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“Afro Chic is an Understatement!” 5 of 5 stars
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AfroChic Diani
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Golden Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Diani Beach
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“Afro Chic is an Understatement!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

My husband and I stayed here after safari in the Masai Mara for 6 days. It was the perfect way to wind down and relax after long days of game drives! The staff here is exceptional. All my best to Tziporah and the rest of the staff. They are the warmest, most welcoming people. We felt like family - very well taken care of. They really go out of their way to make you happy and they did a great job! Wonderful people!

This property is more like your own private villa. When we were there - there were only a few other guests there, so we had the place mostly to ourselves! The pool, lounge chairs/beds on the beach were perfect. This place is a cross between a Miami South Beach hotel and an upscale B&B with amazing African art throughout. Casually elegant and so incredibly chic!

The food was phenomenal. You are provided a menu with a vast range of selections, no matter what your food choice/preferences. You order what you want, when you want and eat it where you want. It is gourmet quality food. Fantastic! We had full board which was more than enough food for both of us. We simply could not eat three full meals a day as there was so much delicious food! The beauty of it is that there are no set "meal times" and no pressure to do anything - except enjoy the beautiful property and the Indian Ocean and each other.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable with a large bath with separate shower and tub. There is a large deck overlooking the grounds. Lovely! The only area I can see room for improvement is with the bedding. It wasn't the best. Considering the quality of everything else, I was surprised the sheets weren't a higher quality (softer) and that there wasn't a mosquito net over the bed. This would've made a huge difference as the mosquitos loved to visit us in the night. These are two things that are minor in the scheme of things, but I just wanted to mention it.

Don't be afraid to venture out of the hotel. The beach is gorgeous - you can walk for hours. Ignore the boys that try to sell you things. Don't even engage or you won't get rid of them! Remember to barter if you consider buying anything from them. Also, be aware that the ocean here is very tidal, so you have to be aware of this if you want to swim or dive. The hotel posts high tide/low tide every day.

We really loved this place. We were sad to leave. We have traveled extensively all over the world and were very impressed. It's a great find! Don't hesitate - GO! You will love it!

You will think about this place long after you leave - it stays with you. We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Rooms on the ocean side are the way to go!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Turn off your phones and take off your watches at this wonderfully relaxing boutique hotel on Kenya's south coast. The service was impeccable with meals, meal times and dining location choices for dining completely at our discretion and choice. The full a la carte menu allows you to choose what you want to eat and craft it to each individual's taste. AND... the chefs are amazing, capitalizing on the freshest catches of the day. The rooms are well appointed and spotless with lots of little extras (like straw bags to carry things to the beach or pool.) The entire place is spotless and the service is unobtrusive but attentive to every need. The pool is large enough for quiet lap swimming in the early mornings and is beautifully maintained. The towels are large and fluffy and only accent the depth of service as well as the relaxed atmosphere. My friend had a massage and she highly recommended it. They have created their own strip of beach so you can be on the beach but not bothered by the beach boys. It truly is paradise in paradise.

Room Tip: Room tips: There are 7 rooms facing the sea and 3 facing the garden - all have verandas although so...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

The last destination of our honeymoon and we are very glad we chose to stay at Afrochic! With only 10 rooms and a very relaxed atmosphere it was exactly what we were looking for. The staff were all very friendly and service-minded and went out of their way to surprise us with a new setting of our dining table every night and honeymoon decorations in our room upon our return from dinners. The GM, Stephan, and his team, Zephora and Sylvia, were very welcoming and helpful. The food and all the service was impressive - Jeremiah will tempt you with the menu every few hours!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

We stayed at AfroChic for 3 nights with our baby in the Punda Milia suite and it was one of our best holidays in Mombasa yet! The room was very spacious and clean and over looking the pool and with a beautiful sea view.

The service is personable from the start, Zipporah is doing a brilliant job - nothing was ever too much trouble for her or for anyone else - Fiar, Norman, Jeremiah - thank you all for such great service. Fiar - thanks for keeping our baby entertained while we ate!

The concept at AfroChic won us over - no time pressure, eat what you want when you want - everything at your own leisure.

Being a small boutique hotel on small grounds meant that our baby monitor worked too, so after we put baby to sleep my husband and I could go and enjoy dinner by the pool knowing we could take our time but have 'one eye' on baby too.

The food was fantastic, the chef's specials change everyday and the rest of the menu is extensive enough to be able to try a variety of dishes.

Gorgeous, clean beach with not too many beach boys and a very inviting sea. Lovely day beds by the beach too for lounging on. The pool is very well kept too.

Thank you to the afrochic team for a wonderful family holiday, we will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Punda Milia is the executive suite - fantastic if you require a very spacious room. Ocean Gift would...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

From the moment you arrive at AfroChic you are transported into a world where relaxation and pampering are the norm. It is here my husband and I spent our Honeymoon. On arrival we were greeted with a cooling drink and introduced to the concept at AfroChic – a home away from home. Here there is no time pressure, no noise and nothing is too much trouble for the wonderful staff.
You eat what you want from their extensive menu, where you want, and best of all, when you want. Raj and I are both vegetarians and this did not pose a problem for the kitchen team during our 5 day stay. We managed to eat different foods for every meal and what wonderful food it was. Our favourite was the vegetarian Swahili dinner under the stars on the beach! Everything is cooked with the finest and freshest ingredients available at the market and our only regret was we could not stay longer to sample even more the chefs had to offer.
The rooms are spacious and clean. Whether your balcony is overlooking the swimming pool and beach or the pond and garden, there is always something to spot – tropical birds, monkeys, butterflies. The swimming pool is well kept and wonderful swing-beds and loungers surround it. The beach too is equally impressive with white sand and clear waters.
Nothing though trumps the amazing staff at AfroChic . Stephan and his team were professional and friendly at all times and looked after us as part of their family. We couldn’t be more grateful to each and every member of the team who made our stay memorable.
AfroChic is the perfect holiday destination and we highly recommend it. Everything about it is perfect. We can’t wait to be back! Raj and Minnie

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here 4 nights with our 2 girls aged 5 & 2 and my parents who had come to visit us from the uk. Excellent personalized service and absolutely amazing food. The staff were courteous and nothing was ever to much hassle! Very clean pool, lots of sunbeds including double bed sunbeds which were lovely. I also went for a massage which was very good. I would highly recommend this lovely hotel to everyone! I would like to emphasize once again that the food was really superb and we were spoilt for choice all 4 days and that included our two girls!! I would like to thank the staff at Afrochic for making our stay unforgettable....

Stayed April 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

This boutique hotel is set up absolutely beautifully and Has a great view. I was astonished by the very personalized service provided too. They made me feel like a king there. Definately recommend to all. Enjoy your stay there.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Address: Golden Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Business Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#3 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
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Hotel Class:5 star — AfroChic Diani 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the white sands of the sparkling Diani Beach, AfroChic dazzles with views of exotic, ancient dhows in full sail. The graceful curve of the Diani shoreline tempts all to walks in the warm shallows along the edge of the African continent. AfroChic offers ten individual, uniquely-styled rooms with ocean and garden views. This 'home-from-home' retreat will see you return again and again. ... more   less 
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