Sunday, June 03, 2007

African Kenya Nairobi Hotels-Luxury (4) Four, 5 Five Star Hotels Nairobi

1. Jacaranda Hotel

Jacaranda is a well-equipped comfortable hotel with beautiful gardens, situated in the heart of the Westlands Nairobi. It was open in 1964 and has maintained the same international standards since then. Its location avoids the noise and bustle of the city, yet the charms and attractions of the city remain accessible.

It has 121 rooms with 18 executive rooms.

Rooms are quiet and tastefully furnished, all having:

• Satellite TV.

• Direct dial lines.

• Workspace for business guests.

A comprehensive business center is equipped with computer, laser printer, photocopier, fax, e-mail and telephone.

The are a number of restaurants and dining options:

The Safari Café - The main restaurant of the hotel. There is choice of a la carte or buffet for lunch. The evenings are transformed into a candle light dinners.

The Safari Bar - the bar is open form 11 am. to midnight. It over looks the swimming pool and has perfect sundowner views.

The Gazebo Banda - alongside the pool can host a banquet, product launch or a cocktail party for up to 400 guests.

The Pizza Garden is popular for wedding receptions. One of Nairobi's best kept-secrets, it is particularly attractive.

The Jacaranda Hotel is particularly well equipped for a conference to host four to 70 people. The Jacaranda room holds 25-board room-style and 40-theater style.

The Palm Room takes 50 to 70 people respectively. A full range of audio-visual aids is provided and further additions to the conference facilities are planned.

2. House of Waine - Nairobi Hotels

House of Waine is a unique boutique hotel on Masai Lane in the Karen suburb of Nairobi, Kenya.

House of Waine is an 11-bedroom property on 2.5 acres that blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern Africa in an exclusive and serene setting. House of Waine's aim is to provide AfricanMecca guests with an experience that exceeds all their expectations of city hotels and is punctuated by personalized, friendly and excellent service and cuisine in beautiful surroundings.

In addition to the advantage of House of Waine's small size, AfricanMecca guests can be assured that they will enjoy the same standard of facilities in their room as they would in a larger city hotel. These include:

• Televisions in each room with local and satellite channels.
• Direct dial telephones.
• Complimentary mini bar (please note that this does not include alcoholic beverages).
• Mini safe.
• Tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk and freshly ground coffee delivered daily.
• Complimentary pastries daily.
• The 11 bedrooms are all individually styled and then named to reflect their different themes ensuring that no two are exactly alike.
• 9 of House of Waine's bedrooms can be single, double or twin rooms.
• Each bedroom features a large marble bathroom with plenty of natural light through the large windows.
• Most bathrooms have a separate shower and bath (with the exception of 2 which feature only a bath) and all have a complete range of toiletries, hairdryers and bathroom telephone.
• The menu is varied and reflects the diversity to be found in Nairobi today, which ensures that most guests will find something they will enjoy. It is a set menu that gives guests two options for each course and changes daily.

Meals are served in various locations on the property, which allows House of Waine to make each meal a slightly different experience. These areas are:

• The Breakfast Terrace
• The Dining Terrace
• The Dining Room
• The Pool Pavilion
• The Lounge
• Or simply in the garden
• There are two bars which are exclusively for the use of guests staying at the hotel:
• The Main Bar
• The Pool Bar

Facilities At House Of Waine Located in Nairobi Suburbs as a Nairobi and On Safari Hotel In Kenya

• Heated swimming pool.
• Two meeting rooms

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Serena Mombasa Beach Hotel- (5) Five Star Mombasa Kenya Hotel

Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel

Imaginative arabesque architecture makes the Serena Beach Hotel one of the most interesting hotels on the Kenyan coast. The buildings are a delight of white wash, arches, and grill-work. There are lush gardens courts, and a spectacular arrangement of pools. Water is a major theme of this hotel. A free form swimming pool sparkles in the sun, there is the sound of fountains, and cool garden pools compliment white marble and colorful flowers. Beyond, the sea laps the beautiful white sand of Shanzu Beach.

The reception area sets a striking mood for the hotel. The high white ceiling has contrasting mangrove beams, and there is an entire wall of elegantly carved and arched wall niches. Lamu-style furniture with bright cushions and hanging brass lanterns continue the Swahili motif.

Although the hotel has space for more than 300 guests, its spacious grounds and rambling low layout mean that you never get the feeling of being in a large busy hotel. The management limits the size of tour groups. All the public areas look over lawns and tall palm trees towards the sea.

Serena Beach Hotel has been accepted as one of the “leading Hotels of the World”. There is something extra special about the appearance of this hotel and the services it offers. The public rooms and dining areas are particularly lovely. A host of water sport activities are included in the tariff. Champagne is poured at breakfast, and afternoon teas served on the beach.

There are several restaurants. The elegant Fountain Restaurant has white arches, cool dripping fountains, and intricately carved Lamu furniture. The restaurant spills out on to a terrace overlooking the ocean. Right on the beach is the less formal Jahazi Grill which specializes in charcoal-grilled seafood and barbecues. Here you can eat with sand underfoot or climb to the open upper level which is built like a dhow with sails overhead. There is an air-conditioned piano bar with complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail hour.

Accommodations at the Serena Mombasa Beach Hotel

Guests’ rooms and suites are in separate whitewashed buildings which are only two or three stories high. They are rather charming, with thatched roofs, carved balconies and various shaped arches. The rooms are located in the grounds on both sides of the main building.

The older section is closer to the sea and has smaller rooms. This section was designed to represent an old Swahili village. Some rooms are tucked behind others. The new section, although built further back from the sea, guarantees a glimpse of the water. These rooms are bigger with far superior bathrooms.

There are several suites and some family rooms. Two VIP suites are especially luxurious with private Jacuzzis. There are both twin and double bathrooms.

All of the 166 rooms are furnished in Lamu style, and although the décor is interesting, the old wind rooms are small and rather cramped. Swahili arches frame mirrors and windows. Each room has a balcony and ensuite bathroom with tub. There is air conditioning, a minibar, hair dryer and direct dial telephone. The favorites: #221 in New Wing-corner room with great sea view and sunning balcony. Front rooms in old section have good sea views (#116 and 121 sleep four)

Special offerings

Swimming pool, water sports center (windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling free to hotel guests), Scuba diving, deep sea fishing, dhow cruising by arrangement, four floodlit tennis courts, air-conditioned squash courts, mini golf, pool table, table tennis, conference room, hair dresser, free shuttle bus to Mombasa.

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Mombasa Kenya Rentals & Apartments-Five (5) star Mombasa Kenya Rentals

The Tamarind Village Beach Resort

The tamarind village in Nyali Mombasa is a beautiful and a Mombasa luxury condominium complex which looks over the harbor towards the Old Town of Mombasa. It shares a drive way with the Tamarind restaurant, justly famous for its wonderful seafood and setting.

The Tamarind village has 22 privately owned apartments. About half of these can be booked through central management. There are one, two and three bedroom apartments, each with a private entrance, enchanting views, and outdoor terraces. The apartments are serviced and have fully equipped kitchens.

As well as the option for self catering, the Lido bar near the pool serves breakfasts and light lunch dishes. Room service to the apartments can also be arranged. And, of course, you can always splurge next door at the Mombasa Kenya Tamarind restaurant.

What makes Tamarind village so special is its lovely site and exotic and luxurious appearance. It is built in Swahili style and has a series of arches, open-sided walkways with tantalizing water views, and open grill work walls in Moorish designs. All is in startling, sparkling white wash alive with the exuberance of bougainvillea spilling over balconies and peeping into corridors.

The complex is built along the side of a hill in six levels-balconies jut out at different heights, some shaded by thatch, others by log beams letting through slants of sunlight. Although this is a large, multi level building, the interest and variety in the layout and design make each apartment personal; and unique. There is a clean simplicity, an exotic elegance about the place.

The Mombasa apartments vary in size, but all have master bedrooms, with bathrooms ensuite. There are telephones and air conditioning. Since they are privately owned, there are different styles of décor, and some are much nicer than others. Numbers 41, 45, 54 and # 65 are well appointed and comfortable. Each apartment has a terrace and some have lovely views down across the water. A few have private outdoor Jacuzzi

The landscaping and swimming pool deserve special mention. Paths wander down through flowering rock gardens and lawns, creepers climb up walls and drape over balconies. The large contoured pool is glorious, with a swim up bar, unheated Jacuzzi and great views over the harbour. Next to the pool under a thatch roof is the sit-up Lido bar with a selection of snacks and light dishes.

Other facilities at the Mombasa north coast beach hotel:

Air conditioning, telephone connection to 24 hour switch board, fax facility, fully serviced apartments, swimming pool with Jacuzzi and nearby stores.

Severin Sea Lodge- Mombasa Kenya

This is one of the larger hotels on Bamburi beach. It has a rambling layout and some unique features such as a dhow restaurant moored on a little stream, and a conference center which resembles an Islamic mosque. There are two swimming pools and a high thatched rondavel bar which sports game trophies.

The rooms are in two or three story white washed bungalows with thatched roofs. The rooms are better than average-all with mini-bar, telephone and air conditioning. The 90 new comfort rooms, each with one double and one single bed, have Lamu-style furniture and nice bathrooms with double sink and hairdryer. Most rooms are set back from the sea, but standard rooms 400 and 402, and comfort rooms 177 and 178 have good ocean views. There is a busy entertainment program from water polo to jazz bands.

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Africa Kenya Beach Bay Hotel - (5) Five Star Kenya Bay Hotel Watamu

Turtle Bay Beach Hotel

The turtle bay Kenya hotel in Watamu is an all inclusive hotel lodge located on the north coast of Mombasa. The turtle bay in Watamu is near other hotels in Kenya’s Watamu beach including leisure lodge Kenya, blue bay Kenya, Watamu villas, Hemingway’s Kenya. Watamu beach is famous for water sports including deep sea/big game fishing, diving Kenya in Watamu Marine national park.

Turtle Bay Beach Club

Turtle Bay is a larger family-style hotel which operates on an all-inclusive resort system similar to club Med. Included are meals, snacks, most drinks and a range of sporting activities(water sports as well as tennis, mini golf, etc). This hotel is appealing for its relaxed ambience, its range of activities for families, and the pleasantly shaded area overlooking the beach and ocean.

The focal point of the hotel is the pool area. The large rectangular pool has a diving board. To the side, and sheltered by makuti thatch, are table tennis, darts and snooker. There is also a giant chess set with wooden African Playing pieces. A thatched bar and restaurant at poolside serves a snack and a la carte menu. It is open-sided and has views of the ocean through a stand of palms trees. Stretching from the pool to the beach is an area well-shaded by mature palms and other indigenous trees where guests can lie on padded lounge chairs placed on the sand. There are pleasant sea breezes, lovely views of the beach and ocean and shelter from the hot sun.

The hotel is built on a slope-there are winding paths and series of wide cement steps. Low-rise accommodation blocks are reached through tropical gardens vivid with bougainvillea. Some rooms have good ocean views, but most are set further back, only glimpsing the sea through palm trees. The main dining area is open to gardens and fish ponds-but has no sea view or breezes.

The food tends to be rather unremarkable-generous safari buffets predominate. There is evening entertainment ranging from bingo nights in the large and rather functional lobby lounge to acrobatic performances around the pool with the night sky and waving palms for an added touch of the exotic.

Children (ages4-12) can join the children’s mini Club with various activities and programs (videos, swimming, painting etc) under supervision.

Water activities at Turtle Bay include windsurfing and scuba diving. Glass bottomed boats make the short trip out to the Marine Park for snorkeling. There is now an expert who will accompany you on your snorkeling trips, pointing out and explaining points of interest as you swim along.

The Kenya Beach hotel is popular with families and is also booked by European tour groups-predominantly Germans.


There are 154 rooms, all with private balconies, ceiling fans and ensuite bathrooms. Most rooms are in fairly large low-rise white structures. There are also deluxe rooms which are somewhat larger and newer. These rooms are in smaller thatched three story units. Best sea view Rooms # 43, 44 and 45. Beach blocks # 1-5.

You can also decide to arrange an inland animal safari to Kenya’s Tsavo National Park from the Turtle Bay Beach Club. These range from 2-5 day flying or road safari. The Tsavo safari can especially be extended to cover both Tsavo East and West and Amboseli National Park. The drive to Tsavo has to pass through the Mombasa town via Voi into Tsavo East or West due to Smart card requirements at the gates.

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Hotels Mombasa Kenya - Top South Coast Kenya Beach Hotels

Lagoon Reef Beach Hotel-Mombasa Diani

Lagoon reef is near the southern end of Diani Beach. This hotel feels slightly more intimate than some of its larger neighbors. The beach hotel, situated on 20 acres, has spectacular grounds and an interesting pool. Near the beach is a huge 50-year-old baobab tree which attracts many monkeys. The free form pool, built like a lagoon, has an island with jungle vegetation. Tropical gardens cascade down the long slope towards the beach.

The lobby, with its high thatch roof is cool and exotic. There is the sound of water and interplay of light and shadow. Wooden bridges lead over the lily ponds, and there are bird songs from small aviary. The main dining room is at the same level as the lobby-the ocean and pool are a long way down a rather steep slope. This hill has been nicely landscaped and path meanders down towards the pool. At night the gardens are illuminated.

There is more informal dining near the swimming pool. An open-sided bar right at the edge of the beach overlooks the ocean. Across the road, built in the forest, are two hotel tennis courts.

The Mombasa Beach Hotel Accommodations

There are accommodations for almost 300 people in thatched blocks, three stories high. All rooms have balconies and big windows, and most have garden or pool views. There are fans and air conditioning. Mosquito nets are available on request. There is a choice between superior, standard and family rooms. The superior sea front rooms on the top floor are the favorite. Like its neighbors, Lagoon reef attracts tour groups.

Kaskazi Beach Hotel-Mombasa Diani kenya

The Kaskazi Beach hotel is one of the newer large hotels on Diani Beach. Its luminous white marble, graceful arches and established gardens suggest a magical palace right out of the Arabian nights.

“Aladdin asked the spirit of the lamp to build him a palace near the sea… the next moment a magnificent white building with beautiful arches and cupolas emerged from the dry coastal land, the sound of the fountains filled the air, and there were people and music everywhere…”

Like the tale, the hotel’s décor is light, bright and airy. Jewel-bright cushions, drapes and upholstery accent the intricate wooden shapes of Swahili-style furniture. There are touches of stained glass, patterned brass and cool tiling.

The open-air reception sets the scene with towering high thatch roof, a vast expanse of white tiled floor, and a scattering of rich color in upholstery and decorative tiles-exotic, elegant and airy. Even from reception there are tantalizing views of the blue ocean framed by white arches. A winding marble stairway follows an indoor waterfall to the colorful Lamu lounge. Just beyond is rock garden dining terraces overlooking a large free-form swimming pool, the romantic ruins of an old mosque and the sea.

The graceful proportions of the mosque’s arched window have been reproduced in the balcony arches of the guest rooms, which rise in tiers on three sides of the terraced rock gardens. Most rooms have some sort of balcony sea view. Children are welcome.

Breakfast buffets and dinners are set up in the table d’hote restaurant or on the terrace. The Aladdin Grill is an elegant restaurant for more romantic a’ la carte’ dining, and there are snack bars at poolside and beach. A weekly program is announced which includes nightly entertainment such as tribal dancing, acrobats, games and dancing to the hotel’s resident band. On some evenings dinner is set up and served around the flood lit pool. Music is played on and off during the day, volley ball arranged on the beach, and water sports often enliven the pool.

Kaskazi has somewhat more sophisticated and elegant atmosphere than many of the other hotels on the Kenyan beach.

The Mombasa Beach Hotel’s Accommodations

There are 193 rooms at Kaskazi. Each room has one double and one single bed, small ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar and telephone. Some rooms have connecting doors. There are wonderful views in central room’s #432-440, in south wing, room #331, and in North wing Room #358

Special offerings There are air –conditioned conference facilities; two flood lit tennis courts, and centers for sea sports at the beach. There are plans for Kaskazi to operate as an all inclusive club resort, similar to club Med.

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