Saturday, March 31, 2007

Mombasa Beach Hotels - Top 10 beach Hotels in Mombasa Kenya

1. Voyager Beach Resort

The nautical theme is possibly stretched abit far, but voyager can happily cruise through life on its deserved reputation as Nyali’s best luxury resort. Facilities are comprehensive, prices are all inclusive, staff are well drilled, the grounds are huge and the beach is right there-if you actually have any time for it between everything else. Prices at the Voyager Mombasa beach Resort range from US$185/260 for s/d in low season to US$ 230/310 for high season.

2. Nyali Beach Hotel

Located at the southern end of the beach, this is Voyager’s main competition, managing to take up even more space and offer even more facilities-you’d practically have to stay for a week just to try all the different restaurants and bars. The Sunday poolside barbeques are surprisingly good value at Kshs 650. Price range at the Nyali Beach Hotel are US$118/147 for s/tw and US$ 184/234 for the high season.

3. Nyali Beach Holiday Resorts

A good option if you want the Kenyan Beach experience without the European price tag. It’s less luxurious than the other resorts around here, but you will still get a restaurant, bar and games room, and the self-catering cottages (one to three bedrooms) work well for groups. Reception helpfully shows the time in Helsinki for any disoriented Finns who happen by. The price tags at the Nyali beach Holiday resorts are Kshs 3500/5800 for s/d low season, Kshs 4500/6800 for high season and cottages from Kshs 5500.

4. Bahari Beach Hotel

Germans on all inclusive packages form the core clientele at this low-slung makuti complex, which makes good design use of the coral rocks that separate it from the beach. The cave-like Italian restaurant is particularly nice feature. Prices for Bahari Beach Hotel range from Kshs 4700/7100 s/d for low season and Kshs 5500/8100 for high season.

5. Fisherman’s Leisure inn

Reached via a turnoff just before the Nova shopping centre, this is a quiet, friendly Indian-run guest house with an attractive Moorish foyer and well-appointed tiled rooms. The lobster Pot restaurant provides meals on site. Walk through the reef Hotel to get to the Mombasa beach. Prices here range from Kshs 2000/2800 s/d in low season and Kshs 3500/4200 in the high season.

6. Reef Hotel

This rather faded Hotel seems to be going for club Med vibe, though some of the facilities look a little aged. Luckily the interior is much better kept, and the relatively down-to earth rates make it popular with Kenyans as well as foreign tourists. Prices at the reef range from US$ 59/88 for s/d in low season and US$ 68/115 in the high season.

7. Glory Villas

The only vaguely budget option for miles, this entry in the Glory empire is a complex of odd conical towers behind the Nova shopping centre. There’s a prayer room for the devout and VIP’s in NO. 34 can dine out on some hilarious 1970s furniture. If the long list of things not to do is anything to go by, the management doesn’t have much faith in their staff-you’re even advised not to leave valuables at reception! Nyali beach is a 15 minute walk away. Price range here is Kshs 800 for a s and Kshs 1200-2000 d, cottages Kshs 3000.


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