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Driftwood Beach Club
Ranked #2 of 28 Hotels in Malindi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 16, 2012

I would like to thank Roger and his team for another excellent stay. I am a frequent visitor from the UK. Each visit is always pleasurable.

Driftwood is a small resort south of Malindi in an idyllic setting with views across the Indian Ocean. There is a private beach, separated from the public beach by a wall. The private beach is both sunny and shady with plenty of pretty vegetation. There are beach shelters and a waiter service. The beaches and rooms alongside them benefit from a cooling breeze day and night. There is also a swimming pool.

The public beach is nice but full of salesmen! There is often much seaweed over otherwise pristine white sand.

The rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. There are no televisions in the rooms I have occupied but there is air conditioning.

There is free WiFi at the main bar/restaurant. I use the Safaricom 3G service.

Food is excellent and varied. Service is unbeatable.

This place is perfect for those who require the warmest of welcomes, basic accommodation, good food, great atmosphere and peace and quiet. If these are your requirements then I cannot recommend this place highly enough. My Shangri-La – paradise!

Room Tip: Rooms adjoing the private beach benefit from a cooling breeze. It is far hotter in the rearmost room...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

As a child I lived in a house on the beach next door and often spent my time zooming around Driftwood, really great place, lovely atmosphere, good food, great rooms and excellent management.

I went back recently for a bit of nostalgia, was totally blown away by the changes, such a great place. Food was fantastic. I even remembered a few faces of the guys selling tat on the beach, they did not remember me! was not offended, they do a fair amount of daytime drinking.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

One of the best places in Malindi , free wifi..posting now, great reasonably priced food and exceptional staff and management. The managing director greats you personally and what an ambience for singles, families with kids and older people. No. Am not iPad by them or working there.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Spent a weekend there in August and had an amazing time. Pretty basic rooms but clean and sufficient nonetheless. No room fridge or TV, but not a real problem for me.
Outstanding food, beautiful pool and bar area and great staff.
Hated the idiots lurking on Malindi beach looking for any gap to sell, hire or make you something. Even ignoring them didn't help and eventually aggression was the only answer. Someone please tell the Italians at the other resorts to stop supporting them on the beach as it just spoils it for everyone else. The have a formal market where they are given space to sell their goods so are not denied an opportunity to make a living.
Great place Driftwood, get there soon.

Room Tip: Sea view would be good.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Owner Roger is an excellent operator! He is very approachable and makes sure he stops and talks to every guest! Location is right on the beach and staff are very friendly! My first time in Kenya and would highly recommend to anybody!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

I spent 4 days at the Driftwood using their pool, beach, bar and restaurant facilities (I was not a guest at the hotel so cannot comment on the rooms etc.). Everything is well maintained and has beautiful touches of authentic colour and style. Roger is a natural host and ensures all his guests are happy. The view of the beach is stunning and the sea is lovely. I ate here a couple of times (just from the bar snack menu) and the food was lovely. Would definitely recommend the Driftwood if you are in Malindi.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

I spent a day at Driftwood and loved it's simplicity and rustic nature. Very laid back with very good service and excellent food. The smoked sailfish was superb and so was the catch of the day. Definitely a place to visit again for a simple, relaxing time.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Driftwood Beach Club

Address: Silversands Road | PO Box 63, Malindi 80200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Malindi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Malindi
#3 Family Hotel in Malindi
#6 Romantic Hotel in Malindi
Price Range: $117 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Driftwood Beach Club 2.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Everyone will enjoy Driftwood Malindi for it’s barefoot, relaxed and informal style. We cater to families, couples or groups and can host small conferences or large wedding ceremonies. This charming hotel is situated on Silversands beach. With reef protected, balmy water’s at the doorstep, this unique experience combines casual accommodation with excellent food and warm, friendly banter. The hotel is just a short 10 minute drive from the Malindi International airport and promises the wary traveller refuge from their daily grind. With easy access to the pristine beach, you can take your morning stroll at the water’s edge before breakfast, have a stress-relieving massage at our Spa and then settle in with a good book around the swimming pool to laze away the day. ... more   less 
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