Asha Boutique Hotel: The Lowdown

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We’ve known Asha for years, and through several different names, and it’s somewhere that we’ve always loved. It’s a rare gem- a small guest house on beautiful Diani beach and within easy reach of town for those who want to go out and about in the evenings.

What’s Asha Boutique Hotel Really Like?

Asha has just six pretty rooms mainly set around the pool, with one a little further back. As befits the charm of this sort of low key guesthouse, they’re not super glitzy, but certainly comfortable enough and decorated in airy blues and whites with carved Swahili style furniture. Beyond the pool there’s a small drop down onto the beach and the Indian Ocean beyond- so it is easy to head out to the water, or stay snoozing under the palm trees by the pool if you want peace and total relaxation.

In the main part of the house there’s a small bar and dining terrace, where you’ll eat breakfast- normally toast, jams, yoghurt and whatever tropical fruit happens to be in season, but there’s also a cooked breakfast if you ask for it (and can face hot food!) Lunch is also served here or in the grounds, and there’s a small Mediterranean style restaurant at Asha which is open for dinner, or there are numerous options in Diani itself. Service operates at a gentle tropical pace- those used to the lightening reactions of London or New York may need to slow down a little, but staff are sweet and very friendly. In all, we’d say that Asha is absolutely one of our first choices for somewhere small, sweet, low key and excellent value on the Kenyan Coast.

What can I do at Asha Boutique Hotel?

As well as the pool, Asha can also arrange some rather blissful massages. Operators in the Diani area can also arrange a huge array of activities, including kitesurfing, diving, golf and deep sea fishing, which is catch and release and generally at its best from August to March. There is also snorkelling and dhow trips to the nearby marine park.

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