My husband stayed 4 nights at the lovely Palm Beach Inn. We chose this location after reading the website and learning about their philosophy on supporting community. The owners, Mama Naila and her son Mahfuhd are doing a lot of great work toward this.
When we arrived at the airport, the owner, Mama Naila came with the driver to greet us. She bought us each a cold bottle or water and directed the driver to take us to the hotel. We were greeted with super friendly staff. Our room opened right onto the beautiful pool and looked out onto the beach. We truly felt we were in paradise.
My husband has some health issues and unfortunately, just an hour after we arrived, we needed to get him to a doctor to get treated for dehydration. Mahfuhd, personally drove us the hour to Stonetown to see his friend, Dr Mehta, who has a clinic in town. He would not allow us to pay him for the transportation costs. He said that it is his calling to compassion and that is just how he lives his life. Mahfuhd waited 3 hours with us while my husband was given some IV fluid. As we were driving back late at night, Mama Naila made us some delicious, freshly caught parrot fish and rice so that my husband could continue to feel better.
The next morning, after we opened our windows, staff brought us some fresh mango juice and coffee to start our day. We had a wonderful, relaxing day at the pool and on the beach and by the next day, were ready to go on an all day boat tour. The staff set us up on a day tour on a wooden sailboat which included watching dolphins, snorkeling, a delicious lunch on the beach and swimming in a lagoon.
The rooms were super clean and very nice too. The overall facility is very nice and charming. The food was fresh and wonderful! Each day, we had fresh fruit, eggs and toast for breakfast. And for dinner, Mama Naila selected the fish that was caught in the waters right in front of Palms Beach.
We enjoyed spending time talking with Mama Naila about her women's group, who make crafts and do some work at the lodge. She spends a lot of time helping to empower local women, which we tremendously admired. Mahfuhd has also done a lot of work through his beautiful music to help promote peace in his community and to help support the local people. He often has beach fires and music for his guests in the evenings.
I loved this place and most of all the people. Every staff person was extremely friendly and accommodating. Mama Naila and Mahfuhd are wonderful, interesting people who are very kind and welcoming! I cannot say enough about our stay at the Palm Beach Inn!
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