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Serena Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Shanzu
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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“Sea of Calm”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We stayed here at the end of our safari, before heading home. Great service, happy friendly staff, lovely food. Rooms were very comfortable with the mandatory super large bed, mossie net and spray. Fabulous pool area and huge lawn area with all manner of chairs to sit and soak up the view of the Indian Ocean. Just be aware of the beach boys (vendors) if you venture on to the beach. But it is all part of the experience.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed here after a two week safari in Kenya and Tanzania and we really needed to rest and unwind after two hectic weeks. This place was just the tonic. Great location by the ocean, beautiful gardens and restaurant.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minnesota
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We spend the final two nights at the Serena Beach hotel, Top notch service, great food, lots of options, Pool is great, We went on the glass bottom boat snorkeling adventure, it was great. lots of fish, clear water and shallow. However be ready for the beach vendors. We will be back, it was the perfect way to end our African Adventure.

It is a long way through Mombassa to get to the resort, so be patient, it will be worth it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Blantyre, Blantyre, Malawi
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Serena Beach Hotel & Spa for a conference he attended and we extended our stay to take advantage of what was on offer. This is a beautiful property built in the Swahili style situated on one of the best beaches along the Mombasa coastline. The rooms are tasteful and comfortable with lovely balconies to sit on and enjoy the tropical breeze. The F&B program offers guests a huge range of choices in either the Fountain Restaurant, Sokoni Plaza, Jahazi Grill, Ice Cream Parlour or Coffee Shop. Don't miss out on the fresh roti (Indian bread) that is served at the breakfast buffet and the Swahili coffee in the afternoons. You won't want for acitivites or sports either - windsurfing, snorkeling, diving, dhow cruises, glass-bottom boat cruises are all available. If you're after more R & R, the sparkling swimming pool with a "swim-up" bar is equally as tempting. The Maisha Spa was also delightful - the combination of a beautifully finished building (marble floors, high ceililngs) and high-quality (Elemis) products and services proved to be a real treat. I would highly reccomend this resort to anyone visiting the Mombasa area.

Room Tip: Ask for a deluxe room for slightly more space - and mention you'd like a beachfront room.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We had the best honeymoon at Serena Beach hotel and Spa last July. The staff were so helpful and kind. Food was really good and the hotel area was really beatiful. There are also much to do, windsurfing, diving, sailing, beach volley, bands playing at the evenings. Thanks for the butterflyman, bar staff, waiters, chefs and the hotels beach volley team!

We also did 2 days East Tsavo safari with Prince Adventure Tours and Travels and it was great! They had really experienced staff who made our safari succes. If you are planning on going to safari we really can recommend East Tsavo and the Prince Adventure Tours. You can contact them from websites www.princeadventure-safaris.com or email: princeadventuresafaris@yahoo.com

Enjoy your stay at Mombasa!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

A really lovely oldy world style hotel - on arrival we were met with a fresh refreshing fruit drink before being shown to our room. Staff were friendly and very approachable. Food in the restaurant was excellent and not at all repetitive (we stayed for two weeks). The chef made the most fantastic cakes/gateaux - breakfast was an excellent assortment - pancakes, waffles, fruit, cereal, bread, full English breakfast etc. There was a free all day tea/coffee bar in the grounds, with great sea views. Sadly we did not see any turtles hatch this time. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 211 - own staircase entrance so no late comers walking past door - large room with...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I felt special from the moment I walked in to the moment it was time to leave. The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. And don't get me started on the mouthwatering meals..especially the fresh seafood! Yummy!! And I loved the pool with inbuilt bar...so creative!! My room was clean and had a great view...Five star service all the way. I'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Serena Beach Resort & Spa
Address: P.O. Box 90352, Shanzu, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Mombasa > Shanzu
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Shanzu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Serena Beach Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 166
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With the shimmering sands and waters of the Indian Ocean stretching before it, amidst verdant, bougainvillea-filled gardens, and shaded by gently swaying palm trees,Serena Beach Resort and Spa offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Treat your palate to a superb selection of of a la carte seafood dishes at the Jahazi Grill which is set on a beach and styled to resemble an Arab dhow. ... more   less 
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