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Reviewed April 23, 2012

The hotel is very nicely done, with the coastal touch. I took the Room near the spa, had a nice big pool next to the room. Service and food was good. I was so disappointed with the beach it was full of sea weed, couldnt walk or swim, probably seasonal.
Theres a gym on the beach. Breakfast is served in the rooms. Poor waiters have to really walk up and down with the food trays.
Spa ought to use some nice aromatic oils rather then a cream, otherwise it was a well done massage!
Rooms need tea making facility.
Would recommend

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Thank Raha_10
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

This place is GORGEOUS. The food is amazing, the decor is tasteful, the staff are friendly, amazingly skilled in languages and just attentive enough (I find too much attention can be a bit oppressive), and the facilities including numerous swimming pools and a spa are excellent.

You pay for it. But if you wanted to splash out - particularly for a romantic trip - I would highly recommend it.

My only hesitation is that it is so magazine-destination perfect, that it lacks a laid back edge that you might associate with a beach holiday - but that's a matter of personal taste. Also it looses a mark or two for not being in Watamu - down the road - which has a better beach.

Otherwise, if you can afford it, pack your bags and come! You'll be blown away.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Thank veronica087
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

I highly reccomend this gorgeous resort to everyone! It is beautiful, very welcoming, and comfortable. The service is great and the staff is just so friendly! Amazing!
If you have a passion for snorkeling, like I do, well this is the resort for you!
The reef barrier is spectacular! Everyday the low tide arrives with a 45 minute delay...and the sea turns into a true paradise!
Amazingly Beautiful !

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Pina F
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Stayed here with my husband and three teenage children for 7 nights over New Year, booked through www.imagineafrica.co.uk who have vast experience of Kenya and offered excellent advice. The hotel is beautiful, rooms spacious and tastefully furnished, swimming pools warm and inviting and main areas very classy and luxurious. Situated right on Silversands beach in Malindi with ample sun loungers and huge sofa beds there is plenty of space to relax in peace. We stayed in two superior rooms in the same banda which shared a veranda where we enjoyed breakfast every day. Three bandas (ie six rooms) shared the swimming pool in our area.

Food was rather variable, buffet style lunches were slightly repetetive and evening meals offered little choice other than a meat or fish option for main course. However it was certainly always plentiful and the Kenyan staff were friendly and efficient.

The resort is Italian owned and run and we did not imagine this would be a problem even though we were the only British guests staying during our visit. However the other guests and management (we struggled to differentiate between them) all seemed to know each other and we did feel rather like univited guests at a private party.

Security is NOT an issue here at all so please dont let that put you off visiting the Kenyan coast. We encountered nothing but welcome and friendliness wherever we went and never once had a moment's concern for our safety.

I wouldn't recommend taking the hotel's "tours" which are horrendously overpriced and not very good. Get a taxi and tell the driver where you want to go and what you want to do and he will sort it out for a fraction of the price!

Room Tip: superior rooms are larger, have better bathrooms and are nearer the beach
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank MicheleSomerset
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Reviewed May 16, 2011

Has to be the best hotel I have visited in Malindi. No other hotel comes anywhere near. From the senior management to all the staff are simply amazing. They went out of their way to prepare pure vegetarian food for us.. The rooms are a class of its own. Basically any request was dealt with hapilly. Just the perfect place to go and unwind.. Definitely going back very soon.
Jinal

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Jinal01
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