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Whitesands Beach Hotel


About Whitesands Beach Hotel

Whitesands Beach Hotel is a beautiful 4 star beach resort on the North coast of Mombasa, Kenya. It is situated in Bamburi, to the North of Mombasa and approximately 30 minutes, drive from Mombasa Airport. The resort is built on 22 acres of picturesque palm-lined property with an immaculate white beach , from where its name. The hotel boasts the longest seafront on the North Coast and easily one of the best beaches in East Africa.

Whitesands began as a house with two bedrooms in 1930 when H.G. Robertson, the editor of the Mombasa Times (today the Standard) bought and named the property. The local Liwali Chief was kind enough to give Robertson a few more acres of land to extend his humble property. In 1941 a Mrs Stocker bought the property from Robertson's widow, went on to build 8 cottages and opened the place for business. The first guests were a group of lady sailors from the Royal Navy Brigade known as the WRENS who were deployed to assist in shore duties. These ladies of the sea gave Whitesands the extended name of "Whitesands"  Waving Palms, Silversands, Luck, Love, Romance and Revelry. In 1946 Whitesands was sold to David Durwood Brown who quickly made the place popular amongst the locals as the "pub by the sea".

The "pub by the sea" was sold two more times and finally became the property of the Sarova Group of Companies who still own it today and pride themselves is this 340 room 4-star prize of a hotel.

The buildings of Whitesands are really pretty with their white walls and bright orange rooftops, set off against the greens and blues of the palms and swimming pools. There are five free-form pools that serve as the main features of the property (apart from the beautiful beach of course). These are in the centre of the hotel, surrounded by the blocks of suites and are beautifully looked after. They have pretty islands, waterfalls and a very popular waterslide , great for keeping the kids entertained.

As you can see, the resort is really child-friendly. They have a colourful child-care centre where youngsters can take part in activities, story time and arts and crafts. They also have lots of fun videos to keep their young minds entertained. A babysitter is also available on request.

At Whitesands you are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Whether you're hungry for some Italian cuisine, feel like a steak or simply a light snack by the pool , you'll find it here. There are also a selection of bars and even a nightclub to spice up your nights.

Whitesands has a great array of activities to keep you busy for days on end, including watersports (both motorised and non-motorised) such as jet skiing, catamaran sailing, snorkelling, pedalling on one of their pedalos and many more. They have a 5 star PADI diving school offering just about any type and level of scuba diving course you can think of. Other pastimes include going to their fully equipped gym, having a massage or a beauty treatment or taking a scenic glass-bottom boat ride.

Relaxing is also quite high on the list of favourite amusements at the resort, and the beaches are simply perfect if you're after a quiet retreat.

Whitesands is truly beautiful and a great place for a fun-filled dream holiday. You'll find all the creature comforts you've come to expect from a resort hotel - the service is good, the surrounds even better and you won't find a prettier beach anywhere near this place.


Whitesands Beach Hotel is quite a large resort with 340 rooms. The rooms are spread out in 3-storey buildings surrounding the resort's beautiful blue swimming pools.
All the rooms can be classified as suites and come equipped the comforts of air-conditioners, direct dial telephones, mosquito nets, safes and en-suite bathrooms. They also all have balconies or verandas, depending on their position.
The Standard Rooms, balconies and verandas face the pool or the beach. We had the option of twin, double or triple rooms. Some of these rooms have interconnecting doors, connecting the rooms either from the balconies or from inside the rooms themselves.

The Seafront rooms have beautiful views of the ocean and come equipped with hairdryers, mini bars and tea and coffee making facilities (with biscuits!).

The next option, the Palm Rooms overlook the pools and the pretty gardens. These rooms are quite large and well equipped for those who need to do a bit of work, as they have internet connections and work tables (although we doubt that you'll want to focus on work once you've seen this place). The rooms also have coffee and tea making stations with biscuits, and some are interconnecting.

The Executive Suites are larger and face the pool. There are one and two bedroom options available and all the rooms have a spacious lounge area. They come with mini bars (but at an added cost) and satellite television and sleep a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children.

The Presidential Suites are massive with two ensuite master bedrooms and a large lounge with a kitchenette. These rooms are really luxurious and have just about everything you could need to make your holiday fantastic. They have fully stocked mini bars and you can even make use of the 24hour butler service.

The two master bedrooms come equipped with their own satellite televisions, telephone connections and even Jacuzzis! We also had a choice of queen or king size beds in these rooms.

These suites also have two back rooms with twin beds and rear exit doors (ideal if you're after that extra bit of privacy). Their poolside verandas are much larger than the other suites, and they have comfortable sun beds for those after a healthy tan or a relaxing snooze in the afternoon.
Whitesands has 3 disability-friendly rooms with easy access for wheelchairs as well as 30 non-smoking rooms.


Pavilion I & II
The restaurant has a capacity of 680 people and serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with different themes. It is open from 7.00am till 10:00am for breakfast, 1230-1430hrs for lunch, and 1900-2130hrs for dinner.

Minazi, Trattoria & Pizzeria    
The restaurant has a round the clock snack menu and is open 24 hours. Minazi Restaurant is situated on the ground floor and can carry a capacity of 72 people; this restaurant mainly caters for light snacks with pizzas being the main feature with fresh filling of choice.

Lido Seafood Grill
Located by the poolside overlooking the vastness of the Indian Ocean, with a capacity to accommodate 72 people. Specializes in barbecue prawns and lobsters. Open Monday to Sunday for - Lunch: 12.00pm to 3pm; Tuesday to Sunday for - Dinner: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

The nights have come alive in Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort with the new Cocos Beach Bar, popular for its open-air disco, lively party music, live music from the famous Rafikis Band, exciting shows and cocktails complete the experience!< With a capacity of 150 people this sea facing bar is open from 10.00 am to midnight and has live music entertainment once a week.


Location: Whitesands Hotel is situated on the Bamburi beachfront, approximately 14km North of Mombasa in Kenya.

There hotel can be reached by road from Mombasa Airport, which takes 30 minutes and covers 23km. If you are travelling from Nairobi, there is an overnight train that takes 12 hours followed by a 20 minute transfer over 15km.

General facilities:
  • 5 swimming pools
  • 4 bars including a poolside bar
  • Nightclub
  • 5 open-air restaurants
  • 24-hour pizzeria
  • Sports pub
  • Tennis courts
  • Water sports centre offering windsurfing, catamaran sailing and more
  • PADI dive centre
  • Kids' club (4-11 years)
  • Business Centre
  • 4 flood-lit tennis courts
  • Gym (equipped with Nautilus equipment)
  • Sprinkler systems, smoke detectors and automatic self locking doors
  • Complimentary e-mail access service
  • Safari excursion office
  • Massage and Beauty parlour offering massages (Reflexology, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy and Akupuku) and beauty treatments (waxing, French manicure, tinting, threading, pedicure and facials)
  • Hairdressing
  • Safety deposit facilities
  • Newspapers
  • Business Centre and conference facilities with fax, e-mail, Internet, photocopiers, typewriters and telecommunications (secretarial service available upon request)
  • Shopping Arcade
  • Currency exchange
Room facilities:
  • Balconies or verandas
  • Ensuite bathrooms with private bath, shower and WC
  • Air-conditioning
  • Direct dial telephones
  • In-room safes
  • Mosquito nets
Executive rooms:
  • Satellite television
  • Mini-bars
The Presidential Suites:
  • Two ensuite master bedrooms
  • A spacious, well-equipped lounge
  • 2 smaller twin rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • 2 Jacuzzis in each suite (one per master bedroom)
  • Large veranda
  • Fully stocked mini bars
  • Telephone extensions in main bedrooms
  • Activities:
  • Glass bottom boat cruise
  • 4 Outdoor swimming pools with diving boards, springboards and water slides
  • Tennis (4 flood-lit tennis courts)
  • Fully equipped and staffed health gym
  • Golf or horse riding
  • Amphitheatre discotheque (with tiered seating, bar and stage) with acrobats, fire-eaters and local performers
  • Marine Park
  • Snorkelling
Blue Lagoon Watersports Centre for motorised and un-motorised watersports such as jet skiing, windsurfing, pedalos and kayaks, crazy banana boat and catamaran sailing
Bucanneer Diving School (5 star PADI) offering PADI Open Water courses, PADI Scuba Diving courses, PADI Advanced courses (lessons in ocean dives, night dives, deep dives and navigational dives) and PADI Speciality courses (Reef, Drift, Naturalist, Boat and Night Diver courses plus Peak Performance Buoyancy PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive master courses)

  • 24 hour room service
  • Daily laundry/pressing service
  • Babysitting service
  • In-house doctor and nurse
  • Bureau de Change
  • Wake-up service
  • Turn-down service
  • Taxi service with prior arrangement
  • Open: Whitesands Beach Hotel is open all year round.

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