The big question is: why doesn't this resort have a 6th star?
Swahili Beach Resort - is a resort that crowns your love.
Your dreams of how a romantic vacation resort should look come true - so if you get the chance to stay at Swahili Beach Resort, do it!! No wonder couples return here again and again to experience the mystic!
Located south coast along the lovely Diani beachfront, the Swahili Beach Resort features three-in-one architectural designs (Swahili, Arabic, and Indian) and décor that blend into a 5-star comfort resort.
From the entrance, the hotel is stunningly beautiful... a well-manicured garden filled with flowers and palm-fringed trees and bushes - a site that nourishes your soul and sets the pace for your vacation. I personally love this view - it's so calm, so serene and so beautiful.
The lounge hall
has an impression that resembles a large city mosque with domes. It
features a reception, a Peacock lobby, a coffee restaurant on one side,
and a quiet Palm bar on the other side. There are also gift shops with
traditional fabrics, artworks, artifacts, and antiques you can take home
as a souvenir from the hotel.
Throughout, the hotel is furnished with eye-catching and stylish works of art on the doors, tables, chairs, antiques, brass utensils, and artifacts hanged and placed at various points around the hotel that portray a diverse culture… they remind me of ancient Egypt.
Although the beach area is smaller, it is serene, attractive, and clean with white soft sand, warm water, and plenty of sunbeds.
At low tide, a coral beach appears next to the shore; it may be a drawback for some guests, but personally, it's lots of fun to walk on. If you are lucky, the sea may gift you with a beautiful shell... have shoes on, some corals have sharp edges.
But don't worry, Swahili Beach Resort has one of the most magnificent and attractive pools and one of the longest in Mombasa. It features 11 free-fall pools stretching from reception and cascading downwards to the beach. And just in case you need a drink, there is a swim-up pool bar to keep you re-energized.
If you have children, there are daily activities tailored for kids where they are kept busy and entertained by animators as you enjoy a tropical coconut drink while you relax on the beautiful gardens gazing out to sea.
And should you choose to explore the sea, there are daily trips that are pretty affordable and enjoyable. Like dolphin watching, whale shark spotting, Diani Marine Park, and Robinson Island, dhow safaries to name but a few.
Each of the 143 rooms is individually decorated with authentic works of art and luxurious Swahili fabrics. The rooms are very spacious, with sufficient lighting and a private balcony.
Swahili Beach Resort offers larger room options such as a penthouse that has a kitchenette, living room, and guest rooms.
Depending on your desire, you can either choose a pool-facing or garden-facing standard room, a superior room, an executive suite, or a penthouse. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as high-speed internet, multi-channel TVs, private safes, closets, air-conditioners, and double toilets... sitting & squatting toilets.
Standard rooms have a walk-in shower and washroom and are best suited for couples with an infant. If you have bigger children, I suggest you go for superior rooms.
Our tip: Monkeys here can be very curious; remember to close your door and windows whenever you are out of your room.
When it comes to eating options, you can't go hungry. Swahili Beach Resort has four restaurants that serve international dishes infused with local flavors.
On Sundays, it's a Swahili theme day. The dinner setting is set beside the pool and food is served in Swahili pots, the staffs dress in Swahili fabrics, and a live ‘Taarab’ music band.
Majilis Restaurant is the main restaurant and it serves breakfast and dinner buffets only. It's the only restaurant that demands some dressing protocols to be observed to ensure your dining experience is a glee
If you are a walk-in guest, you will be allowed to dine after you purchase a meal voucher. However, drinks are charged separately for all guests.
If you enjoy spice foods, you'll love the Spice-Root Restaurant. It serves delectable Swahili and Indian cuisine and it serves dinner only. Spice-Root Restaurant has been rated the most authentic and elegant Swahili Indian dining experience in Mombasa.
Set next to the beach and adjacent to the swimming pool is Baharini Restaurant and which serves ala carte for lunch and branch during the day. At dinner time it's a pizza restaurant. If you love pizza like me, you will have to try one of their various pizza options freshly made before your eyes.
Located within Baharini Restaurant on the upper floor is the Zanzibar Restaurant, which serves mostly Swahili and Japanese seafood. Dining here is fabled and you have a wide view of the ocean, pool, gardens, and beach. If you wish, you can choose and design your own ‘Teppanyaki’, and have the chef cook it to your flavor.
This is a private section of Swahili Beach Resort and is reserved for beach club members. It’s a serene and calm area for adults only over the age of 18 years.
But if you wish to make use of the beach club lounge, which includes the Spa, Gin bar, pool, and Jacuzzi - you first register and book at the reception
If you really want to be in the heart of things, the Spa is a must-visit. Have you ever tried a Swahili ritual massage? It’s in a class of its own.
Although the Gym is on the Beach Club, it's complimentary for in-house guests.
Do you want to bond your love with nature too? Register and be part of the REEFolution Foundation and help restore and protect the reef. REEFolution project collects broken fragments of coral and natures them in a nursery trees, then out-plants them into an artificial reef in the ocean. But first, you are taken through diving lessons to prepare you before heading to the sea.
There is much you can learn too about nature by looking around. Trees and other plants within the resort have been tagged with their botanical name and family name.
Swahili Beach Resort is directly opposite a supermarket and other outlet stores that sell fine-looking artifacts, traditional fabrics, woven fabrics and paint works. If you wish, you can have an artist paint you a picture of your own.
From Ukunda Airport to the hotel is usually less than 10 minute drive and pick-ups and drop-offs are organized free of charge!