AfroChic

Some destinations are timeless; others are often well kept secrets. Lying south of Mombasa, Kenya, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Afrochic Diani is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveller who wants to simply ‘flop and drop’ and enjoy the spectacular views of exotic and ancient dhows in full sail.

This exclusively intimate hotel - with only 10 guest rooms each with their own en suite bathroom, balcony and sun-loungers - is singularly personable and highly individual. From the moment you walk through the doors, you will be embraced by the understanding of what has made AfroChic the ‘sought-after’ destination for those seeking rest, relaxation and the personal touch. Friendly and attentive staff are on hand to provide those little but special details that have become synonymous with an Elewana Collection property.

Miles of expansive and near deserted beaches await discovery, and for those who wish a more active way to spend the day, an 18 hole Championship Golf Course is within three minutes drive from the hotel. Local boutiques, spas, and craft markets are a short ride away, and day trips to Shimba Hills Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary add to the Kenyan coastal experience.

 

Diving
Diani Marine 5-star PADI Dive Centre has been providing first class diving excursions for more than 30 years. Their exemplary safety records are unique. They offer one boat trip per day (2 dives) and an additional one in the afternoon on request (min 12 divers). Diani Marine maintains 3 dive boats, two on duty and one constantly under renovation to ensure highest possible safety standards. Diani Marine also maintains a 3.6 meter deep pool for beginners and trainings.

Snorkeling
The 28 square km Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park is reputed to be the most beautiful marine park after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and is the best in Kenya in terms of species diversity, coral quality and reef build-up. The warm, pristine waters are host to dramatic coral formations, dolphins, turtles, sting rays, moray eels and a bewildering variety of sea life that comprise a unique eco-system that could be referred to as a garden under the sea. Run by Selina and Harm who are Marine Biologist and PADI Diving Instructors, who take limited numbers to offer you a more personal service.

Watersports
Sea Kayaks, Body Boards, Kite Surfing, Wind Surfing and SUP – with H2O Extreme. During low tide there is the opportunity to explore the reef life of the Kenyan South Coast with a local fisherman or a “Beach Boy”. Get to know more about different species of Sea Urchins, Sea Spiders, Corals, Starfish and Stonefish. A very interesting tour starts right at the edge of AfroChic at the beach.

Golf
An 18-hole championship golf course is located approx. 3 minutes from AfroChic. The course has 85 bunkers, lush tropical vegetation, a large lake, several types of birds and monkeys and is regarded as one of the most attractive in East Africa.

Tours:

Mombasa Island Tour
Mombasa is Kenya's second largest town and it is the only sizeable port. It has a recorded history stretching back nearly 2000 years, and was mentioned in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, a pilot's guide to the Indian Ocean written by one Diogenes, a Greek living in Egypt, around the end of the first century A.D. Fringing the dhow harbor is the old town, a maze of narrow streets and pedestrian lanes with quaint shuttered houses and open fronted shops; the smell of spices is always present. Dominating the entrance to the dhow harbor is Fort Jesus, which is open to visitors and which houses an interesting museum displaying antiquities from the length of the Kenya coast. Also on display are finds from the Portuguese warship the Santa Antonio D'Atanm which sank near the fort in 1697 while attempting to raise the Arab siege.

A wide array of African crafts and curios, together with some antiques, are available from shops and sidewalk vendors but a shopping highlight is a visit to Biashara Street where the shops compete for the purchaser's eye, and his pocket, with dazzling displays of locally woven fabrics and prints. Visitors find a visit to the Kamba carvers village near the airport a worthwhile experience. Scores of carvers can be seen at work, and one can follow the progress of a carving from log to the completed artistry. There is a shop selling the finished works.

Shimba Hill Nature Reserve
Unspoiled and one of the least exploited of all Kenya's game reserves, the combination of rolling grasslands and forest, of hill and valley and the shadowy animals and superb insect habitat make the Shimba Hills a delight for all nature lovers. Shimba Hills Lodge provides not only nighttime game viewing with an artificial moon but also escorted walks through a true fairyland.

Mwalunganje Elephant Reserve
Elephants are the main attraction at the sanctuary, and there are as many as 150 residing there. Mwaluganje is a historical bull area where independent elephant bulls grow in preparation for the demanding life of breeding males. Their families live in the neighboring Shimba Hills Reserve and Mwaluganje forest. On occasion, family groups visit males during the mating season, or cross the sanctuary as they travel between feeding areas. Once or twice a year, several related elephant families join up and travel as a unit of 200 females and calves (of all ages). They gather in the Shimba Hills and move into Mwaluganje during the rainy season (December, and March/April). Such large herds usually last for no longer than three to four days and are consequently a rare and magnificent sight to see.

Spa
We provide an “AFYA” relax and wellness program consisting of specialized Massages, Manicure and Pedicure all tendered by a highly trained team.

Ocean View Deluxe Room
AfroChic's three individually styled Ocean View Deluxe Rooms all have double beds, ensuite bathrooms and a balcony overlooking the ocean.

Features Include:

  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee & tea station
  • In-room WiFi available
  • DVD-player
  • TV with Premium DSTV bouquet
  • iPod-sound dock
  • Laundry services

Garden View Deluxe Room
AfroChic's three individually styled Garden View Deluxe Rooms all have double beds, ensuite bathrooms and a balcony overlooking the vibrant gardens.

*same amenities as Ocean-View Deluxe Rooms

Junior Suite
AfroChic's Junior Suite enjoys magnificent views over the ocean. The suite has a double bed and single bed.

Features include:

  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee & tea station
  • In-room WiFi available
  • DVD-player
  • TV with Premium DSTV Bouquet
  • i-Pod Sound dock
  • Ensuite Jacuzzi bath and shower
  • Laundry services

Executive Suite
AfroChic's Executive Suite enjoys magnificent views over the beach and ocean. The suite has a double bed and separate single-bed room.

Features include:

  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee & tea station
  • In-room WiFi available
  • DVD-player
  • TV with Premium DSTV Bouquet
  • i-Pod Sound dock
  • Ensuite Jacuzzi bath and shower
  • Laundry services

You may fly a commercial  or charter airline to Mombasa’s Ukunda Airport, a small airfield near Diani Beach in Kwale County. The airport serves the local areas of Diani, Tiwi and Msambweni. It’s a short drive to the resort from here and transfers can be arranged. Another option is to take the Lunatic Express overnight train trip from Nairobi to Mombasa!

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