The Kenya coast has received some bad press for quite a few months now, but none more so than Lamu – ironically Lamu is now one of the safest parts of Africa to travel in, security was heightened and the beautiful island pace resumed. Lamu is by far one of the most unique destinations in the world with Swahili Arabic architecture, no cars, amazing beaches and a tranquillity, which is hard to match anywhere else. On a recent trip there our MD was shocked and saddened to see that it is still completely dead when it comes to tourism – it is a travesty that these beautiful islands, now completely safe, are still being persecuted, forgotten and avoided. The luxury travellers of the world are certainly missing out, there’s no denying it.
Of course other parts of the Kenya Coast have often been missed recently for those on a luxury safari – many have headed to Zanzibar instead. This fear has to start to decline as the Kenya coast still boasts the best Indian Ocean beaches in the world – the mile long stretch of white sand and turquoise water which makes up Diani Beach is mind-blowingly beautiful and nothing can compare to the vast stretches of warm azure water. The food and lifestyle in Diani is also heaven and ideal for those who have just come off a spoiling and luxurious safari – there are fabulous restaurants throughout, although you may not want to leave your luxury lodge since all of the properties that we recommend offer exquisite food, made up of freshly caught seafood bought off the beach that day.
Sands at Nomad is an excellent option with private and exclusive rooms with sea views looking out onto one of the nicest parts of this amazing beach. The service here is phenomenal as is the food and facilities. They have everything from a fantastic water sports centre to an Italian gelataria for those hot moments you feel like a delicious creamy ice cream. The rooms are simple yet comfortable and everyone has their own private sun bathing spot. Room service is on hand at all times and you can use and abuse it as much as you like.
Water Lovers is another favourite on this heavenly stretch of beach – a smaller ten room boutique hotel this is family owned and run and feels very friendly. The design is quirky and modern and their small cocktail bar is the ideal place to grab a drink by the beach, watching the twinkling stars. What better way is there to finish off a luxury safari? If you are looking for extreme luxury and privacy then Alfajiri Villas is for you – here you will have your own villa set in a large garden with private pool, private driver and top class food similar to that found in any good London restaurant.
The Kenya coast will see a rise in popularity again, just as the luxury safaris in Kenya are seeing a huge jump in enquiries and bookings – Kenya still remains at the height of the luxury safari industry with more variety, better camps and better game viewing than anywhere else in Africa.