Luxury Travel to the Kenyan Coast
There are few better ways to finish of a Kenyan safari than with a few final days relaxing on its golden coastline.
North and south of bustling Mombasa, a number of charmingly rustic palm-lined beaches, the waters dotted with fishing boats and passing dhows. Diani beach has wonderful white sand and is known for its coral reefs and as a kitesurfing destination, while nearby Tiwi is lower key.
120km (75 miles) up the coast is Malindi, a small city and historical port classic examples of Swahili and colonial Portuguese architecture as well as fine beaches. Neighbouring Watamu is a peaceful village siting in a Marine National Park, a continuous protected coastal area that is held as of the best snorkelling and diving areas in East Africa. It is home to around 600 species of fish and over 100 coral species in usually clear water. Of the larger species, commonly seen are whale sharks, manta rays, octopus, barracuda and occasionally dolphins. The dive season lasts from September through to April, November to January being optimal, and some dives taking place within the reef in August.
There are a handful of laid back properties and luxury resorts we suggest on the Kenyan Coast, fine places to swim, catch some sun or big game fish, kitesurf, experience the culture and learn about the rich history here.
What to do
- Enjoy the crowd-free picturesque beaches.
- Discover the history of Swahili culture with the numerous historical and archaeological sites.
Accommodation in the Kenyan Coast
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Sirai BeachA chicly modern piece of architecture infused with influence from the Kenyan coast. The main house is arranged around a beautiful open veranda that captures the gentle breeze at is rolls in across the surf with a sweeping view of the infinity pool and the sparkling ocean beyond framed by plump baobab trees. Downstairs find sprawling living areas, kitchens and dining areas, and from the atrium a grand staircase leads up to the master suite which stretches out across the entire first floor with its own sitting room, fabulous bathroom and two covered terraces connected by an elevated veranda. Five further suites are found in cottages either side of the main house, each featuring a large bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower, private roof terrace and veranda leading on to the gardens. In the main kitchen, Head Chef Thoya will create dishes to suit your specific tastes with locally sourced ingredients and line-caught fish plucked straight from the ocean. The dining room is a light and airy space during daylight hours and atmospheric at night, plus there are some fine al fresco options. Sirai Beach also has an exceptionally well stocked wine cellar with premium wines are available to purchase if you wish to complement the house selection. There’s a colourful kaleidoscope of coral and tropical fish waiting to be discovered while snorkeling in the clear Indian Ocean and you can also explore the tropical waters by glass-bottomed kayak or paddle board. Scuba, deep sea fishing, sailing, kite surfing, wake boarding, water skiing, jet skiing and wind surfing can be enjoyed from a small beach just a stone’s throw away. Dhow cruises are another classic way to discover the coast and you can gain an insight into the local culture with visits to Kilifi’s vibrant market.