- Stunning ocean location
- Private beach
- Wide range of activities
- Flexible à la carte dining
AfroChic Diani Beach is a contemporary boutique hotel belonging to the Elewana Collection, a portfolio of high end properties throughout both Kenya and Tanzania. Approximately two hours’ drive from Mombasa and only 15 minutes from Ukunda Airport, the hotel is located at the northern end of the stunning Diani Beach, southern Kenya.
The main building comprises reception area, indoor lounge and dining area. Outside is a very pleasant terrace overlooking the hotel’s large swimming pool, and landscaped lawns lead to a private section of white sand beach, fringed by the Indian Ocean.
Mealtimes are extremely flexible with à la carte menus offering European, Indian and Swahili cuisine. A choice of locations includes individual table service either in the dining room, in the pretty gardens, or on the beach. Private dining can also be accommodated.
There are plenty of activities to choose from, including kayaking, kite surfing, and windsurfing. Snorkelling excursions are available to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park, famed for its dramatic coral formations and diverse marine life, and reef tours with local fishermen can also be arranged. The local PADI dive centre offers scuba tuition for beginners, and boat excursions for more experienced divers. Land based activities include game drives to Shimba Hills Nature Reserve, home to elephants, leopards and the rare sable antelope, and visits to the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, and the historic and atmospheric Mombasa Island. Massages and beauty treatments can be booked at the hotel, and there’s a fabulous tropical golf course located just a few minutes’ away.
The accommodation comprises eight guest rooms and two suites, all individually designed with eclectic, African themes. Each of the eight double rooms accommodates a maximum of two guests. The Junior Suite contains one double bed and one single, whilst the larger Executive Suite houses two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a single. All units have an ensuite bathroom with either bath or shower, along with air conditioning, ceiling fan, mini-bar, TV and DVD player, and safe. Each unit boasts a private balcony with superb ocean or garden views.
Children are most welcome at the hotel, and the two suites are particularly suited to families. Under 12s are accommodated free of charge, and there are discounts for children under 18 years of age. A babysitting service can be arranged.
AfroChic Diani Beach offers intimate, tranquil accommodation and attentive service in an idyllic beachfront location. The hotel will appeal to travellers in search of a good variety of activities combined with simple relaxation in a beautiful setting.
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014
If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!
We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.
Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.
We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!
Joanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014