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Almanara Luxury Villas

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Almanara Luxury Villas was opened in December 2007 by the Giovando family. Nico Giovando – born in Nyeri, Kenya in 1954 – spent the early years of his life in Nairobi before moving to Europe in 1971. After visiting Diani Beach with his wife Bella for their honeymoon, he did not return to Kenya for 25 years. In 2003 he came to join his daughter Alexandra who was on her first trip to Kenya. Having fallen in love with Diani Beach, she had already picked out the stunning piece of land where Almanara sits today. Realising how much he missed Diani, Nico was easily talked into a possible project, which began in 2005.

The family set out from scratch with the aim to create an experience that is unique not only to Kenya, but to luxury properties around the world. Each of the Villas was thoughtfully designed with local influences in mind, creating an almost contradictory fusion of modernity and traditional African decor. The end result is a collection of private houses that offer 5 star services whilst creating the feel of a home-away-from-home. A sentiment that is often echoed by our guests. The 6 Executive Villas opened in July 2007, while the Presidential Villa – originally built as the family home – was completed at the end of the same year.

In 2008 Sails Beach Bar & Restaurant was added to Almanara and fast became one of the most exclusive, must-to-be-seen-in restaurants in Kenya. In early 2009, the family added a brand new Cessna Grand Caravan to the collection. The plane is available for private air charters. Nico’s son Leo was involved in the project from the outset. He assisted with the development and helped implement the management team before establishing a UK Marketing and PR office in Surrey, UK. He now manages the project and is based at Almanara throughout the year.

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