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“A diamond in the Diani Beach crown” 5 of 5 stars
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AfroChic Diani
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Richmond, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A diamond in the Diani Beach crown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We have been travelling to Diani Beach at least once a year for the past 20 years and have waxed lyrical about the wonderful sandy beaches, the glorious sunrises, the soporific dreaminess of watching the dhows being manoeuvred with apparent ease across the treacherous reef - all of which is true and relevant for AfroChic.

Then there is AfroChic itself.

A small and thus appropriately termed "boutique hotel". Amend that slightly - "luxury boutique hotel".
We all have standard expectations when the word "luxury" is part of a hotel description - large, comfortable beds with high quality linens, high quality bathroom products, tea/coffee in the room, mini-bar etc. etc. AfroChic achieves all of this with ease but there is more. The hotel is unique, it steps beyond the usual frills and provides a luxury environment without allowing you to forget that you are in Africa. All the mod-cons are there but the prevailing feeling is that you are enjoying Africa at it very best.

A great environment can be killed in a single blow if the staff do not reflect the standard of their surroundings and here AfroChic truly excels, from the garden and security staff right the way up to the manager you are guaranteed a level of service that impresses. The staff are friendly and courteous, taking time to get to know you without being obtrusive.

Food and drink, mmmmm.....be prepared to put on a few pounds, or spend lots of time swimming of the excellent meals, prepared freshly from an extensive menu. The hotel chefs are willing to adapt the meals to your taste and whatever they put in front of us we thoroughly enjoyed, from seafood to fillet steak to a toasted cheese sandwich!

Getting out and about, if you need guidance, the staff have it and will ensure that a safe and reputable taxi transfers you to wherever you want to be. This of course assumes that you want to leave the hotel! The gardens are beautifully managed with fabulous "double bed" swinging loungers with the best possible view of the beach, prepare to be transfixed watching the tide move in and out with every shade of blue and green displayed right in front of you. Be careful when walking out to the reef, sea urchins lurk awaiting the unwary so wear closed shoes and plenty of sun protection.

The downside of the beach experience are the "beach boys"; they are trying to make a living under difficult circumstances but they are a nuisance. Our tip is to identify one that you can tolerate and tell him that if you are willing to buy anything you will do it through him, the payback being that he has to keep the hordes away from you! It can look funny, you go for a beach walk and end up looking like the pied piper with a trail of up to 20 beach boys trailing your every step!

Would we return? In a heartbeat, in fact our next reservation is made already!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good, for a really good view of the beach from your room you need a suite on th...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

What a wonderful little hotel this is - personalised rooms, great swimming pool excellent food, and right on the beach. The staff are very attentive and very friendly, issues are sorted very quickly, if they can be and the hotel goes out of its way to make you feel welcome - from fresh wet towels at the airport to the staff trying to get the people in the compound next door to stop cutting the grass during our stay, to the manager checking on you every day, etc., etc. Just an excellent hotel all round.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Just returned from AfroChic after an eight day visit. An amazing place - would say "paradise'.
From the moment I arrived I felt special & at home. Excellent service, extremely friendly staff & a fabulous variety of food.....A very special 'Thank You' to Tazim for spoiling me and a most memorable trip! can't wait to re-visit!

Room Tip: /All rooms are equipped with A/C and the obvious choice are those facing the sea
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We visited AfroChic for a short training for the Hotel Safety and Health Committee in May 2014. We, the trainers spent five nights and days. First and foremost I would like to give my greatest thanks to all staff for making my stay a special one. The hotel is unique in all aspects to begin with the spacious rooms overlooking the ocean is spectacular, the incredible menu is un forgettable, the best thing about this place is that there is no buffet one chooses dining time and you also get to choose what to eat.I found that very convenient and unique from other places i have visited which have a fixed dining hour. Another thing, the staff, all of them are very friendly and prompt. The hotel view is amazing with unique designs for furnitures. I enjoyed swimming at the swimming pool in the evenings and staring at the beautiful view of the hotel, the coconut trees and the gazebos. I highly recommend AfroChic, here you get to relax fully and value for money spent. I will definitely come back for holiday!

Room Tip: All rooms are uniquely designed, I recommend you try all and see for yourself.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

AfroChic was just amazing in every way.....from the welcome as you walk in...to the friendly staff and their overall thoughtfulness.

When you are there you feel like you are home...the decor is elegant and simple...so it comes off as cosy and warm and not stuffy like most hotels. You don"t feel like you are at a hotel but rather a beach house....making you feel comfortable and very at ease.

You get a hand written welcome card...and a goodnight one ...which has a swahili saying....and you get a different one every night....now that was awesome!!!

There are no set times for dinning so you eat whatever time you want and wherever in the house you want or outside...its really your choice ..so you don't have to eat at the dinning area all the time. Thought that was very COOL ....and NO BUFFET!!! The menu is Ala carte so the result is fresh tasty food. The menu has also incorperated the local cuisine so there is a variety to pick from.

You get a mid night snack set in your room after dinner....cookies and milk...for midnight "snackers" like me....
The rooms are spacious with huge windows...they even have a dvd player and a library of different romantic comedies ...I LOVED that and thought it was pretty cool...My 1st day there it rained so that come in very handy....
What more can i say ...the service was impeccable and everything was very personalized and thoughtful.
I never.stay in the same hotel twice. because i always want to go to new places and experience new things....BUT AfroChic....i will definitely break the rule for....

Room Tip: rooms with balconies let you enjoy the beautiful scenery in great privacy.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

A day is not nearly enough to really soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the art collection, the artifacts on display and explore all the nooks and crannies of this small but very luxurious boutique hotel, which is part of the Elewana Collection.
The furnishings of the rooms are a reminder what in the old days those houses on the beach must have been like, Swahili four poster beds, Lamu furniture carved, inlaid and polished to perfection, giving that almost homely feeling, were it not for truly being a 5 star property where service, unobtrusive and yet ever present goes hand in hand with deliriously delicious food, freshly prepared from the daily catches with the fishermen deliver at the crack of dawn after their night out at sea.
This is definitely NOT a place to go alone, but what to do as a sworn solo traveler, and should be enjoyed as a couple, because at the AfroChic there is not just the scent of frangipani and other tropical flowers in the air but also love, or at least it should be.
The resort is small and therefore quite intimate, no crowds and one's food is prepared when guests want to eat, not when the template says they should eat.
The manager, Richard, is a man of the world and his stories over a meal add an insight to life at the Kenya coast as it once was and as it continues to be at AfroChic.
With drinks during meals included this 'all inclusive' feature is a welcome value addition and whether one sits outdoors or indoors to dine is entirely depending on the mood of the moment. I enjoyed a splendid outdoor lunch with Richard telling the tales, the sound of the surf breaking just metres away at the beach and the palm leaves above rustling in the breeze. THIS is a place I must one day return to, as and when ... if you get my meaning.
And another hot tip, when flying in from Nairobi use the scheduled daily flight from Wilson airport on Safarilink which depending on aircraft take from just over an hour to about an hour and a half and from the Ukunda airfield it is just a few minutes to the front gate of the AfroChic and paradise on earth unfolds.

Room Tip: Opt for the suites on the upper floor for the view ... though ALL rooms have a charm which touches y...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Just returned from Kenya 2 days ago. Our stay at AfroChic was the last leg of a trip that included Nairobi, Samburu and Maasai Mara. It is good that we planned for Diani to be the end of our trip, because if we had gone here first it would have been difficult to leave and for the other places to compare! We arrived during a downpour but from the first seconds we could tell this hotel is top notch for service and warmth -- the staff ran out with umbrellas to our car to bring us in and the manager Richard came out himself to greet us. We were welcomed into the terrace and sat with a nice tea and watched the rain as we were checking in (followed by a delicious mix of passion fruit juice with champagne). The hotel's food concept is basically based on the guests' preference and convenience -- there is a huge menu (size of a book!) and you choose what you want and when and where you want it for each meal. We tried a bit of everything -- Kenyan food, Indian, continental, salads, desserts, and every meal was fantastic. The rooms are beautiful but I spent most of my time on the various daybeds on the terraces. The hotel is full of fantastic colonial-era pieces that invite you to sit for hours with a book (or just stare out at the sea). you can swim in the pool or in the sea, whichever you choose. The only downside to choosing the sea option is the presence of tons of 'Beach Boys' who are more than a bit annoying and won't leave you alone. We took long walks down the beach in either direction. Don't be scared off by the rainy season -- we were right in the heart of rainy season and it did indeed rain but that didn't hurt our experience at all. The rain drops came down and we watched them, then it cleared up and we swam and walked. Since we had just come from Safari we opted out of the any animal options but there are places one could go for a day trip. We lounged a lot, ate a lot, did some walking and shopping. There is a nice little golf course down the road that we checked out and walked it completely -- where else can you find a golf course with storks, monkeys and giant lizards on the fairway? The best part about the hotel is the service. The staff are so friendly and warm. We talked a lot with our waiters and learned a lot about the regional culture. Richard is absolutely fantastic and bent over backwards to ensure we had a great stay. as for arriving, by the way, we flew in to the airstrip in Diani from Mara, but on the way out we went through Mombasa because of the flight timing. It is a bit of a drive to get to teh Mombasa airport because you have to cross on small ferry then a causeway, but we enjoyed seeing the scenery and getting a flavor for Mombasa. If you do the Mombasa airport option (nicer airport in Mombasa than Nairobi, by the way), add plenty of time into your schedule.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Property: AfroChic Diani
Address: Golden Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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 Family Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Business Hotel in Diani Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#5 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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