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“Traveler’s Delight!” 4 of 5 stars
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Swahili Beach Resort
Ukunda, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #12 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
Nairobi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Traveler’s Delight!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This place can only be described as scenic with extremely friendly and helpful staff. A section is still under construction so the place wasn’t too crowded although this could easily change once they start serving at full capacity. The gardens are well manicured and view is magnificent. The swimming pools can only be described as heavenly!

Towels are changed on a daily basis and general cleanliness is observed throughout (except the hair that we found on the sheets and the couches in the room).

Food variety during breakfast and dinner is great, although somewhat repetitive, but is suitable for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. There are three other restaurants you can have your meals at (lunch or dinner). Tea and snacks are served in the afternoon between 4-5pm.

The beach beds can be moved around to suit your needs. During our stay the beach was covered in sea weed but this is a seasonal problem. In any case, every effort was being made to clean it daily.

The rooms are quite large, air conditioned, have tea and coffee facilities, a small fridge,a safe and a television. Water for the shower is solar heated therefore quite warm in the evenings. Superior rooms have an inbuilt bathtub which is a great treat!

We would definitely go back :)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I visited this hotel during August 2012 with my better half for a relaxing week after safari in the Masai Mara.

This hotel is only 8 months old and offers fresh, beautifully styled, traditional Arabic design throughout the hotel, efficient and friendly customer service, the best hotel food I have ever enjoyed for a half board leisure hotel and rooms which are comfortable, well styled and spacious.

The Indian restaurant is not part of the half board option but I would recommend dining here for one night of your stay as the food is extremely fine.

Just to mention that I work for a global hotelier and have stayed in numerous standards of accommodation worldwide. With this in mind, I would count the Swahili Beach as one of the finest properties I have stayed in.

As as final note I would like to mention our appreciation to the management in relation to some assistance we required for a particular incident. Mark, Operations and Esther, Duty Manager were sublime in their response and certainly gave us peace of mind. Thank you both.

Big thanks to all at the hotel for a wonderful, relaxing week.

Daniel N & Victoria S

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rotselaar, Brabant, Belgium
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

The hotel itself was pleasure for the eye to see, the garden was marvelous! We felt really safe in this hotel, because there was a lot of security to guarantee our safety! The food, in all of the restaurants, especially in the Indian restaurant, tasted delicious. Our room keeper, Baracka, and the waiters were very kind, which is distinctive for the African culture! The people here helped us forming a picture of the African kindness! If we will ever visit Mombasa again, we would choose this hotel!
Family Minnen, Belgium

Room Tip: Maybe it's nice to pick a room situated on a higher floor, there you have a superb view over the...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nr Cambridge, UK.
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Arrival greeted by incredibly welcoming staff, gorgeous drink and cold towel - after a week on Safari, on entry you immediately feel the need to wallow in a long bath and dress for dinner as this place oozes calm, tranquil, cleanliness .....the rooms are stunning, bathrobes available and sweetly scented products to make you feel gloriously fresh ... enormous beds, tv, wi fi (a little sporadic) and tea/coffee facilities lead to a very pleasant stay. The spa, almost completed, hosts treatments and relaxation areas overlooking the ocean and a multiple of infinity pools give the complex plenty of space for seeking your own area to relax.

Afternoon tea, cakes and sandwiches served at 4pm is a lovely touch though with the abundance of choice available for breakfast and dinner (lunch available or huge supermarket across the road) you are hard pushed to be hungry here....

Beach when we stayed was rather full of washed up seaweed (despite daily efforts by staff to sweep this up ....) so probably not as stunningly golden beautiful as some areas and with a 'reef' adjacent to the beach, watersports not visible though apparently available (for fees) - however, simply laying on the very comfortable loungers listening to the crashing waves was a tranquil experience. Would we go again? Yes, definitely ..... despite initial reviews of early opening teething troubles, the Manager must be listening as we loved the place and staff truly lovely, smiley and attentive.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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South Padre Island, Texas
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Much better than any of the other hotels I have stayed at in the area. Everything is new so they have a few small issues but not any real issues. The pool is outstanding and the food is very good.The Indian is very good and they are expanding the pool menu

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SwahiliBeach, General Manager at Swahili Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Dear Fred Z,
Many thanks for your comments on Swahili Beach. I’m delighted that you enjoyed your stay and particularly liked our pool. I’m glad you were impressed with our Spice Route restaurant too. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Definitely raises the bar for coastal hotels. The beach bar could add a few healthier options (I gained a few kg), but all in all, a wonderful stay. Highly recommend the Spice Route restaurant for a change from the evening buffet - top notch indian food.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SwahiliBeach, General Manager at Swahili Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Dear Kitengelaglass,
Thank you for your constructive review. We will take on board your comments regarding the menu at the beach bar. I agree some of the menu items are just a little too tempting! I’m glad you had an opportunity to try Spice Route too. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

A breath of fresh air on the Kenya coastline which has become host to old patched up hotels. Stayed in the superior deluxe suite for 5 days. Room was large, comfortable, and apart from a few minor issues with the room which were promptly resolved, the whole experience was great. Good service, and the menu was vast and delightful. My two children loved the place and the pools were well maintained, clean and loads of fun.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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SwahiliBeach, General Manager at Swahili Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Dear Harry C,
Thank you for your review. I’m delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that we made a good impression on our younger guests too. Apologies that you had a few minor issues with your room; I’m glad that the team were able to resolve these to your satisfaction promptly. We look forward to welcoming you and your family again.
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Address: Ukunda, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 140
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