Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Ukunda, Kenya - Updated 2024

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The coastal town of Ukunda is located in the southern part of Mombasa in Kwale County. Voted as Africa’s leading beach destination for the fifth consecutive time, the area is perfect for watersports such as kite-surfing, jet-skiing, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing. The coral reefs and the bush with its population of endangered colobus monkeys are other attractions here. The town has everything for a comfortable and fun stay. From varied cuisines at its many restaurants to attractions such as Kongo Mosque and Diani Beach Art Gallery, there is something for everyone. A safari ride or bike tour of Shimba Hills National Reserve overlooking the Indian Ocean is a must for nature lovers as are Mombasa’s old town and Fort Jesus. Planning to visit soon? Check out our list of the top vacation rentals in Ukunda, Kenya.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 21, 2024.

1. Elegant apartment overlooking a garden (from USD 75)

This spacious apartment sports elegant architectural features and is situated in a lovely Swahili-style community near Diani Beach. The house offers all modern amenities, including a well-equipped kitchen. The ground-floor suite overlooks a beautiful garden and huge swimming pool with sunbeds on the deck. This rental is suitable for couples or solo travelers, and it makes for a quiet place for “work from home,” too. Guests under the age of eight are not permitted here. With easy access to several eateries, shopping centers, and beautiful beaches, this is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway or an extended stay.

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Ukunda, Kwale County, Kenya
5.45 km (3.4 mi) from Kongo Mosque
120 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire serviced apartment 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioning was great to escape to and the pool was perfect
beautiful pool area with friendly neighbours
everything was clean and dorcas was so helpful
the apartment was clean and it's really cozy
the apartment is lovely clean and the complex is great
the place is kept clean and it's perfect for a holiday or even a long stay
the compound is very quiet and clean all staff are very helpful and responsive to any issue raised
pauline was very helpful and a call away
i enjoyed my stay there and pauline was very responsive to all questions
it's a lovely community of swahili style apartments and everyone was very friendly
the housekeeper was really helpful
only improvement i'd recommend is for the host to add basic toiletries in the bathroom (tissues handwash)
it's location is great for moving around to hotels and walking distance to the shopping centre
beautiful space at the perfect location along diani beach road and close to the beach
very ideal place and walking distance to malls supermarkets hotels & of course the beach
overall this is a perfect place to stay when you're in diani
it's a lovely spot very quiet
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2. Luxurious apartment near Diani Beach

This apartment is situated in a peaceful and secure neighborhood along Diani Beach Road. The rental is in an apartment complex with easy access to restaurants and shopping spots. Stylish interiors and comfortable furnishings make it an inviting place. You will also get a taste of traditional Swahili culture alongside modern amenities in the house. Apart from a fully equipped kitchen and a cozy double bed, the house also offers a lounge area for you to relax. Be sure to enjoy the splendid views from the rooftop, and dive into the outdoor swimming pool for a refreshing soak.

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Ukunda, Kwale County, Kenya
4.76 km (3.0 mi) from Kongo Mosque
5 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
the location is very good
super close to diani beach
nice location with good security
perfect place to stay in the heart of diana
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3. Rustic cottage with a swimming pool

This lovely cottage built in the traditional African style with a thatched roof is located near one of the best beaches in Kenya. This is one of eight cottages situated within a property surrounded by tropical gardens with palm trees and bougainvillea. The cottages have ample ventilation and offer beautiful views of the garden and swimming pool. The cottage can accommodate a family of four and comes with a charming veranda, dining and living area, a fully-equipped kitchen with a private entrance, and a rooftop leisure area. The bedroom is air-conditioned for additional comfort. Several restaurants and an impressive art gallery are close by, making this rental a great pick.

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Diani Beach, Kwale, Kenya
4.76 km (3.0 mi) from Kongo Mosque
19 reviews  
Entire cottage 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful gardens and pool stunning cottage
some good kitchen basics (some good cutting knives for example) were missing but furthermore it was great
it would also be great if the kitchen could have a microwave to make warming food easier
something to improve is the water of the shower and sink right now it is saulty water
it has a lovely swimming pool everything nearby fresh seafood and fruit/veggie brought to your door daily
halima took good care of cleaning our room
the staff are very friendly
the staff were very friendly and helpful
the staff were especially polite and helpful
friendly and helpful staff and a nice pool
francis the caretaker was immediately responsive to any concerns we had
paolo's place is well located and comfortable
shambani cottages are in a great location on diani beach
outstanding service and the location a central
the ocean is pretty close and there is a delta right there
for future travelers the place has great potential just needs some care
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4. Tropical cottage with enchanting sunset views

This tropical cottage located near Diani Beach offers great privacy with its structure and location. It sits in a raised position over a magnificent tropical garden and sports a traditional thatched roof. The main building has a studio apartment with a queen-size double bed and indoor sofa, a neat bathroom, and a kitchenette. The windows on the four sides of the cottage offer good ventilation and a lovely view of the garden. The other part of the cottage features an open veranda with a living area that looks over the colorful garden. Relax on the two ethnic sofas and take in enchanting views of the Kenyan sunset. This pet-friendly cottage is ideal for a peaceful vacation on the Kenyan Coast.

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Diani Beach, Kwale, Kenya
4.77 km (3.0 mi) from Kongo Mosque
15 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
lovely place the cottage is really comfortable well equiped and homely
the staff is amazing everyone from the gardner to the manager francis
great staff very helpful and dedicated
the people here and especially francis were very friendly to us
perfect staff and hope to be there soon again
we loved it the caretaker was very helpful and quick to respond
very peaceful place close to beach great value for money
it is just a 2minutes walk from the beautiful beach
a place to go to save money and still have nice garden areas and peaceful
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5. Colorful beach house in a garden setting (from USD 50)

Friendly on the pocket, this lovely beach house is tucked away in a garden setting near Diani Beach. With creative decor and vibrant furnishings, it can accommodate up to three guests. While there is a sofa bed provided, you can request a toddler bed if required. The well-lit living room offers direct access to the sitting area in the charming garden. The beach is a five-minute walk away, while the golf course is just a quick drive from this unit. Parking is available, and there’s also a night guard on duty.

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Diani Beach, Kwale County, Kenya
2.08 km (1.3 mi) from Kongo Mosque
61 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
very clean and spacious place
zuraicah's place was very clean and cosy
the house is very clean and stylish full of nice local features
the zuraicah's house is really beautiful; clean well decorated and well equipped
the apartment was very clean and beautiful and the garden outside is perfect for relaxing
she is a great host
she is very kind and understand
the host is very helpful and friendly
zuraicah was a wonderful host
zuraicah was a great host
the location is on a very safe and quiet street
the house is great for the price and location
i also loved the proximity to shops restaurants and the beach
the house is in a good location right across the street from the beach
the place is also very pretty and it's so close to the beach
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6. Luxurious villa near snorkeling adventures (from USD 68)

This opulent villa can accommodate up to eight guests and is situated minutes from Diani Beach. It comes with a splendid swimming pool within a lovely garden. The tasteful interiors are perfectly complemented by elegant furnishings. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a huge veranda, and private parking are some of the amenities. At an additional cost, you can choose to be pampered with delicious meals throughout the day cooked by an expert chef. You can also enjoy beauty treatments on request at the villa. Safaris and snorkeling adventures can be arranged on request.

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Diani Beach, Kwale, Kenya
309 meters (0.2 ft) from Kongo Mosque
272 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire villa 5 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
around the pool there are comfortable lounge chairs to chill in
the house is well arranged with a lot of indoor and outdoor space and the pool is very inviting
also finding working a/c in 2 of the three rooms was a nice surprise
the pool is amazing and the chef is really accommodating
the rooms however have some opportunity for improvement
the pool is great well maintained deep and clean
the villa is very comfortable clean and the pool is just perfect
extremely clean beautiful and well taken care of
the place is very private clean and comfortable
pascal makes delicious meals and timothy and geoffrey keep the place clean and running well
the staff are amazing
excellent facilities excellent staff excellent cook
staff is very nice and professional
everything was wonderful and staff were amazing
the cook and workers were very helpful too
great location and great value for money
perfect location out of the bustle of diani town but close enough to enjoy
it's a fantastic place to stay walking distance to the beach
a wonderful place what a lovely house in a great location i would recommend to anyone
the house is 3min walk from diani beech with easy access to local transport
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7. Stylish house in a secluded area (from USD 45)

This beautifully designed two-bedroom cottage is one of the two units located within a peaceful property. It can accommodate up to four guests in its two bedrooms, beautifully decorated living room, and well-equipped kitchen. You also get access to an enclosed swimming pool with a kids’ pool. Relax on the private outdoor patio and enjoy the sounds of nature. Diani is a saltwater area and it’s recommended that you bring along your favorite shower gel rather than soap and drinking water. Shopping centers and restaurants are within easy reach.

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Diani Beach, Kwale County, Kenya
6.16 km (3.9 mi) from Kongo Mosque
110 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
each room also has a good ceiling fan for air flow and the wifi was also working well
the pool was delightful with a baby pool to boot
we had a nice quite hideout with it’s own pool and a large nice yard
the pool was really lovely as well would definitely recommend for a group of friends or families
the pool is clean and not very deep
very nice and clean cottage
the pool was always clean and well maintained
the pool is clean and i found the provision of pool towels thoughtful
pool was always clean and available for use
good service and friendly staff
the staff was very welcoming and helpful
ann the care taker is very nice and helpful
the staff at the compound is really very helpful
she had a great staff helping out and everything about the stay was really nice
super close to the airport and beach as well
close to stores and the kids loved the pool
conveniently located with easy access to shops and restaurants
also good location nearby supermarket beach
very comfortable good location - not too far a walk to either the nearest shops or the beach
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8. Compact holiday home ideal for couples (from USD 33)

This alluring cottage is located at the heart of Diani, nestled in a garden filled with exotic flowers and trees. Made with locally sourced timber, the cottage is suitable for couples and solo travelers. A bedroom with air-conditioning and mosquito net, a swing bed, a couch, a dining area, and a garden-view terrace are some of this rental’s features. For relaxation, take a dip in its yin-yang swimming pool surrounded by reclined sunbeds. Drinking water is provided, but you might be better off getting your own water. This unit is located within easy reach of popular beaches, shopping spots, and eateries.

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Diani Beach, Kwale, Kenya
5.23 km (3.3 mi) from Kongo Mosque
83 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire serviced apartment 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the property is lush and green my cottage was clean- kitchen well equipped and terrace just lovely
wish the bed sheets were cotton but either way the place is great
the bed was comfortable and we loved just lounging on our patio
the pool was very clean and warm
the cottage was clean and cozy
clean and comfortable accommodation with a lovely pool
it's very clean quiet and fully equipped
european service clean swimming pool
staff are so very nice to us
thomas and nora excellent hosts
very reasonable and the most helpful hosts who were very accommodating
the host thomas and cleaner are both great as well and always happy to help
the maid salomé is very kind helpful and professional
location is easy access to many restaurants and good grocery
great location from the beach shopping malls and bars/restaurants are within walking distance
great place close to the beach and supermarket
this is a wonderful peaceful and beautiful place to escape from the city life
this is definitely a place i must return to on my next trip to diani
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9. Simple house with a welcoming patio (from USD 51)

This simple and cozy house with one bedroom house is located inside a secure compound next to Diani Beach Road. It is furnished with a tiny and neat kitchen with all the necessary conveniences. A welcoming patio with a garden table invites you to relax outdoors. Enjoy the sun and surf at Diani Beach that is located close by. Also in the vicinity are restaurants offering a choice of cuisines while a supermarket next door makes it easy to shop for ingredients when you wish to whip up meals in the kitchen. There is also a golf club and a shopping complex nearby.

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Diani Beach, Kwale County, Kenya
2.1 km (1.4 mi) from Kongo Mosque
106 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen has spices sugar which is quite thoughtful
ambience was awesome beach was within walking distance wifi and entertainment was superb
really clean nice house with a great terrace
a very warm homely cosy and sparkling clean placean awesome host
host alan is a very helpful nice guy
allan is a great host
the host is quite welcoming and is available any time to help out
host is kind and attentive he really cares about making sure his guests have a good stay
allan (host) is available to help and very hospitable
the property is right next to the main road and a comfortable walking distance to the beach
easy to access close to beach and restaurants friendly dogs and wonderful host
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10. Cozy dwelling with a private beach access (from USD 50)

This is an attractive self-contained cottage near the popular white sandy beach of Diani. Alluring interiors and furnishings along with a cozy double bed, well-equipped kitchen, and glamorous sitting area overlooking the lush garden are some features of this house. Private access to the beach is available so is the secluded swimming pool. Watch out for endangered colobus monkeys that can be found hanging around the garden. Local trips to Mombasa to see the old town and Fort Jesus can be easily arranged. Ukunda airstrip, golf course, and hospital are minutes away as are shopping centers and restaurants.

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Diani Beach, Kenya
4.98 km (3.1 mi) from Kongo Mosque
183 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage is a gem where you feel very comfortable
the cottage feels larger than it is because of the spacious comfortable porch
the swimming pool and grill are great as are the dogs and monkeys
we much appreciated the supply and replenishment of fresh breakfast fruit and other essentials
the place is spotless and the washrooms have clean towels
cleaned every day really well
spotlessly clean and well equipped with all daily requirements
the swimming pool is clean and easily accessible within the compound
kept wonderfully clean and always on hand if you need anything
pauline is a lovely host
she is a super host
she was so helpful with any questions we had
pauline is a very responsive host
pauline was genuine and kind throughout our vacation
plus the location is perfect
pauline's place is the ideal holiday spot
the house is perfectly located close to everything essential the beach the airport the shopping center
restaurants and supermarket are very near at walking distance and the area is very safe
in close proximity to a number of restaurants super market and the airstrip
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Experience homey comforts on your Kenyan adventure

These comfortable accommodation options with a touch of local culture and tradition make for a great vacation close to the famous Diani Beach in Ukunda. You can also opt for these when looking for a quiet place for your “work from home” needs. Take your pick of these top Airbnb vacation rentals at Ukunda, Kenya, for a relaxing getaway.

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