Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa

Mombasa, Kenya

The hotel

The Sarova Whitesands Resort & Spa rests amongst twenty-two acres of lush, tropical gardens which overlook the powdery sands of the Indian Ocean shoreline. This excellent resort boasts lots of stimulating outdoor and beach activities including 5 swimming pools, a beachfront spa, water sports and even an activities programme for the kids. There is a great variety of dining options, including three bars and restaurants to tempt your palate, including the Lido Seafood Grill and Cocos Beach Bar, both set among the palm trees with sweeping views of the ocean. All of this combined with modern rooms, a high standard of friendly service and beautiful surroundings ensure you a wonderful experience in this beautiful haven.


  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

On the beach at Bamburi, north of Mombasa. Transfer time from Mombasa Airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

335 rooms on 3 floors in several buildings. All with terrace or balcony, air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. Garden Facing Rooms have garden or pool views and double or twin rooms, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive option: available at a supplement and includes buffet breakfast, lunch and themed dinners at the Pavilion Restaurant. Lunch can also be taken at the Minazi Café or a set menu lunch and dinner is available at Lido Seafood Grill (some restrictions may apply to both). Snacks. Selected brands of wine and spirits, cocktails, local beer and soft drinks are available from all bars between 10.00am-midnight. It also includes use of snorkel equipment, kayaks, pedal boats and one glass bottom boat ride per stay (marine park fee is payable locally).

Half Board includes: buffet breakfast and themed dinner in the Pavilion Restaurant.

Pool Facing Rooms are situated around the large palms swimming pool, overlooking the pool anr gardens, some have partial views of the ocean.

Sea Facing Rooms are at the front of the resort and have views across the gardens to the ocean.

Family Rooms are also avilable.

  • Honeymooners: couples will receive fruits and flowers in their room on arrival, a complimentary upgrade from a Garden Facing Room to a Pool Facing Room (subject to availability at check in), mineral water in their room (replenished daily) and dinner for two with a bottle of house wine at Lido Grill (once during stay). 

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Fabulous beachfront location

Great All Inclusive option with a choice of bars and restaurants

Great for couples and families

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefit:

  • Guaranteed late check out until 2:00pm.
  • 4 restaurants; The Pavilions (buffet breakfast and live cooking stations for themed dinners). Minazi Café (24-hour café). Lido Seafood Restaurant (open for lunch and dinner). Cocos Beach Bar (with regular dinner entertainment) and a lounge bar. 5 swimming pools (one is an adult-only, quiet pool by the spa). Kids' pool with slide. Spa*. Fitness centre. Kids' club (4-13 years) with special kids menu, kids' playground and games room. 4 floodlit tennis courts. Water sports centre* offering windsurfing, water-skiing and catamaran sailing among other activities. PADI diving centre*. Hair and beauty salon*.

    Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

    * Denotes local charge.

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    Jul 11, 2020 siccah Nairobi, Kenya

    Stayed here numerous times in the early 2000s so I’m glad to see it lived up to prior expectations. Well maintained establishment with lovely decor. The staff were very friendly and keen. Had the loveliest view of the beach from my room. Food was nothing short of amazing. All in all, it’s such a rare gem owing to its consistency.
    Image of the Tripadvisor rating Holiday in Mombasa after 22 years

    Apr 14, 2020 karimaJ8481VB London, United Kingdom

    We went to Mombasa after 22 years and decided to book in the Sarova Whtesands resort in Mombasa. Due to some issues we had to wait nearly an hour before we got our room. Paraas the Manager was friendly but refused to give us a room on the ground floor and instead gave us a room on the second floor so had to climb 4 flights daily. We were on half… Read more
    We went to Mombasa after 22 years and decided to book in the Sarova Whtesands resort in Mombasa. Due to some issues we had to wait nearly an hour before we got our room. Paraas the Manager was friendly but refused to give us a room on the ground floor and instead gave us a room on the second floor so had to climb 4 flights daily. We were on half board basis and the food was good but felt they kept reducing it daily with less choices. There was no entertainmment as such apart from Pool aerobics in the morning and nothing at all in the evening. Staff were very pleasant and always willing to help especially Valentine , Ruth and Thomas who were always very helpful in the restaurant . Room was pleasant enough with balcony but had to climb 4 flights of stairs! Duncan cleaned room nicely. Ekon was very freindly at the pool bar . We went to town a couple of times with Julius who was very friendly and accomponied us wherever we went, so made us feel very comfortable. The pools were really nice and after a few days even got Madafus but very expensive! Rehema Sabrina and Titus very friendly by the pool side and always tried to get you involved in pool aerobics . Most disappointing was the beach as it was full of weeds and no proper place to swim , especially as that was one of the main reasons for coming to this resort. Paraas arranged to give us pastries and cakes as we were leaving early which was nice of him Read less
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    Apr 2, 2020 weronikaj808

    Memorable stay. Great food, beautiful atmosphere, really great helpful staff. Nice activities every evening. Animator Nixon was the best! Full of energy always with smile on his face :) Sad that the hotel does not have private beach
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    Mar 14, 2020 Peter M Coatbridge, United Kingdom

    We stayed here for two weeks at the start of February Lovely hotel, food was good, room as clean, staff were fantastic and a credit to the hotel. We enjoyed it so much we have booked to return in June.
    Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceeded expectations

    Mar 14, 2020 tracyofwona Nairobi, Kenya

    Whitesands was simply divine. The rooms were comfy, clean and well maintained. We really enjoyed swimming in multiple pools. The food was delicious. The staff was amazing, Francis by the pool was very kind. So were Brian, Anthony and Levina.