Pinewood Beach Village Resort and Spa
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 peaceful stretch of beach around 8km south of the main airstrip, Pinewood Beach Village Resort is a relatively small and modest property. The main reception building contains the main dining area, from where a central path leads down between the accommodation units to the back of a beautiful and peaceful white sand beach, where there is a second restaurant, beach bar, spa, gym and watersports centre. Guests accommodation is in a total of 58 rooms, set in two storey blocks and in a range of different specifications. All reliably serviced and well priced.
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 very narrow plot onto which the lodge is squeezed and the relative simplicity of the place as a whole.