Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa

Mombasa, Kenya

The hotel

The Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa rests on one of the most stunning beaches in the Indian Ocean. This small, village style resort offers the simple pleasures of a beach holiday, overlooking an unspoilt stretch of endless, powder white sand and lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. An award-winning hotel, accommodation is very comfortable indeed, created in clusters around beautifully kept gardens. There's a choice of restaurants onsite, all of which use local ingredients and seafood fresh from the ocean. There’s also a lovely day spa with a range of beauty and massage treatments to leave you feeling completely at peace. There’s also a tropical forest to explore, home to the Sykes monkey, the endangered Angolan Colobus monkey and birdlife in abundance. If water sports are top of your list, there’s plenty to keep you amused in the area.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Overlooking Galu Kinondo Beach, near Diani Beach. Pinewood is a short drive away and offers shopping, bars and restaurants. Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Hotel information

38 rooms and 20 suites. All with ceiling fan and air-conditioning, mosquito nets, telephone, complimentary WiFi access, tea/coffee maker and mini-bar*. Safe* and hairdryer on request. Deluxe Rooms are on the first floor with a balcony, shower only and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive option: guests in Deluxe and Executive Rooms will enjoy a buffet breakfast and dinner in the Bahari restaurant, à la carte lunch at Tamu Grill or Jahazi Bistro and afternoon tea around the pool. Drinks include soft drinks and fruit juices, house cocktails, local beers, house wines and spirits. All Inclusive in a Suite or Executive Suite are as above except dinner is created and served in your suite, by your personal chef (extensive menu choices provided).

Half Board: guests in Deluxe and Executive Rooms will enjoy buffet breakfast and dinner in the Bahari restaurant and afternoon tea at the pool. Half Board in a Suite or Executive Suite as above except dinner is created and served in your suite by your personal chef (extensive menu choices provided).

Full Board option: guests in Deluxe and Executive Rooms will enjoy buffet breakfast and dinner in the Bahari restaurant, à la carte lunch at Tamu Grill or Jahazi Bistro and  afternoon tea at the pool. Half Board in a Suite or Executive Suite as above except dinner is created and served in your suite by your personal chef (extensive menu choices provided).

Suites are located on the ground floor with garden view, large veranda, bedroom and living area plus private kitchen for the services of a personal chef for dinner.

Executive Rooms and Suites are located at the front of the resort close to the pool and overlooking the beach. Executive Rooms are located on the first floor with a balcony and beach view. Executive Suites are located on the ground floor with beach view, large veranda, bedroom and living area plus private kitchen for the services of a personal chef for dinner.

4 restaurants; Peponi Restaurant (beachfront barbecues and themed dinners), Bahari Restaurant (buffet breakfast and themed dinners), Jahazi Bistro (pool bar for lunch) and Tamu Snack Grill (beachfront pizzeria and snacks). 3 bars; Jahazi beach bar, pool bar and lounge bar. Swimming pool with Jacuzzi. Spa*. Gym. Tennis court, table tennis and beach volleyball. Water sports centre* nearby with kite surfing, windsurfing and snorkelling out to the reef nearby. Lounge with satellite TV. Zawadi boutique. Foreign exchange. Complimentary WiFi access. Laundry service*.

5 nights between 24 Dec-2 Jan. 

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect relaxing few days

Mar 13, 2020 astonangel3 Nairobi, Kenya

Although we booked for a few days at a relatively low season, we had the best time on any resort so far on the south coast of Kenya - and it was our first time at Pinewood. We have stayed at other resorts on Galu Beach and on Diani Beach but this is the one I will definitely return to. What makes it special? Excellent staff Smallish hotel to… Read more
Although we booked for a few days at a relatively low season, we had the best time on any resort so far on the south coast of Kenya - and it was our first time at Pinewood. We have stayed at other resorts on Galu Beach and on Diani Beach but this is the one I will definitely return to. What makes it special? Excellent staff Smallish hotel to keep it cosier Good beach Excellent views from our first floor room Good size clean room Refurbished bathroom with dual showers Own beach beds on the beach away from hawkers - this is not at all common on the south coast and it makes relaxing so much better. Very good food - as a vegetarian I get tired of the standard Indian fare in all South coast hotels and the chefs tried to accommodate us very well. The different themes each day also made it interesting and we never needed to order à la carte. Very good salads every evening. The choice of two sittings makes it easier too. As other reviewers have also pointed out, on all South Coast beaches you need to wear swimming shoes / water shoes for swimming in the sea - certain areas in the sea are rocky and not sandy. However you do not need these for walking on the beach - which too is a lovely long stretch. I think Galu beach is far better for walking than Diani beach. As a bonus for birders, there is a water area near the breakfast area where weaver birds have built their nests - you can also spot the odd heron and other birds.... The manager Pamela is a gem of a person. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Asante sana!

Mar 7, 2020 asalun08 Island of Malta, Malta

An amazing and relaxing place next to the Indian ocean. The staff is really pleasant and service minded. The ocean is warm and Lovely. Use bath shoes you want to be able to take a bath everywhere (otherwise there is a part of the Beach that is acessable without bath shoes). A varied and delicious dinner buffet (sometimes accompanied by a frog… Read more
An amazing and relaxing place next to the Indian ocean. The staff is really pleasant and service minded. The ocean is warm and Lovely. Use bath shoes you want to be able to take a bath everywhere (otherwise there is a part of the Beach that is acessable without bath shoes). A varied and delicious dinner buffet (sometimes accompanied by a frog orcestra :-). The closest supermarket is quite a bit away- hard to reached by foot. The resort's store doesn't keep beverages or snacks that you han take to your room. Give yourself a treat and visit the relaxing Amani Spa with wonderful Silvia! Finally- don't miss the wonderful sun rise. Totally worth getting up early. Take a walk or a jog while you're at it. Asante sana- thank you very much! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing week

Mar 7, 2020 918camillaf Arvidsjaur, Sweden

Thanks for a lovely stay with fantastic food as well as service minded and lovely staff. Silvia in the spa was the best ever - wonderful massage, pedicure and manicure! Perfect place if you want to relax, swim and sunbathe without too many people around. The atmosphere is great whether you want to be active or lazy. Bath shoes is recommended. You… Read more
Thanks for a lovely stay with fantastic food as well as service minded and lovely staff. Silvia in the spa was the best ever - wonderful massage, pedicure and manicure! Perfect place if you want to relax, swim and sunbathe without too many people around. The atmosphere is great whether you want to be active or lazy. Bath shoes is recommended. You will be entertained by both musicians, Masay people and a frog choir 😃 Check it out! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Like a CARE HOME for elderly people,Need an update dated broken furnitures , dry rice ,chewy meet ,dirty room key

Mar 2, 2020 Discover396853

Disappointed for 460 USD / Night on Full Board Looked like A CARE HOME for elderly people The hotel were full with guests age between 65 -80 . The food was terrible from Menu , limited or extra surcharge on full board ! The Mango dessert wasn’t available but the vanilla ice cream and fruit platter yes ! The cheep and easy was available Rice was… Read more
Disappointed for 460 USD / Night on Full Board Looked like A CARE HOME for elderly people The hotel were full with guests age between 65 -80 . The food was terrible from Menu , limited or extra surcharge on full board ! The Mango dessert wasn’t available but the vanilla ice cream and fruit platter yes ! The cheep and easy was available Rice was dry ,not fresh chewy meet for 460 sd / night Old bed and bedding Pool need an update. And more cleaning need . On the phone thick dust , it wasn’t clean for more then a week The only water battle we got for drinking was filled up few days before . These all bad experience came up only in few Hours that’s why WE LEFT the resort ! The security had cafe 2 yards away from us in the Lobby, the gun was facing to us ! it made me feel bad and i worried about a terrorist attack , not until this day We have been to several Hotel and Resort i in Diani Beach, i saw security at the gate , but Gun never was visible at all They made double reservations , during busy Half term last week in UK also Half term in Kenya, i paid in advance 460 USD / night Executive Suite Beach front with spectacular view and personal shef in my room ,But they gave Deluxe Small Room , No personal shef All we remember about the Resort is the Dry rice, old warm drinking water and Dated Dirty Pool and loungers and the Gun Kristina Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ticked all boxes!

Feb 24, 2020 Barry C Leighton Buzzard

Lovely beach,lounge areas, and rooms. Lovely food although breakfast could do with a tweek. Smoking near tv lounge drifts in which is a shame had to move away on more than one occasion. Staff are very accommodating and friendly. Would recommend.