Kenya’s Indian Ocean shore is simply superb, and many of the resorts and hotels you find here rank among the best places to stay in Kenya. You’ll have the widest choice around Diani Beach and the southern port city of Mombasa, but there are options, too, in Kenya’s far south. It’s not always about the luxury. But it very often can be. Here are our choices for the best Kenya beach resorts and hotels.

 

Almanara Boutique Hotel (Diani Beach)

Almanara Boutique Hotel

You’ll feel like you’ve wandered into a film set of how coastal Kenya hotels are supposed to be when you stay at sustainability-conscious Almanara Boutique Hotel. Rooms are simply gorgeous, combining luxury with a designer’s eye for detail, and everything here is excellent, from the restaurant and bar to the palm-shaded swimming pool, spa and beach.

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Msambweni Beach House (Msambweni)

Msambweni Beach House

Along Kenya’s stunning southern coast, Msambweni Beach House is a wonderfully exclusive place to stay. Rooms come in different styles and sizes, with both suites and villas, and there’s luxury and a real slice of sophistication at every turn. There’s also a beach, a bar, a restaurant and impeccable service.

 

Elewana AfroChic Diani Beach

AfroChic Diani Beach

One of Kenya’s loveliest beach resorts, Elewana AfroChic Diani Beach has an impressive portfolio of individually styled rooms, each true to local Swahili culture, especially in the use of local wood. Staying here, it can feel like you have your own private beach, and everything is beautifully done, from the facilities (swimming pool, bars, restaurants) to the warm welcome from those who’ll look after you during your stay.

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The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel (Diani Beach)

The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel

Consistently ranked among Kenya’s best beach hotels, the Maji has large and luxurious rooms, each with its own charm. Some have West African prints and Persian carpets, while four-poster beds and antique wood furnishings adorn others. All are supremely comfortable, with plenty of natural light. There’s an excellent on-site spa with a range of treatments, as well as bars, restaurants and swimming pools. One of the pools meanders through the property like a castle moat. Best of all, it all happens right by a pretty beach.

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Baobab Beach Resort (Diani Beach)

Baobab Beach Resort

Many Kenya beach resorts claim to be by the sea, but none get closer than Baobab Beach Resort: there’s nothing here between you and the ocean except for a delightful stretch of sand. Baobab has everything a resort should, including multiple bars, restaurants, swimming pools, beautiful grounds with sweeping sunrise views and gorgeous sunset colors, and a spa. The light-filled rooms come with wood furnishings, stunning African statues in some, and tiled floors.

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Diani Sea Resort (Diani Beach)

Diani Sea Resort

Set among palm trees and other tropical greenery, Diani Sea Resort is a wonderful seaside place to stay. Swim in a pool surrounded by flowers, enjoy the bar and restaurant with stirring sunrise views and sunset colors through the palm trees, and sleep well in the bright, attractive rooms. What distinguishes this place from other Kenya beach resorts are the activities you can enjoy here, from a relaxed excursion in a glass-bottomed boat to kitesurfing.

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Waterlovers Beach Resort (Diani Beach)

Waterlovers Beach Resort

The four-star Waterlovers Beach Resort has a strong East African sensibility with wooden ceremonial statues and other traditional decor in many of the rooms. There are suites, villas and even a penthouse, and don’t be surprised if a colobus monkey turns up on your balcony. An inviting swimming pool, bar, restaurant and spa, as well as a prime beachfront position and plenty of activities, round out a great package.

 

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa (Bamburi Beach, Mombasa)

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa

Part of the elegant and timeless Sarova chain of hotels, the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa has pretty, cream-toned rooms. They’re spread across grounds where palm trees of the deepest green offset the equally deep blues of sky and sea. There’s everything here for the ideal Indian Ocean beach holiday: pools (including one with a waterslide), bars, restaurants and more. It’s in the Bamburi Beach area, north of Mombasa.

 

Serena Beach Resort & Spa (Mombasa)

Serena Beach Resort & Spa

Not far northwest of Mombasa’s old town, and very close to the water’s edge, Serena Beach Resort & Spa is an old-school safari hotel grafted onto the East African coast. Colorful decor and faux Swahili architectural touches fill the large rooms. The hotel has excellent amenities that include a spa, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and fitness center, with a fantastic range of aquatic activities on offer.

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Leopard Beach Resort & Spa (Diani Beach)

Leopard Beach Resort & Spa

When it comes to Kenya beach resorts, this place has something for everyone. Rooms range from standard suites and villas to cottages and even a stunning private residence. As you’d expect, a seaside location, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a number of bars are standard.

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By Anthony Ham
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Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.

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