A Tropical Oasis: Serena Beach Resort and Spa Review

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A Tropical Oasis: Serena Beach Resort and Spa Review

Serena Beach Resort and Spa

For many, the idea of a tropical, beach vacation typically doesn’t conjure up thoughts of Kenya. African safaris—Yes. Crystal Clear waters, palm trees, and white sand beachesNot so much. Going solely off the recommendation of a local friend, I arrived in Mombasa not really knowing what to expect. But hey, carpe diem, right?!?

The massage room at the spa

I took a quick car tour of the city. The weather was beautiful, and between the climate and the lush greenery, I was immediately hit with an island vibe. After driving around for a bit, it was finally time for the main event—head toward the beach area and check into my room at Serena Beach Resort and Spa.

bedroom view

Check out that room view!

The Rooms

The property has 164 rooms in total. Many of which have either a private balcony, sea view, or both. What really stood out to me about the rooms; however, were the colors. Hues of red and yellow filled the spacious rooms with a bright, vibrant energy.

The Location

Serena Beach Resort and Spa is located directly on Shanzu Beach, just 20 minutes north of Central Mombasa. It’s tucked away neatly along its slither of the Indian Ocean. The entire property is sprawling. Each of the different sections is named after a village. That way, guests can feel as if they are walking through an African village while meandering the grounds—truly creating the feel of a home away from home and community within itself.

Serenity Room

Serena Beach Resort and Spa: The Final Verdict

If an off-the-beaten-path place of beauty is what you’re looking for in a beach vacation, then look no further. Guests of Serena Beach Resort and Spa can explore and enjoy a multitude of activities during their stay. Relax while sipping cocktails beachside and looking out at the Indian Ocean, or do so at the pool bar. Deep-sea diving, windsurfing, snorkeling, and hiking are just a few of the many activities that can be done either onsite or nearby the property. Whatever your vacation motivation is (even if it’s the prequel to climbing Mt. Kilimanjarosuch as was the case for me), Serena Beach Resort and Spa is a great place to lay your head in Mombasa.


In the comments below, share your best beach holiday memory or resort recommendation!


  1. KatWalkSF says:

    WHAT an amazing trip! Dying to go there!

  2. Julia Comil says:

    This place is so beautiful! I want to visit it so badly

  3. Ashley DTKAustin says:

    What an absolutely beautiful place! I am in desperate need of a vacation right about now! I’d LOVE those views ASAP!!

  4. Deb Savage says:

    This looks like an amazing time and place to spend some relaxation away. What a beautiful view!

  5. Regina says:

    ugh every part of me wants to go on vacation so bad. Give me an ocean view! lol

  6. Patty says:

    This looks like pure paradise! Love it!

  7. Liz Shamooni says:

    Seems so serene. Sounds like I need to check this place out!

  8. Karlee says:

    I love the idea of having the resort set up like a village so you get a taste of the whole community all from one resort!

  9. Rachael Burow says:

    This sounds like it would be very fun and relaxing…oh how I dream of these type of things!

  10. Nicky says:

    OMG take me to this place it looks amazing!!
    Nicky x

  11. maria says:

    Wow this is making me have some serious wanderlust!

  12. This sounds absolutely amazing! Wish I could go!

  13. Ola says:

    OH my goodness I love to travel! But I don’t get to do it nearly as often as I’d like. It also freaks my parents out when we go to far away places. I’d LOVE to visit Kenya, and this hotel is perfect. Thanks for adding so many relevant details.

  14. This place looks utterly gorgeous! I need to feel sand between my toes again soon but with a 3 year old I fear it may be a while before I get to relax by the pool again

    • EG III says:

      Well, it’s the perfect time to get the 3 year old a head start on swimming lessons. Learning to swim as an adult kinda sucks and I wish I would have started earlier!

  15. London Mumma says:

    This beach resort Spa looks like a dream. i certainly would not mind taking it easy here for week or 2.

    • EG III says:

      Just a week?!? I’d like to spend an entire month there just relaxing and exploring the area. One weekend actually wasn’t enough haha!

  16. Jen S says:

    This looks beautiful! I’ve heard Africa has some beautiful beaches and less crowded than the Caribbean.

  17. Mei says:

    That looks like a great place to stay in, both the interior and the exterior is beautiful, and the ocean view is just the best ♥

  18. sajad says:

    OMG really an amazing place to visit and I loved the spa room as i love to rest . I was not expecting a place like this in Kenya however I would love to visit this place.

  19. Blair villanueva says:

    I bet i would be happily spend most of my time at serenity room. Its very prestine and the zen is amazing.

  20. Ellie says:

    oh wow! What a beautiful place to vacation! The rooms are so beautiful and look so peaceful, I remember staying at a few Beach resorts and while one of them was not particularly relaxing or calm the other 2 were incredible lol.

    • EG III says:

      I know exactly what you mean, I’ve stayed in a few of those “resorts” that for some reason or another weren’t that nice…but thankfully that wasn’t the case in Mombasa.

  21. Akamatra says:

    You had me at snorkeling and trekking! I’d love such a vacation with my family!

  22. Charlotte says:

    I am in dire need of a spa break, combine that with the beach and you can count me in, this place looks stunning!

  23. Stephany Bissonette says:

    OMG so jealous! I need to make a visit here, it looks fabulous!

  24. kuminkueche says:

    What a wonderful place to spent a few days relaxing there! It looks so lovely, the colors, the rooms! I think this is the perfect place! Loved the pics!

  25. Thanks for sharing information and photos of this place. Wow, 164 rooms, it is a big place. Looks lovely. I would enjoy snorkeling in those clear ocean waters off the beach in Kenya.

  26. Angela says:

    The pictures look gorgeous, and the imagery is so serene. I would like to do more water related activities, as a lover of nature. Kenya & places like Ethiopia, would be on my bucket list.

  27. Ali Rost says:

    The Serena Beach Resort and Spa looks like such a wonderful place to spend a few days. From its cozy and colorful rooms to the beautiful beaches, and proximity to a larger town, it has everything a person could want. x

  28. You’re right! This is not what I think of when I think of Kenya. This looks amazing and like the perfect getaway. I’m hoping that one day I will make it out here for a relaxing get away. Maybe even with my (older) kids. They would absolutely love it here!

  29. Joline says:

    This place looks lovely. Luxurious and serene at the same time. Definitely a place where you get to relax and recharge.

  30. As someone who appreciates the natural beauty of what nature has to offer us, I definitely like the sound of going off the tourist track. I have never been diving before so deep sea diving would definitely appeal to me although I definitely need to brush up on my diving skills before I do that!

    • EG III says:

      For me, it’s important to periodically return to nature…almost as a way of keep myself grounded when the world starts to seem a bit to crazy.

  31. Irena says:

    Ok, this is the next place I want to go.:-) To say it looks great would be an understatement. Great pictures and great post!

  32. Wow what a beautiful place to stay! I would love to stay at a beach resort like that, those views are just lovely!

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