Kenya has certainly had a rough ride this year, but one company thankfully has the foresight and investment to believe that tourism will recover.
The new Saruni Ocean is due to open this month, and is the latest edition to the Saruni safari family, offering a complete solution for couples and families looking for a traditional safari and beach combo holiday.
Situated on the southern coast of Kenya, this luxury beach lodge occupies a prime position overlooking the beautiful and deserted Msambweni Beach. There are 18 air-conditioned suites in total, split between 7 individual ‘houses’. Each suite has its own private entrance, making your stay here totally private.
If you are feeling socialable, wander up to the main lodge areas and relax around the infinity pool, or for those in need of some pamper time, visit the Sarunity Thermae & Spa for a reinvigorating thalassotherapy treatment using the natural elements from the ocean.
Go snorkelling or diving, wander along the 6 km of white sandy beach (without worrying that you will be harrassed by beach vendors), visit traditional local villages, try your hand at big game fishing, or do a trip out to the nearby Funzi Island, the green sea turtle’s favourite nesting site. If you haven’t had enough of a safari fix, you can also visit the Shimba Hills National Reserve to spot elephant, sable antelope and buffalo.
Only a short drive (20 km) from the Diani/Ukunda Airstrip, guests can fly here from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport if you want to start with your beach downtime, or if you are looking to end with time on the beach, you can fly directly from your safari in the Masai Mara – either way, you do not have to pass through the busy Mombasa Airport at all. Flights back to Nairobi depart from the airstrip in the late afternoon, leaving you with a glorious last morning to spend on the beach before you battle with the masses at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as you check in for your international flight home.
We would like to wish everyone at Saruni Ocean all the very best for their new venture, and we look forward to sending Travel Butlers guests to you very soon.