Diamonds Dream of Africa
What We Love
- Morning sorbet and afternoon fruit platters are served on the beach and by the pool
- The hot stone treatment in the Mvua African Rain Spa
- The restaurant serves creative cuisine, and there's a weekly African buffet and BBQ
What To Know
- Great choice of local beers, selected wines and spirits
- Guests can use the facilities at the Sandies Tropical Resort next door
- Visas are required for Kenya. A single-entry visa costs $50 per person and can be purchased on arrival at the airport
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On Kenya’s tropical coast, close to Malindi’s curio markets and posh boutiques, Diamonds Dream of Africa is a relaxed beach retreat surrounded by lush gardens. The low-rise Moorish-style buildings wrap around a free-form pool and blend faultlessly into the tropical vegetation. Swaying palms ruffled by maritime breezes point the way to the sun loungers on the beach. It’s a great post-safari beach flop for after you’ve spotted the Big Five at nearby Tsavo National Park.
Bed and Bath
Suites are simple and sleek, with terra-cotta floors, chunky furniture and cream walls. Mosquito nets surround the beds, and AC and ceiling fans come standard. There’s plenty of lounging space in the Junior Suites; at 753 square feet, they feature a dining table for four, comfy armchairs and a large terrace with Balinese sun loungers overlooking the gardens. Spacious bathrooms come with twin sinks, walk-in showers and Jacuzzi tubs. Suites in the even-number blocks have the best sunset views.
The main restaurant does Mediterranean-style cuisine with panache, as well as intriguing local dishes in which spices abound. Or you can tuck into traditional fare at the weekly African buffet dinner. Breakfast can be taken in the open-air restaurant or delivered to your private terrace. It’s worth splashing out on an à la carte meal at least once during your stay; opt for a candlelit table right on the beach. Take a dip in the saltwater pool at the Mvua African Rain Spa, which offers an impressive range of thalassotherapy treatments such as Dead Sea mud wraps. Staff can assist with booking tours and excursions, including safaris in nearby national parks.
In the Area
No visit to Kenya is complete without a safari. There are excellent game drive companies operating in Tsavo National Park, which is only a couple of hours away; the Maasai Mara National Reserve is a two-hour flight from Malindi Airport. Head to Malindi’s curio market to scrounge around the stalls and barter for souvenirs. For its chilled-out atmosphere and extensive seafood menu try The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway was a regular visitor to Malindi). And for authentic pizzas and real Italian espresso, check out Karen Blixen bar.