What to expect for a 3 day weekend break at Diamond Beach……..
Arrive by boat on Friday afternoon and settle in your banda, cool off in the ocean for a quick swim. Yoga starts at 5pm in the library area, a great way to start the weekend, stretching and meditating with the birdsong before the crowds start to arrive. Pizza & film night at Diamond is a popular evening, a really good way to meet some local residents at the bar with a sunset cocktail at 8pm the film starts. The bonfire is lit to gaze at the “African TV” and the milky way.
Saturday morning take a boat to visit the UNECSO heritage town of Lamu with the hustle and bustle of the early traders. Have a guided tour, eat fresh local Swahili food from one the many restaurants on the harbor front. Visit the donkey sanctuary, Lamu museum and soak up the feel of the ancient Swahili town, the oldest in East Africa. Back to Diamond for an afternoon on the beach and then take a sunset sail around the mangroves. This is the most beautiful way to see the sunset, sailing through the mangroves on a traditional boat with the ocean breeze behind you. Kazungu will have the specials written up for a 3 course feast for your return. Another night under the stars by the bonfire or cross the channel for a drink at the famous Peponi bar.
Sunday at Diamond is morning yoga (or a lie in), all day massage, brunch & cocktail day. Brunch is smashed avocado, locally made haulimi and roast tomatoes with a tomato chutney, egg Benedict or breakfast pizza or for the seafood lovers jumbo prawns or crab. Coconut water, home made ginger fizz and or iced Amarula coffee and then a dip in the ocean.
All too soon its off to the airport back to the “real world” of city and fast things, leaving behind the island with the promise to come back soon.