Alliance Hotels on Diani Beach Kenya
Three Alliance Hotels make up a large resort near the southern end of Diani Beach. Each of the hotels has its own personality. When you stay at one of the hotels, you may choose to use the restaurants and facilities of all three although there is a surcharge to dine at safari beach. A shuttle bus connects the hotels if you’d rather not walk.
Jadini Beach Hotel
This is the favorite of the three Alliance hotels. The hotel has many windows and is open to the sea breezes. You can see the ocean from practically everywhere.
The hotel’s many restaurants and public areas seem to line the beach. Walking around Jadini Beach Hotel gives you the feeling of moving along a lively and colorful boardwalk with the beach and the ocean always in view. The pool is small but sparkling. It is surrounded by white plastic loungers and overlooks the beach.
There are several places where you can eat. The main restaurant is large and bright with windows on three sides looking out to sea. White tile floors and colorful blue and pink fabrics lend a cheerful appearance. There are ceiling fans and a special area with child-sized furniture. Nearby is an ice cream parlor and a lobster bar. You can also choose to go to restaurants in the other Alliance hotels.
Jadini Beach Hotel can accommodate 172 guests. The bedrooms face the ocean and have large sliding windows and high ceilings. They are attractively decorated, up to date and feel spacious and full of light.
Safari Beach Hotel
The safari Beach hotel is touted as the most deluxe of the Alliance Hotels. How-ever, staying there does not give the feeling of being near the sea. The bedrooms are behind the main reception area with no ocean views and quite a walk from the beach. Even the public rooms only offer a glimpse of the ocean.
The most impressive part of the hotel is its lobby-spacious under high thatch. Nearer the beach is a pleasant and good sized pool where you can have snacks and indulge in ice creams.
The 186 rooms are located in separate two storey thatched roundavels set well back among trees in the hotel’s extensive grounds. The rooms are generous and fairly comfortable with the usual modern conveniences and especially nice bathrooms. However, furnishings are rather faded, air conditioners are tired, and a swim is a long walk away.
There is a well equipped sportsman club built far from the beach, behind the accommodation roundavels. It has a small pool, three tennis courts, a squash court, and modern machines for body building. You can slake your thirst at the Sportsman’s snack bar.
Africana Sea Lodge
This is the most basic of the Alliance Hotels, with a variety of accommodation styles including small individual roundavels set close together and very far back from the sea. The rooms are clean with ensuite bathrooms, but with unimaginative décor. Renovation is now complete. The pool is very small, and white plastic loungers crowd its perimeter. There is a dank disco; though dancing to live music poolside at the Jadini Beach is the bigger draw. As well as 158 rooms, the lodge also boasts a six-bedroom Directors’ cottage with private living room, terrace, garden and fully-equipped kitchen, complete with cook if desired.
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