Indian Ocean Beach Club
At the Indian Ocean Beach Club in Mombasa, you wake up each morning to breath-taking views of a sun-drenched white sandy beach and sounds of pounding surf. Rooms are in thatched cottages or in double-storey white washed buildings which are discreetly blended into the environment. This is an unparalleled experience in Kenya.
Even though you are housed in these cottages, the Indian Ocean Beach Club service remains impeccable. In ocean front rooms, all guests need do is to hoist a little yellow flag and food and drink will be brought at no extra charge.
Located on a beautiful and quiet stretch of Diani Beach on Mombasa’s South Coast, the Arabic architecture has historic roots. Built on the site of a 16th century mosque, the luxury resort is located on a stretch of coast that was once ruled by the sultans of Zanzibar. The resort grounds cover more than 25 acres of coconut palms and age-old baobab trees. Look out for the 600-year-old baobab tree which graces the landscape.
Antiques from the Sultanate era are displayed throughout the resort. Look out for an antique chandelier which was presented by British traders to the Sultan in exchange for landing rights in the reception.
On the beautiful grounds is a freeform swimming pool and 3 plunge pools. IOBC (also sometimes referred to as Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club) is on the edge of a marine park and the offshore coral reef offers great snorkeling opportunities.
Rooms in the cottages are casual beach chic and are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, a mini bar, free water, an ensuite bathroom with separate toilets, good size wardrobes with plenty of drawer space, tea and coffee making facilities and hair dryer.
All rooms have a patio or balcony furnished with sunbeds or furniture for lounging while enjoying awesome views of the ocean. Each room is looked after by a personal valet who attends to room-service needs 24/7, serves tea and coffee in the morning and provides an evening turn-down service.
There is a kid’s club, baby-sitting services and wheelchair accessible rooms. The hotel has convention facilities for up to 100 people.
Total number of rooms 100
Deluxe oceanfront 35
Four restaurants in the hotel offer excellent seafood, American style breakfasts and dining in a traditional Kenyan restaurant. The main restaurant, Spices, serves a full American buffet breakfast and an eight course dinner of appetizer, soup, salad, sorbet, main course, dessert, cheese and coffee.
The Bahari Cove is an open air beachside restaurant serving seafood Swahili style. Lunch and all-day snacks are available al-fresco at the poolside Ocean Terrace. Its menu includes sandwiches and Tandoori dishes.
For a memorable evening experience, the Jungle Village is the stage for themed dinners. Resort guests dine in under night skies with the African village atmosphere enhanced by lantern light, a crackling bonfire and enjoyable African entertainment.
The Dhow bar on the beach, surrounded by baobab trees, is the perfect place of sundowners and cocktails. Sultan’s Lounge is the place for pre-dinner aperitifs or a drink. All day drinks and cocktails until 6pm are served at the spacious poolside Coconut Willy’s.
There is a good-sized swimming pool and 3 plunge pools.
All day and all evening entertainment at the Bahari cove by resident musicians. A band performs at the Ocean Terrace while guests are treated to piano music at the Sultan’s Lounge. Special acts are performed during themed evenings.
Things to Enjoy
Free watersports available to guests include catamaran sailing, windsurfing, two windsurfing lessons, boogie boarding and two scuba dive lessons. For a fee, deep-sea fishing can be arranged. Other facilities include tennis courts, volleyball, jogging and bird watching, massage and other spa services.
Individual cottages and discreet double-storey buildings enhance the feeling of privacy and intimacy with nature. The ocean is steps away from the cottages fronting the white sands at the Indian Ocean Beach Club.
High prices of drinks. Only one pool but the ocean is calm and warm
On Diani Beach, Mombasa, Kenya
32 km south of Mombasa and 50 minutes from the Moi International Airport.