Mombasa is known for its stunning beaches that are characterized by golden sand and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. However, did you know that this city has a very rich history that dates back centuries? A stroll through the town reveals its Arabic heritage and a taste of the food betrays the influence of Indian culture. Swahili culture was actually born from the convergence of the Arabic, Indian and Portuguese explorers who found their way to the East African coast. Whether you’re fascinated by history or not, you simply must find out more about this city’s past by visiting sites like Fort Jesus. And while you’re at it, bring your family along and expose them to one of Africa’s most prolific cultures. Looking for a place to stay? Scroll down to find out about the best family hotels in Mombasa, Kenya.
Palm trees line the edge of the beach, where the golden sand stretches to meet the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. This is the postcard image that makes up the Jacaranda Beach Resort. It boasts a highly beloved location – Diani Beach. If you’re not familiar with Mombasa’s gems, Diani is one of the country’s, nay, the world’s most beautiful beach. In fact, it has held the title of Africa’s best beach for a number of years.
By staying at this hotel, you get a private piece of the beach. Your family will definitely love the oceanview rooms, or you might want to choose a beachfront room and let the kids run onto the sand whenever they please. Whichever you choose, be assured of creature comforts like Wi-Fi connectivity.
Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort
Address: Ukunda, Beach Road, Diani Beach, Mombasa, Kenya, 73-80400
This is the quintessential family getaway destination – it’s a hotel that sits on a secluded island paradise, just off the coast of Diani. Located about an hour’s drive from Mombasa Airport, this is, no doubt, an apt holiday spot for your family. Its allure comes from its tranquility, one that’s only experienced on an island of its kind.
With several grass-thatched bungalows making up the accommodation facilities and a picturesque ocean view constantly within sight, you might not want to leave this heavenly destination. And why leave when you get Wi-Fi connectivity, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a spa on the premises?
The Sands at Chale Island Hotel
Address: Chale Island, Diani Beach, Mombasa, Kenya, 80401
Severin places you just a few minutes’ drive from the city center, perfect if you’re looking for good proximity to Mombasa’s main attractions. However, the lodge is just the right distance from the CBD, to offer its guests their sought-after serenity.
A cluster of traditional bungalows make up the accommodations, each boasting a stunning interior that’s well furnished and elegantly decorated. However, you’ll probably want to spend more time outdoors – there’s a private beach for you to explore and there is also an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a golf course. Severin Sea Lodge offers enough for your family vacation.
Severin Sea Lodge
Address: Malindi Road, Bamburi Beach, Mombasa, Kenya, Mombasa 80100, 82169
This hotel’s architecture is reminiscent of ancient Arabic design, a testament to Mombasa’s mix of Arab and Indian heritage with classic African flair. The Sands at Nomad has managed to blend this ancient design with modern facilities, offering everything you would look for in a luxury accommodation: Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a fitness center and a game room.
If your family is interested in exploring Mombasa, you can actually just walk to the city center, which is just 4 km (2.5 miles) away. And if you choose to remain in the hotel, you can take advantage of the golf course or merely lie on the beach.
The Sands at Nomad Hotel
Address: Diani Beach Road, Diani Beach, Mombasa, Kenya, 8041 Diani Beach
In local circles, Sarova is a revered name in the hotel industry. Once you check-in, it’s easy to figure out why. Right from the lobby, you’ll get a sense of the hotel’s grandeur and, as you make your way to your room, you’ll notice the elegance accented by the magnificent ocean view.
If you’re on a family vacation, choose the seafront room, which opens up to the lush garden and stretches all the way to the beach. There are over 340 rooms to choose from, so there’s no doubt you’ll find your perfect fit.
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Nyali/Malindi Highway, Bamburi Beach, Mombasa, Kenya, 00801
Found in Diani, Leopard Beach Resort boasts access to this popular beach. It’s found just a few minutes’ drive from Mombasa city center and not too far from major attractions, some of which are accessible on foot.
It’s a perfect family hotel, with tailored facilities like a game room to keep the kids occupied. And, at the end of the day, you can sneak off to the casino or have a night of fun in the nightclub. There’s also a poolside bar if all you want is some drinks as you while away the evening. The resort has several room options: the three-bedroom villa is the most popular among families.
Leopard Beach Resort and Spa
Address: PO BOX 34 UKUNDA DIANI BEACH ROAD, Diani Beach, Mombasa, Kenya, 80400
The best way to see Mombasa is to stay right at the heart of the city. And your best option for a family hotel within the CBD is Prideinn Mombasa City. From here, attractions like Fort Jesus, Mama Ngina Park and Mombasa Old Town are just a walking distance away. This hotel is for those who want to be within the action of the city, an apt accommodation for families interested in immersing themselves in the local culture. Prideinn offers family rooms with homely amenities in a hotel setting. If you’ll be touring Mombasa for a few days then this hotel is a good choice.
Hotel EnglishPoint is a marina hotel in Nyali, offering breathtaking water views and luxurious rooms. The hotel takes advantage of its enviable location, ensuring that you constantly get to enjoy the sea view. With floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll always get to enjoy the picturesque outdoor views. For a family, I would recommend one of the penthouse apartments or a sea-view suite. And when you decide to explore the neighborhood, be sure to stroll around Mombasa Old Town which is just a stone’s throw away.
CityBlue sits along Tudor Creek, a short distance from the city center as well as Mombasa’s popular attractions. Although the hotel doesn’t offer a fancy white-sand beach like some on our list, it makes up for this by offering a spectacular view of the creek. However, this hotel isn’t for those who simply want to lie on the beach; it’s for a family that’s interested in exploring the city and its sights. Immerse yourself in Mombasa’s culture by strolling through the Old Town or go shopping in the boisterous Kongowea Market. You can also visit Mamba Village Crocodile Farm which is a short drive from CityBlue.
Nyali Beach is another very popular spot in Mombasa, found only a short stroll from the city center. Voyager Beach Resort is nestled just a mile from this beach, offering a magnificent ocean view and beach access. This view is visible from some of its rooms. However, for a family, the best accommodation is the family room, which has access to a stunning garden where your kids can run free.
If you decide to explore Mombasa’s attractions, the Mamba Village Crocodile Farm is just walking distance from the resort, while Haller Park isn’t too far, as well.
The perfect family getaway
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing family beachside getaway or you’re interested in exploring Kenya’s coastal city, there’s certainly a hotel for you in Mombasa. With our list above, you should be able to find the perfect place to stay, so start planning your family vacation today.
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