My husband-to-be and I had a pre-honeymoon at the Malindi Beach 17 Feb - 3 March and we can't wait to go back! Everything about it was absolutely perfect. I'm astonished by some of the derogatory reviews. This is not my first experience of 5 star hotels, and we're both discerning travellers, but really - I don't know what some folk expect... Anyway, the hotel is small, peaceful, well-maintained, with pretty gardens, a clean and very pleasant pool, and a delightful aspect facing the ocean. We stayed the entire two weeks here, unlike others who combined it with a safari, so we were in a good position to judge the food and entertainment. The food is not at all repetitive - it is very tempting. Like much of this part of Kenya, the Italian influence is evident, in the cuisine, and the fact most of the staff speak Italian fluently - as well as English and often French. We were one of only three English couples in that fornight but didn't feel neglected. The staff are absolutely wonderful, so friendly and attentive and genuine. Each couple has the same table for meals, which was somehow reassuring, and all tables look out towards the ocean. The hotel is scrupulously clean, and quite the nicest guest bathroom near the bar that I've ever come across. The all-inclusive is generous and high quality, but we opted for the "Ocean Treasure" dinner which is lobster etc, and were treated like royalty - it felt like our wedding (which actually took place 10 days later, complete with awesome tan!) The only trip we did was a trip on a Dow at sunset, which we'd thoroughly recommend - it was a perfect highlight. The only thing we didn't entirely enjoy was the African night, although the dancers were impressive, but we thought their main aim was to sell their handicrafts (many of which were stored in M&S carrier bags - such a giggle!) We led the charge back to the bar, although it was a wonderful opportunity for people-watching. This hotel is part of a group of 3, all next to each other - I think it's meant to be the mid-range one in terms of quality, and certainly the karaoke at the "cheap" one was indescribably funny (who knew that not all Italians sing like Pavarotti?), but we went for a drink at Dream of Africa and weren't really that impressed - it's too big and impersonal, but if that's your thing, then go for it. I agree with the reviewer that Malindi Beach is not a hotel for kids, but if you're not traveling with any, then Whoopee! - you probably won't have to tolerate other people's cos they'll all be at the hotel next door. NB we've got 6, but we take them to villas so they don't annoy other people ;-)
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