Lodges

The Ocean Spa Lodge

A peaceful retreat with ocean views and leaping dolphins

The Ocean Spa Lodge

Finishing off a Mara safari? The Ocean Spa Lodge is a great place to wind down and feast your eyes on the blue, blue Indian Ocean before heading to the airport. Opened in 2014, this pretty resort offers everything you need and more. Its 14 thatched suites are strung along quiet, white-sand Msambweni beach on Kenya's secluded south coast, just 40 minutes south of populous Diani. It's a great honeymoon destination and a safe place to holiday with your children. Expect crisp accommodation, really good food and watersports for everyone, if you manage to get off your lounger!

At the lodge

The hotel

You'll love the thatched main areas the minute you step inside. The interior is crisp white with Arabian-style windows and soft furnishings that reflect the ocean. Just settle back. The Italian owners have clearly focused on the wellbeing of their guests – the Mediterranean- and Swahili-inspired menu is fresh and tasty and it's served in a variety of locations; pilates, yoga or boot camp will tone your muscles; and there's a spa to recover. Outdoors, the huge pool is surrounded by loungers, and there's a pool for children.

The rooms

There are just six villas – one with four suites and five with two suites. Each suite has a beautiful bedroom furnished with local woods and bright ocean colours, a lounge area (either open-sided or with a terrace) and private uninterrupted sea views. All have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning, and some have been designed for families or groups of friends (children are welcome, and under-5s stay for free).

On safari

Experiences

When you've had your fill of chilling by the pool, hop onto a boat to any of the local marine reserve islands to snorkel and explore the underwater life or, on Funzi Island, to see some of Kenya's best nesting sites for sea turtles; or go deep-sea fishing to find marlin and sailfish. If you're wanting to swim from the lodge, remember that there's quite a walk to deeper water at low tide (although the rock pools are interesting), and waves at high tide can be rough.

When to go

Msambweni by month

January

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably high, with moderate humidity and a handful of rainy afternoons.
  • Take advantage of the pristine weather by relaxing on the white sand beaches overlooking the crystal clear waters of Msambweni.
  • At 27 degrees celsius the waters of the Indian Ocean are steadily approaching their max for the year.
  • A great time of the year for angling with various billfish, including blue marlin and striped marlin season in full swing.
  • Local dive sites are just a 30 minute drive away - enjoy exceptional water clarity of up to 30 meters in this month, providing incredible marine life viewing for snorkelers and divers.

February

Season: Dry
  • Weather experienced is hot with moderate humidity and low rainfall.
  • A wonderful time of year for beach relaxation, enjoy the view as glowing turquoise waves lap the white sandy shores.
  • Water temperatures are approaching an inviting 28 degrees celsius.
  • Whale sharks and Manta rays are present in the waters of this region providing a unique diving experience.
  • Take advantage of top quality fishing, targeting species of billfish, including blue marlin and striped marlin.
  • Local dive sites are just a 30 minute drive away - water visibility is ideal in this month, expect clarities of up to 30 meters, showcasing excellent marine life.

March

Season: Wet
  • Whale sharks and Manta rays provide a unique marine experience at this time year.
  • Temperatures are high with lower humidity and rainfall increasing, especially towards the end of the month.
  • Enjoy the last of the sunny beach relaxation before the end of the month sees cultural tours in the nearby village and dining at the numerous quirky eateries become highlights of your trip.
  • Ocean temperatures are at their hottest with an average temperature of 28 degrees celsius.
  • The billfish fishing season is starting to wind down with blue marlin and striped marlin the primary targets of angling expeditions.
  • Local dive sites are just a 30 minute drive away - enjoy good water clarity at this time of the year with it beginning to decline slightly towards the end of the month.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures drop slightly, humidity increases and a 1 in 2 chance of rainfall is expected.
  • Enjoy the warm ocean waters in this month, with temperatures of around 26 degrees celsius.
  • Whale sharks and Manta rays are present in the waters of this region providing a unique diving experience.
  • Local dive sites are just a 30 minute drive away, however water clarity a little variable during this month.
  • Seaweed may be present on the beach at this time of year.

May

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures continue to drop but are still hot, with high humidity and a 1 in 2 chance of rain.
  • Water temperatures are still warm but have dropped somewhat to an even 25 degrees celsius.
  • Explore some of the nearby cultural sites and enjoy relaxed island cuisine should the rains persist.
  • A great month to enjoy the fruits of the ocean with billfish fishing season underway.
  • Seaweed may be present on the beach at this time of year.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are relatively hot and humid, with a sharp decline in rainfall.
  • As weather improves so does the quality of beach relaxation, providing plenty time to relax on a recliner and soak up some rays.
  • The ocean experiences cooler but still warm temperatures of 23 degrees celsius.
  • Take advantage of the improving weather with a boat cruise to the nearby Funzi Island.
  • Local dive sites are just a 30 minute drive away, however during this month conditions are less desirable when compared with other times of the year.
  • Seaweed is present on the beach at this time of year.

July

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are at their coolest but still relatively hot and humid, with rainfall unlikely.
  • Inbetween the odd windy day, take in the ocean views from the comfort of a recliner, cocktail in hand.
  • Water temperatures are at their coolest during this month with a low of 23 degrees celsius.
  • The wind can pick up at times during this month providing the ideal conditions for kiteboarding and windsurfing, two of the water based activities offered in this region.
  • Local dive sites are just a 30 minute drive away, however visibility can drop during this month.
  • Sailfish and Black marlin are the targeted species for anglers at this time of the year.
  • Seaweed is present on the beach at this time of year.

August

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are slightly cooler but still relatively hot and humid, with a lower chances of rainfall.
  • Enjoy ideal beach relaxation conditions, white sand as far as the eye can see with crystal clear waters.
  • Water temperatures have dropped somewhat to a relatively warm low of 23 degrees celsius.
  • A great month for windsurfing and kiteboarding with wind's picking up for short periods throughout this month.
  • Local dive sites are just a 30 minute drive away, however water clarity can drop during this month.
  • A good time for anglers, attempt to catch sailfish and black marlin, providing endless hours of excitement.
  • Seaweed is present on the beach at this time of year.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are hot and humid, with occasional afternoon rainfall.
  • Relaxation with a local beer on the beaches is recommended at this time of the year.
  • Ocean temperatures drop somewhat in this month to a warm 23 degrees celsius.
  • Viewing and swimming with dolphins is a great way to spend a day in this month.
  • The wind can pick up for periods during this month creating the ideal conditions for kite and windsurfing.
  • Seaweed is present on the beach at this time of year.

October

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures have reached their peak, with lower humidity and the potential for occasional rains.
  • The Indian Ocean enjoys a slight rise in temperature to 25 degrees celsius.
  • The billfish fishing season is kicking off providing plenty of excitement for even the most seasoned anglers.
  • If you are unlucky and catch a period of rainfall, take advantage of some of the indoor cultural sites and tours situated in the nearby towns.
  • Seaweed can be present on the beach at this time of year.

November

Season: Wet
  • The start of the 'Green Season', temperatures are high with lower humidity and an increase in rainy afternoons.
  • Continuing the trend, ocean water temperatures have risen to around 26 degrees celsius.
  • A great month to enjoy the fruits of the ocean with billfish fishing season underway.
  • Explore the surrounding cultural sites and local eateries providing some interesting experiences should you catch a day or two of rain.
  • Seaweed is present on the beach at this time of year.

December

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures begin to drop slightly, with lower humidity and fewer rainy afternoons.
  • Enjoy improving weather conditions by relaxing on the beach with a local beer or cocktail.
  • Ocean waters are a comfortable temperature at 26 degrees celsius.
  • The billfish fishing season is in full swing providing plenty of excitement for even the most seasoned anglers.
  • Local dive sites are just a 30 minute drive away - water visibility is still excellent during this month with picture perfect water clarity providing a detailed view of what lies beneath the waves.

Wildlife


Msambweni Beach wildlife is split between the ocean and the land. Under the rippling blue, encounter a world of unique and interesting species across a variety of colourful reefs and a ship wreck or two. Some of the species included are scorpionfish, eels, sea horses, pipe fish, gurnards, sweetlips, octopus and if you are lucky whale sharks, dolphins, turtles and humpbacked whales. On land, in the nearby forest reserves there are a variety of monkeys (including the rare Angolan colobus monkey), baboons, bush babies and variety of interesting birdlife.

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