The Indian Ocean coastline of Kenya and Tanzania is an area of outstanding raw natural beauty and culture. Besides its trademark white-sand strands and warm waters, the coast is home to coral reefs, mangrove forests, turquoise lagoons, tidal creeks, lush maritime forests, secluded islands and unspoiled bays as well as more than 600 marine species including endangered sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and humpback whales.
An integral part of the Spice Route for over a thousand years, the East African coast also forms a unique cultural melting pot between the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Nowadays the shore of Kenya and Tanzania is a paradise for outdoor recreation and luxury beachfront hotels — two things that Cheli & Peacock can easily arrange for you before or after a classic East African safari.
From stand-up paddle boarding with dolphins, horse riding along the beach, snorkeling on the colorful reefs to exploring Zanzibar’s exotic markets, sunrise yoga classes or skydiving over the Diani Beach — there’s an activity to suit just about everyone’s taste.
East African coastal weather is dictated by two major trade winds. From December to mid-March, the Kaskazi provides hot, sunny days and clear skies, while the April to mid-September period is dominated by the cooler Kusi, which transitions from rain in April to warmer, drier days by September.
Cheli + Peacock provides a number of awesome options for a seaside break including:
Three glamorous Italian villas — Beach Villa, Cliff Villa and Garden Villa — overlook the exquisite six-mile, white sand Diani Beach and the Indian Ocean beyond. Each villa has a private swimming pool. Hosted by long-time Kenya residents Marica and Fabrizio Molinaro, the luxurious (and very private) villas are ideal for couples, groups or families. Water-sport activities including scuba, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and sailing, as well as dolphin and whale watching. On dry land there’s an 18-hole golf course and elephant sanctuary are nearby.
Elewana’s romantic boutique beach retreat features domed, whitewashed villas sitting among 50 acres of lush tropical gardens. Each suite has its own plunge pool and personal butler. The resort is adults only — no one under 16. In addition to abundant water sports, Kilindi offers dhow and dolphin cruises, as well as the history and culture of old Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s only a short drive away.
Located just down the coast from Mombasa, this intimate beachfront boutique features ten rooms with air-conditioning and private verandas. Amenities range from swimming pool and wellness center to myriad water-sport activities (scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, sailing, dolphin & whale watching) and nearby crafts markets and elephant sanctuary.
Posh hideaway on a private 2.5-mile-long, powder-white-sand strand on Kenya’s south coast, offering barefoot luxury experience ideal for couples and families. Ten gorgeously designed thatched villas and one private villa overlooking the Indian Ocean. Exceptional Spa facilities, East Africa’s largest infinity pool, and extensive outdoor activities from deep-sea fishing and kayaking to kite surfing, snorkeling, yoga and more.
Exclusive beachfront resort along magnificent Nungwi Beach on the northwestern tip of Zanzibar Island, about an hour’s drive from the Stone Town. Eleven private villas decorated in contemporary African style with breathtaking views of the sea. All villas have private plunge pool, terrace and tropical garden, plus butler service.
A sophisticated private resort on Bwejuu-Paje Beach along the east coast of Zanzibar. Spacious villas feature a synthesis of colonial grandeur and traditional Swahili design. This intimate all-inclusive boutique has just six, two-bedroom private villas, all of them with ocean-view terrace and plunge pool. Bwejuu-Paje was named one of the top 30 beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.Tags: African Beach Breaks, African Beach Hotels, beach breaks, Beach trips, cheli & Peacock