Whether you come to unwind after safari or make it a holiday in its own right, the coast of Kenya gives you everything you want from a beach holiday. Stunning boutique hotels line the white sands of Diani Beach, south of Mombasa, such as Flamboyant Boutique Hotel
, where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner a deux
on the shores of the Indian Ocean, or AfroChic Diani
, a luxury lodge boasting a pool with massage jets. At either of these Chic Retreats you are well placed for all activities on the turquoise waters, such as kite surfing, wind surfing or scuba diving. If you really want to get away from it all and prefer a holistic and cultural experience to a beach retreat, then head up to the small island of Lamu, off the coast north of Mombasa. In the winding streets of this traditional Swahili island you will find donkeys carrying goods to market and men and women in traditional Islamic dress. Soak up the easy-going vibe at the Baytil Ajaib
boutique hotel. Situated at the top of an incline, you will be able to watch the dhows returning with their catch and perhaps a dolphin or two.