I read about African Pearl in one of the guidebooks and it sounded great, but it seemed a bit out of my budget. However, when I stopped by the room rate was better than I expected and my friends and I decided to stay.
We had a huge room with an awesome big balcony. I really liked the colorful decorations in the hotel. It's not a super luxurious, polished type of hotel, but more homey and local art kind of place. All the beds had mosquito nets, too!
The hotel is set off the road so you don't have much noise and surrounding gardens offered a peaceful respite from a hectic trip. We spent a ton of time lounging around the pool and swimming.
One drawback was there was no food offered on-site, but we asked and could use their cooking facilities when we wanted. Also, there was a great (but expensive) pizza/italian nearby and a nice, local open air type restaurant with a variety of affordable meals nearby (see pic).
The best part of staying at African Pearl was meeting Jeff, the owner. He was a lovely host and offered a wealth of information about Malindi, Kenya, and the many African countries he's traveled and worked in. During my travels, I'd met some sketchy individuals and so I was a little wary when I first met Jeff as well, but he was such a genuinely nice, friendly guy that I was won over immediately. (The receptionist was definitely less friendly, but not horrible. We preferred to talk with Jeff directly whenever we had questions, etc.)
Jeff even took us out one nite on the town to an amazing place called Roots. I'm not sure if it's still open, but ask him about it!
Overall, African Pearl was the perfect place to relax. Normally, I wouldn't bring family to the kind of backpacker/budget places I stay at by myself, but this place was different and I'd even feel comfortable bringing kids!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel African Pearl Malindi, Kenya, Africa