“…what makes Diani beach a more ideal travel destination is the new props of dining, shopping, and drinking spots that have made Diani Beach the trendy escape for both Local and international tourists looking for vacation escape from the normal busy life schedule.”
Located on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, Diani Beach Kenya is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Yes, you read that right. But don’t just take my word for it yet, before we even move any further, let’s take a look at some few statistics, Shall we? Good.
In 2019, World Travel Awards, a globally recognized award announced Diani beach Kenya as a leading tourist destination at the 2019 World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held in Mauritius, after scooping top awards in different categories. Diani beach Kenya once again defended its title for the fifth time consecutively. Here is a brief history of the awards.
World Travel Awards Award History
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2019: Diani Beach, Kenya
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2018: Diani Beach, Kenya
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2017: Diani Beach, Kenya
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2016: Diani Beach, Kenya
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2015: Diani Beach, Kenya
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2014: Diani Beach, Kenya
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2013: Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2012: Cape Town, South Africa
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2011: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
- Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2010: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
- In 2013, CNN voted Diani Beach as one of the top 25 beaches in the world.
But what makes Diani beach Kenya a more ideal travel destination is the new props of dining, shopping, and drinking spots that have made Diani Beach the trendy escape for both Local and international tourists looking for vacation escape from the normal busy life schedule.
With that out of the way, allow me to unroll the 10 top Must visit destination in Diani beach. (Nb: this is a random list)
Featuring a private beach area and water sports facilities, Swahili Beach, a high-end beach resort with African- and Arabian-inspired architecture is a 12-minute walk from the Diani Beach Art gallery, 200 meters from Nakumatt Diani and an 11-minute walk from The Diani Beach Shopping Centre.
A buffet breakfast is served every morning at the property. At the accommodation, you will find a restaurant serving local and seafood cuisine. Vegan, vegetarian and halal options can also be requested.
Baharini Shopping Centre is 1.9 km from Swahili Beach, while Colobus Conservation is 6 km from the property. Moi International Airport is 29 km away.
Set on the white sands of Diani Beach Kenya, this 5-star resort in Ukunda overlooks 30 acres of private gardens with 2 fresh-water pools. Wellness facilities include a steam bath, aromatherapy, and facial treatments.
Guests can enjoy a rich breakfast buffet at the Coral Rock Cafe or try Oriental fusion cuisine at Sake. Seafood and grilled dishes can be savored at Fins. For drinks, there are 3 bars and evening entertainment is offered on selected evenings.
Activities on-site include tennis, table tennis, and squash. Windsurfing, snorkeling, and water sports facilities can be arranged.
Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa is located 45 minutes’ drive from the center of Mombasa.
You’d be hard pushed to find a more romantic place to dine than Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant, set inside an ancient coral cave believed to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old and lit by warm candlelight makes Ali Barbour the perfect place for a dinner date. There’s a la carte menu specializes in seafood, international & traditional cuisine and is accompanied by a great wine-list so take your time over dinner. The restaurant opens every day from 7 pm.
A stylish 5-star collection of private villas considered the most exclusive hideaway on the East African coast. Three individually-styled villas enjoy secluded locations, perched on coral cliffs that overlook the white sands of Diani beach and the Indian Ocean. The decor reflects the local heritage and Asian influences, with bright, flowing fabrics, high Makuti roofs, wooden beams, and carved Lamu doors.
Alfajiri Villas has hosted numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie and U2’s Bono.
Some of the activities found at Alfajiri Villas include; golf at a nearby 18 hole Golf course, Kite surfing, snorkeling, diving, safaris – even docile whale sharks in the ocean and the elephants in the hills are there for the asking.
Nestled in an indigenous coastal forest with a garden and a palm-fringed beach, The Sands at Nomad is located in Ukunda. It features an outdoor pool, a spa area, and restaurants.
The spacious accommodations are individually designed and combine mahogany furniture with Swahili design. Each room is fitted with a minibar and air conditioning. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and towels. Some of the rooms have a spa bath.
An array of activities can be enjoyed on-site or in the surroundings, including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving, and snorkeling. An 18-hole golf course is located 2 km from the hotel. Moi Airport is 42 km away and airport shuttles can be arranged for a surcharge.
Located along Diani beach, Leopard Beach Resort & Spa boasts panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and is set within a tropical garden. The resort is within 5 km from Ukunda.
Leopard Beach Resort offers a selection of restaurants and bars. The signature à la carte restaurant, The Chui Grill is situated on a two-tiered timber deck and serves fresh seafood and grills.
The Uzuri Spa and Fitness Forest is set in a 6-acre indigenous forest, offering a selection of treatments and wellness facilities. Guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the large pool. Resort facilities include an adventure center and children’s playground.
Located in a tropical garden on the South Coast of Diani Beach and 1 hours’drive from Mombasa, this resort features a spa and sauna facilities. Each room offers a satellite TV. Guests can enjoy 4 restaurants and 4 bars on site.
The Deck Restaurant overlooks the Indian Ocean and the poolside Jungle Restaurant serves sandwiches during the day and table d’hôte menu in the evenings. Also featured are 2 pool bars, a main bar, and a boat bar.
Moi International Airport is 54 kilometers from the resort.
Offering beachfront accommodation in Diani Beach, Hotel Sonrisa features a swimming pool, bar and BBQ facilities. Guests can relax in the garden or enjoy a drink and some sunshine on the terrace. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
Guests rooms at Hotel Sonrisa are all air-conditioned and feature a balcony.
Other facilities at Sonrisa include water sports facilities, a shared lounge and luggage storage. Guests can enjoy an array of activities on-site or in the surroundings, including fishing, diving, and snorkeling.
The Diani Chale Marine National Reserve can be reached from the hotel in 21 minutes by car. Moi International Airport is 52 km away.
This 4-star resort is located on Diani Beach Ukunda, 35 km from Mombasa, and features 2 outdoor swimming pools and 5 restaurants. The bright, air-conditioned rooms feature balconies overlooking the pool, gardens, or the Indian Ocean.
The 5 restaurants serve a variety of international cuisines, and service on the beach is also available during beach dinner or full-moon dinner. The resort also has 5 bars, including 2 that serve guests in the swimming pools.
There is a range of activities that can be booked from the help desk. Diving and windsurfing are available, and land options include tennis courts or air-conditioned racquet courts. Free parking is also available.
Situated along the sandy Diani Beach, The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel features an outdoor and indoor pool, a restaurant, and a poolside bar. It also offers a fitness center and massage services.
ROOMS come with elegant décor, a balcony with Indian Ocean views, and a seating area with satellite TV. Some rooms also feature a private pool.
Guests can relax by the beach, pool or with a massage. There is also a shared lounge area, library, and souvenir shop. The restaurant serves a range of Swahili, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine.
The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel is located just 5 km from Ukunda Airstrip and 35 km from Mombasa. Moi International Airport is 50 km away.
That’s it for today folks, I hope this random list of the 10 best places to visit in Diani beach has been helpful to you. Feel free to browse through our website for more listings of travel destinations in Kenya. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest deals, offers and fresh blog articles. Adios, and keep safe.