African Safari Club’s leading hotel is set amidst acres of lush tropical gardens which themselves are a delight to explore. Pretty vervet monkeys often flit amongst the colourful hibiscus, bougainvillaea and palms and bird life abounds, attracted to the hotel’s ponds and fountains. From the main building, housing the ornate reception area, lounge, piano bar and restaurant, the grounds slope down to the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean with the coral reef beyond. Truly a picturesque and tranquil setting but not ideal for people with walking difficulties owing to several flights of steps.
Rating : 5 shields
Location : Shanzu Beach
Transfer : 30 minutes (approx.) from Mombasa Airport
Board : Full Board Basis
The 138 air-conditioned rooms are housed in six separate four storey buildings surrounding the huge lagoon shaped swimming pool and palm shaded gardens. All have a private shower and wc, a terrace or balcony with a table and chairs and most are sea facing although the views are often interrupted by the lush foliage. They are spacious and simply furnished with twin beds, an internal telephone, a 13-amp power point and a safe, for which a charge is made. Please note that there are no lifts.
Superior rooms are larger than the standard rooms, have an extended balcony and generally occupy a corner position of the buildings.
Most suites are situated on the top floor of the buildings. They benefit from a room with a double bed, a separate lounge, fridge, a bathroom with bath, shower and wc, a dressing room with a hairdryer and a large balcony complete with sun loungers.
Please note: It is possible to accommodate a third person in all room types and suites can accommodate four people. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Wining and Dining
Make new friends at a shared table in the spacious restaurant, which overlooks the gardens and main swimming pool. Enjoy hot and cold buffets at breakfast and lunch which include some local dishes, refreshing salads and an array of fruits, gateaux and sweets. A buffet or table d’hote menu is offered at dinner. Alternatively, lunch or dinner may be taken in the main restaurant at the Dolphin or Vasco da Gama Hotels, at no extra cost (advance booking is required at your hotel reception desk).
For that special occasion the Blue Lagoon à la carte restaurant, with its intimate and romantic atmosphere, serves some of Kenya’s finest fish cuisine, which often includes lobster dishes.
The pool bar is the main focal point for socialising during the day and, on occasions, evenings too. For a quiet aperitif before dinner, the piano bar is very popular. Drinks and snacks can be purchased at the hotel’s cafeteria throughout the day and until early evening.
Facilities and Entertainment
The hotel boasts a huge lagoon shaped swimming pool, one of the largest of any hotel in Kenya, and features an attractive waterfall and island. Impromptu games, activities and aqua aerobics are arranged in the pool and around the broad sun terraces. A smaller pool is situated on the upper terrace. Sun beds, which are free to guests, are scattered around the gardens, beside the pools and on the beach, for days of relaxation. Pool towels are also provided, free of charge. For a small supplement, you can reserve your own sunbeds (two) and parasol on the beach.
Other facilities include four floodlit tennis courts (free hire, equipment payable locally), massage facilities, internet and WIFI access (all payable locally), a casino plus two shops where you will find a selection of gifts and souvenirs.
There is occasional entertainment at night. Guests can also enjoy the evening entertainment programmes at our other hotels on Shanzu Beach and at ‘Pirates Bay’, African Safari Club’s private Marina.
The Jambo Bar is situated in the grounds of the Flamingo Beach Hotel and is open most nights of the week from 5pm to midnight. Evening entertainment includes live bands, DJs, and films. There is also a weekly ‘Street Market’ with stalls that sell a range of goods, ideal for buying those last minute souvenirs.
A programme of exciting optional daytime and evening excursions is available during your stay at the Flamingo Beach 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 10 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.