Agnes Dormann, Switzerland
30 January 2011
We enjoyed our stay in Manda very much. We were far away from the modern and noisy world. Our whole group was very impressed by the simple, quiet, comfortable life in the Diamand Beach Village. We enjoyed the food and the drinks, especially the pizza.
We found a place in Africa...
Friedrich Tropper, Austria
25 March 2009
Giving us this touch of the black continent we never expected to be touched.
Diamond Beach, Manda and Lamu we would never forget.
If there where a direct connection from Austria to DB (like beaming in "Startrek") we would be there monthly !!!
Maria & Fritz
Diamond Beach Village
Diamond Beach Village offers an alternative to the concrete hotel, more of a rustic Robinson Crusoe experience. We work very closely with the local Swahili people taking into account their culture and only using local methods and materials to create a refreshing, eco-friendly, alternative style holiday.
We have 6 locally built huts and a tree house for accommodation, all en-suite with electricty in the evenins. Surrounded by gardens, hammocks, rock and drift wood art and bird baths. We have a fantastic restaurant serving traditional cuisine from 8am-9pm.
Come and relax, swim, eat, and be looked after by our friendly staff or go snorkelling, sailing, fishing, walkng, windsurfing, and see the markets and museums of Lamu town. The perfect place to chill out after a safari.
About the village:
Diamond Beach Village is situated on the island of Manda, which is the sister island of Lamu. The lodge is located on the beach front with amazing views of the open ocean, Lamu island, Shela village and dhows sailing past. It is the perfect place to come and relax for days or weeks, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Our boat is available for hire to take you to Lamu town which is a thirty minutes, or to Shela village, just a five minutes across the channel; both offer a wonderful experience of the Swahili history and culture.
Lamu town is said to be the oldest town in east Africa. The Arabic influence is evident in the town's architecture with beautifully carved doors and some notable mosques. Lamu town has recently been granted World Heritage status and the local museum has a fine collection of artefacts.
There are no cars on Lamu or Manda, the only form of transport is donkey or boat, both of which are an experience in themselves. The pace of life is inevitably slow and relaxed.
The island is located roughly three degrees south of the equator therefore you can guarantee that perfect island getaway, whether it is lazing in your airy banda, on the beach or exploring the surroundings.
Diamond Beach Village is open from July 1st till April 15th and during these months the temperature ranges from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius and the daylight hours are approximately twelve.