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 beaches—Not 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?!?
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.
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.
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.
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. Kilimanjaro—such as was the case for me), Serena Beach Resort and Spa is a great place to lay your head in Mombasa.
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