers extensive animation and child supervision plus activities to include: there is also a toddler pool.
• Creative indoor/outdoor activities
• Adventurous beach activities
• Play group time
• African experience stories
• Talent shows
• Face painting
• Dancing lessons
• Fun out door playground
• Fish feeding
• Magic shows

What to see and do
• Live entertainment
• bands
• traditional dancers
• guitarist
• karaoke
• cabaret shows
• acrobatic and fire eating shows
• magic shows
• E-Team interactive shows
• Daily open air disco
• Quiz night
• Bingo night

Bingo night Outdoor Activities
• Water rugby
• Beach volleyball
• Croquette
• Water Aerobics
• Boccia
• Field darts killers game
• Beach Olympics
• Rounders
• Soccer
• Rugby
• Volleyball
• Pool Olympics

Excursions
• Tour to the Ngomongo villages
• Big game safaris with local travel/tours agents

Sports complex
• Gym, Pool tables, Darts, Football table, Air hockey table
• Table tennis, Board games, Flood-lit tennis courts, Crazy golf, 9-hole pitch & putt golf greens, Giant chess
• Boccia, Beach volleyball and football, Archery, Basketball, Croquet
• In-house animation and team building program tailored for you.
• Fully fledged recreation centre with the following facilities available:
• Gym, Pool tables, Darts, Football table, Air hockey table
• Our water sports centre provides a variety of sporting activities including kayaking, peddle boating, windsurfing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and glass bottom boat.
• You get one FREE 45 minute scuba dive lesson with complete gear in the pool per stay.
• Motorized water sports are charged and are subject to tide and weather conditions.
• Golfing at the 18 hole Nyali course

Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve
The Baobab Adventure
Haller Park - a magnificent example of land reclamation by the Bamburi Cement Company named in order of Rene Haller who instigated the project over the past 30 years. Leafy oasis, game sanctuary, nature trail commercial fish farm - antelope, hippo, giant tortoise and Rothschild's giraffe, crocodile, snake park and palmetium. Bamburi Forest rails - picnicking BBQ Butterfly Pavilion,
Nguuni Wildlife Sanctuary , 5km from Haller Park reclaimed park Masai ostrich eland and oryx and bird life (260 species).
Mamba Village - crocodile farm with 10, 00 crocodiles, camel rides and horse riding.
Ngomongo villages - representation of ten of Kenya tribes illustrating traditional homesteads, dress and activities.

Jumba la Mtwana (Mansion of the Slave)
2kms north of Mtwapa Creek (10 minutes from the Serena Beach Hotel) this national monument contains the remains of a 15th century Swahili slaving settlement and three ruined mosques.
Jumba la Mtwana is open daily 8am to 6pm and fees are payable upon entry.
Location: The site is signposted 1 km north of Mtwapa Bridge.

Mnarani Ruins
Just south of Kilifi creek the remains of a 15th century Swahili settlement including a magnificent pillar tomb and Friday mosque.

Bombolulu
Bombolulu is a crafts training school and manufacturing centre that employs over 260 disabled people, mostly polio victims. It features five handicraft workshops, all of which you can visit and the most famous of which is the jewellery workshop offering a wide variety of designs in metal and local materials such as old coins and seeds. There is also a cultural centre displaying six traditional homesteads, a central restaurant and dance floor where traditional crafts, cooking and farming are demonstrated.

The Bombolulu workshops are open Monday to Friday 8am to 12.45pm and 2-5pm. Entry is free. There is also a cultural centre and craft showrooms. Location: Bombolulu is 3km north of Nyali Bridge.


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