The place itself is an estate on the ocean. You feel like you are at a rich friend's house. There are restaurants that are fantastic. There is no pressure shopping at stores of all types.....jewellery, Kenyan/African souvenirs that people back home expect you to bring back ( masks, carvings, you name it, and CHEAP!!! ) The beach is IN-CRED-IBLE ! It is VAST, WHITE and empty! I kept taking pictures of the huge empty beach, just because I was so amazed. The water is turquoise and calm. You can snorkel in front of your room. We rented kayaks every day for hours, whipped up and down the shore. The hotel has a bar beside it's property right on the beach. Great sea food, sitting around at night, watching the ocean, sipping a Tusker. The food at the hotel is absolutely 5 star, and inexpensive. For about $80, you can have a special, once in a life time "romantic" dinner in your own tookel on the beach. The starter alone is lobster and the biggest shrimp I have ever seen. I earned enough points that night for many years to come. Beside the property is the Ali Barbour's Cave restaurant. ( google this to get the hotel web site, easiest way to look at it ) You dine inside an open cave while looking up at the stars, as there is a natural opening at the top.
We safaried, elephants, giraffes, the whole works for a half day trip, total $100 for priceless memories and photos. We are in Africa, so you might as well. Camel rides on the beach, glass bottom boats, market shopping, everything. People who have lived in Kenya go here as opposed to the bigger spots. They all know where Diani Beach is. There is a lady there named Nancy, who will really take care of you...make sure the cab price is fair, make sure you are seeing what you should, absolutely fantastic person. Your wives will really like her, great person. She is definetly part of your time there, and you will be spoiled by her and the staff.
I have been around a bit, as some of you have. I have been back about 10 days now, so the CTO honeymoon is over. This was an incredible experience for a great price. I know we all have some cool adventures, and I have a few more lined up, ( diving in the Red Sea ) but I thought I'd let you all know about this place. Very Canadian friendly. It was an amazing experience that we won't likely ever be able to experience again.
If you want a quiet, private place, and a gentle taste of Africa's wildlife and climate, as well as absolutely no worries, as it has been recc'ed by myself and many other Canadians before me, this place is a great unique trip. Lots have also gone solo, infact that's what most the other contingent did, awesome time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Flamboyant is a family home where guests return time and again for its unparalleled service in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. Set in a lush tropical garden, overlooking the beautiful beach of Diani on the south coast of Mombasa, Flamboyant is the perfect retreat for an exotic and a romantic escapism. Welcome! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Flamboyant Hotel Diani