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Leopard Beach Resort and Spa


About Leopard Beach

Location: Diani Beach, Mombasa, 40 Km from Mombasa airport, 25 Km from Mombasa town

This award winning hotel is one of the best hotels on the South Coast of Mombasa. Initially built in the 1970's, the hotel was sold to its current owners in early 2000. The new owners then embarked on a massive campaign to renovate and rebuilt the entire hotel into what it is today. Using the services of fine designers, continual upkeep and maintenance has ensured that it has kept its place as one of the most modern and top beach resort on the coast.

It is a large hotel, but has been built in such a way that you never feel overcrowded. The gardens are beautifully landscaped over 30 acres and immaculately maintained which give an even greater ambience. The room blocks are dotted around the carefully planned gardens and look almost invisible. This makes you feel like you are in a smaller secluded hotel. The fantastic part is that they sustain excellent levels of service and want to give guests that personal feeling whilst staying here.

Leopard Beach Resort and Spa have just released their amazing Uzuri Spa & Fitness Forest at the resort. This is East Africa's finest spa by far. They decided to make the spa experience a totally unique experience and built it in the indigenous forest area at the back of the resort. The setting is immaculate and tranquil. If you can just imagine the smells and peace of sitting in a forest, this is exactly what it is like. They have built a stunning pool, jacuzzi, steam sauna, gym and health bar area, where you can relax and enjoy fresh fruit juices and salads. We are harping on abut the spa, but it is awesome and very reasonable. Please ensure that you ask our consultants about the pricing.

Chris Modigell is the project manager and takes absolute pride in "his" creation. He gladly shows his favourite spots, like Mario's cocktail bar. This awesome bar is one of the most stunning wooden bars we have ever seen. Old phones and various other colonial type artifacts decorate the place. Outside the wooden theme continues, but more modern. The atmosphere is very social and guests spend evenings and afternoons socialising here.

They have tried to make the resort as comfortable as possible and offer the little things which other hotels do not, like the Tutti Frutti Ice Cream parlour down near the beach. Pizzas are part of the culture of the place and they serve possibly the best pizza in Kenya. They also host a wide variety of activities from a PADI 5 star dive centre to golf, which can be enjoyed at the Leisure Lodge Golf Club located next door. Clubs and kit can be hired.
The living areas are nice and spacious yet personal featuring beautifully hand carved wooden furniture and African art pieces decorating the walls. Classy is the word that seems to sum up the place as a whole.


There are a total of 155 rooms, cottages and suites (90 standard rooms, 48 sea-facing superior rooms, 10 Chui class cottages, 7 suites and 2 superior suites and 5 honeymoon suites and 2 executive suites). We highly recommend the honeymoon suites with their sunken baths! The executive suites have jacuzzi baths and amazing power showers.

One thing we love about this hotel is that they regularly renovate the hotel. This ensures that guests are continuously exposed to only the best and it is no wonder that they win award after award. The standard rooms are located in double storey blocks located around the premises. These have all recently been redone and are stunning. Large and comfortable, they all feature aircons, satellite television, private bath and shower, mini bar, direct dialing telephone service, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers. The rooms have a modern theme and come in double or twin configuration. They all look out on to the beautifully landscaped gardens. The superior rooms are a little larger than the standard rooms and have a settee additional.

All the suites are fantastic and if you can afford them, they are highly recommended. These include sea views, sunken Jacuzzi baths, power showers (his and hers) as well as safes in the rooms. The Executive Suites also have a lounge area and outside patio.


The guys at Leopard Beach pride themselves on the hotels fine dining and entertainment. They have 5 dining venues and 3 great bars.

The Horizon is the main restaurant and serves breakfast from the buffet in the mornings and either Table d’hote of buffet for lunch. The ‘Coco Beach Mchana” serves al fresco stir fry lunches. If you are a bit tired of buffet meals this is a good alternative. The Chui Grill Room is their flagship restaurant which serves an a la carte menu specialising in meat and seafood. Then there is the Pasta and Pizza Tornati which serves Italian food for lunch and dinner. As this was an Italian owned hotel, they know their Italian food, and this restaurant is highly recommended. For fun, the Tutti Frutti Ice Cream Parlour serves ice cream and sorbet Italian style… all home made.

Their two Hollywood chic bars, Marco’ and Mario’s are highly recommended and serve great cocktails. Marco’s is an al fresco cocktail bar shaped like a Spanish galleon on a coral cliff. The décor is stylish and reminds one of a twin-decked schooner, without being kitsch. Mario’s’ polished mahogany invites guests to enjoy the great vibe and even better drinks.  They also have the pool bar and a bistro serving hamburgers and other light snacks, the Kalani Coffee Lounge, which also serves drinks and the Mahogany poolside lounge and entertainment centre with its beautiful views (both the Kalani and Mahogany lounges are scheduled for a refurb in the near future).

On certain evenings, meals are served on the beach. This would comprise of a beach barbeque and is great fun. Beach parties usually take place after these evenings. Private dinners and parties can also be arranged on Kusini Beach if you require.


Location: Diani Beach, Mombasa
Dress code: Smart casual for dinner

General Facilities:
  • Split level swimming pool and Roman aqueduct
  • 5 restaurants
  • 4 Bars
  • Conference centre for 100 people
  • Business centre with internet
  • 2 Relaxation resident lounges
  • Curio and boutique shop
  • Free shuttle services in to town (Limousine shuttle services available at a minimal charge)
  • Car hire
  • Doctor on call
  • Baby sitting services
  • Salon and Uzuri Health and Fitness Forest
  • Entertainment centre with darts, pool table and table tennis
  • PADI 5 star Dive Centre
  • Water sports centre
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Windsurfing, kite surfing and catamaran
  • Glass bottom boats
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Adventure centre
  • Discotheque
Room Facilities:
  • Aircon
  • Telephone
  • Satellite television
  • En suite bathroom with shower and bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Physically challenged facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Laundry
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Spa facilities
  • Spa boutique
  • 3 Single treatment rooms
  • 1 Couple treatment room (ideal for honeymooners)
  • All treatment rooms have private courtyards
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Aerobics and Yoga Facilities
  • 1 Couple treatment room (ideal for honeymooners)
  • 2 Relaxation gazebos
  • Fully equipped technogym fitness centre
  • Nature wlaks available through the forest (recommended)
Other Services at Leopard Beach
  • Conference facilities for up to 100 people
  • Business service centre
  • Kalani Residents Lounge
Credit cards are welcome

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10 Travellers Comments
Written by Nicola Phillips
Hi Nicolien 
My experience there was very positive. Staff were extremely helpful and informative. The excursions were arranged professionally and the holiday was really great. 
I found some of the tour fees to be very expensive (some of the hotel guests managed to get exactly the same tour and services but did not go through the hotel for almost half the price. I understand this was conducted by unofficial companies and tour guides which explains the price decrease, but in any event still found some of the services expensive). 
The transit time in Nairobi was over 8 hours which was not great, but I also know this was subject to availability. 
Other than these two points, my experience was extremely positive, and I will definitely consider African Encounters again for future holiday plans. Thank you for all your assistance. 
Kind regards, 
Written by Brigitte Cieslik
Hi Melinda 
Hope u r well 
Thank you for the mail and we had a wonderful time! Mombasa is really beautiful and hot -- The hotel staff are so friendly and helpful and lots of good food. The hotel itself is very old and the rooms feel old as well but once you prepare yourself that you are travelling to Africa you don't expect more than what you get! I was shocked at the poverty in Mombasa.  
Manfred did a lot of diving that he thoroughly enjoyed - the dive school was good and well organized. 
Over all everyone really enjoyed themselves. 
Thanks for all your work on this! 
Hope you guys have survived the Air Tanzania dilemma - I am sure you have been hard at work trying to accommodate clients!!! 
Kind regards 
Brigitte Cieslik
Written by Jenny Marais
Hi Melinda 
Yesterday was my first day back at work and was pretty snowed under but had to let you know what a WONDERFUL holiday we had. NOTHING went wrong at any point and I just can't wait to go back. 
Everything went smoothly (except the twin beds but the bed was so big it didn't matter in the end) The room was fabulous and the people and the food and the sea and the pool. Really one of the friendliest countries I have been to. It does of course help that everyone speks English. 
Just a tip for other travellers - tell them to exchange their dollers at the airport or a bank as they were paying 70ksh to the doller while at the hotel it was 59!! 
Also the flight that we were originally booked on to leave at 2am for the airport - it is not considereed safe to travel at that time by the locals as it is a distance on a rural road and that is when the gansters come out. 
The Southern Cross Safari people were wonderful and we were even sent a bouquet of flowers by the driver that picked us up - such was the rapport!! They were punctual, friendly and informative at all times. 
All in all a most wonderful time that I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of going. If you have the money it is also a wonderful opportunity to go on a two night safari to the parks. 
Thank you for arranging everything so well and if there are any specifics you would like to know please feel free to e-mail me. 
Written by Chris Olivier
Hallo Bianca, 
Thank you, i have enjoyed the the holiday very much. The service was very good and i had no problems from any party. I would definetly promote your company and i will return to Kenya soon. 
I would just like to find out the status of the refunds for the one flight ticket ( Lorinda Olivier) as we have discussed. 
Please advise. 
Chris Olivier
Written by Anthony Phsillos
Hi Nicolien, 
I hope you had a good break as well. 
My holiday was absolutely awesome. I have recommended to all the people I have spoken to that it is one holiday that has to be done. 
Everything was on track from Durban right through to landing in Livingstone. As soon as we cleared security, I saw my name on a board 'Psillos x 2'. A Very friendly driver told us to wait in the shade while he went to go get the bus because it had been parked a bit of a distance away. 
While enroute in a very comfortable air conditioned bus (definite bonus), we got a bit of a tour from the driver explaining a few of the places we were driving through. 
When we arrived at the waterfront we went straight to the bar before even checking in. The beers were cold:-) The check in went swiftly and we had the keys to the room in no time at all. The room was as I expected. I really wasn't expecting any luxuries. I knew this when I asked you to book it, but I had friends staying there and I wanted to be together. Besides there was very minimal time spent in the room, between closing the bar every night and throwing ourselves off everything we could there wasn't much time for sleep, hence the relaxing week I spent in the Berg when I got back. 
The country itself is beautiful. As to be expected there is a lot of poverty as well. The roads are probably some of the worst I have travelled on. When driving to certain places we found travelling next to the road was a bit less bumpy then the roads themselves. There are potholes the size of craters.  
The locals have pretty much killed all the wildlife in the area. There were no buck seen and even vervet monkeys were scarce. There were however a few baboons roaming around. We did see an elephant on the side of the road while driving, which was quite a nice surprise, and we did fly over a herd of buffalo in a helicopter that was around 100 strong. 
The sunsets over the Zambezi were amazing and a sunset booze cruise is a definite must for anyone travelling there. We saw quite a few hippos and 2 crocodiles while booze cruising. 
We had so many things to do that we actually ran out of time.  
I thoroughly enjoyed my holiday and I have a million pictures and a few DVD's to prove it. 
I have used you guys in the past and once again I haven't been disappointed.  
Thanks very much 
Written by Katrina

Leopard beach

Hi Farzanah  
We had a lovely time at the resort. It was a good break. The resort itself was clean, modern and had a fair amount of features. All water sporting except swimming (e.g.. boogy boards, kayaks, etc.) you had to pay for though which wasn't great. There was a team which organised games like volley ball, water polo, table tennis, etc throughout the day. You could get drinks and eats delivered to you poolside too. There were 3 different lunching places which all had good food. Then in the big covered poolside lounge there was tea served every afternoon. I'm glad we didn't go for the 3 meals a day as it would have been continuous buffets which can get rather boring and getting dressed to go to lunch would have been strenuous and we needed a good veg. The buffet food was good, there was always salads, meat and fish dishes and then desserts for dinner. They had some themed evenings where you had a buffet salad and dessert table and ordered the middle sections (usually about 4 courses!) from the waiter. There was always plenty of food and they moved the restaurant around a few nights, one night on the beach, another into a lapa area outside which was great. Wines were expensive, mostly South African but not the best ones. Breakfast was a bit boring as it was basically the same everyday but being a buffet you could pick and choose. The spa was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it, my husband was a lot more sceptical but they were very accommodating and swapped part of his treatment for sessions in the gym. The service was up and down, mostly good but getting new knives and forks mid meal was always an issue. The reception staff were always friendly and accommodating where possible. We had one hiccup and that was when we arrived we thought we had booked interleading rooms but they had put us into 2 separate rooms with another room in between us. We stayed like that for 2 nights and then they moved us to interleading rooms. We were in a double storey simplex type arrangement on the top storey both times with a balcony, there was about 5 of these buildings with 20 rooms per building and then the cottages along the rocky front (one picture shows a view from our first balcony over them towards the sea). The gardens were beautiful and well maintained. 
The soft sandy beach was quite small in comparison to the beach frontage of the hotel, with a separate adults only beach area. The rest was quite close in and the coral rock made for interesting walking and looking. You can walk out to the reef quite easily and there's plenty of people offering to take you. There was also camel rides along the beach and the usual people selling their wares. The beach was well maintained and there were security guards patrolling along it. Being a reef the tides were pretty extreme. 
The weather was mostly hot with the occasional thunderstorm, which blew up, poured down and then moved on and the sun came out again. Usually not longer than about half and hour to an hour at most. The rooms we had all had air-conditioning which was needed in the evenings especially. The humidity was quite low so overall very pleasant weather. The group that picked us up from the airport also offered tours out which I took 2 of - one was a half day into Mombasa itself which was great and the other a snorkelling and seafood lunch. The snorkelling was superb, rather a long boat ride out but we had about an hour in the water where they dropped us off at the top end of the reef (second picture shows island around which we went) up tide and then we just floated along with the tide which was not strenuous at all, that particular reef is protected so there was lots to see. 
On our last evening we went out to a restaurant called Ali Barbour's Cave which was superb, the meal was divine, the setting brilliantly done and the service very good. The third picture shows it taken from the roof looking in. 
Our flights home were a bit disastrous as Kenyan Airways cabin crew were on strike until the day we flew so there was big delays and huge queues especially in Nairobi which was lots of fun ;o}.... But we got home which with all our stuff which is what counts. 
Hope that helps a bit. Thanks again for organising it you made it very painless for me. 
Written by Ayanda

Leopard Beach - Standard Room

morning Farzanah, 
We had a great time in Mombasa, the place was amazing, and the treatment we received (from the ground handlers etc.) was first-class. thank you for your efficiency and professionalism in handling our booking. 
Written by Andrea


Hi there Candis, 
They absolutely loved it. They said it was awesome and very relaxing and the diving was stunning! 
Thanks so much for all your help on this. 
Written by Lesley-Caren


Hi there Candis (or should I say Jambo?) 
Thank you so much and yes everything went totally fine – the holiday was absolutely marvellous and we have returned feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The service received from you was great and efficient and I have no complaints whatsoever and won’t hesitate to utilise African Encounters again in the future. We were delayed getting into Mombasa on the night of the 10th but when we arrived (and were hit by a very hot and humid wall) our driver was there to collect us and we delivered to the resort. The check-in staff were fabulous and explained how everything worked and where all amenities etc were located and we arrived to a beach BBQ and local entertainers down by the ocean which was rather special. 
We booked a couple of tours through the ground handler in Kenya – the half day Mombasa old town tour and the Wasini island dhow trip – both were very interesting and both my fiancé and I enjoyed them immensely. I also thought that the tours we did were value for money and the staff in Kenya – drivers, tour guide etc – were all very friendly and efficient. We went snorkelling at the marine park off Wasini island and it was spectacular. It’s good to see that these countries have started taking the environment and the preservation of it seriously. 
We would like to thank the staff at Leopard Beach Resort for their great service and attitude – there are many South Africans working in service related industries who could learn from these people. If you are planning on providing feedback to the resort then the following staff in particular can be thanked: 
Raymond – porter who greeted us on arrival and welcomed us with a chilled cocktail. Each time we saw him during the week he’d take the time to come over and greet us and have a bit of a chat. 
George, Zapporah, Matthews and Saidi in the Horizon restaurant – after the first couple of days we made sure that we sat in a section manned by one of these staff members as they were really sweet and friendly and in fact George taught me the ten words I now know in Swahili – Asante sana George. I must however point out that the fish we were offered in the resort for dinner on two occasions were not on the SASSI approved list (just an aside). 
Thanks again Candis for all your assistance in this regard. I may be chatting to you again sometime soon as I really would like to go to Vic Falls at some stage. 
Written by Leopard Beach - African Encoun

Standard room

Hi Farzanah 
Thank you so much for the prize – what an awesome experience!! 
Everything went smoothly – when we got to Mombasa our driver was already there waiting for us. 
Carried our bags and as we are big “smokers” he even waited for us to to finish our smoke first =) 
He answered all our questions we had about the city and how things work in Kenya. 
Very Very Friendly. 
When we arrived there , they advised that we will be late and therefore had food left aside for us 
We went to take a quick shower and went to Dinner , normally finishes at 9:30 , we only went there at 10:00. 
Once again - very Friendly / always wanting to assist =) 
Thanx a million – we had a great time in Mombasa!! 

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