Upon arrival and at the end of a tree-lined driveway, impeccably uniformed members of Serena staff greet you with refreshing towels and tumblers of ice cold passion fruit juice. The first impressions are promising, as you enter the spacious (although dark) reception area, beautifully decorated in typical Swahili style, with high ceilings and a host of Arabesque details such as heavy wooden Lamu doors and traditional carved details.
Exiting at the far side of reception you'll find the Sokona Plaza, with its chic snack bar overlooking the pond and palm trees, it is also the centre of entertainment in the evenings. Heading towards the beachfront you'll come across the resort's only pool (with swim up pool bar), which is a shame as the size of the resort probably justifies a second. However, there is plenty of room to spread out on the lawns between the pool and the beach, on the sun loungers placed beneath the coconut palms and flowering frangipani trees.
If you need a change from lazing by the pool, take up a game of tennis (floodlit courts), squash (air-conditioned courts), darts, archery, billiards or table tennis. For sea-based activities (at an extra charge) guests may go diving, deep sea fishing or for a ride in a glass-bottomed boat. Also, the well equipped gym has a full time trainer on hand to help you work off the buffet.
Tucked away in the same corner of the resort grounds are the hairdresser and the Maisha Spa ("maisha" means "life" in Swahili). Offering yoga classes, massages and a range of other treatments, the spa also boasts a yoga deck built over a pebble-bottomed pond, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzis, 'Spa Bar' and four treatment rooms facing a central courtyard, each with private garden, outdoor shower and sun deck.
Meanwhile, the business centre provides guests with internet access (300Ksh/hour, about £2.40) and WIFI is available throughout the hotel for 1000Ksh (about £7.90) per day. For those wishing to combine their beach break with business, Serena offers excellent conference facilities.