Kenya's Best Beach Stays

Barefoot luxury

Kenya's South Coast is known for it's palm-fringed, white sand beaches where there's a hassle-free atmosphere. With plenty of watersports and activities on offer, it's the ideal destination for honeymooners and families alike.

Alfajiri Villas, Diani Beach

Comprising of three completely unique villas, Alfajiri Villas are considered by many to be the finest villas on the East African Coast. Perfect for small groups, guests can choose from the Cliff Villa, Garden Villa or Beach Villa; each beautifully decorated to reflect the traditions of the region or the spectacular natural surroundings.

The four-bedroomed villas have lovely ensuite bathrooms, a lounge and a large veranda with a private gazebo. Each villa includes your own butler and offers unrivalled exclusivity, private swimming pools and stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

From £450 per person per night

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Kinondo Kwetu, Diani Beach

Kinondo Kwetu is often described as a ‘home away from home’, a paradise for those wanting a more personal experience on the Kenyan coast. Located at the far end of the remote Galu Beach, south of Diani beach, Kinondo Kwetu is classified as a ‘Kaya’area (protected by the National Museum) due to its surrounding holy forests and sacred land.

With five cottages, three suites, Garden Rooms and a Private Villa, Kinondo Kwetu is a small and intimate beach hideaway.

From £290 per person per night

Waterlovers, Diani Beach

WaterLovers is located on Diani Beach, about 35 km south of Mombasa. This is a fantastic beach property, brilliant for couples and families alike. The property was set up by Riccardo and Valentina, who fell in love with the South Coast at first sight. Today the romantic location continues to appeal to couples and honeymooners – and the activities are fantastic for families too!

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The Majlis, Lamu

With a superb beachfront location and breathtaking views over the bay and Lamu Island, The Majlis offers the perfect setting and the ideal accommodation for barefoot luxury and informal pampering on your trip to Kenya. This boutique hotel offers 39 exquisite deluxe rooms and suites divided into three beachfront villas. Rooms are very spacious, well appointed, and fully air-conditioned and the Majlis restaurant will not fail to impress with a panoramic view of the bay and the finest cuisine.

Additional state-of-the-art facilities include two bars, two swimming pools, and an activity centre that co-ordinates a wide variety of water sport activities.

From £175 per person per night

Manda Bay, Lamu

Manda Bay is a small privately owned boutique lodge located on the northern tip of Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago on Kenya’s coast. An unspoilt, secluded location where you can switch off and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces. The only access to Manda Bay is by speedboat so guests can enjoy this private island all to themselves.

Manda Bay is the perfect escape for families, honeymooners, and couples looking for the ultimate 'no shoes, no news' experience and is renowned for its wonderfully relaxed atmosphere with a variety of activities on offer.

From £210 per person per night

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Afrochic, Diani Beach

This exclusively intimate hotel, with only 10 guest rooms each with their own en suite bathroom, balcony and sun-loungers, is singularly personable and highly individual. Miles of expansive and near deserted beaches await discovery, and for those who wish a more active way to spend the day, an 18 hole Championship Golf Course is within three minutes drive from the hotel. Local boutiques, spas, and craft markets are a short ride away, and day trips to Shimba Hills Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary add to the Kenyan coastal experience.

AfroChic is the perfect getaway for those seeking rest, relaxation and the personal touch.

From £120 per person per night

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Msambweni Beach House and Private Villas, Diani Beach

Msambweni Beach House and Private Villas are an off the beaten track beach destination, perfect for honeymoon couples, or families looking to find exclusivity and privacy. Situated on a pristine Kenyan beach the Beach House has 4 en suite bedrooms and a few meters from the main house are 3 private villas, each with its own infinity pool overlooking the beach, private jacuzzi, and large terrace to enjoy complimentary massages.

From £275 per person per night

Peponi Hotel, Lamu

Based in Shela village, on Lamu island, and a real Journeys by Design favourite, Peponi is a fabulous and very reasonably priced boutique hotel run by Carol Korschen, whose family house it has been since the 1960s. The food is incredible here. Served up inside or out, it is an experience in itself, and – whether European, Swahili or sushi – is excellent, innovative and delicious. The service is equally good.

Activities include dhow trips, snorkeling, water sports and excursions into Shela, Lamu town and Takwa Ruins.

From £120 per person per night

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