Almanara Luxury Resort
is located in Diani Beach
on the South Coast
This stunning 15km stretch of white-sand beach has acted as a magnet to visitors from the very earliest days of tourism in Kenya. These days it is very much a major centre for mass-market packaged tourism, but its not quite so heavily developed as one might imagine. Although the inland town of Ukunda, with its airport hub, is something of an urban sprawl, the network of roads that runs closer to the ocean are generally more relaxed, with a sprinkling of modern infrastructure, including, shops, restaurants, shopping malls and even a golf course.
Along the ocean itself, large sections of the beach are backed with low density private plots dotted with palm trees and modest houses, small hotels and the occasional resort. Only in a couple of core areas are there serious clusters of very big and often quite downmarket resorts, many of which are either on their last legs or long since closed down.
Situated on a relatively quiet stretch of beach around 5km south of the main airstrip, Almanara Luxury Resort is a small and relatively upmarket option which is centred a single main building, with lounge and dining areas on the ground floor, around a dozen guest suites, a decent swimming pool, a very pleasant beach front restaurant and a decent watersports centre above a superb white sand beach.
Behind the main building are six very substantial and very well presented private villas, each with lounge and dining areas on the ground floor, three guest rooms above and a rooftop sun terrace. These villas share a further swimming pool.
Activities include diving, snorkelling, paddle-boarding, body-boarding, sailing, kite-surfing, wind-surfing and kayaking. plus golf, sky-diving and other facilities in the greater Diani area. Day trips further afield are available for excellent diving, snorkelling and swimming with dolphins in the Kisite Marine Reserve to the south.
The main potential downsides are the busy nature of the Diani area, the hustle that one can encounter when out on the beach or around town, the high price of the lodge and the fact that the plot is relatively small.Prices