Situated just 20km north of Mombasa, the small and friendly Vasco da Gama Hotel has a prime location overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The Vasco da Gama Hotel offers a variety of accommodation, from single rooms
with no single supplement, to units that cater for families or friends travelling
together. Whilst the hotel has no direct beach access, a short walk through the lush,
tropical grounds and down a steep flight of steps takes you to the palm-fringed,
white-sand Shanzu Beach. Before reaching the beach, the ‘Pavillion d'Amour', which is built on a promontory overlooking the sea, will tempt you to linger for a while and
enjoy the fabulous views of the Indian Ocean.
Rating : 4.5 shields
Location : Shanzu Beach
Transfer : 30 minutes (approx.) from Mombasa Airport
Board : Full Board Basis
The 58 rooms are housed over three storeys and all have views of either the pool or Indian Ocean although views of the sea can be interrupted by the lush foliage. All rooms have air-conditioning, are simply furnished, have a 13-amp power point, an internal telephone and a safe, for which a charge is made. Please note that there
are no lifts.
Standard accommodation units have a communal lobby area with shared wardrobe. From here, two open archways each lead to a separate bedroom which has a double bed, a private shower and wc and a large balcony or terrace.
Single rooms in the hotel have a bedroom with a double bed, a private shower and wc and a large balcony or terrace.
Junior deluxe rooms have a bedroom with a double bed, a private shower and wc, a seating area with a table and chairs, a fridge and a large balcony or terrace.
Deluxe rooms have a bedroom with a double bed, a private shower and wc and a separate lounge room with a table and chairs. The bedroom and lounge each have a large balcony or terrace.
Wining and Dining
A hot and cold breakfast is served buffet style. Lunch and dinner are part buffet and part waiter service from a table d’hote menu. Alternatively, lunch or dinner may be taken in the main restaurant at the Dolphin or Flamingo Beach Hotels, at no extra cost (advance booking is required through your hotel reception desk). Refreshing drinks are available throughout the
day and evening from the hotel’s two bars, one of which has wonderful views of the Indian Ocean. For that special occasion, you can dine at the Seaview Terrace à la carte restaurant.
Facilities and Entertainment
In front of the hotel are spacious lawns with shade-giving palms where you can relax on a sun bed. Or you can enjoy a dip in the hotel’s swimming pool which is surrounded by a sun terrace. Sun beds and pool towels are free to guests. For a small supplement, you can reserve your own sunbeds (two) and parasol on the
beach, in front of the Flamingo Beach and Dolphin Hotels. There is a lounge, a small shop and a cafeteria where drinks and snacks can be purchased throughout the day and until early evening. There is occasional entertainment at night. Guests staying at the hotel may also use the facilities and enjoy the evening entertainment at the adjacent Flamingo Beach and Dolphin Hotels which are just a few minutes walk away from the hotel grounds. There is also occasional evening entertainment at ‘Pirates Bay’, African Safari Club’s private Marina on Mtwapa Creek.
A programme of exciting optional daytime and evening excursions is available during your stay at the Vasco da Gama Hotel. Spend the day at sea staying watchful for dolphins and turtles. A half day tour visits the old port of Mombasa where trade ships once sailed between Arabia, Persia and India. Enjoy an evening discovering the stunning sunsets of Mtwapa Creek and the tribal dances of the Masai warriors. Prices of excursions start from just £10 per person and are only bookable locally. Further details can be found in our General Information Booklet which will be sent with your Confirmation Invoice. Deep sea fishing trips can also be arranged locally.
If watersports are your passion or you would like to give them a try, there’s dinghy sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and more available at the independent watersports centres on Shanzu Beach, which are approximately a 15 minute stroll away.
Kenya offers some of the best diving in the world with a coral reef that extends almost the entire length of the coast with a wide variety of marine flora and fauna. Diving can be booked at the hotel and offers excellent facilities for both the beginner and more experienced diver at African Safari Club’s private Marina on Mtwapa Creek (“Pirates Bay”). PADI courses are available throughout the year. These are only bookable locally.