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, we recommend staying in a Suite which guarantees you your own personal chef who cooks for you every evening. Otherwise there are restaurants to tempt you, 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, compliemtary 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.

  • Honeymooners: couples staying 7 nights or more will receive sparkling wine on arrival and a complimentary couples massage (once during stay). Couples staying 10 nights or more will receive sparkling wine on arrival, a complimentary couples massage (once during stay) and a romantic beach dinner for 2 (once during stay).

    Applicable to completed stays between 7 Jan-21 Dec '19.

    Offers may not be combinable.

  • Free nights: stay 5, pay 4 for stays completed between 7 Jan–21 Dec '19.

    Offers may not be combinable. Terms and conditions apply.

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 Best place in the area

Apr 11, 2019 acatri Bucharest, Romania

Should you end up in Diani, just South of the Equator and in search of peace, look up this resort. 4* but worth it! The staff is friendly. The rooms are clean (make sure the AC and the fan are ON to keep away the mosquitoes). There is running hot water and the views from the balcony are wild (don’t leave any doors / windows open or monkeys will… Read more
Should you end up in Diani, just South of the Equator and in search of peace, look up this resort. 4* but worth it! The staff is friendly. The rooms are clean (make sure the AC and the fan are ON to keep away the mosquitoes). There is running hot water and the views from the balcony are wild (don’t leave any doors / windows open or monkeys will ransack your room). The breakfast is great (as long as monkeys don’t steal it, so take small portions) and the barman is great. Giving that there is just one restaurant on property, even if they have different themed nights, you might want to look around for options. They have a spa and a diving center - contact them in advance, they are very friendly. When we were there it rained the week before and the week we were there, so the Dive center was closed, but they still got in touch. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A little bit of paradise

Apr 7, 2019 CroftmarkA Gharb, Malta

Our fourth visit to Pinewood and it never fails to deliver -a stunning location right on the coast with it's white sand beach and blue sea with a cooling breeze, comfortable clean rooms and delicious and varied food, but perhaps the best thing about Pinewood is it's staff. Everyone has a smile and a warm 'Jambo' welcome and they really look after… Read more
Our fourth visit to Pinewood and it never fails to deliver -a stunning location right on the coast with it's white sand beach and blue sea with a cooling breeze, comfortable clean rooms and delicious and varied food, but perhaps the best thing about Pinewood is it's staff. Everyone has a smile and a warm 'Jambo' welcome and they really look after you making it a real pleasure to stay and relax - nothing is too much trouble. Now looking forward to our next visit to this wonderful place. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still as wonderful as ever

Mar 24, 2019 AlisonImperial Blackpool, United Kingdom

This is our third visit to Pinewood over the last 10 years. The fact that many of the team are still working there, and even remember us after a number of years, is a testament to this hotel's management team and their values. Service and cleanliness are everything, and this team never disappoint. From Elijah who cleaned our room, to Wycliffe,… Read more
This is our third visit to Pinewood over the last 10 years. The fact that many of the team are still working there, and even remember us after a number of years, is a testament to this hotel's management team and their values. Service and cleanliness are everything, and this team never disappoint. From Elijah who cleaned our room, to Wycliffe, Duncan and Eunice who looked after us at breakfast and at dinner. From the security team who opened the gym for me every morning, to Charo, Issac and Nimrod who entertained us at the bar each night, the team are to be congratulated. We were impressed with how lovely the beach boys were during this visit. Just lovely boys, helpful and not at all pushy. Well done Kenyan tourism for working together with the sales boys to get a happy medium for everyone. It was a pleasure to walk down the beach rather than a chore. For UK guests Pinewood is not a hotel which immediately springs up when you're searching for a south coast holiday, but it's so worth the search, it's a little paradise right at the end of the beach, off the beaten track, but only 20 mins down the beach to the rest of civilisation if you really need it! We booked through Virgin who were fabulous from beginning to end. Thank you team Pinewood for a short but wonderful break, Alison and Paul Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Full of charm and character but dated

Mar 23, 2019 Nina B

Pinewood Beach Resort is in a spectacular location, right at the end of the Diani Beach area. The beach is sparkling white and empty, mainly because people prefer to stay on the site so as not to be bothered by the beach vendors. There is a shady, sandy area where most guests liked to sit but we preferred the pool which we had almost to ourselves.… Read more
Pinewood Beach Resort is in a spectacular location, right at the end of the Diani Beach area. The beach is sparkling white and empty, mainly because people prefer to stay on the site so as not to be bothered by the beach vendors. There is a shady, sandy area where most guests liked to sit but we preferred the pool which we had almost to ourselves. The staff were very helpful, especially the pool boy who saved sun beds for us in our favourite position and the pool barman. BUT..... the food was very ordinary. Dinner in a hotel should feel like an occasion but it didn't at Pinewood. Starters other than soup were almost non-existent and there was very limited choice for the other courses. We had the Mongolian stirfry three times during our nine day stay. Drinks service at meals was horrendously slow: we often finished our main course before our wine arrived. That said, the wine was surprisingly good for all - inclusive. Lunch at the beach café was better, but again you could wait for 45 minutes for your food to arrive. The hotel has a laborious system where you have to sign for every drink, meal or service. This is crazy as they always took your room number anyway. It just slowed things down. We were fortunate in having a suite, It was roomy and comfortable but the bathroom badly needed updating. The layout of the hotel is practical so that you are never far from the beach, pool or restaurant and the gardens are beautiful. We like to be active on holiday and were disappointed to find that the tennis court and equipment and the table tennis were all in a very sorry state. The owners could easily and cheaply improve these facilities and perhaps provide more games like boules or shuffleboard. The gym however was excellent. All in all, the hotel has much to recommend it but it needs a 21st century rethink. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The most beautiful place to stay

Mar 19, 2019 Jackie C

This was our 4th time at The Pinewood Village Beach Resort. The rooms are very comfortable, we had a superior room overlooking the beach with wonderful views. They are tastefully and simply decorated but have everything needed for ones stay. The food is wonderful with a buffet style breakfast and themed evening meals such a Swahili night, bbq,… Read more
This was our 4th time at The Pinewood Village Beach Resort. The rooms are very comfortable, we had a superior room overlooking the beach with wonderful views. They are tastefully and simply decorated but have everything needed for ones stay. The food is wonderful with a buffet style breakfast and themed evening meals such a Swahili night, bbq, Mongolian night and Indian curry night all are delicious and cater for every taste. The staff are friendly and very, very attentive but special praise must go to Wycliffe, Fred, Benjamin, James, Eunice, Charo, Nimrod, Fiaz, Daniel Mativo, John K, Said and not forgetting Mohammed who kept our room absolutely spotless. We look forward to returning next year. Keep up the great work. If anyone is thinking of booking to stay, stop thinking and get it booked you won't regret your decision Read less