Diani Unveiled

As I write this blog post, I am sitting in a terminal in Nairobi, waiting for my flight back to Entebbe after a beautiful holiday I just had in Diani, Kenya. If you live in East Africa, then I know you’ve heard of Diani and have probably been there at least once in your life. If you have not, then I hope to induce you into a state of wanderlust and make you plan to pack a bag and just go.

I can’t help but feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, I am also surprised because it has been just a few hours since I left and I already feel nostalgic. I wish I could turn around and get back to living the carefree life my mind quickly adjusted to while I was on holiday.

The way I feel might have something to do with the fact that I attended, and was part of a beautiful wedding at Swahili Beach Resort. Please remember to put this down as a venue if you ever plan to have a getaway intimate wedding. Weddings have a way of bringing out the romantics in all of us don’t they?

All wedding photos by Timeline Studios

Swahili Beach Resort is so beautiful. It is designed in the old Arabic way and so there are a lot of circles and curves in its structure – in my opinion making it more of a visual delight.

What they do not tell you about Diani is that time goes by really slowly, once you unwind and your mind gets in the zone, there is no stopping you. Staying at a hotel by the coast also means that you will listen to waves through the night and day; the sand is so white, and so fine. (I promise you this is a luxury if the only sand you see is at the shores of Lake Victoria). The water is also blue and clear. Like it or not, your brain will go into relaxation mode. Go to the beach and have a good time, but be on the lookout for any of those animals that might be hanging out in their natural habitat. You will probably be curious about them – but find out from the locals first about what is safe to touch and what is not.

Naturally (because you have heard so countless times) you will be ready for Mombasa’s heat, but I’ve found my evenings surprisingly quite chilly. Make sure you carry some warm items. For activities, take a boat and go out on the ocean. There are also camels down by the beach, hop onto one and experience something new if you have not yet. Step out of where you are hauled for the weekend, and experience other places. We stopped by The Maji for lunch one of these afternoons and I had one of the best meals I had had in a while. Of course, make sure you experience the night life – Fourty Thieves is a must go to in my opinion, but there is so much more you can do.

With these not so few words, I implore you, go and see Diani. It is exceptionally beautiful, and when you think about it, it is not far away from us in Uganda, Rwanda or Tanzania – at all.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Joan.