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Collage image of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Football Manager Jose Mourinho.
Collage image of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Football Manager Jose Mourinho.

Kenya is home to the most fascinating resorts in the world, some of them, internationally acclaimed.

For instance, award-winning destination, Diani Beach, is flocked by millions every year, some of them, rich and famous.

WhownsKenya.com today listed a few resorts on Kenya’s coast that have played host to world leaders, celebrities, business persons and athletes.

1.The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel

Maji Beach Boutique Hotel
Maji Beach Boutique Hotel

This magnificent establishment has been ranked by Tripadvisor.com as one of the best Holiday getaway resorts on Kenya’s coast.

The multi-star award-winning luxury boutique hotel is located on the tropical shores of Diani Beach.

The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel offers a new dimension in hospitality with discrete and personalized service, a perfect retreat on the beach for honeymooners, couples, friends and solo travelers.

The resort boasts 15 luxurious bedrooms and suites. Each room is individually designed, furnished and decorated featuring King, Super King or Queen size beds, spacious bathrooms and luxury amenities ensuring our guests have a relaxing vacation.

Maji Beach Boutique Hotel
Maji Beach Boutique Hotel

Maji has serene ocean views, direct access to the pool, Jacuzzi’s and plenty of space, each room offers guests an unforgettable experience.

Maji Boutique offers an extensive international a la carte menu using local fresh organic ingredients including seafood straight from the ocean and catering for a range of diets including vegetarian, vegan, lacto and gluten-free delicacies.

A night at this resort costs Ksh48,523.

2.The Sands at Nomad

Located on one of Africa’s best beaches and nestled beside 26 acres of pristine coastal forest, The Sands at Nomad provides an ideal destination for one seeking to enjoy a hassle-free beach holiday with impeccable service.

The award-winning boutique resort seats along the breathtaking Diani Beach.

The Sands at Nomad
The Sands at Nomad

The resort offers first-class dining, with an extensive collection of old and new world wine from the owner’s wine cellar, and scuba diving on untouched reefs with Kenya’s leading PADI dive center.

With sustainable practices at the core offering of the resort, The Sands at Nomad is a leader in Kenya for its efforts to help preserve, protect and educate about the precious natural environment of Kenya’s south coast.

In keeping with the world-class style and innovative panache of the hotel’s conception, the accommodation comprises an individualistic selection of 10 comfortable rooms, including exclusive beach cottages and luxurious suites, many with private jacuzzis, panoramic terraces and spacious sitting rooms.

olobus suite at The Sands at Nomad hotel
olobus suite at The Sands at Nomad hotel

3. Almanara Resort, Diani Beach

Almanara Resort was officially launched in December 2007 and has since hosted some of the wealthiest politicians, business persons, and celebrities looking to take a break off their daily routine.

The boutique has played host to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, and English Football Club Tottenham Hotspur Boss Jose Mourinho.

In 2013, President Kenyatta and DP Ruto retreated to the resort to celebrate their win in that year’s general election.

Mourinho spent three weeks at the facility with his family in July 2010.

The resort has a private haven, 6 villas, and a sizeable presidential suit. The villas have open-plan dining and living area with top-of-the-dollar furniture and three ensuite double bedrooms.

Those seeking total privacy are advised to go for the presidential suite and can have a private chef if they don’t wish to cook.

Almanara states that rates are availed upon request with a three-day minimum stay, and a one-week minimum stay during peak seasons.

A source at the resort revealed that the cost of hiring a single villa could be as high as Ksh300,000 a night, depending on the season.

4. Kola Beach Resort, Malindi

The exclusive Kola Beach Resort is among the leading holiday destinations and a fan favorite of many, including celebrities in the country.

Renowned media personality Jeff Koinange on January 9, 2018, live on Hot 96 FM breakfast show professed his admiration for Malindi and Kola Beach Resort in particular.

The resort is located 20 kilometers North of Malindi Town. Jeff described it as spectacular.

“Once you drive in it’s like you are in a little sanctuary, perfect place,” Jeff stated.

Jeff Koinange and his son Jamal at Kola Beach Resort. |Photo| Courtesy|

The Kola Beach Resort is completely Italian-themed, to the extent that the employees, including natives, converse in fluent Italian.

“Every guy there, from Naomi the manager, she is Kamba, Safari is Giriama… all of them speak fluent Italian,” Jeff stated.

“The pool is right outside your door, Jamal (his son) is just there playing ball. The beach is just amazing, fantastic place,” Jeff reminisced.

The resort adopts a touch of Italian culture and native culture. It serves no buffets, neither are there flat-screen television sets nor plain pool towels in patrons’ rooms. They maintain a rather unique touch with fine Italian dining for meals and kikoy towels.

Most guests who frequent the resort prefer to spend their nights outdoors gazing at the sky.