We've spent a very relaxing week at the Ocean Beach Resort & Spa in late March.
What really makes this hotel is the attitude and dedication of the whole hotel staff who are constantly on the mission to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. To start with, we got a free room upgrade and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine with out first dinner. The manager, Harvey, was always around to make sure we were fully satisfied with our stay. Luckily, the resort is not too big and you can feel the staff know and care about every guest.
Another highlight is the food in the main restaurant which is genuinely gourmet quality. The Italian chef Luca combines European and local (spices, mangoes, fish and seafood) ingredients and we loved some of his creations such as the tuna carpaccio and the mango and tomato side salad. I suspect the quality is significantly higher than you'd get elsewhere in Malindi and the prices are reasonable (definitely cheaper than Europe for comparable quality)
The style of the hotel is rather traditional, 'tropical elegance' rather then modern uber-cool. The grounds are very pleasant, with lots of open space and good breeze from the sea around the clock. There are hardly any mosquitoes around which was a pleasant surprise. The suites are spacious and very nicely furnished with hardwood floors and furniture; bathrooms are very nice as well. My girlfriend enjoyed the spa which is good if not particularly cheap.
The location of the hotel has some advantages and disadvantages. It is north of the town and away from the main resort area, which gives the beach a lovely, deserted feel and, most importantly, there are no beach boys around! On the other hand, on a number of days the sea was reddish and not swimmable due to silt from a nearby river. I understand this affects all Malindi hotels north of the Vasco da Gamma pillar and suspect it's seasonal (you get the silt when it rains in the upcountry). It didn't bother us too much but if it's important for you then you might consider visiting in the right season. Otherwise, the sea is nice, with sandy bottom (no rocks or seaweed) and rolling waves as there is no reef barrier offshore at this location (I think).
Overall, we'd highly recommend the hotel for travellers looking to relax on the Kenyan coast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FIVE STARS EXPERIENCE. Ocean Beach Resort is a superior deluxe five star hotel that takes hospitality back to its essence with its unique style of tropical early 20th century style with wooden roofs and elegant wooden floors. It is situated in the sand dunes beach two kilometers north Malindi Township. Malindi, the pearl of Kenyan Coast. This is the favorite destination for those whom are looking for something special. The hotel is on the beach, adjacent to the Malindi Golf and Country Club and only two kilometers north of Malindi Town. ... more less
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- Ocean Beach Resort & Spa Malindi, Kenya, Africa