6 days from £395pp plus international flights.
For many visitors, Kenya is all about the safari, and not everyone is aware of the miles of stunning coastline and beach resorts. They combine perfectly with the inland destinations to make a wonderful safari and beach holiday. That said, they make a stunning stand-alone getaway too.
If you're looking to escape from it all then look no further than the Kenya coast with its variety of destinations on offer. With gorgeous sunsets, sandy beaches, coral reefs, swaying palms and delicious fresh seafood washed down with a cocktail or two, this is holiday perfection!
There is plenty of choice as far as accommodation is concerned, and as an independent company we can book any hotel for you and tailor make your itinerary. There's everything from larger resort-type hotels to small boutique hotels, and several different areas to consider. We've highlighted some recommeded suggestions below, but these are by no means the only options.
Whether you want to stay in your hotel and make use of their facilities, or if you want to venture further afield and enjoy the wide variety of activities on offer, chat to us and we'll match you with the ideal beach hotel for you.
There are a lot of hotels on the Kenya coast, and you will find a list of many options here.
However, to give you an idea of the diversity, below you will a few hotels from different areas. All of these guide prices are per person sharing (not including flights) and based on the lowest standard of room in August 2018 – high season – for 5 nights.
For more specific advice and different costings of these or other hotels, please do get in touch with us so we can tailor make the right beach stay for you.
30km south of Mombasa on the mainland coast lies Diani Beach with its numerous world-class beach resorts. Just below Diani you'll find Galu Beach. Between them they offer swaying plams, coral reefs and sandy beaches edged with lush forests are all part of the mix. Diani attracts a diverse crowd and is popular with honeymooners, families, couples and groups alike. It caters for both relaxation and water sports. When you want a short break from lazing in your hammock, take a guided tour of the forests or even a full day trip to Shimba Hills National Reserve or Mwalunganje Elephant Sanctuary. Diving and snorkelling are popular in this area too and a host of local operators offer a variety of watersports for you to enjoy.
There is a lot of choice in this area, but here are a couple of our favourites to consider:
£1285 pp sharing (5 night full board)
£1215 pp sharing (5 nights full board - including a stay 5,pay 4 offer)
In and around Mombasa there are several world-renowned beaches that can compete with the best. There are some large hotels with lots of facilities - such as the good quality Serena Beach Resort and Spa - which will suit many people, though if you prefer smaller and quieter (with fewer facilities) we particularly like Tijara Beach just 10km south of Mombasa Island. It's private and secluded and you'll mostly only share the beach with the local fisherman bringing in their daily catch. The same fish will feature on the menu later in the day.
£650 pp sharing (5 nights half board)
Laid back and carefree describes Lamu perfectly. There are no cars on the island, and the relaxed pace of life here, coupled with the blend of Arab and African culture, makes this an attractive place to spend some time. You may want to do little more than laze on the beach but there are some worthwhile attractions to visit too. For an introduction into local culture and history, visit the Lamu Museum. There's a 19th century fort, over 20 mosques, a visit to the crab and lobster market is always frun. As you might expect, seafood is popular here, freshly caught each day by the local fisherman. There are flights to Lamu from Nairobi.
£650 pp sharing (5 ngihts full board)
Nor surprisingly, given that there is a Marine National Park just off the shores of Watamu, this is a destination associated with superb snorkelling and diving. Experience the beauty of the coral reef and the colourful marinelife that it sustains. Watamu is known for clear waters and 15km of inviting sandy beaches. Also offshore are interesting rock clusters that the sea has eroded over the years. Wander the sandy beaches, explore the rockpools and soak up the peace and tranquillity - there are no jetskis here! Many of the local operators work together to protect this natural wonder.
£395 pp sharing (5 nights all inclusive)
£1350 pp sharing (5 nights half board - including a stay 4 , pay 3 offer)
Whether you've just been on safari or are having a stand alone beach holiday on Kenya's stunning coast, you'll be looked after every step of the way. Whether you start in Mombasa or at Diani or one of the other airstrips, you'll be met by a local representative and safely transferred to your chosen accommodation where you can begin your relaxing holiday by the sea. You'll be shown to your room where you can make yourself at home. Unpack, relax and soak up the views. Later, make your way to the lounge, and meet fellow guests and enjoy your first evening meal. Dinner
Fully rested, wake to the sound of waves lapping the shore, or palms rustling in the breeze. When you are ready, wander over to the restaurant for breakfast, it's always a leisurely affair. While you enjoy a coffee you can decide what to do for the day. You can take advantage of water based activities that your resort or one of the local operators may offer. Most of the hotels have their own pool where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in between topping up your tan. Your time is your own, there's no pressure here. Breakfast, dinner.
You should be fully immersed in the relaxed way of beach life by now. Take a gentle stroll along the beach at low tide, perhaps you might like to don some snorkel gear and see explore beneath the surface. You may see local fisherman out on the waters or watch them bring their catch ashore. Those could be the very fish served up for tonight's menu. If the sun is too strong, shady seating back at the hotel is always welcoming. With no demands on your time, you can take each day as it comes. Breakfast, dinner.
With two more full days at your disposal, you can relax or explore to your hearts content, it really is up to you. If you want to venture out there are local villages to visit and local markets are always fun to experience. Depending on which hotel you decide on there will be other local points of interest and excursions that you can enjoy. All of this with a backdrop of the ocean. After a day out exploring, what could be better than coming back to your friendly hotel to relax and enjoy dinner. Breakfast, dinner.
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Today you'll be driven back to the airport or airstrip in time to connect with your flight home. Breakfast.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £395 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing for 5 nights in high season (August) in the lowest category of room, and with half board unless otherwise stated. Rates vary hugely, from about £395 (Turtle Bay) to around £1850 (Kinondo Kwetu). We have given some prices above, but please ask us for other hotels or durations that you're interested in.
5 nights twin share accommodation on half board basis unless otherwise stated.
International flights and taxes; visas; transfers; meals not specified; drinks; optional excursions and activities; tips; items of a personal nature
Getting there: This holiday starts and ends at the Kenya Coast. International flights from the UK will cost from around £750, depending on season and availability. Depending on your pre/post travel plans, regional flights can be added. We are ATOL-bonded and can book both domestic and regional flights for you.
Departure dates: This trip can be tailor made to begin on any date you choose, subject to availability.
A beautiful boutique style lodge on the sands of Diani Beach in Kenya.
A luxury beach resort with rooms and apartments in Watamu, south of Malindi.
Kinondo Kwetu is a small all-inclusive luxury beach lodge in the far south.
Kizingo Lodge has 8 bandas offers a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere on a 12km long beach.
Relax in style on the north west tip of Manda Island, Lamu.
Msambweni Beach House is an exclusive boutique lodge on the southern Kenya coast.
A large Swahili-style beach hotel with a pool and several restaurants.
Tijara Beach is an exclusive hideaway on the Kenyan coast offering a tranquil and relaxing stay perched above the Indian Ocean.
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