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Blue Marlin Beach Hotel

Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401 Kenya
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 28/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 28/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#24 of 40 hotels in Diani Beach
Blue Marlin is a small family run hotel. Set in the most beautiful part of Diani Beach, Blue Marlin is perfect for anyone looking to relax in a quietly arranged beach setting. Perched on a small hill overlooking the Indian Ocean and pristine white beach, the hotel is surrounded by lush greenery. These provide an idyllic backdrop for long daytime lunches and fine dining in the evening breeze. The spacious rooms designed in minimalistic coastal Swahili style, air conditioned and with large terraces provide an exclusive ocean view through the flourishing crowns of the palm trees .
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
24-hour security
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Bottled water
Laptop safe
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Ocean View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Russian, Swahili
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Breville wrote a review Jul 2021
Bangkok, Thailand41 contributions20 helpful votes
Nice location on the beach. Staff all friendly and have been trained well. No variety for breakfast (same everyday with limited options to choose from). Big room which was nice. All in all I’d probably stay again
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
fityrrell wrote a review May 2021
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Blue Marlin Beach Hotel is great. It's right on Diani beach. The hotel is clean, has a nice pool, lounging area, restuarant is on the beach, has great food & the staff are friendly & helpful too. Everything else is just a tuk tuk ride away. We loved our stay there.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
SurferJoe47 wrote a review Mar 2021
Nairobi, Kenya8 contributions4 helpful votes
Just had dinner at Blue Marlin....well tried to have a nice dinner. When chefs won’t at least discuss feedback with a customer you know why the restaurant is almost empty when the Salty Squid next door is booked out. Don’t have the lobster soup is all I can say. The calamari and fish and chips are nice but we won’t be back due to the restaurant not understanding that when a customer sends back a meal 99% uneaten you need to find out why. Very poor show I will say that the service staff are lovely I actually felt sorry for them having to deal with a customer who is not happy through no fault of their own.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brighton M wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution
Stayed for a week in early January. Excellent service from Stanislava and her team. Very attentive and responsive to the needs of guests. Fantastic location with the beachfront view, not to mention it's only a 10 minute drive to the airport. Will definitely return!
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Date of stay: January 2021
vnieks wrote a review Dec 2020
Nairobi, Kenya19 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed 5 nights in a family room and a double room. Positives: I liked the rooms, minimalistic done in a local style. Comfortable beds, clean fresh sheets and towels. The aircons worked well. We slept well and the rooms were good. The hotel is on the most beautiful beach and sun beds are well placed to enjoy. The open restaurant is also right on the beach with stunning sun rises. The hotel is next to Kenyaways, which offers kitesurfing and watersport equipment for rent. Long beach walks are easy and a couple of restaurants can be found along the beach. The hotel pool is well kept although at the back of the resort, gives good alternative for see swimming. Hotel staff were helpful and friendly. Negatives: The grounds and buildings are quite neglected although it seems that some renovations are ongoing. Lots more needed. The food aspects left a "sour taste". Hotel management seem to not realise what important role their restaurant/food plays in this hotel: the gate and reception has signs telling you that no external food/drinks are allowed and this is specifically pointed out to guests on checking-in. This would be ok if the alternatives are good, but the restaurant is a real disappointment and the included-meals should be avoided if possible, especially breakfast. No coffee are provided in the rooms and the restaurant only offers coffee from 8am, for early risers this does not work. Some of the meals at the restaurant were really good, but the restaurant staff and the chef seem to be in a battle and some of the simplest requests we put forward were not accommodated. The restaurant vibe is not inviting, it lacks decor and maybe some music. We could not identify any restaurant manager, interaction was only with waiters, who are not well trained. Although it was easiest to eat at the on site restaurant and we tried it a number of times we just looked for other places to eat after a while.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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US$105 - US$224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
KenyaCoast ProvinceUkundaDiani Beach
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Marlin Beach Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Blue Marlin Beach Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest (5.1 km), Diani Beach Art Gallery (6.4 km), and Snake Park (7.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Marlin Beach Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Blue Marlin Beach Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Blue Marlin Beach Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Blue Marlin Beach Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blue Marlin Beach Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Asha Bistro, Sails Beach Bar & Restaurant, and Tiki Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Blue Marlin Beach Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Blue Marlin Beach Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Blue Marlin Beach Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blue Marlin Beach Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Russian, and Swahili.
Does Blue Marlin Beach Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.