, DIANI, Kenya Aug 14 – The Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa is in the process of expanding the property with an additional 114 new rooms which will be contained in an all-new wing of the 40 acre property, and will be unveiled just in time for the peak holiday season in December this year.
The addition of the 114 rooms will bring the total room count of Diani Reef to an impressive 257 rooms, making it the single largest five-star hotel by room inventory in the South Coast.
According to Bobby Kamani, the Managing Director, Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa, the investment is strategic to accommodate the high numbers expected from both the international and domestic tourists.
“We are very excited as this expansion plan goes a long way in ensuring that we are able to accommodate the high number of tourists expected during this festive season. All the raw materials for the expansion of the new rooms as well as for the renovation of the existing rooms have been locally procured and ethically sourced in our continuous effort to support and empower the local communities within Kenya’s coastal region,” he said.
Kamani went on to state that the hotel had invested heavily during the low season in June and July this year to renovate its existing 143 rooms in preparation for the high season to help boost the conferencing business for the hotel, as it will be able to accommodate more delegates.
“We have made substantial investments in our conferencing facility which can accommodate upto 1000 delegates. As a result of our room expansion plan, we will now be able to accommodate even more delegates,” he explained.
Diani Reef has also intensified its partnerships with airlines and the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to provide holiday packages at affordable rates to the domestic tourists.
In July, the hotel partnered with Silverstone Air to allow the domestic traveler to save up to 30 percent on the normal flight fare and accommodation rate.
This would include a 2 nights’ stay on half-board basis, return flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Ukunda’s Diani Airport, return airport transfers, as well as a 15 percent discount on beverages and spa treatments in a package set to end in December.
The addition of the 114 rooms further endorses Diani Reef’s confidence in Diani as a destination, with its beaches being named one of the best in the world and Africa’s leading beach destination.