Tiwi beach is a little bit down the road from Diani outside Mombasa. If you want all inclusive resorts or a package deal, go to Diani.
Tiwi is much quieter and there really isn't much to do besides lounge on the beach, read, relax and go for a swim or dive. For most people coming off a safari, this is probably just what they have in mind...
Twiga lodge is a very straightforward property with a killer location right on the beach. We had an oceanview room on the upper floor with outstanding views and breezes. Thank god for the breezes as it was unbearably hot and humid. Our room had a good ceiling fan and nets, but no AC. If this is a dealbreaker for you, choose a larger property with AC. Power does tend to go out quite regularly around here and if there is no breeze it can be stifiling, even at night.
Our room was a good size but pretty basic; plastic chairs for seating, no real place to work or spread out, bathroom was a bit grungy but large enough. Hot water is dependent on power being on, not the best water pressure.
It's not the most luxurious place in the area, but relatively good value for being ocean front and we enjoyed the bar and restaurant - their food was quite good and the included breakfast was substantial and tasty.
If you need to go into Diani, cabs are negotiable and if you find a driver you like get their number. We paid anywhere from 700 - 1000 shillings for a ride over to Diani. Other than the hotel restaurant, there aren't too many options to eat nearby.
Also, look out for the monkeys! We woke up to one of the little critters in our room one morning; we slept with the sliding glass door open and one had crawled in from the tree outside.
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