Stay at Southern Palms Resort and see Diani in its...

Stay at Southern Palms Resort and see Diani in its glory

Reasons to go to Southern Palms Beach Resort in Diani with Jambojet and Kilian Tours and Travel

From the skies, an oasis of white, blue, and green stretches from the edge of the ocean. Shimmering blue waters are closed in one end by an imposing property and on the other by canopies of swinging palms punctuated by dome-roofed gazebos dotting the larger than life swimming pool. This can only be Southern Palms Beach Resort.

Southern Palms Beach Resort is 35km away south of Mombasa at the renowned Diani Beach. When you think the beach is more than you can ask Southern Palms Beach Resort pushes the envelope and offers more luxury. To add icing to the cake, talk to Kilian Tours and Travel to book this experience for you so that all you need to do is just to show up and get spoilt. If you prefer to book your own holidays, always remember to fly with Jambojet.

Aerial View of Southern Palms Beach Resort

From superior accommodation, fine dining experiences, and a host of recreational activities and scenery this post will let you know what Southern Palms Resort must be your next getaway.

Superior Accommodation

The resort has such an eccentric touch when it comes to architecture it ushers you into a world of its own. From arched windows, dome roofs, cone makuti huts it’s impossible to not have a favorite spot. Tens of photo ops await you at every corner.

Top in mind when vacationing for anyone of us is the accommodation facilities. How good are the facilities? How many can they host? What are the options? Southern Palms Resort prides itself in having  298 rooms and 2 luxury suites.

 The resort has a very well-thought-out service. The rooms are quite spacious and are stocked with everything you would need. A stocked mini-fridge, bathrooms with a shower, hairdryer, and shaver plug, Tv and Free Wifi, Air Conditioning, and Tea & Coffee stations. You can also get a personal safe at an extra cost.

Superior and Superior Deluxe Rooms

With 298 rooms at your disposal, you are spoilt for choice. The rooms are divided into 4 room options with different offerings. The Superior rooms are located on the second and third floors with lovely balcony seating offering beautiful views of the resort grounds.

These rooms borrow from Swahili and modern influences to create an elegant luxury feel. The rooms open up to create an airy ambiance complimenting the perfect blend of subtle greys and browns that just breathe an opulence into the space.  These rooms come with a King bed or two twin beds.

The Superior room

Balcony seating looking out to the grounds

The Superior Deluxe room with service station and lounge area

The Superior Deluxe rooms are larger than the superior rooms and come with a seating area with a sofa, with connecting rooms perfect for group travels. Unlike the balconies in the superior rooms, these have a large terrace that opens up to the lush gardens. The terrace completes the space making it feel like home while seamlessly blending the rooms with nature.

Ocean Front and Ocean front Deluxe

Can’t get enough of the views? The oceanfront rooms are for you! These rooms are all about the view. These rooms are designed to overlook the stunning expanse of turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.  They offer the vantage point to catch the breathtaking sunrise as the colors reflect off the waters to your room. These rooms offer a king-size bed. A single bed can be added on request.

The Ocean Front Deluxe Room is just a few steps away from the Indian Ocean. These rooms are more spacious and have an extended terrace . These lovely rooms offer a King size bed and a lounge area.

Dining Experiences

Like accommodation, the Southern Palms Resort provides a lot of options for dining.

Palms Restaurant

The main restaurant features a lot of African tastes and influences. It sits under a massive Makuti roof with beautiful airy rustic vibes. The open-air plan allows you to still enjoy the grounds and catch the breeze. The restaurant offers a taste adventure with an all-round fusion of African, Indian and European cuisines served buffet style.

A view of Palms Restaurant

Boriti Snack Restaurant -The Boriti Snack house is next to the beach. The restaurant offers a chilled laid back vibe that allows guests to chitchat and catch up over snacks as the they take in the breeze  and ocean views. The restauarant allows you enjoy a little and explore international snacks from their  a la carte menu.

  Boriti Snack Restaurant

La Via Romania Italian Restaurant

Southern Palms Resorts creates masterful experiences for its guests. The La Via Romania is one of such; an Italian restaurant at the resort that prides itself with providing intimate rooftop experiences.  You can reserve the most memorable dinner under the stars and enjoy  a beautiful Mediterranean Table d’hôte menu  at no extra cost.

Manyatta Restaurant

The Manyatta Grill is set at the edge of a swimming pool.The alluring design and decor is African inspired  by the Masaai tribe. The restaurant  serves a variety of grilled meats.

Recreational activities

Whichever way you look at it, Southern palms resort is a sight to behold. Its 2 huge freeform pools however are one of its most framed features. The pools run the length of the 10 acres of property. You are definitely assured of the best water sports while at the resort from the in-house watersports center or Scuba Diving, Deep Sea Fishing on the beach.

The resort also offers an array of recreation activities including aerobics, bike riding, table tennis, squash, volley ball, and table tennis. There is a floodlit tennis court on the resort, a fitness center, a pool table as well as a children’s Club.

The lush tropical grounds also provide an intimate, relaxed atmosphere for nature walks.

Pro Tips

If you are not a fan of buffet meals, book your Ala Carte dinners from the main restaurants in the main restaurant. They will book you at either the Italian restaurant of Makuti restaurant depending on your preference and their meal schedule.

They have entertainment after meals, this include acrobatics, traditional dancers etc… do not just stay in your room and miss out on good entertainment.

You can get day beds at the beach and enjoy an entire day at the beach sipping your favourite drink.

If you miss the main meals at the restaurant, there are snacks that are served from the beach front restaturant across the day, and tea from the afternoon.

I also recommend you book an inclusive package with Kilian Tours and Travel who will not only book you at the hotel and also book your return flights and airport transfers from the airport to the hotel and back.

There you have it. Have you been to Southern Palms Resort? Let us know what your best features are.

 Photos Courtesy: Planet of Hotels.

As promised here are some Key Attractions to add to your Diani Bucketlist.

Diani has a long-running reputation as an award-winning beach destination in Africa. The sandy pristine white beach stretches for 17km from the Kongo river to Galu Beach. There is so much to see and not enough time. So what do you do when you visit a dream destination. Here are 5 attractions that should be at the top of your list.

Kongo River Estuary

Kongo River Estuary is one of Diani’s hidden gems. The estuary is where the fresh waters from a river in Shimba hills join the Indian Ocean in Diani. The river is shallow and quite wide sheltered by mangrove trees on the sides.  The river provides the best reclusive moment of calm and relaxation. If you are looking for a moment away visit the estuary and get paddled away to a pace of quiet.

Visit the Columbus Conservation Centre

The Colobus Conservation Centre, which aims to protect the black-and-white colobus monkey is one of the most refreshing places in Diani. The conservation center works with volunteers to protect the species At the center you can see a few orphaned or injured colobus, Sykes’ and vervet monkeys undergoing the process of rehabilitation to the wild and learn more about them.

Discover the Colobus Conservation Diani | Visit Diani Beach
Image: Colobus Conservation Center

Visit the coral mosque

Like any other place in the Kenyan, Coast Diani holds a lot of history.  One of these places is the Kongo Mosque. At the far northern end of the beach, road stands the 16th-century Kongo Mosque. The mosque is Diani’s last surviving antique of the ancient Swahili civilizations. At the mosque, you get to learn about the powers that once controlled the coast, and experience one of the few coral mosques that are still used by the locals in Kenya.

Kwale's historic 14th Century Mosque – KBC | Kenya's Watching

Experience the Kaya Kinondoni Sacred Forest

The Mijikenda, the native inhabitants of  Diani are some of the tribes that have kept their traditions and practices. Kaya Kinondo is one of the places held in high regard by the Mijikenda. The Kayas are believed to have hosted their ancestors and are tended to by the Mijikenda people. Kaya Kinondo has a rare variety of indigenous and ancient tree species some as old as 1000 years. The forest has over 190 tree species, where 140 tree species are classified as rare.

If you are a nature lover, the Kaya visit is a must-do. Guides are available to take you through the nature walk. Make a date with nature in a space that is powerfully calming and peaceful.

Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest | Visit Diani
Image: Visit Diani

Go Turtle Watching

Diani Turtle Watch is a watch and rehabilitation center located in the Sands at Nomad. Diani Turtle Watch has a great educative program in place for visitors. The Centre nurses the sick and injured turtles back to health. Not only is it fascinating to watch, but it’s also a great learning experience. The team aims to protect the indigenous turtles along the coastline. They look out for evidence of nesting sites and stranded turtles and relocate nests that have been laid either too close to the surface or in areas that are not well protected increased human activity.

Diani Turtle Watch
Image: Diani Turtle watch

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