Diamond Beach Village – Manda Island

The Hotel offers an alternative to the concrete hotel, more of a rustic Robinson Crusoe experience. Working closely with the local community and using only local methods of construction and local materials to create a laid back, eco-friendly, alternative style holiday. There are six small beach huts called bandas, traditionally designed with high windows. The five double bandas have a double bed downstairs and a single bed mounted in the roof, each has a front porch, shower, sink and flush toilet. All bandas are provided with sheets, mosquito nets and towels. Each has a mains plug with a British socket and all have electric lighting in the evening. The room boy, Kombo, cleans daily and a laundry service is available. The floors and walls are made our of star palm, which is woven locally, the roofs are a thatch of coconut palm. There is no fresh water on Manda Island so they re-use the water from the sinks and showers to water the garden. The sixth banda is larger and divided into two so sleeps between 3 and 6. There is also a treehouse to rent, which sleeps between 2 and 6 people, with wooden floors, branches coming through the walls and a large veranda on the first floor stretching right around the tree, where there is an open air bathroom with sink, shower and flush toilet. There is another bathroom on the ground floor. The tree house is cleverly built in a baobab tree, and really completes the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ feel of the place. The restaurant area consists of tables under palm thatched umbrellas, conveniently situated with a view of the Indian Ocean and of Shela across the channel. The meals include fresh seafood dishes, vegetarian cuisine and more conventional western food. At dusk, Diamond Beach Village enjoys the full view of some of the most breathtaking African Sunsets. Giant clamshells around the lodge act as birdbaths and attract a colourful array of beautiful birds both at dawn and dusk. Enjoy walks along Manda Beach, snorkeling off the small coral reef just a short walk away. Diamond Beach Village is a short boat trip across the channel from Shela Village, and a 15 minute boat ride from Lamu town and the airport. Kisura House is also part of Diamond Beach Village and located in the second row just behind the hotel. Clients staying at Kisura House have their meals at Diamond Beach.