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Indian Ocean Express

Time for a well-earned break on the Indian Ocean? Time to rejuvenate with sun, sand and some serious ‘me time’? We have the perfect package for you. Simply step on to the marvellous Madaraka Express Single Gauge Railway (SGR) in Nairobi and enjoy a first-class rail safari through some of Kenya’s most dramatic scenery. Then step off in Mombasa where our driver will be waiting to whisk you off into the stylish Swahili sophistication of the Serena Beach Resort and Spa

What could be easier?

Thereafter, all you have to do is to enjoy two nights of opulent rejuvenation in the air-conditioned comfort of our spacious Garden Room, two nights of elegant dining in the stunning Fountain Restaurant, two nights of cabaret under the stars, three days of lounging on the beach, or at our bohemian beach bar AND three days of water-sports, sailing, squash, tennis, volleyball and aerobics during which we’ve booked you for a complimentary glass-bottom boat trip out to the magical coral gardens of the reef where you can swim or snorkel as you wish. Alternatively, if glass-bottom-boating doesn’t suit, then why not experience a guided tour of the magnificent 16th century UNESCO World Heritage site, Fort Jesus and learn all about Mombasa’s fascinatingly turbulent past?

It doesn’t get much better.

Except for the fact that we can promise you three restaurants, four bars, two pools, endless tropical gardens, a butterfly pavilion, a turtle preservation programme, the superb Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa and all that cosmopolitan Mombasa has to offer in terms of culture, nightlife and high-profile watersports. 

So, why not let the train take the strain… take time out… and  
… make time for yourself 

The package includes:
First-class return fares Nairobi/Mombasa on the Madaraka Express SGR plus transfers between the railway station and the hotel.  
2 nights’ accommodation in the Serena Beach Resort and Spa (Garden Wing, half-board).
Access to all the hotel’s sporting, gym and spa activities AND a complimentary glass-bottom boat trip out to the reef or a guided tour of Fort Jesus. 

What’s more, if you’d like to stay a third night then we’ll invite you to dine at our beachfront Jahazi Grill Restaurant – considered to be one of Kenya’s finest. 

Special package rate
US$ 610 per person (4 January to 31August 2023). Enjoy an additional night for only US$ 210 per person per night sharing. 
Note: excluded: transfers to/from the Nairobi SGR train terminal and all items of a personal nature such as meals (half-board entitles you to breakfast and dinner), drinks, laundry etc. 
Children sharing with their parents: aged 6-11 years: 75% of the package rate. Aged 2-5 years: 35% of package rate. Note: this package must be confirmed at least 6 days prior to departure and is subject to the availability of seats on the SGR. 

Magical Christmas and New Year here.

I spent two weeks with my family of 6 over Xmas and New Year. What a magical time we all had. The resort is beautiful, the hotel is very well appointed with fabulous Kenyan wooden doors and beams. The food was wonderful and copious and the party on New Years Eve was the best one I have ever been to. Sitting outside under the stars, listening to live music. There was great entertainment at night ( we particularly liked the Karaoke nights! The staff are so kind and polite and our room boys Michael and Peter were exceptional. The pool bar is great and such a nice place to relax, sitting in the pool sipping a cocktail. I can't recommend this hotel enough. If you want winter sun, you can't go wrong with the equator, if you want a fabulous hotel that is great value for money, look no further.

AmabelVictoria, Javea, Spain AmabelVictoria Javea, Spain 12 Jan, 2023

Fantastic stay

We stayed at this hotel for nine nights during the New Year holiday. The hotel is beautiful and well-maintained, the gardens are fabulous and the beach stunning.
Most importantly, the staff couldn’t be frendlier and more helpful. Maurice showed us the beautiful butterfly park and tried to spot a bushbaby for us. Refreshing drinks and exquisite food were served by competent and smiling staff. Iddi made awesome Arabic coffee. Front desk staff were always ready to help us with all questions. We felt well looked after by Bessie the driver who took us to Mombasa Old Town and to the airport.

Thank you all for making our holiday memorable; we can’t wait to come back.

Marja Wallenius, Helsinki, Finland Marja Wallenius Helsinki, Finland 21 Jan, 2023

We loved it

We were in Room 30 which was really a suite with 2 rooms and a veranda right by the pool, overlooking the sea and close to reception. The room was clean, well appointed and really comfortable. The food was good and the location right on the Indian Ocean was excellent. BUT the best thing about Serena Beach is the staff. They couldn’t have been more helpful, more pleasant or more fun. They made a good hotel great.

Marihelen007, London, United Kingdom Marihelen007 London, United Kingdom 23 Jan, 2023