Diani Blue: The Lowdown

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We’ve known Diani Blue for years, since its original incarnation as Asha Cottage, and it’s somewhere that we’ve always loved. It’s a rare gem- a small, owner 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 Diani Blue really like?

Diani Blue 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 Diani Blue 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 Diani Blue

As well as the pool, Diani Blue can also arrange some rather blissful massages, and the lodge has a dugout canoe which can be taken out on the water (with someone to steer it!) 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.

Giving back at Diani Blue… Diani Blue is firmly committed to making sure that the local community benefits from tourism. There are numerous projects we can mention- there’s an educational fund for staff children, collections of left over suncream for albino children, and donations to support children with cerebral palsy. The main focus of Diani Blue’s charitable efforts is tackling blindness, which affects 1 in 100 Kenyans and manager Helen Roberts founded the Kwale District Eye Centre- all donations are extremely welcome!

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