Hotels in Mombasa Kenya

If you’re heading to the East African Coast of Kenya, Mombasa, you’ll likely want to spend some time on a nice beach front hotel in Mombasa, lounging by the pool or on the warm sands beaches of the Indian Ocean taking park in some water activities or just getting your tan on.

When people think of the Kenyan coast, Mombasa comes to mind first but there are 6 region on the Kenyan coast that are popular holiday spots. They are as below.

 


A good number of Mombasa hotels are perfectly located along the beach. Most have long beach fronts with no crowds. From the rooms you will have great views and easy access to the beach.

We have visited many hotels in Mombasa, tested the service, food, pool and all the things that mater and our list below covers some of the best hotels in Mombasa that your be considered for holidays in Mombasa.

So if you’re planning a holiday in Mombasa and need a place to start, you are on the right page. Get inspired and book your hotel in Mombasa with us.

We’ve ranked the top hotels in Mombasa based on unbiased reviews from our clients and from our visits to the hotels.

Hotes in Mombasa (North Coast)

Voyager Beach Resort

Sail away to relaxation and recreation at the Voyager Beach Resort an ideal resort for couples and families. Is is one of the leading All Inclusive hotel in Mombasa.


  • Mombasa Hotel, Nyali Beach
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes7,170*Per person

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Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa Mombasa

Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa is an all inclusive Mombasa hotel located amidst beautiful gardens and overlooking the stunning Shanzu Beach and emerald waters of the North Coast of Kenya.


  • Mombasa Hotel, Shanzu Beach
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes7,050*Per person

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PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort and Spa

PrideInn Paradise Mombasa is the newest Family hotel in Mombasa on the Kenya Coast. It is only 25 mins from Mombasa City and also accessible from Vipingo Airstrip.


  • Mombasa Hotel, Shanzu Beach
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes8,090*Per person

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Serena Beach Resort – Mombasa

Serena Hotel Mombasa will immerse you in local culture as you revel in lush tropical gardens and winding lanes, all reminiscent of a traditional Swahili town in the 13th century.


  • Mombasa Hotel, Shazu Beach
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes9,400*Per person

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Sarova Whitesands Resort & Spa

One of East Africa's finest resorts. This Mombasa hotel is located on one of the longest beach fronts at the Kenyan Coast. All rooms and suites have been tastefully furnished by Kenya's leading interior designers offering spectacular ocean, pool and garden views.


  • Mombasa Hotel, Bamburi Beach
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes7,800*Per person

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Sun Africa Beach Resort

Sun Africa Beach Resort, the only boutique Mombasa hotel the perfect luxurious escape. Enjoy the white sand and pristine luxury of Mombasa with the finest private beach


  • Mombasa Hotel, Nyali Beach
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes7,990*Per person

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English Point Marina

English Point Marina hotel is 5 Star Mombasa hotel perfect for the modern business traveler. Enjoy spectacular views of old town Mombasa, the harbor and Fort Jesus.


  • Room Only
Kes6,900*Per person

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Vipingo Ridge

Vipingo Ridge sits on a 2500-acre estate between the coastline and green inland hills to offer an upscale stay in a tranquil and serene environment.


  • Mombasa Hotel on a Golf Course
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes14,700*Per person

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Nyali Sun Africa Beach Hotel & Spa

Nyali Sun Africa Beach Hotel & Spa has established a reputation for excellence and is acknowledged for offering quality and value. This Mombasa Hotel combines state of art as best facilities with dependable service.


  • Mombasa Hotel, Nyali Beach
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes6,860*Per person

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Hotes in Mombasa (South Coast)

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Baobab Beach Resort & Spa

When vacationing on Diani Beach, Mombasa South Coast Kenya, there is only one hotel that can claim to be the leader among the Diani beach hotels offering All Inclusive accommodation, Baobab Beach Resort and Spa.


  • Diani beachfront hotel
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes7,900*Per person

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Southern Palms Beach Resort

What makes this Diani Beach Resort truly unique among the many Diani beach hotels the are the networks of refreshing pools that spread throughout the entire property. Its also one of the best all inclusive hotel in Mombasa.


  • Diani beachfront hotel
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes8,300*Per person

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Neptune Paradise Beach Resort & Spa

Set in a beautiful tropical garden and with on the best beach fronts on Diani beach, this all inclusive Diani hotel is one of the best places to soak up the sun and relax in Mombasa.


  • Diani beach front hotel
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes7,600*Per person

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Neptune Village Beach Resort & Spa

Neptune Village Beach Resort & Spa is set on Diani Beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. This all-inclusive resort in Diani is one of the best affordable Mombasa hotels. Its ideal for a quite beach holiday.


  • Diani beachfront hotel
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes6,800*Per person

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The Sands at Chale Island

What says peace and relaxation more than your very own private island right off the coast of the world-famous Diani Beach? Make your dreams a reality at The Sands at Chale Island.


  • Chale Island Hotel - Diani
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes13,900*Per person

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Neptune Palm Beach Boutique Resort & Spa

Beautiful Neptune Palm Beach & Spa is located on Diani Beach on a prime beachfront location. This all inclusive Diani resort is one of the few Boutique hotels in Mombasa.


  • Diani Beach Hotel
  • All Inclusive Accommodation
Kes8,800*Per person

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Leopard Beach Resort and Spa

Leopard Beach Resort is on the shore of Africa's famous and dazzling Diani Beach. This award wining 5 star Diani Beach hotel is where you need to go if you are looking for a fine beach hotel in Mombasa.


  • Diani Beach Hotel
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes7,200*Per person

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Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort

Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort stands out among Diani hotels. Its stunning white sand beach is on the Diani Beach South coast of Mombasa, where you can swim, sun, and relax.


  • Hotel Only
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes8,750*Per person

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The Residences at Leopard Beach Resort

Set in a peaceful corner of Leopard Beach in the Diani Beach, this resort is a distinctly up-market hotel one of a kind in Mombasa of 28 fully serviced villas within 15 acres of tropical forest.


  • Diani Beach Hotel
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes17,500*Per person

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Swahili Beach Resort

Find your escape at the Swahili Beach Resort. It's a slice of paradise in Mombasa south coast, Diani beach. Indulge all of your senses in this Diani beach hotel.


  • 5 Star Diani beach hotel
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes10,100*Per person

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Lantana Galu Beach

Situated on the tranquil side of Diani Beach, Kenya is Lantana Galu Beach set in lush tropical gardens and along one of the most exclusive and pristine beaches of the Kenyan coast.


  • Rates Per Room
  • 1 Bedroom Junior Penthouse
Kes13,700*Per person

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The Sands at Nomad Hotel

The Sands at Nomad Hotel The Sands at Nomad in Diani offers you the ultimate beach getaway. A combination of discretion, tranquility and warmth with the privilege of the award


  • Diani Beach Hotel
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes11,400*Per person

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Ocean Village Club

Ocean Village Club Set along Diani Beach, this upscale hotel is 6 km from Leisure Golf Club. Featuring cedar and teak furniture, the relaxed rooms come with mosquito nets, safes


  • Hotel Only
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes11,250*Per person

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Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort

Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort The Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort is set in whitewashed buildings with thatched roofs, this beach resort is 3 km from the Diani


  • Hotel Only
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes7,540*Per person

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Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa

Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa is located by the world renowned Diani beach over a sprawling and serene area of 34 acres, it


  • Hotel Only
  • Half Board Accommodation
Kes6,240*Per person

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Understanding the Kenyan Coast – Mombasa and the Environs

Africa is known for its amazing wildlife, Safari, the big 5 and Savannah grassland. That is not all beautiful Africa has to offer. Hemming the continent’s stunning coastline is an assortment of beaches. Kenya has some of the top beaches in Africa thanks to the Indian Ocean. You can now rethink your family vacations in Africa. Instead of thinking Lions and Zebras, think bright Sandy shores and tall coconut trees giving Hawaii a run for her money.

Mombasa is the only coastal city in Kenya. And it is home to traders and tourist from Africa, Europe, Asia as well as the Arabian peninsula, and always ready to welcome one and all with the trusted all time charm and very much steeped tradition and culture today as it was centuries ago.

In Mombasa, Bamburi beach is a popular destination for sun lovers and sun seekers. Usually calm and serene but during tourist peak season it is the go to place for holidays in Mombasa and with that comes a crowd of wabara (domestic tourists – mainly people not from the coast). They flood the beaches… so forget serenity; say hello to Mombasa beach boys who in their own right are an attraction with their sunny tinted dreadlocks, wit and knack for (self-taught) foreign languages.

In Kenya when you say vacation + coast; everyone’s thoughts go to…. you treading the streets of Mombasa in a tuk tuk , you in one of our countless Mombasa Beach hotels or you in the beautiful sandy beaches of…..? You guessed it! Mombasa. But Kenya’s Coast goes beyond Mombasa, even though the very name Mombasa gives an allure of tropical yumminess. Nonetheless the Kenyan Coast has some of the top beaches in Africa, for instance Watamu is known for the vast turquoise waters which offer a paradise for water sport enthusiasts ranging from rafting to scuba diving, and Diani beach which lies in the South Coast is known for “Coast away from coast” feeling, utmost serenity and tranquility. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let us take a step by step tour of the Kenyan coast starting from North Coast going down to the South.

Lamu Island

Lamu Archipelago is the peak of Kenya’s North coast. Lamu Island is one of many islands in Lamu Archipelago. Some of the Islands that make up Lamu Archipelago are Lamu, Kizingitini, Chudwa, Pate, Iyabogi and Faza Island.   It takes 70mins to fly from Nairobi to Lamu’s Manda Airport and only a 7 minute flight from Moi International Airport in Mombasa (Once in Manda you take a dhow to Lamu Island).

For road trip lovers it takes a whopping 5-7 hours (depending on road conditions) to drive from Mombasa to Lamu. The main means of transportation in Lamu Island is donkey and between Lamu Island and the other Islands is by boat. Here children can ran free in the streets with no fear of being knocked by car; thus making it a go-to place for family vacations in Africa. As a matter of fact there is only one car in Lamu Island which belongs to the D.C (District Commissioner).

Lamu is considered the birth place of Swahili civilization. Drawing in historians, anthropologist, scholars and enthusiasts of the Islamic religion and Swahili culture from all over the world. Today it is a major reservoir of Swahili culture whose inhabitants have managed to sustain their traditional values as shown by a sense of social unity and solidity. Thus making it the ideal gateway for newlyweds. The population is predominately Islamic and as such tourists are advised to wear more than just shorts and bikinis, better yet immerse yourself in the Lamu fashion and get yourself a Derra.

As you wake up to the breaking ocean dawn in Lamu you will appreciate the gentle nature of the rhythm of the city as the sights and sounds that you experience seem as if frozen in time, the call to prayer (Muazin) that has been heard through time immemorial is what literally brings the city to life and the fishermen getting ready for the day’s catch.

If decor and ancient architecture is what you desire then look no further than Lamu’s narrow winding streets. The Island is characterized by its unique Swahili architecture that is defined in intricate details not only on the white washed walls but the carved massive wooden doors that have been around for hundreds of years. The sight of them will take any antiques’ dealers breath away.

After taking in the sights, sounds, and senses of this intriguing island locale coupled with leaping about in ocean, healthy appetites abound. And there is nothing like some grilled sea food special on the beach as you take in that refreshing ocean breeze, Lamu is known for its sumptuous mouthwatering dishes. Moving south of Lamu is Malindi.

Malindi

Malindi is a 65minute flight from Nairobi and about 5 minutes flight from Mombasa; however it is a 2 hours 16minutes bus ride from Mombasa. Malindi has some of our best hotels in Kenya’s North coast. A place where the past meets present and you can enjoy the comfort and benefit of modern day water sports such as sailing and wind surfing. Side by side with the coastal fisher men plying their age old craft under the watchful gaze of the Vasco da Gama pillar which was erected in 1498 by the Portuguese explorer. Due to the vast settlement of Italian tourists Malindi is said to have the best pizza in Africa. Get your preferred traditional ocean baked pizza made with a wide array of toppings and ingredients that are of your own particular taste and choice.

Watamu

If you decide to take a 31minute drive south of Malindi you will reach Watamu. From Malindi airport the easiest way to get to Watamu is via taxi and not by bus. It is a 90min drive from Moi International airport Mombasa. Once in Watamu getting around is easy.

There are taxis available locally at affordable rates, which can be booked via your hotel or from the staff at rental houses or can be called from restaurants. Bikes can be hired locally and are a fantastic way of exploring the surrounding area. You can also explore the local area on foot via the beaches or through town. When it comes to Watamu one of Kenya’s best kept secret is out…. Watamu Marine National Park Reserve is Kenya’s first Marine Park.

Blessed by long, white sand beaches (No better beach for a long stroll perfect for honeymooners) the Park is home to unique species both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean, from coral reefs to coastal creeks to forests alive with birds milling along the shoreline. The beach is strictly protected as a turtle-nesting site so there are no noisy jet skis to spoil the peace and tranquility. However, sailing, wind and kite surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling are amongst the attractions and there is a big game fishing base towards the northern end near our local small and medium sized hotels.

Watamu has a number of resident expert guides who will be able to name many of the fish and corals encountered during your snorkeling.

The most spectacular area for goggling is around the Coral Gardens, where species of Surgeonfish, Snappers, Parrotfish, Angelfish, Puffer fish, Butterfly fish, Triggerfish and many, many others offer an unbelievable display of variety and color. Several types for Ray and occasionally young (and harmless!) Sharks can also be seen. As well as the main Coral Gardens there are countless other interesting places to snorkel in the park, especially for the confident and intrepid snorkeler! There are many operators of glass-bottomed boats to take you goggling, usually to the Coral Gardens. For confident swimmers, goggling can be undertaken direct from the beach, but beware of tidal currents, especially near the entrance to Mida Creek.

Mombasa

Mombasa’s Moi International airport is just a 45minute plane ride away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi; by road Mombasa is 8hours away from Nairobi.

Despite the fact that Mombasa has been deemed the “Kenyan Coast” she has her charms. She will draw you in with seductive temperatures and lingering breezes. Then drown you in welcoming smiles and hospitable embraces. Mombasa is all about art, culture, tradition and religion and all these aspects have made a very major impact on the people of the Kenyan coast. With art being not just a form of expression but a language and it is viewed both a skill and a divine calling.

This can be viewed in whichever place you will stay in Mombasa. There are a lot of fun things you can do in Mombasa; Take a ride on a Swahili Dhow or Jahazi where you will drink the most delicious tropical cocktails while you cruise down the coastline just as it was done in the olden days, before the coming of speedboats and cruise liners.  Visit the renowned Forte Jesus; a place so rich in history that it is said if you listen carefully you can hear the cries of the African slaves before they left their home land and never to return.

If you are one for the night life, Mombasa has something for you too, the clubs and casinos will give a new meaning to “party till the sun comes up”. You can avoid the crowded beaches by getting your hands on our Mombasa holiday packages that are offered. This will allow you to get the most of Mombasa at an affordable rate.

Diani

We end our tour of the Kenyan Coast in Diani. Picture perfect, with crystal clear, warm waters, shade, sun and powder white sand are some of the words used to describe Diani which is about 1hour 13minutes from Mombasa. The cheapest way to get to Diani Beach is by local bus-taxis (Matatus).From Mombasa town to Likoni Ferry then From the Likoni Ferry, take another matatu to Ukunda (30 kms).

From Ukunda to Diani Beach, take another matatu about 5 kilometers. However there are direct flights from Nairobi to Diani which is 1h5mins. Diani Beach is one of the most un-touched Beaches on the Kenya South Coast and offers fabulous diving in Kenya South Coast. Snorkeling trips at Diani Beach are a must for those who love nature and would want to explore the Sea live. You can enjoy Diving and Snorkeling in Diani or at the nearby Kisite Marine Park at Mpunguti.

Diving in Diani Beach is very safe as it is free of sharks. One can see Dolphins, pipe fish, lobsters, morays, turtles, and tropical fish. For the deeper dives, one can see groups of Blue Striped Snapper, Leopard sharks, Shovel of Rays, Trevally, Barracudas among others. Diani House Mombasa Kenya is close to a Kaya Forest for those who love to watch monkeys and in their natural habitat.

Diani has some of our best hotels in South coast. Enjoy exclusive accommodations in our array of luxury hotels, giving you a flavor of both worlds with their large private pools and guaranteed spectacular beach sunsets due to the ocean facing balconies and terraces. Get entertained with a little beach volleyball or a camel ride.

So next time you are planning a vacation in one of the Top beaches in Africa stop by Kenya’s Coast. And remember that it is more than just Mombasa.

Map of Mombasa and Environs

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