- Stunning beachfront location
- High-end property, impeccable service
- Snorkelling, diving, deep-sea fishing
- Dhow excursions, quad biking
The exclusive Alfajiri Villas occupy an unbeatable location 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.
There are three separate villas along the shoreline. The properties 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 and 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, lending it privacy and seclusion. It houses four luxuriously-appointed double rooms, each with their own bathrooms and 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; note that only three of Beach Villa’s four rooms have air conditioning. A la carte meals are served al fresco or indoors within the villas. The food is superb, consisting of fresh seafood from the beach and produce from local farms.
There’s a really good range of activities to enjoy from snorkelling on 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. Other activities in and around Diani Beach include 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.
Children 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.
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
I had just the most incredible time on the climb.
The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.
George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.
Finn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019
We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.
Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!
We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.
Suzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019