This gorgeous resort at Shanzu Beach was built to resemble a 13th-century Arab town. A visit here will transport you to another time and place with its courtyards brimming with fountains, narrow twisty lanes and hand-carved balconies. Spacious rooms have an old Arab ambience with hand-carved wooden furniture and hand-woven rugs. Set in lush tropical gardens next to an improbably blue sea, you won't have to leave home to enjoy a full-on beach holiday. Food is excellent
with lots of fresh fish, seafood, and vegetables flown in daily. There's plenty to do here, including day excursions to Shimba Hills National Park, the Arabuko Sokoke forest, the Kipepeo Butterfly Farm, or the haunted ruins of the ancient town of Gedi. There are all manner of water activities available, too, but a trip in a glass-bottomed boat to the nearby coral reef is a must.