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“Beautiful and Extremely Relaxing”

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Driftwood Beach Club
Ranked #2 of 28 Hotels in Malindi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2009

Having stayed 5 days at the Driftwood this October, I felt I had to write a review. This is a wonderful place to relax and recharge.
There are so many things going for the Driftwood that I can't list them all here but some of the main ones I felt were:
- Very unobtrusive - being a club it lacks any of the normal package hotel type obtrusiveness you find so often around the world and especially on the Kenyan coast these days. You can really unwind.
- A wonderful atmosphere - very friendly and relaxed - it certainly lives up to its "Informality at its Best" slogan
- Great menu - we ate very well. A wide choice of dishes, especially seafood. If you like prawns, lobster and seafish, you will love the food here.
- A great place for family - our young son had a fantastic time.

All in all, I would most certainly recommend the Driftwood to anyone looking for a fun, relaxing holiday at the Kenyan coast.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

Give a complete "thumbs up" for this familiar, yet contemporary, Kenyan resort. The Bed and Breakfast option is great, for there are options for food to purchase throughout the day. The A/C works well, so you are comfortable at night. The pool and beach lend themselves to relaxation.
We especially appreciated the quiet atmosphere (mobile phones off, no disco music, no loud performances). This place lends itself to conversation and writing!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2009

We stayed at the Driftwood for one week and enjoyed every minute. We originally booked our little cottage having read strongly positive reviews here on tripadvisor, but we didn't honestly expect the place to fully live up to all we had read - however, it turned out all reviews had been completely accurate,and our wish for a long and relaxing week on the beach was 100% fulfilled!

Driftwood is run by Jenny, a very friendly british lady, who would approach us each morning at breakfast, to enquire if we had slept alright, and if we had everything we needed to make our holiday complete. Besides from Jenny, we were very impressed with every single member of staff at the Driftwood, since they were all extremely courteous and friendly, and always enquiring to make sure we weren't wanting for anything. Basically, we were made to feel right at home from the very first day!

The thing we valued the most, was simply the atmosphere at the Driftwood: it's been a very long time since either of us have relaxed as much as we did this particular week :-)

We highly recommend Driftwood Beach Club to those Malindi-visiting travellers, who are looking for a quiet and romantic get-away in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. However, if you desire a more busy/ crowded resort (loud music, lots of splashing in the pool, etc), look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2009

I stay at the Driftwood on average 3 - 4 times a year.As a worlwide traveller i feel each time on my return , as if i have arrived home !!!! Great food, totally relaxed atmosphere , attentative and friendly staff.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank QatarQG
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Reviewed July 7, 2009

I cannot remember when last I have visited a place where not only the location was the best, but also the staff, the food, the accommodation - evertyhing was just wonderful !
Thanks Julian and Jenny, you and your team have made our week at Driftwood unforgettable and we will be back soon !!
Keep it up, you have a little gem there !
Will in Dubai

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 10, 2009

This is a wonderful hotel. I went for total rest and relaxation and that is what I got! The position of the hotel is beautiful sat overlooking the Indian ocean with the beautiful white sandy beach.I travelled here alone and my every need was looked after by the caring staff and attentitive owners. The rooms are air conditioned, large and spotlessly clean.
The food at the hotel is super and the staff will always cook 'old favourites' on request. The bar is extremley friendly with no loud music.The local people who frequent the bar and hotel always make you feel welcome and have a wealth of knowledge about the local area. Friday evening socials and BBQS and the fantastic Sunday lunches are a must!
Although I went on my own this time my family love this hotel. My children do not miss the television loving the outdoor life, swimming, snorkelling, walking to the reef. A great place for children to learn about true relaxation and enjoy lovely family meals
Wifi is available in the bar.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 2, 2009

We stayed during March & thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff are great & the food is super.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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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 - $220 (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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Also Known As:
Driftwood Beach Club Hotel Malindi
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