LEISURE LODGE RESORT Diani
-- How it
all began ... The Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort has made a
steady development since its foundation in 1971.
the last 40 years the Resort was extended many times and it
offers now 253 rooms and suites in 6 different categories.
Today, the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort can accommodate
approximately 600 guests.
The trend of the worldwide tourism arrived in Kenya in the
late sixties and the early seventies.
Until then, long journeys like travelling to far exotic
places, had been a longing for those who were able to afford it.
Long-range journeys, which were made by car or by cruise
liners earlier, had been made easier for people.
The era of flights had begun and with this Kenya became a
Investors and businessmen with visions shared the opinion
that Kenya had the potential to become a gold mine.
The Diani Beach is one of the top 25 beaches all over the
The sandy beach has a length of 10 km and it is situated 30
km in the south of Mombasa.
In 1971 the foundations for the Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf
Resort was laid.
The founding families MacLeod, McKenzie, McCrindle and
Benzimra shared the same opinion and decided to purchase the
magnificent piece of land, on which you can find the Leisure
Lodge Beach and Golf Resort today.
The whole property measures 437 ha, of which 15 ha were used
to build the Resort.
Furthermore the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort offers a
direct access to the ocean and a sandy beach with a length of
The construction of the hotel atop a coral reef was a
sensation and it became a huge success.
The hotel was constructed using only local building materials
and with that the Resort was perfectly integrated into the
Besides the Makuti, (palm roofs), the furniture was produced
out of local wood and the pillows were weaved out of local
A cave, which was discovered coincidental during purges and
excavations, has been converted to the „Lamu Bar", which later
became the „Pango Bar".
The Lodge was at first a two-storey building atop a coral
reef, which offered a view of the dreamy garden with its
inconceivable beauty of the plants.
Furthermore there is the diversity of animals, like the
Galagos, different kinds of monkey species, for example the rare
Colobus monkeys, the Baobab trees, which are over 500 years old
and the immensity of the Indian Ocean.
The Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort was opened on the 2nd
of February in 1972 by the Kenyan dignitary, the first President
of the country Honourable Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Since then a memorial plaque of this special event is
decorating the lobby.
During 1975 and 1980 the German Government supported capital
projects worldwide to extend the tourism. Kenya was one of those
During that time Dr. Wilhelm Meister, a German lawyer, was
one of the most important persons because he and his colleague
bought shares of the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort.
Dr. Meister had set himself the goal to create the most
brilliant and tourism-friendly holiday resort at the Kenyan East
His honorable intentions persuaded him to emigrate to Kenya
so that he could supervise the construction project.
During the 2nd half of the seventies they built 80 additional
hotel rooms and 38 club rooms.
Two years later the Resort was extended with 56 club rooms
and 4 penthouses, which are named today as "Bustani Deluxe
rooms" and "Bustani Suites".
After the development during the seventies the Leisure Lodge
was put internationally in a higher category and with that it
helped Diani Beach to gain a new reputation.
Due to his excellent commitment, Dr. Meister turned the
Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort into a touristic attraction.
Most of the guests are coming from Germany, Austria, Italy,
France, Belgium and Scandinavia.
In 1985 Dr. Wilhelm Meister became executive president of the
Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort.
The first leather bound guest book proves that Dr. Meisters
connections have contributed to the success of the Resort.
The Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort has accommodated a lot
of interesting guests, like Kenyan Presidents, famous movie and
theatre stars, film directors, authors and artists.
Who does not know them all: William Holden, Lesley-Ann Down,
Berti Vogts, Christiane Krüger, Bruni Löbel, Marijke Amado and
The success of the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort with its
unique concept was the main reason for building 16 Golf Villas
and for the construction of the 18-Hole Championship Golf
In 1991 Dr. Wilhelm Meister commissioned the famous architect
Tommy Fjastad to design the 18-Hole Golf Course.
The construction work started in May 1992.
Unfortunately Dr. Wilhelm Meister died on the 30th of June
1993 because of his cancer disease.
Tommy Fjastad planted a Baobab tree along the 1st Fairway in
order to keep the memory of Dr. Meister, who never saw the golf
course in its completeness.
After the new owner of the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort
had finished the construction work, the 18-Hole Championship
Golf Course was opened on the 12th of May 1998 by the minister
The unique location at Diani Beach and the Golf Club upgraded
the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort to the group of the
exclusive Resorts all over Africa.
During the following years the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf
Resort turned into a touristic attraction.
The Resort accommodated more and more guests, who became
later regular guests.
Many of them remained true to the Lodge
until today, not least because of the kindness of our employees
and the native citizens.
In the last few years the tourism in Kenya stagnated by force
of the political situation and a lot of guests stayed away.
At this point it was necessary to look for an international
hotel operator, which could develop new distribution and
marketing strategies to boost the tourism again.
In November 2014 the internationally active hotel operator –
RIMC International Hotel Resort and Consulting GmbH –
headquartered in Hamburg, took over the management of the
Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort.
The RIMC International is one of the leading hotel management
and consulting associations worldwide and is listed as one of
the top 50 hotel associations with high turnover on the German
market. At the top of the RIMC there are the managing partners
Gert Prantner and Marek N. Riegger.
The RIMC starts the cooperation with the Leisure Lodge Beach
and Golf Resort by using a new concept and with Felix Von Bodman
the hotel operator has found an experienced and competent
18 years ago Mr. Von Bodman was already employed as general
manager at the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort and he can look
back to a long career in the management of different luxury
hotels and resorts worldwide.
The RIMC International and the owner have set themselves the
goal to achieve international standards to attract the Leisure
Lodge Beachand Golf Resort for guests again.
Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort Beach and Golf Resort
P.O. BOX 84383 80100 - Mombasa, Kenya
Tel.: +254 (0) 722 206 968 or +254 (0) 733 333309
Tel.: +254 (0) 722 206 968
Opening of Kileleni Conference Center - Leisure Lodge Resort
Diani C.E.O John K. Mutua