Diani Blue
Diani Blue bedroom Diani Blue entrance
Diani Blue bedroom
Diani Blue entrance

Diani Blue

Diani Blue is a charmingly small, intimate and exclusive beach lodge, lapped by the waters of the Indian Ocean. Ideally located on Diani Beach, which was recently voted the ‘Best Beach in Africa’ by the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry: The 21st Annual Travel Awards, Diani Blue features just six spacious Swahili-styled rooms (all with AC) clustered around a central pool and overlooking the silver-white sands of Diani Beach.

Immediately adjacent to all the many amenities of Diani, Diani Blue is accessed via a bridge over a lily pond and stands amid exquisite tropical gardens, which are home to our own troop of Colobus monkeys. Ecologically sensitive, Diani Blue is committed to wilderness preservation, energy conservation, recycling and to ‘giving back’ to and supporting the local community that surrounds it.

Exclusive in concept but relaxed in ambiance, Diani Blue has been designed to echo the spacious elegance of the colonially styled Swahili villa it once was, while guaranteeing all the amenities of the internationally-profiled hotel it has now become.

Diani Blue offers an al fresco dining terrace, a resident’s lounge with private bar, an airy veranda with views over the pool, a dedicated beach health spa and a palm-shaded beach restaurant – The Edge, which looks out over Africa’s most famous bay.

Country

Kenya

Highlights

At Diani Blue we are committed to nurturing the community that surrounds us. Our commitment takes many forms:

Conserve and protect We believe in conserving the environment (by means of use of solar power, recycling, rain water collection and more), conserving the wildlife; by means of our support of a number of local wildlife conservancies and in our work in our own conservancy – the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Taita Hills.

Support and nurture We also support a number of charitable and non-profit organizations, such as: The Diani Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (DCCCP), the collection of left-over sun creams for albino children and an education fund The Asha Cottage Education Fund, which was founded for the furtherance of the lives of the children of our own staff.

Need to Know

The DEEP Blue – Diani Blue enjoys immediate access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A place of silver sands, year-round clear-blue waters and tropical palms, it is part of the famed Swahili Coastline. Unlike any other, and thanks to the unique mix of African, Arabic and Portuguese people who live along it, the Swahili coast offers sun, sand, endless water-sports, deep sea fishing, dolphin watching, five species of sea turtles, whale-back sharks, humpbacked whales and one of the world’s most varied coral reefs. It also offers a unique selection of ancient cultural sites; mosques and age-old Swahili towns; a vibrantly colourful cuisine; a wide range of marine parks, wilderness reserves and nightly entertainments for all tastes.

 


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Whilst there is plenty to do around Diani Blue there are also options if you want to venture away from the beach.

Diani 
The settlement of Diani backs the length of the bay and offers: a number of shopping malls, numerous restaurants and bars, a number of supermarkets and an exceptionally wide choice of: banks, medical clinics, dentists, chemists, nights spots, travel agents and more. 

Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park
Considered by many to be one of the best marine parks in Kenya the 28sq km Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park lies to the south east of Wasini Island and offers excellent diving and snorkelling. The Kisite coral reefs, one of the most complex eco-systems on the planet, are around 3-4km long and include staghorn, brain, mushroom and pencil species. There are also 250 recorded species of fish including colourful butterfly, parrot, rock cod and angelfish as well as a broad selection of sea urchins, cowrie, starfish and crabs. Dolphin are also common as are large shoals of bonito and frigate mackerel. Nearby Shimoni is also home to many families of porpoise. 

Mombasa
Kenya’s second city, Mombasa lies just 50 kms north of Diani and is easily accessible, with many cultural, historical, wilderness and marine options available.

The Wakuluzu Colobus Trust
Formed January 1997 to protect the Angolan black and white colobus (Colobus angolensis palliates) whose numbers were severely threatened by the destruction of large areas of forest and the busy road traffic of the coastal strip, the Colobus Trust is based at Colobus Cottage, which also offers an information centre plus a nature trail and guided walk. The trust is 3.7km south of Diani. 

Funzi Island
A small island about 35km south of Diani, Funzi features mangrove-fringed shores, extensive areas of forest, crocodile spotting trips up the Ramisi River and dolphin tours around the bay. 

Wasini Island
Wasini Island is just off the coast of the Shimoni Peninsula, and is totally undeveloped, unspoilt and untouched by civilisation, the perfect place to experience the Swahili culture. If offers Muslim ruins, coral gardens, wooded walks, snorkelling, dhow trips, limited accommodation and traditional Swahili cuisine. 

The Shimoni Slave Caves
Shimoni means ‘place of the hole’ a reference to the 5 km of silted-up caves, which are thought to have been used for storing slaves prior to shipment to Zanzibar. Tours of the caves demonstrate the metal rings in the rocks to which the slaves are thought to have been shackled and the now silted-up passage, which once led to the slave ships. 


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Wildlife watching at the Blue
Three species of monkey are resident at The Blue: the Blue Sykes, the Black-faced Vervet and the Angolan Colobus. We also have a resident population of bush babies. Please do not feed the monkeys as this disrupts their natural behavioural patterns. Our fishponds are home to Goldfish, Guppies, Angelfish, Bala Sharks, Oscars and bottom-feeders. And our garden provides a sanctuary for a wide selection of birds to include weavers, silver cheeked hornbills, drongos, starlings and wagtails.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Sailing the Blue
Our traditional dugout canoe or Ngalawa is available for the exclusive use of our guests. It accommodates 4 adults and offers a range of snorkeling equipment. Departure times and hire charges are provided on the Diani Blue Notice Board, adjacent to the lounge.

Diving the Blue
The Indian Ocean coast features some magnificent dive sites and a wide selection of dive centres, which cater for complete beginners and experienced divers alike. It is also possible to do a ‘fun dive’ where no experience is required and a guide takes you down to 6 metres. Due to the Indo-Pacific current, the Indian Ocean boasts the same fish species as Australia: manta rays; reef, hammerhead and whale sharks; turtles and multi-coloured reef fish in coral gardens. Wall and pinnacle dives with dramatic drop-offs together with wreck, drift and night drives are also We can arrange a wide range of deep sea diving excursions including certified PADI diving courses and wreck diving. Divers must carry internationally recognized accreditation both PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club) are acceptable.

Fishing the Blue
East Africa is a Mecca for deep-sea fishermen, many world and all-Africa records being held in Kenya. There are six types of billfish in Kenyan waters, striped, blue and black marlin being the main species together with sailfish, swordfish, sharks, wahoo, yellow fin, tuna and dorado. Kenya operates a ‘tag and release’ system. Boats typically depart in the early morning, trawl for bait and then head out to the deep water to wait for the big catch. The fishing season is August to March (billfish season from November to March).

Blue Marine Park Excursions
We can arrange a variety of trips to the local Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park, where tours take place on a traditional Swahili Dhow. Dolphins and whale shark/humpback whale sightings are a regular occurrence.

The Green above the Blue
Just a short drive from Diani lies the Shimba Hills National Reserve and the adjacent Community-run Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary. For more information click here

The Kaya Kinondo
Visits can be arranged to the local Kaya Kinondo (Sacred Forest) where informed local guides offer insights into the ancient ancestral beliefs of the local people.

Golf
Diani Blue is adjacent to one of the Kenyan coast’s finest golf course, the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort, which offers a championship golf course (18-hole, par 72, course measuring 6084 meters with driving range, chipping green and bunker, resident golf professional, equipment hire and Pro shop. Please contact our Guest Relations Officer for information on booking and green fees.

Quiet Pursuits
Diani Blue offers a bridge table, cards, chess, backgammon and other games, darts and a library.

 

FacilitiesFacilities

Indigo Spa

Indigo at Diani Blue is an intimate wellbeing centre located in a timbered Thai chalet, which looks out over the sweep of the bay and offers a comprehensive range of relaxation and rejuvenation treatments performed by trained professionals and using all natural ingredients.

Treatments include: a range of massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, wraps, facials, scrubs, manicures, pedicures and grooming options for both men and women.

The Edge Beach Restaurant
While our dining terrace and poolside dining options are reserved exclusively for our guests – our palm-shaded beachside restaurant, The Edge, is also open to non-guests. Standing on the very edge of The Blue, it looks out over the Indian Ocean and is renowned for the piquancy of its cuisine – a fusion of Swahili exoticism and Italian pazzazz.

The Edge serves Italian coffee and patisserie, English teas, Mediterranean lunches, Afternoon tea, a selection of homemade sorbets and glaces; evening cocktails and antipasto, and dinners a la carte.

Menus at The Edge – Menus at the Edge change monthly with daily specials that reflect what’s best from the sea and the local markets.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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