Diani Blue (formerly “Asha Cottage”) is a charming boutique hotel located south of Mombasa in central Diani. It is built in an attractive Swahili style and has a wonderful beachfront setting on Diani Beach – one of the best stretches of beach on the Kenya Coast. The hotel has a lovely open air verandah that acts as a common entrance and sitting room overlooking the pool and facing the sea.
Diani Blue has five guest rooms tastefully decorated with a combination of African fabrics and artwork, Afghan rugs, European art, Swahili style Lamu ceilings, terra cotta floor tiles and solid mvuli carpentry work. All rooms have king-sized beds with mosquito nets and their own spacious bathroom, air conditioning and ceiling fans, and mosquito netting on all windows.
The basic package is for a Bed and Breakfast stay, with the option to take Lunch and/or Dinner if desired. (Lunch Euros 15 and Dinner Euros 20) From 4-5 pm daily, guests are offered a complimentary afternoon tea with a selection of teas, black, herbal and spiced, hot and cold milk and homemade cakes and cookies which is always appreciated.
Full continental breakfast with home-made breads and cakes, a wide variety of jams, yogurts, fresh tropical fruits and fresh fruit juices, cereals, coffee, tea and milk.
A very affordable selection of freshly made soups, salads and sandwiches is available daily. Special buffet lunches are also prepared from time to time. The Ledge is open to the public for lunch.
A full cooked meal, with a selection of two starters, three main courses (fish, meat or vegetarian) and dessert – options change daily. A fine choice of fresh crab, prawns and lobster is available daily upon order.
Diani Blue also offers a range of beauty and relaxation treatments in its open air garden gazebo. Immersed in a lush flower filled garden the massage room has been designed to bring the natural outdoor elements inside, to make your experience truly relaxing and unique. A professional, trained and highly experienced masseuse provides an array of relaxing and soothing body massages, available daily from 9.30 to 6pm:
Full relaxing body massage (60 mins)
Foot and leg massage with pedicure (60 mins)
Hand and arm massage with manicure (60 mins)
Foot and leg massage (30 mins)
Back, neck and shoulder massage (30 mins)
Foot reflexology massage (30 mins)
The beach is one of Diani Blue’s main natural attractions with white sands and crystal clear water year round. The Ledge is the beach front sand terrace where guests can have meals, drinks and cocktails, sunbathe, read or simply watch the world go by.
The hotel has a small local outrigger boat (ngalawa) with which guests can go snorkelling or simply meander on the reef (exposed at low tide only) which is about a mile from the high tide mark. Some snorkelling equipment is available for rent or on sale in the boutique. Other water sports and deep-sea fishing are also easily available (payable locally) through neighbouring hotels and diving clubs (kitesurfing, diving, canoeing, etc).
Diani Blue has a beautiful fresh water swimming pool very close to the beach but which remains private and discreet. In full view of all rooms and designed around 50 to 70-year old coconut palm trees, the clear sparkling pool is one of the centre-pieces of the property.
A separate air conditioned Snooker Room is equipped with a half-size snooker table, a card table for bridge and card games, chess or back gammon and a dart board. It has an outside deck overlooking the ocean. With a good selection of books for guests to enjoy (in English and Italian) the Snooker Room is also a lovely place to sit and enjoy the before or after dinner hours in a relaxed company.
Drinks and cocktails are served from the bar which also services The Ledge, right on the sea front, where cocktails and, wind permitting, lunch or dinner can be served under the palm trees with the ocean lapping up against the sea wall.
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