We (my friends and I) literally just got back from a short, mid-week holiday to Nyali beach in Mombasa, Kenya. I decided to write about it while it’s still fresh and vivid in my memory. It was such a great time – mostly comprised of frolicking and taking photos on the beach, lounging by our resort’s infinity pool and taking advantage of the non-stop supply of cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that the resort provided all day and all night.
We stayed at Voyager Beach Resort and opted for the all-inclusive package (which I highly recommend in case you’re ever visiting Voyager). The package includes accommodation, all meals, all drinks, snacks throughout the day as well as high tea in the evening. The resort is complete with three swimming pools, three restaurants and a supervised kids’ play area with various games and activities throughout the day. Activities for adults are provided as well and the ship-themed nature of the resort entails a different unique experience for each day of your stay. For example, our first night was Italian themed and our second night was Kenyan themed, with the respective food, dancers and entertainment. Find out more about Voyager Beach Resort and their rates here.
We used the SGR Madaraka Express Train. It was my first time taking the train from Nairobi to Mombasa and I was curious to find out what sort of experience it would offer. It was a great choice. The train is affordable and it’s faster and calmer than travelling by road. We paid KES 1,000 (about USD 10) for ordinary one-way tickets. The train also has a VIP section that goes for KES 3,000 (about USD 30) each. The ordinary section was comfortable enough and great for budget travellers. Snacks and drinks are also available for sale on the train.
Frolicking Nyali beach
Nyali beach is a popular destination in Kenya for both locals and tourists because of its long, white sand beaches. We had access to the beach, which was literally a stone’s throw away from our room, right from our resort. We were excited to check it out, take a stroll and take pictures. A lot of the beach is covered in sea weed, which was the major difference between Nyali beach and Diani beach, in my opinion. I visited Diani beach about three years ago and the expanse of clear, white sand is forever etched in my memory.
We wore Kitenge (African fabric) outfits and somehow, we felt that the seaweed added to the overall character of our pictures.
Did I mention that our main activity of the trip was absolutely nothing at all (which is a legitimate plan if you ask me)? No adrenaline filled, touristy excursions … just the beach, the pool, the lounge and of course, plenty of food and plenty of drink. I couldn’t get enough of the infinity pool. Nothing beats taking a swim while watching and listening to the sound of crushing waves right below you. It was peaceful. It was reflective. In fact, I’d do it over and over again.