Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa

Mombasa, Kenya

The hotel

The Sarova Whitesands Resort & Spa rests amongst twenty-two acres of lush, tropical gardens which overlook the powdery sands of the Indian Ocean shoreline. This excellent resort boasts lots of stimulating outdoor and beach activities including 5 swimming pools, a beachfront spa, water sports and even an activities programme for the kids. There is a great variety of dining options, including three bars and restaurants to tempt your palate, including the Lido Seafood Grill and Cocos Beach Bar, both set among the palm trees with sweeping views of the ocean. All of this combined with modern rooms, a high standard of friendly service and beautiful surroundings ensure you a wonderful experience in this beautiful haven.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

On the beach at Bamburi, north of Mombasa. Transfer time from Mombasa Airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

335 rooms on 3 floors in several buildings. All with terrace or balcony, air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. Garden Facing Rooms have garden or pool views and double or twin rooms, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option: available at a supplement and includes buffet breakfast, lunch and themed dinners at the Pavilion Restaurant. Lunch can also be taken at the Minazi Café or a set menu lunch and dinner is available at Lido Seafood Grill (some restrictions may apply to both). Snacks. Selected brands of wine and spirits, cocktails, local beer and soft drinks are available from all bars between 10.00am-midnight. It also includes use of snorkel equipment, kayaks, pedal boats and one glass bottom boat ride per stay (marine park fee is payable locally).

Half Board includes: buffet breakfast and themed dinner in the Pavilion Restaurant.

Pool Facing Rooms are situated around the large palms swimming pool, overlooking the pool anr gardens, some have partial views of the ocean.

Sea Facing Rooms are at the front of the resort and have views across the gardens to the ocean.

Family Rooms are also avilable.

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Fabulous beachfront location

Great All Inclusive option with a choice of bars and restaurants

Great for couples and families

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefit:

  • Guaranteed late check out until 2:00pm.
  • 4 restaurants; The Pavilions (buffet breakfast and live cooking stations for themed dinners). Minazi Café (24-hour café). Lido Seafood Restaurant (open for lunch and dinner). Cocos Beach Bar (with regular dinner entertainment) and a lounge bar. 5 swimming pools (one is an adult-only, quiet pool by the spa). Kids' pool with slide. Spa*. Fitness centre. Kids' club (4-13 years) with special kids menu, kids' playground and games room. 4 floodlit tennis courts. Water sports centre* offering windsurfing, water-skiing and catamaran sailing among other activities. PADI diving centre*. Hair and beauty salon*.

    Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

    * Denotes local charge.

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    Image of the Tripadvisor rating Holiday of a lifetime!

    Nov 12, 2019 NJTIanP Swindon, United Kingdom

    What can I say, we had an absolutely amazing holiday at Sarova Whitesands! We stayed in a garden view room which had a secluded position with views of the adult swimming pool and sea beyond, the hotel grounds and pools were immaculate and the all-inclusive food & drink offering out of this world. But what really "made" the holiday for us was the… Read more
    What can I say, we had an absolutely amazing holiday at Sarova Whitesands! We stayed in a garden view room which had a secluded position with views of the adult swimming pool and sea beyond, the hotel grounds and pools were immaculate and the all-inclusive food & drink offering out of this world. But what really "made" the holiday for us was the warm welcome from, and fun we had we had with all of the amazing staff members we met. They were all outstanding in Coco's Bar (Ian Ian, Brian, Joyce, Esther, Maureen, Erick, Cecelia and Vincent) and also in Lido where we enjoyed many a meal and cocktail (Amina (The Captain), Nashon, Esther, Winnie, Pauline, Fatma, Venessa, Boniface (Babyface), Timothy, Kevin, Jimmy, George, Samuel and Joel) to name but a few - they are really a credit to the hotel and we cannot thank them enough for their hospitality. We would highly recommend this hotel and cannot wait to return! Read less
    Image of the Tripadvisor rating Always a favourite

    Nov 11, 2019 HifromLondon

    My family and I have been visiting here for decades. I got married here and have brought my 12 year old son here regularly. It is a lovely beach fronted hotel with warm and helpful staff and super grounds. Don't expect 5 star service because this is Africa and things aren't first world. But if you are looking for a great place to relax and to be… Read more
    My family and I have been visiting here for decades. I got married here and have brought my 12 year old son here regularly. It is a lovely beach fronted hotel with warm and helpful staff and super grounds. Don't expect 5 star service because this is Africa and things aren't first world. But if you are looking for a great place to relax and to be on the beach, this is a great place to come. Read less
    Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice resort but much expensive than it worth

    Nov 10, 2019 AhmMounir Cairo, Egypt

    Generally, I liked this resort although it is much expensive than it worth. staff is great and their hospitality was fabulous. Room was clean and I liked its style. there was a problem in internet connection inside the room. I liked the meals and restaurant was good. In the morning, you can found monkeys steal from tables but guards trying to… Read more
    Generally, I liked this resort although it is much expensive than it worth. staff is great and their hospitality was fabulous. Room was clean and I liked its style. there was a problem in internet connection inside the room. I liked the meals and restaurant was good. In the morning, you can found monkeys steal from tables but guards trying to keep them away and don't open room's balcony because they can jump inside the room, LOL. pools are good and clean. beach are not good to swim by the way. Read less
    Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great pools and food

    Nov 5, 2019 KishM456

    Stayed here for a 5 night family holiday. Rooms have improved massively since my last stay around 6 years ago. They do need to keep on top of the maintenance and cleaning to ensure they remain good. Bathrooms modern. The pools are all very good...especially the kids pools with a zero entry! All inclusive drinks acceptable but could do with… Read more
    Stayed here for a 5 night family holiday. Rooms have improved massively since my last stay around 6 years ago. They do need to keep on top of the maintenance and cleaning to ensure they remain good. Bathrooms modern. The pools are all very good...especially the kids pools with a zero entry! All inclusive drinks acceptable but could do with more i.e light beer. Make sure you order from the AI menu otherwise expect a charge upon check out. Beach was clean with some seaweed but great around 4pm-6pm. No hassle from beach boys...a polite no and walk away seems to help. Kids club - really good with great staff. Lunch and evening buffet very similar so we always took lunch at the italian place...great menu. Pasta was amazing. Tip: we always ordered our food here around 30mins early from our pool sunbeds so no waiting around. Always tipped the the pool bar staff...worth every shilling as you'll get so much more in return. Evening dinner buffet was fine...indian food good standard. Never bothered with seafood place. Coco bar - decent enough and afternoon tea there was nice also. Gym - good selection of machine and weights. Only downside was our room too close to coco's and so the noise on some evenings an issue...but usually settles around midnight. Will be back for sure! Read less
    Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Kenyan hospitality

    Nov 3, 2019 Chemtaichamia South West Uganda- Fort Portal

    Rest assured for my holidays! We love Sarova Whitesands! The rain showers, the breakfast, the crisp clean rooms....We would recommend this place to all looking to rest and have a treat. Looking forward to our next visit.