During the summer of 2011 we spent 3 weeks as a family of four (two boys aged 9 and 11) at the Almanara Resort and its sister property, the Ol Seki camp. To make it short: this was the best vacation we ever had. The staff in both locations are unrivaled hosts. They make you feel at home from the minute you arrive and they will keep up this feeling for the rest of your stay. Any wish you might have will be taken care of immediately, whether it is making a trip to the next village, a one day sight seeing tour in the jungle, a tee time at the golf course or a boat trip to the cliffs, not to mention kite surfing, snorkeling and you name it. Every evening you will have a chance to talk to the owner family or Angie, the manager, and share your experiences about Kenya with them or get valuable insights and tips for your next adventure.
The restaurant is probably one of the best in Kenya and you can chill out wonderfully in the afternoons with a cocktail or two.
The beach is breathtaking: White sand and very few hotels and inns nearby. When you look at Almanara from the ocean you see a lot of trees, but very few houses. This gives the feeling of unspoiled nature. If you ever forget something at the beach the hotels security guards will almost certainly have found it before you even realize that you left it there. The locals are very friendly (occasionally overselling their goods a little bit) and our kids found plenty of opportunities and partners for a round of soccer,beach ball, or wave riding. And if they did not want to play at the beach there was always the pool secluded among the villas where they would play water ball with other guests. For the adults there is also a well attended pool bar.
The villas are very spacious and every day you will return to an artist‘s work of flowers after the staff has cleaned your vacation home. In the evenings you can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the rooftop terrace, an unforgettable experience! And of course, your personal villa staff will have prepared a sun downer for you and call you once your dinner is ready! The villa‘s staff is another highlight: the food is outrageous and you can order anything you want and you will get it. Go for the local dishes, it is really worth it!
All in all a vacation we will never forget and a location that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. Once you arrive you will forget your day to day life immediately. And at the end of the stay you will wish that you would never have to leave. Fortunately, you can always return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Diani Beach, Kenya, Almanara offers 6 Executive Villas and 1 spectacular Presidential Villa. Complete with personal chef and butler services, this luxury collection of private houses offer guests a bespoke luxury experience whilst maintaining the genuine cultures of Africa. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Almanara Luxury Villas Hotel Diani