In an attractive stone building, Afrochic Diani looks more like a private villa than a hotel. Guests will surely understand the significance of the name "Afrochic" upon stepping through the ornate Lamu doors and into the lovely foyer. Beautiful Kenyan objets d'art adorn this informal reception area, many of them created by a local artist who regularly visits the hotel. We loved the huge, custom-made Masai candle holders. Upstairs are the beautifully appointed rooms and a room and outdoor terrace used for massage treatments. One corner of the ground floor is dedicated to the indoor bar and dining area, while out on the large, sea-facing terrace is a seating area with sculpted, wooden Swahili-style furnishings and charming swingseats.
The terrace overlooks a medium-sized lagoon style swimming pool with waterfall feature and children's wading pool. The sun loungers with their smart, striped mattresses and matching parasols are neatly arranged around the pool's edge. Across the gardens you'll find a handful of tables and chairs set up in the shade of the coconut trees, the beach bar and a small tree house used for private dining. Several sun loungers, swing beds and day beds line the beach, with cushions in bright summery hues of blue, orange or yellow, and voile curtains with matching trim.