Are you looking for recommendations for a good luxury spa hotel in Mombasa? If so, you are in the right place. You will find lots of those here.
This post originally included hotel recommendations for cities and towns in many parts of Africa. You can see the full range of cities and towns here.
Also, everything about the hotel, including its architecture, serves to remind you that you are on the charming Swahili coast.
The Serena brand, which I must admit I am partial to, lives up to its promise of great food and amazing service at this establishment too.
Another thing I particularly like at the Serena Beach Resort & Spa is the quiet calm at the establishment.
The only thing that could be a bit of an issue here is that the Serena Beach Resort & Spa, located on Shanzu Beach, is about a 20-minute drive from the livelier parts of Mombasa.
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa —Luxury Spa Hotel in Mombasa #2
Hotel EnglishPoint & Spa — Luxury Spa Hotel in Mombasa # 3
PrideInn Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa —Luxury Spa Hotel in Mombasa #4
Travellers Beach Hotel & Club — Luxury Spa Hotel in Mombasa #5
Bahari Beach Hotel — Luxury Spa Hotel in Mombasa #6
Severin Sea Lodge — Luxury Spa Hotel in Mombasa #7
Nyali Sun Africa Beach Hotel & Spa -Luxury Spa Hotel in Mombasa #8
Baobab Holiday Resort — Luxury Spa Hotel in Mombasa #9
Will you be travelling somewhere in (East) Africa soon and are wondering where to stay while you are there?
Well, that’s something my readers ask me about often, so I thought I’d put together a resource page for anyone who might be interested.
The recommendations on this page fulfill two requirements: 1) I have been to each of these places myself, and 2) they each have an average user rating of at least 8.0, or “Very Good”, on Booking.com (no need to take just my word for it!)
The establishments listed under each city or town are ordered in a sort of value-for-money ranking, with the high-end options that offer the best value for money at the top of the list and the less expensive establishments that offer good value—or more high-end ones that don’t quite offer as much value—at the bottom.
I will continue to add more recommendations as I discover other great places across the region.
If you would like to find out more about each establishment, simply click on its name to be redirected either to a page on my blog that will tell/show you more about it, or a page off my blog where you’ll not only be able to learn more about the establishment but also make a booking there.
Can’t Find What You Are Looking For?
If you don’t find what you are looking for among these recommendations, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected]
It would be my pleasure to help you find something better suited to you.
If you do end up staying at any of these establishments, please let me know what you thought in a comment below. (If you have other establishments that you would like to recommend to me and others, also please let me know by leaving a comment below.)
I hope you find my recommendations useful.
UPDATE: Ever since I first wrote this guide, I have developed individual pages dedicated to hotels in particular cities and moved my recommendations to those pages. I have therefore edited the links in the table of contents below to link to those pages.
- Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- South Africa
Hotels in Abidjan
- Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire – Historically one of the best hotels in Abidjan, Hôtel Ivoire has been renovated relatively recently. The hotel overlooks the Ebrié Lagoon, has beautiful water features, a choice of bars and eateries, and stunning views of downtown Abidjan.
- Hotel Tiama – Good business hotel in the center of downtown Abidjan
- Sheraton Addis – A beautiful grand hotel in the heart of Addis Ababa
- Moriah Hill Resort – One doesn’t normally think of beautiful water experiences when they think of Rwanda—especially that it is landlocked—but Lake Kivu, in Western Rwanda, is one of the most beautiful bodies of water I have ever seen. Karongi/Kibuye (new name/old name), an easy 3-hour drive from Kigali, is one town from which you can enjoy Lake Kivu. Moriah Hill Resort, on the shores of Lake Kivu, is one of the best properties in the area. From there, you can arrange excursions to tour the lake by boat or simply enjoy lake views from the privacy of your room.
- Virunga Hotel – If you are in beautiful Musanze/Ruhengeri (new name/old name), chances are you are on your way to Volcanoes National Park to see Rwanda’s famous gorillas. That’s sort of what took me there. Virunga Hotel is a good hotel in Musanze town. It’s neat and clean. The beds are comfortable. The bathrooms have nice hot water. The Wi-Fi’s great. The food is good and, above all, the service is very friendly.
- The Walkgard Transit Hotel – If you will soon be visiting my hometown Bukoba, then a reliable place to stay is The Walkgard Transit Hotel. An easy walking distance from many parts of town, including the main bus stand, which is a 10-minute walk away, The Walkgard Transit Hotel, has spacious clean rooms, beautiful outdoor spaces, and good food (though that may take a while to come). The Walkgard Transit Hotel can help you organize tourist activities in and around Bukoba.
- Balili Mountain Resort – You are probably wondering where in the world Bunda is and why you would want an accommodation recommendation for it, so let me start there: Bunda is a small town about a two-and-a-half hour drive from Mwanza, but more importantly, Bunda is a 20-minute drive from the Ndabaka Gate of the Serengeti’s Western Corridor. Balili Mountain Resort is one for adventure lovers! It lies at the top of Balili Mountain in Bunda. You can hike up and down the mountain, but you can also drive there (warning: the drive is scary but safe!). Once there, you will see beautiful views of the Serengeti, Bunda town, and Lake Victoria. If you hike to the viewpoint at the very top of the mountain, you’ll see a 360° view that is one of the most beautiful I have seen in Tanzania. The accommodation at the resort itself, is simple but very clean. The staff at Balili Mountain Resort have a great passion for their establishment and go out of their way to make sure their guests have a great time.
Hotels in Lake Manyara National Park
- Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge – You may recognize the “vanishing horizon” swimming pool of Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge from Instagram— it’s one of those Instagram-worthy places—and that is probably one of the things that would take you there: the stunning vistas seen from this lodge. When you are visiting Tanzania’s northern tourism circuit—Lake Manyara National Park & Ngorongoro Crater/Conservation Area to be precise—Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is a splurge option. And oh, what a breathtaking splurge it is!
- Lawns Hotel – If you are planning a trip to the beautiful mountainous district of Lushoto, and want to stay in Lushoto town, then a place I recommend is the Lawns Hotel, which is over a 100 years old and has been owned and run by a Cypriot-Tanzanian family for three generations. The hotel’s early 20th-century architecture is charming; the views of the Usambara Mountains from the hotel are mesmerizing; but, above all, the service from the staff and owner who will stop at nothing to give you what you want while you are a guest of the hotel will be sure to have you leaving the Lawns Hotel with a smile on your face. The Lawns Hotel is also very pocket friendly.
READ ALSO: Lushoto, Tanga, Tanzania
- Tan-Swiss Lodge – If you are headed to Mikumi National Park and are looking for fairly priced accommodation right outside the park, then one place you should consider is Tan-Swiss Lodge. I wrote about Tan-Swiss Lodge extensively here, but to give you some highlights: Tan-Swiss Lodge is neat, clean, and colorful. It is well-priced, with spacious rooms, good bathrooms, a kids’ play area, and a big swimming pool. It’s very close to the entrance of Mikumi National Park, and serves unexpectedly good food. For more details, click here.
- Mama Pierina Restaurant and Annex – If you are headed to Morogoro, and are looking for an easy, inexpensive laid back place (think: backpackers or hostel style), then the charming, quaint Mama Pierina Restaurant and Annex is a place to consider. The owner and staff are very friendly. The food is unexpectedly-for-Morogoro delicious. Mama Pierina Restaurant and Annex is in the compound of a converted home and feels very safe.
- Gately Inn Entebbe – I drove past the entrance of Gately Inn Entebbe for many months, going to and from Entebbe airport. Each time, I would crane my neck trying to get a glimpse of what lay inside its attractive exterior. Finally, one day, I just had to stop and walk in. I loved what I found there! What I found was an enchanting establishment in luxuriant gardens where everything was tastefully decorated in local materials and natural elements such as wood, earth, and stone. The rooms were no different and the Gately bathrooms, with their signature step-down garden-pebble shower, had me at hello. The service at Gately Inn Entebbe was very warm and welcoming. The cozy, rustic terrace restaurant/lounge, which served amazing fresh juice by the way, was a delightful place to be.
- Wildwaters Lodge – If you are headed towards Jinja and want an experience as intoxicating and powerful as the River Nile, then the place to stay is Wildwaters Lodge, in Kangulumira, 25 kilometers down the river from Jinja. Wildwaters Lodge, with its timber-floored, canvas-walled, thatch-roofed luxury suites—complete with free-standing outdoor bathtubs overlooking the river—is located on a private island with dense rain forest vegetation. The constant sound of the flowing river, heard all over the lodge, is just the thing to refresh your mind. The lodge’s common areas, which are connected to the suites by wooden walkways, are located right on the edge of the river’s Kalagala Falls. The swimming pool at Wildwaters Lodge is a natural pool, carved out over the centuries from the granite rock that the the lodge sits on. Although Wildwaters Lodge is on an island, its only a short (but harrowing!) boat ride to the mainland, where you can take advantage of the adventure activities that Jinja is famous for, namely bungee jumping and white water rafting.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Mweya Safari Lodge – For decades, Mweya Safari Lodge has been one of the best (if not the best) properties in Queen Elizabeth National Park. With spectacular panoramic views over the Kazinga Channel, Mweya Safari Lodge is all about its unbeatable location. The lodge offers several types of accommodation ranging from standard rooms to luxury tents, suites, and entire cottages. The service is very friendly and will regale you with tales about life in the wild, especially when you have (safe!) animal encounters on the lodge’s grounds.
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