In Diani Kenya, there’s a restaurant that offers fine dining inside a cave called Ali Barbour Cave Restaurant.
Founded 3 decades ago by owners George and Jackie Barbour, the restaurant has retained the original stone and walls of the cave by just complimenting it with furniture, fittings, romantic lighting and even sound effects.
The dining area is right beneath the open-air cave where guests can enjoy stargazing while dining.
The natural holes in the roof crust are open to the sky, protected in bad weather with sliding covers. A triangular makuti umbrella (threaded palm leaves) soars over the cocktail bar and reception area supported by a single blue gum pole over 50 feet high (nearly 20 meters) which came from the family farm in Kitale.
Ali Barbour’s Cave is thought to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old. Situated about 30km south of Mombasa and 200m back from the high water mark, it compromises a series of interlinking chambers at depths of up to 10m below ground level. The natural holes in the cave ceiling are open to the sky and seating is under the stars creating an intimate and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine is typically international, specializing in seafood.