With school holidays around the corner, the prospect of a family vacation is slowly coming to mind. It is time the kids traveled a little bit to get some exposure. To see more of this magical country. To live a little. And most importantly, to have fun and make some wonderful family memories. At the very least, the young ones will have stories to tell their friends once schools reopen. Traveling as a family is great for bonding and simply spending time together as a family. Families that go on vacation together, stay together. I’m sure that’s true. In fact, according to Parents, family vacations have longlasting positive impacts on kids. Therefore, choosing kid-friendly hotels in Mombasa should be a priority for your beach vacation.
However, traveling as a family especially with kids can be a daunting task. More so for single-parents. Parents could definitely use some help with the kids. Well, here are the top 5 most kid-friendly hotels in Mombasa to give you a hand with your kids.
- PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort & Spa (Aquapark, Pakico’s Kids’ Club, kids’ menu, babysitting services, and free of charge accommodation for kids below 5 years)
- Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa (Ozone Kids’ Club, kids’ menu, babysitting services, and free of charge accommodation for kids below 5 years)
- Leopard Beach Resort (Little Leopards Kids’ Club, kids’ menu, babysitting services, and free of charge accommodation for kids below 6 years)
- Turtle Bay Beach Club – Watamu (Aquapark, Pakico’s Kids’ Club, babysitting services, and free of charge accommodation for kids below 2 years)
- Baobab Beach Resort (Aquapark, Pakico’s Kids’ Club, babysitting services, and free of charge accommodation for kids below 2 years)
- Bamburi Beach Hotel (Kids’ club and free of charge accommodation for kids below 2 years )
- Southern Palms Beach Resort (Kid’s club and free of charge accommodation for kids below 2 years)
Oh, and just so you know, a few of the factors we put into consideration while creating this list of kid-friendly hotels in Mombasa include whether a hotel has a kids club, special discounts for kids, the availability of babysitting services, and lastly whether the hotel has a special kids menu. That being said, most resorts at the Kenyan coast do offer most if not all of the aforementioned facilities and services. Nonetheless, we put into consideration resorts whose facilities and services in the above-stated categories are quite reputable, well laid out, and are a key marketing point for the resorts.
PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort, Convention Center & Spa – Shanzu
PrideInn Paradise is a 4-star facility located on Shanzu Beach. A key selling point for the resort is its aqua park. The only one of its kind on the Kenyan coast. Where to begin? The aqua park has a safari-themed section and the main aqua park with 4 swimming pools within the complex. Designed ideally for family fun, the swimming pools are divided into kids swimming pools and adult swimming pools. This simply means that kids can have some fun in the water with minimal supervision from parents allowing the grown-ups to savor their stay as well.
In addition, the main aqua park comes packed with lots of water features such as slides, water cannons, sea lions, and a humongous 500-liter bucket of water that empties ever the aqua pack every few minutes causing a tsunami-like splash. PrideInn Paradise has succeeded at converting the traditional swimming pool area from just a cuboid filled with water to a fun-filled adventure in the water. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? It is not all play, however. The resort has trained in-house lifeguards on-site in case of any accidents. Therefore, enjoy your stay knowing you and the kids are in safe hands.
Pakico Kids’ Club
As if the water park is not enough, PrideInn Paradise also has a kids club. Pakico Kids’ Club is a haven for kids below 12 years of age. Nannies supervise the kids allowing for the parents to truly relax and enjoy their vacation. Pakico Kids’ Club is open to resort guests from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.
Finally, if you are looking to have a romantic and sophisticated dinner as adults and are worried about the kids getting in the way of that then worry no more. PrideInn Paradise also comes with a dedicated kids’ area where they can have their meals and be entertained.
You know something is really good when there is more to say about it after starting the previous point with the word ‘finally.’ That is because PrideInn Paradise is one of the most kid-friendly hotels in Mombasa. The best part of the kids’ experience at PrideInn Paradise is the fact that kids below 5 years of age stay absolutely free of charge if sharing a room with the parent(s). Kids between 5 and 12 years pay 50% the adult rate also while sharing with a parent(s). What a steal!
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
The Sarova name is well-established as a high-end brand in the hotel industry and needs no introduction. Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa is located on Kenya’s North Coast. Despite its high status, the resort’s staff are always willing to come down to the kids’ level to make sure they are well looked after and enjoy their stay as much as the adults do.
Ozone Kids’ Club
The Ozone Kids’ Club draws kids like light to a moth. Its walls feature artwork depicting your kids’ favorite superheroes and cartoon characters. The young ones can play video games on a Playstation 3 console, watch kid-friendly movies, or play with toys. Well-trained staff members watch over the kids giving the parents some peace of mind.
Sarova Whitesands has five swimming pools on its premises and you bet they have one specifically designed for the little ones with a slide. Other activities such as beach walks and nature trails are usually organized for children. Babysitting services are available on request.
Rest assured that a facility of Sarova Whitesand’s caliber definitely has a dedicated children’s menu. The resort even goes a step further by preparing a special buffet every evening just for kids. Junior there is bound to gain a few kilos.
You know the drill by now. Kids below 5 years of age stay free of charge when sharing a room with the parent(s) and 50% the adult rate for kids between the ages of 5 and 12.
Leopard Beach Resort & Spa
Leopard Beach Resort & Spa is primely located on Diani Beach in Kenya’s South Coast. With the slogan ‘Where leopards meet lobsters’ the resort acknowledges two of Kenya’s most popular tourist attractions: our wildlife and our beaches. We, on the other hand, acknowledge the resort’s splendid kids’ amenities.
Little Leopards Kids’ Club
Firstly, there is the Little Leopards Kids’ Club. The resort has a dedicated ‘Toto’s’ check-in desk to make the kids feel as important as the parents. Thereafter, the young ones are kept entertained with a series of kid-friendly activities such as movies, art & craft, camel rides, beach treasure hunts or they could simply engage in supervised soft play for a chance to make new friends and have some fun.
All that fun is sure to leave the kids feeling a little famished. Leopard Beach Resort organizes for early dinner times for the children leaving the parents with some free time in the evening. Further still, meals prepared with kids in mind are served to the young ones making for hassle-free meal time. For dessert, the Tutti Frutti ice cream bar will cater to the kids’ sweet tooth.
Children below 4 years of age stay absolutely free of charge while kids between the ages of 4 to 13 years pay 50% the adult rate while sharing with a parent(s).
Turtle Bay Beach Club
Turtle Bay Beach Club is one of Watamu’s standout hotels. It offers really unique beach experiences and is heavily involved in lots of community projects. In fact, you can watch what is dubbed ‘The Other Migration’ in Watamu. This is the annual migration of humpback whales. These giants of the ocean are a marvel to behold.
Kids are kept engaged by a team of lively and energetic staff members with a myriad of activities such as cooking lessons, swimming competitions, arts and craft, field trips and so much more. The adventure continues at Tarzans Treehouse which is set in a lush tropical garden. The kids swimming pool also has a kid’s fort next to it left to the children’s imagination to explore and have fun.
When it comes to dining for the little ones Turtle Bay Beach Club organizes early dinner where the kids enjoy some delicacies together before calling it a day. Babysitters are available on request.
Infants aged 2 years and below stay free of charge while children up to 12 years of age stay on half the adult rate.
Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Baobab Beach Resort is arguably Kenya’s most famous all-inclusive resort. When it comes to hospitality, the resort holds nothing back. Not only that. Baobab Beach Resort is set on Diani Beach and usually, that’s enough to convince anyone to book a stay there.
Rafiki Kids’ Club
When it comes to children, the resort is all-inclusive on kids activities such as beach adventures, arts and craft, painting as well as dancing. The kids’ club is supervised by well-trained staff members.
The kids’ discount offered here allows kids below 2 years of age to stay free of charge while kids between the ages of 3 and 12 pay half the adult rate when sharing with the parent(s).
While there are many kid-friendly hotels in Mombasa the five listed above really stand out. For more family vacation options in Mombasa check out our Mombasa Packages. Which of the kid-friendly hotels in Mombasa caught your eye. Let us know!