We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Luxury indeed”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Almanara Luxury Villas
Ranked #8 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Luxury indeed”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

After a weeks safari we arrived at Almanara to be greeted by Jackie, our chef John, Butler Boni and housekeeper Emily. The villa was just wonderful so spacious and had everything you needed, we will definitely be back with our family. Your meals are prepared for you, so you can eat when, and what you want which was a lovely touch, John had us both trying things we have never had before, the meals were just fabulous. Boni was always ready to top up your drinks and serve our meals, and Emily discretely made up our room etc with beautiful flowers in the bathroom and bedroom while you were out. You are just a short stroll down to the lovely sandy beach, or you can lie by the pool, being served drinks by Julius who attempted to teach us some Swahili. Both Jackie and Gemma came by regularly to check that we were happy with everything. Have to say how could we not, it was the most relaxing holiday I have ever had and a super end to a full on safari so were glad just to put our feet up and chill. My husband is still thanking me for a wonderful find with these villas. Thanks to all the staff as know there were plenty people behind the scenes we never got to meet, we have already recommended the villas to friends, it was a fab end to our wonderful trip to Kenya and will certainly be back.

Room Tip: We were in villa 6, which is closest to the beach but have to say do not think you would be disappoi...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Karen K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Dear Karen,

Thank you so much for your extensive review and kind words. I'm thrilled to hear that we managed to offer you guys some relaxation after your safari.

I'll be sure to pass your feedback onto your villa team, and indeed Jackie & Gemma, who will all be ready and waiting for you when you decide to come back.

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

156 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    146
    7
    2
    1
    0
See reviews for
54
72
1
2
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (33)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Surrey
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2014

Just returned from holiday after doing a week on Safari and then spent a week of luxury and tranquillity.

The Villas are fabulous, the Staff are amazing. Dorcus, Mordie and Cathy were our staff and nothing was too much trouble. We could eat what we liked when we liked, everything was done for us. The flowers in the bathroom and bedrooms were a lovely surprise each day

Cathy and Jackie were always checking that we did not want anything and making sure that everything was working well. The pool was like a bath and beautifully clean. We had to spend a lot of time under the shade down by the sea, with the breeze. After 10am the sun was so strong that we did not walk along the beach unless a cloud came over. The sea was beautiful.

It was just like heaven. Had a very relaxed week and was very sorry to leave.

Thank you all the staff for such a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: The only clothes you need are swim wear, sun tan cream. hat and cover up clothes
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MinnieSurrey
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thank you kindly for your lovely words and review. I will be sure to pass your compliments onto Cathy, Dorcas & Mordie, and Jackie too - who sends her regards.

We hope to be able to look after you again in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
home
2 reviews
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Its the 2nd time we have stayed at Almanara - first time Feb 2012 and now in Feb 2014.
Adults and kids all had a great time at the beautiful place with marvellous service.
If you like a home away from home, 5 stars, great and healthy food, paradise beach and Water - then this is the place to go.
And if you like kitesurfing, its the best place to learn and improve.
THANK YOU

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank sejler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thanks so much for your kind words and wonderful review. And indeed many thanks for choosing to come and visit us again. I'm glad i managed to meet you and your family this time around, and am even happier that the wind blew as hard as it did throughout your stay.

I'm certain i will be seeing you back here again, and look forward to seeing your kiting develop on each visit!

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Warsaw, Poland
Level Contributor
82 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you want to avoid crowds of people. If you want to relax despite travelling with a family. If you want to have a feeling that your money is well spent - this is the right place! Ideally located on Diani Beach among private residences. With protected, quiet beach without beach boys (well, almost without them). Great concept - each villa has a private chef, butler and maid. All inclusive, even with South African wine and car with a driver. With perfect and friendly British hosts. This is as close to the paradise as you can imagine. Even monkeys are friendly there! My family enjoyed it very much and we can recommend it with clear conscious. The final touch - we left them for 4 days for safari. They allowed us to keep the villa for free - so we didn't have to pack and unpack.If we decide to visit Kenya again, Almanara will be our destination!

Room Tip: all villas are the same, but # 5 and # 6 are closer to the ocean
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Ryszard W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Many thanks for your compliments and review. It was a pleasure meeting you and we're all thrilled to hear that you and your family left with only good memories of your time with us.

It's nice to hear you recognised our little "extra" for your Safari away days. Flexibility is one of our strong focus points and we're glad to have made your Safari trip that little bit easier for you.

We do hope to see you back here soon.

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bergen, Norway
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Outstanding luxury villas, complete with your own sun deck on the spectacular south coast.
The food was excellent and staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful at all times - nothing was to much trouble for them. We come back. Amazing atmosphere.
Highly recommended!!!

Stayed March 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Geir-Morten
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
It is great to hear that you had a great time with us and we appreciate you taking the time to leave this review.

We hope to see you back again soon.

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Denmark
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2014

We, a family of 3, visited Almanara Luxury Villas in February and enjoyed every minute of our stay.

We can only compliment the concept of this resort – it is designed to make you feel at home in “your own spacious villa”. The garden is beautiful and well kept – and there is a general attention to detail throughout Almanara – you get the feeling right from gate entrance to beach exit.

As we understand it is the best place to stay in the Diani beach area. At Almanara the daily rythm is matched to meet your tempo. It is place where you enjoy relaxing, maybe spending all your time doing absolutely nothing, read books, just reload your batteries, or be active with beach activities.

We felt at home at the minute we arrived – actually at 05:30 in the morning, where we were met by the Jackie and our villa staff, Janet, Dorcas and Grace. We thrived here, truly enjoying being spoiled. The staff did their utmost to make us feel welcome and at home.

The in-villa dining concept was something we really liked. Nice just to relax and stay home or have dinner with your friends in the next door villa. Compliments to in-house chef Dorcas and chefs at main kitchen. The Alamnara has a binder with various suggestions of what the kitchen can offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but new and alternative suggestions are welcome too. The seafood was exceptionally good, in fact every meal was exceptionally good!

Afternoons were a bit windy so we liked to chill out by the pool, where Julius took care of us - but the beach is lovely too. It is wide, white and great for windy watersports – I signed up for kite surfing, and to my own surprise, and after days of struggling with the kite, I actually managed to water start, go in and out without loosing the board – something I only managed because Almanara has a very skilled and patient instructor. Peter thank you for your kind guidance and supervision in the field of “controlling the kite”… If and when I get my own kite, I will have these words forever ringing in my ears. Thanks.

Jackie, the Almanara F&B Manager, is like a perfect, attentive host who check up on household and guests. We felt very welcome and enjoyed our daily chats.

To security guards, gardeners, pool staff, chauffeurs and other employees : we did notice an attention to detail and pride in doing a good job: well done!

It has been a pleasure staying at the Almanara Luxury Villas.

Excursions: we did a half day visit (6,5 hours) visit to the Shimba Hills, and a full day snorkeling excursion to the marine reserve south of Diani. The Shimba hills was our first "safari", soft hills and with lots of forest/vegetation. I believe this park is very different to Tsavo and other parks - we will the real safari sometime in the future. Re snorkeling /dolphin trip: we had a great day, dolphins playing around the boat on the way out. The reef small island) that you snorkel around is in trems of corals very rich and varied, and the fishes are the ones you find in the Indian ocean (Maldives, MAuritius etc) . Among the fun to watch species we saw jaguar moray eal, beatiful turtles, octopus, lion fish, huge gruoper, two kinds of nemos and others interesting ones. Our daughter and a friend visited the Millenium Rescue Academy - a nearby primary school that depends on charity. Some of the approx 360 students students still lack sposorship and for the sum of 39.000 kenyan shillings you can support a childs education at the school for a year - and this fee include books, uniform and three guaranteed meals a day. This visit made a huge impression on our family.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank gumle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thank you so much for your superb review and wonderful compliments. We truly appreciate you taking the time to note down the details of your time with us, and indeed on the activities you tried out whilst you were here.

I will pass on your fantastic comments to the staff and management. We'll all be here ready to welcome you back anytime.

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cambridge
Level Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Alamanara from the 9th January for 7 nights and I don't know why it has taken me so long to write a review for such a fantastic place; I think it has just taken me so long to settle back into normal life after a week of being spoilt so very much! We stayed in the villa closest to the sea, next to The Presidential villa. Our staff were Dorkas, Emily and Linet. I had read so many glowing reviews about Dorkas and her amazing creations and I wasn't disappointed. Emily kept our villa spotless and prepared our room on arrival with beautiful flowers. Linet was new to Alamanara and was a joy to have - so friendly, helpful and willing.
The location is beautiful, ideal to recover after a safari. We had 2 trips, a morning boat and snorkelling trip to a sand bank (Robinson Island) and a day trip with lunch and snorkelling which was about an hours drive away. The latter was a wonderful day with a very special lunch and the sea life was the best I've seen including dolphins.
The food in the villa, as mentioned, was amazing but Gemma, Leo, Luke & Jackie very kindly allowed us to eat twice at Sails - a lunch and a dinner.
Thank you so much for making our anniversary so very special.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank jlw5558
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leandro G, Owner at Almanara Luxury Villas, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have hosted you both and indeed to have contributed to your anniversary experience.

I will pass your glowing compliments onto the whole team, specifically those that looked after you in your villa.

We hope to see you back on your next anniversary!

Kind Regards,

Leo Giovando
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Diani Beach hotels
3.3 mi away
Waterlovers Beach Resort
Waterlovers Beach Resort
#2 of 29 in Diani Beach
373 reviews
1.8 mi away
The Sands at Nomad
The Sands at Nomad
#7 of 29 in Diani Beach
402 reviews
3.4 mi away
Diani Sea Resort
Diani Sea Resort
#4 of 29 in Diani Beach
955 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
2.7 mi away
Kinondo Kwetu
Kinondo Kwetu
#13 of 29 in Diani Beach
110 reviews
5.7 mi away
The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel
The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel
#1 of 29 in Diani Beach
238 reviews
6.5 mi away
The Sands At Chale Island
The Sands At Chale Island
#3 of 29 in Diani Beach
512 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Almanara Luxury Villas? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Almanara Luxury Villas

Property: Almanara Luxury Villas
Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Phone Number:
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
#8 Luxury Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Almanara Luxury Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Jovago.com so you can book your Almanara Luxury Villas reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Almanara Luxury Villas Hotel Diani

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing