Diamond Beach Village offers an alternative to the concrete hotel and is more of a rustic Robinson Crusoe experience. The Village management works very closely with the local Swahili people taking into account their culture and only using local methods and materials to create a refreshing, eco-friendly, alternative style holiday.
The Village is situated on the island of Manda, which is the sister island to Lamu. The lodge is located on the beach front with amazing views of the open ocean, Lamu island, Shela village and dhows sailing past. It is the perfect place to come and relax for days or weeks, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Diamond Beach Village also provides a wonderful base from which to explore the local scenery and take in the colourful Lamu culture and people. Or if you'd prefer, simply sit back, relax and luxuriate for days on end and let our friendly staff look after your every need, whether its breakfast in bed or drinks on the swing bed. They are happy to make your stay as peaceful and special as possible to ensure you get into the island pace of life.
At Diamond Beach Village there are six beach huts called bandas. They are traditionally designed with high windows to allow the sea breeze to flow through making them the ideal retreat from the African sunshine.
There are two single bandas, each with a double bed 4’ x 6’ and four double bandas with a double 6’ x 6’ bed. The large “family” banda is divided into two rooms, each ensuite, and can accommodate up to five people.
Each banda is ensuite and has a front porch, which is furnished with tables and chairs so that you can relax in privacy. All bandas are provided with sheets, mosquito nets and towels and has solar lighting. For charging cameras, etc there is a main charging point in the library. Our very friendly room boy, Mwalimu, cleans daily and we offer a laundry service.
This truly is an eco-retreat. The floors and walls are made out of star palm which is woven locally, the roofs are a thatch of coconut palm. There is no fresh water on Manda Island so water is re-used from the sinks and showers to water the garden.
The Village also features a Tree house built on three floors around a Baobab tree. It has a wooden veranda furnished with tables and chairs stretching around the tree. It can sleep up to six, has two bathrooms and a large, very private garden with sun beds and swing beds. It is often referred to as the honeymooners' paradise.
The ‘yoga studio’, built for John Scott is now a chill out area for guests, with swinging chairs and beds, a library and games. It is very easy to spend the day reading, dozing off and drinking fresh fruit juices until it’s time for cocktails at the bar.
Giant clam shells in the garden under the acacia trees act as bird baths and attract a colourful array of beautiful birds at both dawn and dusk. Sit and watch them play as you relax and enjoy your drinks. Or lie under the shade of the acacia trees on the swing beds and hammocks while listening to the lap of the Indian Ocean which is just a ten second walk away. At dusk, Diamond Beach enjoys the full view of some of the most breathtaking African sunsets. When night falls you can find your way back to your banda, lit by the shimmering light of a billion stars, over 180 degrees of perfectly clear sky. Or perhaps enjoy a moonlit swim where the shimmer of the phosphorescence is truly spectacular.
Rates for Diamond Beach Village, Manda Island
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|Double Banda per night B&B:||£ 90|
|Single Banda per night B&B:||£ 45|
|Family Banda per adult per night B&B:||£ 45 |
|Family Banda per child (5-14) B&B:||£ 20 |
|Family Banda per child (2-4) B&B:||£ 10 |
|Treehouse per adult per night B&B:||£ 50 |
|Treehouse per child per night (5-14) B&B:||£ 25 |
|Treehouse per child per night (2-5) B&B:||£ 15 |
|Rates above: Min 3 pax. Or £130 per night.|
Airport transfers are charged at £20 return per pick up.
High Season rates may differ.
Reservations & Fine Print for Diamond Beach Village
Deposit required at time of booking