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The Ocean Spa Lodge
, previously known as Saruni Ocean
, is located in the Msambweni
area of the Kenya Coast
Although being situated only around 25km south of the heavily touristed stretch of the coastline up at Diani Beach, Msambweni is another world, a gorgeous stretch of white sand, backed by dirt tracks through pleasant traditional villages. The plots along the back of the beach are mostly empty, with a few containing the holiday homes of up-country Kenyans and just a couple with small and upmarket beach lodges.
Situated on the main beach just south of the village, this small boutique lodge is centred on a very large swimming pool, with the main lounge bar and dining area immediately above. Guest accommodation is in a total of fourteen air-conditioned guest suites, two to each building so that half are upstairs and half are downstairs, all of which have lounge and outside terrace areas. Some suites are rather larger, with two rooms and a much larger lounge. The extensive Sarunity Spa is set within the grounds, above a very lovely stretch of beach.
Activities include walking and mountain biking around the villages, remote beaches and mangrove forests of the area, plus snorkelling, paddle-boarding, body boarding and kayaking offshore, yoga and spa treatments at the lodge. Day trips further afield are available for excellent diving, snorkelling and swimming with dolphins in the Kisite Marine Reserve to the south, plus golf. kite-surfing, wind-surfing, sky-diving and other such facilities back in the Diani Beach area to the north.
The main potential downsides are the high price of the lodge and that fact that the guest rooms are not detached, with the downstairs rooms being arguable less appealing.Prices