Vacationing at Kenya's South Coast: Diani

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Amani Tiwi BeachDiani Beach is one top go-to places for people seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
It offers tranquility on the white sandy beaches and a perfect view of the Indian Ocean. Besides this, skydiving has become one of its main activities there blending thrilling adventure with the serene environment.

Speaking to Josephine Wawira, Global PR/Comms Assistant at Jumia Travel, Caroline Macharia, Sales and Marketing Manager of Amani Tiwi Beach Resort offers more insight on life in Diani Beach during its peak period.

Kenya's South Coast is one of the most frequented destinations by tourists in the country. How would you describe Diani as compared to other Coastal areas?

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Diani beach has the best, clean and white sand beaches in the coast region ( second best in Africa) as voted during the 21st World Travel Awards. It has a lot to offer in terms of leisure, business, and adventure. This makes it unique.
Other features include the marine life (dolphins at Kisite Mpunguti), Historic sites (Shimoni caves), culture (Kaya Kinondo) and African cuisine.

Ten years ago, Diani Beach had poor maintenance and was overcrowded as compared to today. How would you say the revamp has attracted more visitors to the area?
All the hotels in the south coast have a keen interest on their products. They arrange for beach cleaning exercises for a healthy and eco-friendly environment and maintain best accommodation standards. Additionally, Diani has various offerings from Wildlife, Marine life, good accommodation standards, social life, nightlife, and culture. Additional ferries have also eased access to Diani. Enough support from the county and the central government doubled up by our truly African hospitality, will ensure continued tourism from both international and local visitors to Diani as a destination.

Amani Tiwi is referred to as an Eco-friendly haven. What element characterizes it as such?
Use of solar energy; we have a waste-water recycling facility, and we are alsoAmani  Tiwi Beach Resort involved in turtle conservation and active tree planting programs for green gardens. We also grow vegetables in our gardens to create a good natural environment of stay, not only to our guests and staff but also to fauna.

Domestic tourism in Kenya has in the past two years been on the rise. Has this helped scale hotel business in Diani?
Yes. Domestic tourism has boosted business hotel in Diani by a greater margin by ensuring there is a flow of guests all-round the year irrespective of business seasonality. It is encouraging to see numbers increasing with the new SGR.

Speaking of seasonality, how do you maintain high bed occupancy?
We aggressively come up with innovative packages targeting different market clusters, such as resident rates for our local visitors.


What category would you give Amani Tiwi’s guests, in terms of international vs local tourists?
We have a healthy mix of both the domestic and international clients.

Are there challenges in running a hotel business in Diani?
Yes. Better accessibility especially during festive seasons when demand is higher than supply and stiff competition.

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