DESERT ROSE, TURKANA
This top-end lodge on Mt Nyiru consists of five cottages of varying sizes, and boasts exceptional views of northern Kenya. Cool off in the pool and retire for the evening to a cosy sitting room with logfire. Activities include flying safaris over Lake Turkana (a chance to see the calderas on Central Island), fishing excursions on the lake, walking in the nearby Ndoto Mountains or camel trekking through the wild, desert-like terrain. Resident rates start at Ksh 37,500 pp sharing.
SWAHILI BEACH RESORT, DIANI
Whether it’s a fun morning splash or a quiet evening dip, the pool here acts as a magnificent playground on your holiday. A one of a kind, seven layer, cascading pool runs for 200 m to the very edge of the white sandy beach. Fed by spring water and natural salts, it will also be a great treat for your skin. Swim up to the Baobab Pool Bar for refreshing signature cocktails- such as dawas and orange cocktails- and light snacks. Inquiries via
MEDINA PALMS, WATAMU
This spot has a distinct North African and Mediterranean flair which follows through to the dishes served. Families and honeymooners while away the day by the main pool which stretches across the length of the hotel, culminating in an infinity pool overlooking the sea. Choose from 50 units ranging from cozy one-bedroom apartments to palatial four-bedroom villas. Meals can be enjoyed at Amandina Restaurant or under the moon by the pool, private beach or garden. Rates from Ksh 8,900 pp per night, bed and breakfast.
BETTY’S SUITE, LAMU
It can be tricky finding a small house in Lamu. Sometimes all you want is a romantic bolthole without compromising on views and luxury, and Betty’s Suite certainly offers all that. The double bedroom opens out onto its own outdoor seating area complete with an elevated private infinity pool which looks out onto towering palm trees and Shela beach. Particularly appealing is its famous bathtub which also overlooks the sea. Now there’s a view. Sleeps two. From Ksh 25,000 per night.