We spent 6 nights at AfroChic in December 2011. We had planned the trip a few months prior, and were excited to get away to Mombasa's south coast, an area we had both been before (at a different hotel) and had enjoyed for its gorgeous beaches, warm blue water and laid-back feel. Our expectations were greatly exceeded from the moment we landed at the Diani air strip and were greeted with cool lavender-scented towels by the AfroChic hotel driver.
When we arrived, we experienced the most low-key and relaxing check-in, with a welcome drink by the pool. Stephan, the GM, introduced us to the hotel, its amenities and services. Our room - with a 20' ceiling - was amazing. We highly recommend the Zanzibar suite - great vantage point to view the beach/ocean from the balcony, luxurious Swahili furniture, and an added bonus - an upper-level loft with daybed. Each room is simply and beautifully decorated with a different African theme, and the common areas are elegantly and comfortably furnished.
We were introduced to different members of the hotel staff, all of whom were truly exceptional, anticipating our every need in a way that felt natural and unintrusive. Zipporah was always gracious and helpful; she helped plan day excursions for us, including a visit to the Colobus Monkey Trust. Norman, Donald and Lucas helped make the meals unforgettable. And Betty is simply wonderful.
It's hard to say what part of the experience was the best. As beautiful as the hotel is, and as attentive as the service is, the food rivals both - just superb every time. There's an extensive menu, and we tried different items every day. The staff takes your order in advance and lets you decide where you want to eat - in the treehouse, by the pool, at the covered terrace, etc. We loved all the seafood dishes, as well as the African specialties (the matoke was great); the desserts were delicious (the passion fruit sorbet was out of this world). Even the morning fruit platter was special.
We spent most of our time lounging on the extra-large daybeds on the private beach (slightly elevated above the main beach). We enjoyed the pool as well as its adjoining spa, even at night.
We highly recommend AfroChic and feel it deserves all the awards and recognition it has recently received. We can't wait to go back!
Top-floor rooms have the best views.
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