Rating: Mid-range Price from: £60 - £105 pp half board
Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa is on Galu Beach 40km south of Mombasa. Diani Beach, the hub of local tourist activity, is 7km to the north and offers all the facilities and amenities of an urban centre. Pinewood Village is ideally situated for sea excursions. Nearby Wasini, Kisite, Chale, Funzi and Shimoni are all havens for snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and sight-seeing.
The hotel is set in colourful tropical gardens and has a tranquil ambiance. Accommodation consists of tastefully furnished rooms and private suites. There are 36 rooms and 20 suites. All have ceiling fans and split unit air conditioning, tea and coffee makers, minibars, internet access, telephone and en-suite bathrooms. Suites also have the services of personal chef for dinner.
In-house facilities include attractive swimming pool, swim-up pool bar, several different restaurant choices, a water sport & dive centre, tennis and squash courts and a small gift shop. The spa offers a range of body treatments and massages. The watersport centre can arrange scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, wind surfing and sea excursions.
Open: Year round
Location: Galu Kinondo Beach, south of Mombasa
Rooms: 58 rooms comprising 36 deluxe rooms, 18 suites, 2 executive rooms and 2 executive suites. ranging from deluxe rooms to executive suites. All have air conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, tea/coffee makers, telephone, internet access and en-suite bathroom. They also have private balconies or terraces. Suites have a kitchen where a personal chef prepares private meals. Your stay here can be on half board, full board or all inclusive.
Activities: Tennis, table tennis, darts, beach games. There is an on-site PADI dive centre offering scuba diving as well as snorkelling, kite surfing, wind surfing and big game fishing. There is a conservation programme. Pinewood also offer a wedding package.
Facilities: These include a swimming pool, spa, gym, gift shop, laundry. There are indoor and outdoor lounges, 2 restaurants, a grill and a bistro and 3 bars (pool, beach and lounge bar). The hotel offers a laundry service, currency exchange and a gift shop.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in the restaurants or in the privacy of your suite.
Children: Pinewood welcome children of all ages.
Health: This is in a malarial area.
Communication: Wifi is available here in the business centre and in guest rooms. There is a good mobile phone signal.
A perfect combination of Kenya's best game viewing and a week at an idyllic beach location.
The good value safari and beach combination, with ample spent time in both locations.
Pinewood is a very eco-friendly resort that supports and maintains the local community at large, including providing free water, prioritising employment for locals and buying local produce such as fish. They raise funds for a nearby eye clinic and have a trust fund to help school and feed the local children. They are also on the front line in the fight against child labour and sex tourism. Their efforts as regards conserving natural resources and not polluting the environment are to be applauded, and they also protect wildlife in their vicinity, such as colobus monkeys. This is quite a small lodge but it has a big heart.
"A lovely setting, an attractively designed and spacious compound, We did not use the spa but enjoyed the pool and - until it became too hot - walking up and down the seemingly endless stretch of beach . The buffet meals were good and imaginative. A pity that to stop the monkeys getting in we had to keep all windows and doors closed and the A/C on continuously. But there is nothing anyone can do about that! Despite that, we were really sorry when the time came to leave this hotel."