At Tropical's you leave the main road and enter a bumpy sideway which brings you to the front door of the Malindi Beach Club, which at the time of booking was advertised as the hotel Diamonds Malindi Beach. The absence of the "diamonds" and the not very inviting front gate, make you expect the worst. An old stone path leads to the reception where a warm welcome awaits you. After the usual formalities, you're led to your room. Rooms ar situated in Swahili-style houses, are clean and spacious! Though very simple: white walls and furniture that looks like it can use a new coat of paint. Nevertheless, it has something! The bathroom is clean. The only negative bit here is that the warm water never got really warm.
The minibar, included, keeps your drinks cool. The TV in the room only had one channel, but who goes on vacation to watch TV? There is also a mosquito net.
Food at the Malindi Beach Club is fine. The buffet is meant for starters & dessers. To give you the feeling of choice, the "menu" gives you the opportunity to make a choice between two, sometimes three courses.
The sunbeds are situated on some kind of "beach": the sand, the palms and in front of you the ocean. You can imagine yourself at the beach without actually being on the real beach. Having beach boys staring the whole day at you of course isn't really great, but you learn to simply neglect them.
Setbacks? As it had been raining rather heavily, the room was rather damp and the dampness never really got away, not even after a few days. Service seemed a bit slow but that might be a personal feeling. As the hotel is Italian owned, especially the food is a bit too Italian oriented, but again, that might be a personal feeling. There seemed to be a problem to keep the food warm though as it usually arrived at the table in a state nearing being cold.
Conclusion: if looking for a quiet place to relax and enjoy silence and rest, Malindi Beach Club surely will be to your liking. The Swahili touch is nice, but unfortunately, the only diamonds I found where on the towels, which were replaced twice a day.
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- Also Known As:
- Diamonds Malindi Beach Hotel Malindi
- Diamonds Malindi Beach Kenya, Africa