All the rooms have a full or partial view overlooking the swimming pools or the Indian Ocean. Interconnecting Family rooms are available on request.
Each room is en-suite and has a balcony or veranda facing the ocean or pool. En-suite amenities include:
● Mosquito Nets
● Direct Telephone
● Wireless Internet Connection
● In-Room Safety Deposit Boxes
● DSTV Satellite TV
● Hair Dryer
● Tea / Coffee Making Facilities
Whitesands Beach Hotel 138 Standard Rooms are furnished with:
● Twin/ Double or Triple beds
● Extra Bed/ Baby Cot on request
● Some rooms are interconnecting
Whitesands Beach Hotel 125 Sea Front Rooms have an excellent view of the Indian Ocean
● Some come with Mini Bars
● Some rooms are interconnecting
Whitesands Beach Hotel 66 spacious Palm Rooms offering good view of the presidential pool and the gardens. They are all equipped with:
● some rooms interconnect & others are near the main parking area
● Work Desk
● Fruit Platter on arrival
● 1 Local Newspaper Daily
● Mini Bar on request
Whitesands Beach Hotel 6 Executive Suites that interconnect with a suite lounge and are well equipped with:
● 1 or 2 bedroom suites
● Extra bed/ baby cot on request
● sitting lounge if 2 beds roomed
● Fruit platter on arrival
● 2 local newspapers daily
● Flat screen TV in their lounge
Whitesands Beach Hotel 3 Premier Rooms, all on the ground floor, some with a full view of the ocean. All rooms come with:
● Sun Beds on balcony
● Mini Bars stocked on request
● Bathrobe & Slippers available
● Shoe Polishing services available
Whitesands Beach Hotel 2 Presidential Suites in a serene and private location
● Large 34-inch screen Television
●2 en-suite master rooms, each with King & Queen size beds, telephone extensions & TVs
● Two back rooms with twin beds and rear exit door
● 24 hour butler service available
● Large lounge with kitchenette
● Fully stocked mini bars
● Exclusive sun beds
Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel Restaurant
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa provides a unique gourmet experience which cuts across our 4 restaurants, namely: Pavillions offers a full English breakfast with highlights being a selection of cereals, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, freshly baked pastries from the bakery corner as well as live cooking stations for guest’s choice. Dinner at pavilions includes 14 evening themes with live entertainments provided for the guests.
Lido fish on the beach is an outdoor, sea facing restaurant that specializes on wide array of steaks and seafood. The restaurant is opened for Lunch and dinner.
Minazi Café is a 24 hour café that offers also room service.
Sabbia Bianca Pizzeria specializes in clay oven Italian pizzas.
A choice of bars including Lido swim up bar, Cocos Beach Bar and a lounge bar offering a wide selection of international selected liquor brands.
Tulia, the health and wellness center provides Ayurvedic holistic treatments as well as Western and Oriental therapies. Our Ayurveda therapists from India will provide you with traditional healing while our western therapies are sure to re energize you and help you to relax and rejuvenate your body and spirit. The resort has several animation activities for children through out the day as well as child care facilities in the evening. Entertainment options include Cocos at the beach front for a night of music and dancing or large screen sporting action at Tamanisha Sports Lounge. Outdoor activities include lawn and table tennis, a choice of four swimming pools and a range of water sports activities including jet skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and much more exciting water action.
Whitesands Hotel has the longest stretch of natural beachfront. It is classified as a Marine Park by the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) to protect the sea animals, plants and coral reef. The KWS collect a park fee charged to both residents and non-residents wishing to visit the reef or go snorkeling. This fee goes towards contributing to conservation in Kenya. This unique feature about our beachfront attracts many nature lovers who enjoy the large variety of sea creatures and colorful array of marine life.
Whitesands is very supportive of the conservation effort for the Marine Park and enhances it through the services offered by our Blue Lagoon Water sports Centre that enable visitors to visit the reef and view the marine life.
BLUE LAGOON WATERSPORTS
The Blue Lagoon Watersports Centre in Whitesands is by far the most equipped and specialized centre on this side of the Coast. With an experience spanning close to two decades, the centre is renowned for its extensive variety of both motorized and unmotorised watersport vessels and exciting excursions. The most popular among adults and children alike being its famous jet Experience “Refreshing African Hospitality” from Sarova Hotels Resorts, Safari Camps and Lodge Accommodation, one of Kenya's leading hotel groups in its 8 unique properties distinctly located for beach holidays, safaris in the bush and in Nairobi City.
Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel Information
One can access Whitesands Beach Hotel in a number of ways.
Whitesands is actually situated 14kms from Mombasa town centre, on Bamburi Beach. International flights fly straight into Moi International Airport, Mombasa providing convenient access. The distance from Nairobi to Mombasa is 500 km while the flight duration is 45 minutes. Transfer from the Airport is 30 minutes and covers 23 kms. The overnight train ride takes 12 hours. Transfers to the Railway Station take 20 minutes and covers 15 kms. A drive from Nairobi to Whitesands takes 6-7 hours.
Whitesands hotel is a dedicated supporter of the Bombolulu Workshop Project. This is a project founded in 1969 by the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) which train and employs physically challenged persons in handicraft production and related business skills. Within the Whitesands , there is a cultural village representing four tribal communities drawn from different parts of Kenya namely, the Maasai from the Southwestern part of Kenya, the Giriama from the Coastal region, the Bukusu from the Western Region and the Orma from the North Eastern side of Kenya. In the cultural village, one will find life size traditional houses built using the materials the particular communities represented used. These were built by members of the Bombolulu Workshop Project and make a good learning area for the tourists to know more about Kenya's traditional heritage. During the high season, there is a blind guide who sits at the Village and gives a talk about culture to the guests as they have their afternoon tea.
This is a good way of promoting our rich Kenyan culture and heritage. Situated North of Mombasa amidst on of East Africa’s best beaches and boasts of palatial public areas and Arabic architecture to make it on of the best Hotels around
The whole ‘Whitesands Resort concept’ began in 1930 and the following is the chronology of what happened afterwards:
1930 - Mr. H G Robertson bought a new house with two bedrooms flanked by a long lounge. Robertson was working as an Editor of Mombasa Times, which grew into present day "Standard". He said he will call his new place Whitesands. Ali Bin Salim – The Liwali (Chief) gave Robertson a few more acres of land on the beach.
1941 - Mrs. Stocker bought ‘The Whitesands’ from Widow Robertson.
She built a larger Establishment of 8 cottages and Whitesands was open for business. Incidentally – the first business was from the Royal Navy a Brigade of enlisted lady Sailors known as WRENS, who were sent to assist in shore duties. A Phrase was coined at this time to describe Whitesands as WHITESANDS Waving Palms, Silverstrands, Luck, Love, Romance and Revelry.
1946 - Mrs. Stocker sold Whitesands to David Durwood Brown. He is credited with making Whitesands popular with the locals and it became known as the "PUB BY THE SEA".
1960 - Akberali Manzi bought Whitesands from Widow Stocker. Seventy new rooms were built, the central complex was reconstructed and a boat bar was introduced – later a bathing pool called ‘LIDO’ was added. Renovation went on and by 1976, the ‘Pub by the Sea’ was turned into a five star hotel.
1976 - Sarova Group of Hotels bought the Whitesands Hotel and set into motion ambitious development plans which changed the hotel from 70 rooms in 1976 to 173 and then to 340 by 1996.
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