Hotel Sonrisa Kenya
We were graciously hosted by hotel Sonrisa Kenya during our stay at Diani. All opinions are my own.
Looking for a place to stay during vacations can be a daunting task, especially with hundreds of hotel advertisements that promise you heaven on earth. For us, we wanted a place away from home but one that felt like home at the same time. Do you get it? Well, keep reading and at the end of this article, you will understand what I mean.
When we decided that we are finally going to Diani on a short holiday, we emailed the management of Hotel Sonrisa and they graciously gave us a complimentary stay at their beautiful hotel located at Diani beach.
We left Mombasa town at around 10 am, and it took us approximately 1 hour 40 min (43Km drive).
I have been to many places before, but I can tell you that the reception and vibe you get the first time you set foot at Hotel Sonrisa is just out of this world. The green leafy arch that leads you to the reception area immediately ushered us into a beautiful tropical summer paradise.
The Hotel management had put all covid19 guidelines in place – Social distancing was observed, and wearing a face mask around the hotel premises was advised.
We had our hands and luggage sanitized before heading to the reception where we met with the owner of the hotel who was very down to earth and welcoming, she personally made sure we had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. She made us feel like we were family in a sense, this was the first homely feeling we got at Hotel Sonrisa.
We stayed at the Hippo Bar as we waited to be checked in. While waiting, we were offered some welcome melon juice to cool down the heat. We waited for about 40 minutes before we checked in (apparently, we arrived earlier than expected.) The staff immediately took our luggage and escorted us to our room.
The hotel decor is authentic– a perfect mix of Santorini Greece and traditional Swahili elegance. After much curiosity, we found out that the design and décor of the hotel were inspired by Lamu architecture. Every mirror, lampshade, flower pot, and painting is strategically placed to capture your attention.
At every corner, there is a beautiful and gigantic artifact that has this wow-factor. There was this one particular wall hanging of a monitor lizard that was intricately designed with seashells, it was a beauty to marvel at.
The furniture and the lampshade on the roof were made entirely with parts of the coconut tree.
Hotel Sonrisa has a private saltwater pool overlooking the beach. We didn’t get to enjoy the pool as we were mesmerized by walking on the beach and collecting seashells, which took all our spare time.
Hotel Sonrisa has a beachfront right outside the dining area. It was the perfect place to have our meals while listening to the crashing waves of the sea.
And of course! The dogs are the cutest ever, guests at the hotel are allowed to walk the dogs at the beach.
Before entering the room, we were immediately captured by the beauty of the Swahili inspired balcony overlooking the sea, it had a bed with huge pillows and a tea table ( the perfect place to relax as you watch the sea).
The room was a mixture of authentic Swahili and modern design, most of the furniture was made from coconut tree trunks.
A Swahili bed stood in the middle of the room with a big Swahili/Arabic chest in front of it.
Ancient African sculptures hanged from all the four corners of the room.
The floor was made from coral limestone that made the room feel cool and satisfying to step on.
The bathroom was the best part of the room in my honest opinion, the tiling of the floors and walls were made from coral stones, this added a lot of texture and beauty to the bathroom.
Within the coral stones, you could see fossils of sea creatures. Attached to the bathroom was a storage room for our luggage, it also had a safe for added security.
Breakfast at Hotel Sonrisa was my favorite part of the day. The breakfast spread included the perfect mix of sweet and savory dishes. Bread and pastries (croissants and cupcakes), cereals, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit platter, and breakfast sausages.
A friendly waiter named “AKIBA” was always available to bring you coffee or tea in the most adorable teapots. Hotel breakfasts can make or break a stay. There is an option of having Swahili dishes for breakfast, but this has to be ordered the day before.
There was a complimentary tea time where tea or coffee accompanied by cake was served, this is usually at around 3 pm-4 pm.
The hotel offered a la carte for lunch and dinner- on Tuesday night, Hotel Sonrisa has Pizza night where You can make your own pizza with as many toppings as you want from the prescribed menu.
Overall, all the meals we had at Hotel Sonrisa were delicious, but my favorite meal was the medium-rare beef steak with vegetables, potatoes, and bayonnaise (butter and mayonnaise)- it tasted so delicious, I thought it was melted cheese.
Hotel Sonrisa is the definition of… The hotel is meticulously decorated with traditional African art with a touch of Swahili culture. The room design is sleek, vintage, and refined.
The traditional Swahili balconies add an elegant touch: there is nothing better than waking up and sipping a cup of coffee on the balcony with a beautiful view of the ocean.
While some of the most elegant hotels can feel a bit impersonal, Hotel Sonrisa immediately makes you feel like home. The friendliness of the staff and the coziness of the rooms go a long way to give you a welcoming vibe.
If you are planning a trip to Diani, I highly recommend staying at Hotel Sonrisa Diani beach Kenya. It’s a beautifully designed luxury beach resort, where you can get away from the busy city hassles.
The 2-bedroom family suite is ideal for a family of four. The Breakfast has too many choices which will make sure you start your day energized. Cable TV and free WIFI are both available in the rooms and common places.
There are so many things to enjoy in and out of the resort that can make you stay easily for a long time without getting bored. I will never forget this luxury resort as I had a lovely time there and I will visit again.
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Value8/10 Very good
Cleanliness8/10 Very good
Taste8/10 Very good