- Stunning beachfront location
- Impeccable service
- Gorgeous interior design
The Alfajiri Villas are located on Diani Beach, about ninety minutes’ drive south of Mombasa, east Kenya. Tucked into coral cliffs, these sumptuous private villas are just steps away from the sea, with unparalleled views out across the Indian Ocean. Facing directly east, the spectacular sunrises give the villas their name, which means 'dawn' in Swahili.
Alfajiri owns three villas along the shoreline. The properties do vary somewhat in size and style, but all are beautifully decorated, featuring infinity pools looking out to the ocean horizon, and excellent 24 hour service. Cliff Villa is bright and breezy, with exquisite fabrics combining with the ornate Lamu doors to give a relaxed, elegant feel. The large veranda features hand-carved sofas and a dining area. There are four bedrooms including a twin on the ground floor, two doubles on the first, and the Turret Suite at the top, which boasts 270° views of the sea. In contrast, Garden Villa is distinctly more East African in style with a spacious veranda beneath a makuti roof, and cultural artefacts and fittings. This villa is enclosed by lush gardens, creating privacy and seclusion. Housing four luxuriously-appointed double rooms, each with their own bathrooms, Garden Villa is perfect for four couples travelling together. Beach Villa is similar to Garden Villa, fringed with palms, and with a high makuti roof, and adobe walls. The ground floor houses two double rooms, and on the first floor, there’s a twin and a double; all four rooms have air conditioning, with the exception of the first-floor double. All food and drink is included with the stay, with à la carte dining served al fresco or indoors within the villa. The food is superb, with meals prepared using fresh seafood from the beach, and produce from local farms.
A range of activities is included, from snorkelling trips to the coral reef, to visits to an orphanage and local villages in the Diani Beach area. Each villa has its own massage facilities, and use of a gym and sauna is available at a nearby property. Staff can also book other activities in and around Diani Beach, including diving, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, and lovely excursions by dhow to the Kisite Marine National Park. There’s also quad biking in the Shimba Hills, as well as day safaris to Tsavo East National Park.
Families are welcome at any of the three properties, although Cliff Villa has an ideal set-up for families, with the rooms differing in size and more flexible bed arrangements. There are no age restrictions, and two English-speaking ayahs (nannies) are available 24 hours a day. Note that parental supervision is essential at all times since the pool is unfenced and there are no lifeguards on the beach.
Alfajiri Villas offers the ultimate in exclusivity and luxury, with impeccable service and beautifully-appointed accommodation in an unbeatable beachfront location.
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