Kenya has some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. Each dotted with beautiful luxury resorts with beautiful views and spectacular service. The charming locals who are always smiling will also draw you in with their stories, and take you to explore the islands and coastal region. The perfect temperature and cooling sea breeze will make you think you’re in heaven. But before enjoying all the allures of the Kenyan coastal region, you need to find the perfect beach resort first. There are so many of them and choosing the perfect one is really hard. So I’ve made a list of my “Top 10 Beach Resorts in Kenya” to help you with your selection.
1) The Charming Lonno Lodge
With a 5/5 rating from 500 reviewers, this 5 Star lodge is the recipient of “Trip Advisors 2020 Best of the Best” awards. Meaning Lonno Lodge is in the top 1% of best-rated businesses in the world. And this resort deserves all these accolades. Its other awards include “2020 Best Boutique Luxury Resort in The World”, “2020 Best Luxury Resort in Africa” and “2020 Best Small Resort in Africa”. In other words, it’s the perfect resort, with breath-taking views, excellent service, the best food you could possibly eat, and at the perfect price.
The Charming Lonno Lodge is located on the seaside of Watamu Marine Park offering beautiful views of the world-renowned Watamu Beach. The secluded nature of the resort ensures you will always have privacy and its small size ensure all the guests get top quality service. The resort is also a walking distance from many incredible locations such as the PGA certified Vipingo Ridge Golf Course. The resort has been described as “Heaven” and “A more luxurious and peaceful Home Away from Home” by many guests. Therefore, I highly encourage everyone to visit The Charming Lonno Lodge.
2) Medina Palms Watamu
Located along Watamu Beach, one of the best beaches in the world, Medina Palms is one of the most popular 5 Star Hotels in Watamu. Their luxury suites and villas offer beautiful views of the ocean, garden, and plunge pool that winds through the resort. Their restaurant also has world-class chefs cooking some of the best food you’ll ever have. All of the food on their menu is incredible and you’ll want to try everything. The staff also offers free windsurfing and kayaking lessons. However, one of Medina Palms’ defining qualities is its wonderful and friendly staff, and the staff is what makes the resort a popular honeymoon and holidaying destination.
3) Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu is located in the middle of Watamu Marine Park. This marine park is famous for its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. Hemingways is the definition of luxury, its beautiful rooms all have views of the ocean, and the friendly staff and amazing food ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The 5 Star hotel has a lot of activities. You can snorkel within the marine park which is considered one of the best snorkeling and diving areas on the coast of Africa. You can also go golfing at a world-class golf course nearby, the Vipingo Ridge Golf Course.
4) Vipingo Ridge
If you want a golfing holiday then you need to visit Vipingo Ridge. Located on Africa’s first and only PGA-approved golf course, the villas here offer beautiful views of both the ocean and the golf course. The golf course has a spectacular backdrop. To the east is the beautiful turquoise-colored ocean and white sandy beaches and to the west, you can view the sunset over the extraordinary beautiful woodlands. I doubt there is a golf course with better views than Vipingo Ridge anywhere else in the world. The Indian ocean breeze also ensures the golfers are cooler than any other golf course. Thus ensuring you are relaxed and comfortable as you move around the 2 18-hole golf courses.
5) Serena Beach Resort & Spa
Located in Mombasa Serena Beach Resort & Spa is one of the most popular and famous resorts in Kenya. Its prime location and long history make it one of the most trusted hotel brands in the country. However, the hotel is quite expensive, but the quality justifies the price. Serena Hotel’s service is world-class, and the resort has all the amenities expected from a world-class resort plus extras. Some of its unique facilities include air-conditioned squash courts with equipment, butterfly center, and turtle watch program. If you get bored you can use their recreational facilities. Which include kite surfing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, and eco trails. Its Spa is also among the best in Mombasa, so make sure you try it on your stay there.
6) PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort and Spa Convention Centre
If you love water sports, having fun and you also happen to be a business traveler then PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort is perfect for you. Boasting of the only Aqua Park in Mombasa this huge resort is the most enjoyable resort to stay in. Located on the white beaches of Shanzu, this hotel prides itself in being the only and first resort to introduce the concept of bleisure on the Kenyan Coast. Therefore, the resort combines business facilities with leisure facilities. This means Pride Inn isn’t just built for relaxation and luxury but also to be as entertaining and enjoyable for the guests and business travelers as possible.
Other than that, Pride Inn is Africa’s Largest Beach Convention Centre, so if you want to have some fun while at a convention you need to book this hotel ASAP. PrideInn is not just about fun, it also has some of the best food, cleanest facilities, and the friendliest staff around. Hence why it attracts so many clients from across the globe.
7) AfroChic Diani Beach
If you want privacy during your stay at the coast then AfroChic was made just for you. Situated on Diani Beach, one of the best beaches on the African coast, this hotel offers spectacular views of the ocean from its 10 guest rooms. From your room, you can view exotic and ancient dhow speed by in full sail. Being a boutique hotel, the food here is wonderful and the service incredible. Which is what earned AfroChic a Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice Award.
8) Temple Point Resort
Located in Watamu Marine National Park, Temple Point Resort seats on a headland between the Indian Ocean and Mida Creek. This unique location provides the resort with beautiful views into both the Ocean and Mida Creek Lagoon on multiple sides. From the rooms, you also get a view of the surrounding beautiful gardens. The view creates a serene atmosphere that can’t be matched by surrounding resorts.
9) The Maji
The Maji is a 5/5 rated boutique hotel located in Diani. Its high-quality service earned it the “2020 Best of the Best Award”. It the second hotel on this list with the award. Its amenities list is really impressive and includes a private Jacuzzi suite. One of the best features of The Maji is its unique dining concept with no set meal times. This means you can eat what you want when you want, where you want from their extensive a la carte menu.
10) Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort
Located on one of the longest beach fronts on the Kenyan Coast, Sarova Whitesands has been one of the best resorts for family getaways for years. It has 5 swimming pools equipped with waterslides, four flood-lit tennis courts, a kids club, and a host of water sports such as jet-skiing. So, you can never get bored at Sarova Whitesands. The hotel rooms are really clean and well maintained. Most have beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding garden creating the perfect atmosphere for relaxation.
This finishes of my list of the Top 10 Beach Resorts in Kenya.
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