We returned only yesterday after a week at this resort. Thomsons, our tour operator described it very well, we were not disappointed ( loved their amazing Boeing Dreamliner from LGW!). Diamonds is a small hotel and all rooms are spacious, airconditioned suites with very comfortable beds, terrific shower etc. Its sister Palm Hotel next door has additional facilities freely available to Diamonds guests, including, according to the lovely Nicky, the very best Spa treatments she has experienced, anywhere, ever. The service is a knock-out, it could not be better, the people are just lovely. The pool is really nice but the sea disappointing. A pity there because we love snorkelling - restricted to the Marine park nearby which proved expensive but teemed with fish who eat bread out of your hand. On the plus-side, we were never hassled by the local Beach Boys' who will try to sell you anything as soon as you set foot off the resort. Free Scuba trials are offered in the pool and are a must! - the dive centre is next to the watersports centre at the Palm. I did 2 boat dives to 18 metres and saw a wide variety of marine life. The price was very reasonable, the instructor Baya was outstanding, as was Steve, the guy in charge of water sports. He will patiently and professionally teach you to wind-surf and sail the Hobicat. Lovely Kenyan blokes, honest and genuine. Ask for them as soon as you arrive - trust me!
We loved the food! A buffet breakfast and menus choices for lunch and dinner, all supported by delicious, fresh salads. The hotel is Italian owned so there are always Italian options in addition to local dishes, meat or fresh-caught fish. The Dorado was amazing!
Malindi town is a safe place to be although, as with any large town ( London especially included!), dont walk round with your Iphone in your hand and keep purses/ wallets in your buttoned/ zipped pockets. Forget the hotel taxi's for a town visit, walk outside and hail a TukTuk 3-wheeler at a fraction of the cost and ten times the fun. Aim to take a recommended local with you ( Steve is your man!), avoiding any hassle from people keen to sell you stuff you dont want. Walk around the amazing markets, hop on another TukTuk and go somewhere else.
If flying is your thing, there is an Aero Club at Malindi. Ask for George the instructor. he will take you for an amazing flight around the local area in a 4 seater plane.
Regrettably, unless you are lucky enough to book a last minute deal in the next few days, the rainy season is approaching, the season is drawing to a close. Best time to travel is Nov-March. The place gets rammed at Christmas/ New year apparently.
- Also Known As:
- Diamonds Malindi Beach Hotel Malindi
- Diamonds Malindi Beach Kenya, Africa