Fodor's Expert Review Diamonds Dream of Africa

Casuarina Rd., Malindi, Kilifi, 80200, Kenya

There are four Planhotels stretched out in a row down this part of the coast, and their five-star resort, Diamonds Dream of Africa, is the jewel in the crown—the perfect place for a honeymoon or some après-safari pampering. Service is excellent, with welcome little touches, such as a cocktail brought to your room before dinner and a bottle of cold water placed next to your bed at night. Stylish suites, with Indonesian teak furniture, flat-screen TVs, large bathrooms, and private patios, are lined along a breezy coral-colored central walkway. Superb four-course meals are served in the restaurant overlooking the pool and beach. The Neptune buffets, with all conceivable seafood delicacy on display, are outstanding, and on Fridays there are gala dinners around the pool with live music. The reception areas are a bit impersonal, reminding you that the hotel is part of a chain, but the service and attention to detail is equal to that of a smaller boutique hotel.


  • there are only 35 rooms
  • all alcohol except premium brands included


  • the beds are a little hard
  • rooms do not look out onto the ocean


On the beach


Phones: 020-268-2229


35 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals
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