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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Afrochic Diani Hotel Diani