Almanara is privately owned and operated by the Giovando family. Nico (Giovando) born in Kenya and having spent some time away, returned in 2005 to begin the development of 7 exclusive villas. Nico’s daughter Alexandra was in Diani on a trip and had found the plot of land where Almanara now sits.
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 top class service whilst creating the feel of a home-away-from-home. A sentiment that is often echoed by our guests, and comes as a natural extension of being an owner run hotel. Almanara opened it’s doors in 2007.
Cathy was born in Somalia, and having moved to Kenya in 1952, she spent her early years in Nairobi. In 1972 Cathy & her husband Bruno built and opened Kimana Lodge in Ambolseli and oversaw hosting and operations for 10 years. In 1998 she moved down to Diani where she opened Fishermans Cafe Restaurant.
Over the 10 years of operations, Cathy created a restaurant that quickly became a favourite with the locals and one of the top places to eat in Diani. Cathy oversaw the construction of Almanara and – after 3 years in the Massai Mara managing Ole Seki – she returned to coast where she now hosts our wonderful guests.