Fodor's Expert Review Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa

Off Malindi Road, Mombasa, Mombasa, Mombasa, Kenya

It’s like walking into a painting at this aptly named resort which sits on a stunning stretch of powder-white beachfront that ever so perfectly complements the Indian Ocean’s turquoise blues. With 340 rooms, it is massive and comes outfitted with all the trappings of a beach getaway offset by green manicured lawns fringed by towering leafy palm trees. Highlights include four pools; one has a swim-up bar with the best pina coladas in town while another has a water slide which kids will love, if they ever get bored of gazing wondrously at the fish pond. You could stay here for a week and enjoy a different type of cuisine every night, with themed buffets ranging from Continental and Arabic to East Asian; Swahili days are a favorite. There are also several bars and restaurants, and the casual Coco's beach bar with its low-slung sofas is the perfect spot to sink into and while away an afternoon. In the evening, acrobats, DJs, salsa or karaoke events take place, and guests are encouraged to participate. After the kids are sent off to bed, the bar morphs into a sandy nightclub where you can dance barefoot late into the night.

PROS

  • Lovely stretch of beach right in front of the resort
  • A kids club run by an 'animation team' that will put on lively performances and keep them occupied
  • Large variety in the themed buffets every night

CONS

  • Crows can be a nuisance when eating outside
  • Beach boys can be a nuisance
  • Popular location for conferences

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0709-111--000

HOTEL DETAILS

340 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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