Diani Beach - South Coast of Mombasa, 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 pre-dating Da Gama and stretching back into the sultry mists of time when leopards lived in the coral caves and elephants trooped the beaches. The resultant Swahili culture, a fabulous fusion of Arab, African, Portuguese and every other kind of colonial there ever was; 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.
Kenya's south 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.
Location and seasons
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 Kaskazi, which blows from April to October; and the north-easterly Kazi which blows from November to March.
Kenya's pristine and well-developed coral reef extends virtually without break from Shimoni in the south to Malindi in the north, some 230 kms in total. The reef is broken only in a few places by river mouths and creeks; and of these the deepest and most sheltered safe channels through the reef are those that lie on either side of Mombasa Island.
The hotel offers 300 air-conditioned rooms and 2 Luxury suites.
Dining and bars
The hotel offers the 'Garden Terrace Restaurant, which features wide buffet selections as well as BBQ's. Live entertainment is provided. The Khus Khus Bar offers both drinks and snacks.
Conference and event facilities
The resort offers conference facilities. It also welcomes wedding parties and honeymooners.
The resort welcomes children.
What to see and do
The resort offers two free-form swimming pools. There are also two flood-lit tennis courts, free water sports (including windsurfing and weekly scuba instruction) and a mini gym. There is also mini-golf course and shuffleboard court with weekly tournaments, where prizes can be won. The activities on offer include swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips, glass-bottom boat trips, nature trails, butterfly farms, places of historic interest, visits to the nearby Shimba Hills (a coastal national park with plentiful elephant) or to the world-famous Arabuko Sokoke Forest, one of the last of the rainforests.
This beach is also an active nesting ground for the endangered Hawksbill Turtle. A nesting or hatching is a ‘must see' between the months of June and August, but hatchings may be seen as late as December.
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