Miles of palm-fringed beach, an array of watersports, boutique hotels and villas - what's not to love about the Kenyan coast? Combine it with a bush safari for the ultimate wind-down destination. For the backpacker or barefoot groove, look to Msambweni or Galu on the southern coast, or head next door to Diani for the most beautiful beaches in Kenya. Watamu on the northern coast boasts gorgeous, breeze-seeking villas, while Malindi offers more of a local vibe and some wonderful shopping for antiques. The island of Lamu, long the destination for the rich and famous, many of whom have houses here, is steeped in the traditions of dhow and furniture-making. Beautiful Kiwayu island, right up on the maritime border with Somalia, is the very definition of escape with just a clutch of places to stay.