By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
Sprawled along the spectacular Diani Beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, Fins Beach Bar & Grill serves up a variety of cuisines in a casually-elegant venue.
The bar provides a breezy spot to enjoy a signature Zuri cocktail or aperitif paired perfectly with the hotel’s chef-inspired small bites and snacks.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on the hospitality and tourism industry, we do see a brim of hope with the preventive measures and latest vaccines.
Many stakeholders look forward to the days where destinations will be safe again and tourists will feel more inclined to travel freely and positively.
“Kenya was awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamp, declaring it a safe zone for both locals and vacationists, says Bobby Kamani, the managing director of Diani Reef Beach Resort and SPA during the official opening refurbished beach bar over the weekend.
Fins Beach Bar and Grill, which is now open to bothin-house and walk-in guests, has been referred by many, as a gem nestled under swaying coconut palms that not only offers a relaxing ambience but also Instagrammable views to match.
Guests can have the option to savour long, leisurely lunches or intimate, romantic dinners. Whichever mood you’re in, Fins Beach Bar & Grill has got you covered.
DESTINATION WITHIN DESTINATION
Spins at Fins, a destination within a destination – is the ultimate themed event hosted at Fins Beach Bar & Grill every Saturday featuring Oceanik (DJ Evan Rhodes the Violinist) and other local artists.
It is the gift that keeps on giving because of the good vibes it gives the guests as they kick-start their weekend #Destination.
Kamani said this is in recognition of Kenya’s adoption of the global health and hygiene standardized protocols dubbed ‘Safe Travels’. Additionally, the Ukunda Airstrip is under renovation to be upgraded to the facility for Diani, to be renamed Diani Airport.
Thus increasing the value of the destination as a result of more flight schedules and an influx of both international and domestic travellers streaming in more often.
In parallel, the destination will also be having infrastructure upgrades, such as the roads leading to Kwale, (including, Samburu, Kinango, Kwale and Ukunda) are being improved to put locals at ease and welcome great opportunities for many hotels and other businesses.
Promotions at Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa aims to accommodate all guests to indulge in a number of new packages.
Currently, they have a number of seasonal promotions, such as pay for 3 nights and get 4, honeymoon packages with amazing rates for newlyweds, dining offers and much more.
What the Industry appeals to assist the tourism industry to a recovery point.
The hotel which was two years ago voted the best African destination beach, has a stimulus package offered to the Coast by the Tourism Finance Corporation for renovations.
Kamani added that the industry needs to keep afloat as it supports the livelihood of Kenyans.
This is highly appreciated and together with every other support the government has given and would be valued as the area few things that are straining the industry.
For status, it seems that PCR testing will be a requirement for quite a while so we appeal to the government to:
1.Extend the validity from 4-5 days so people from places like the US can travel without stress in case they have missed flight connections or have longer transit periods.
2. To have COVID-19 testing facilities in our major attractions particularly Maasai Mara and the Kenyan Coast. Presently, tourists have to stay 2 nights in the capital, Nairobi, at the end of their trip in order to have the test done.
3. Kenya has moved fully to online visas and no longer offers visas on arrival as an option.
The E-visa site sometimes has technical issues and a lot of people are concerned with the security of the site, seeing that they are giving their credit card information. Whilst around us, our neighbouring countries still offer visas on arrival which places them at an advantage.
4. The government could also help boost the industry by sponsoring civil servants and relegated government departments for holidays and pay for them as loans. This not only helps the industry but showcases how the government supports us as a whole.
5. It would also be favourable for the government to lower taxes for all businesses in hospitality, particularly those in property management and under refurbishment.
About Diani Reef Beach Resort & SpaDiani Reef Beach Resort & Spa is a world-class hospitality facility located on the South Coast of Kenya.
This is the perfect destination for beach holidays, weddings, corporate and social events. They have 143 prestigious, well-appointed rooms and suites and have a capacity for up to 1,000 people holiday adventure.
To ensure the safety of visiting guests and staff working at the resort, Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa has taken a wide range of preventive.