Thursday, 6 September 2018

Kola Beach Resort-Mambrui


First and foremost Mambrui is a hidden gem that is situated between Malindi and Lamu. This is where Kola Beach Resort is located. Just from the photos that I saw on I knew for beyond any doubt that it was a pleasant resort. Kudos to the management my travel buddy and I were in Malindi at noon running some errands when one of the staff called me and asked me what time we were checking in. That was the first resort in North Coast that actually was concerned with my checking in. I at that point asked the staff what time we were intended to check in and he informed me that we could have checked in quite a while back even at 10:00am my travel buddy and I immediately boarded a tuk tuk and went straight to Kola Beach Resort.

Kola Beach Resort is situated in Mambrui which is not that far from Malindi Town. In the event that you are using public transport you can take a tuk tuk from Malindi and it will cost you on the minimum side 600 Kenya shillings (6$) and on the maximum side 800 ksh (8$). For more details on how to get to Malindi Click here . The resort also has a taxi which you can organize with the management to pick you up from the airport and take you to Mambrui at an additional cost.

When you get to Kola Beach Resort you will totally feel at home since the villas have that modern home touch. Each villa is divided into two stories where one family can occupy the whole villa or decide to take one floor as other guests occupy the other rooms on the upper floor. Both floors have a well spacious veranda and a kitchenette as well hence , if you opt to prepare meals as opposed from eating from the eatery then you are sorted. My travel buddy and I opted to just go with the resort meal plan which was totally worth it for the price.For bookings Click here .

The resort has a really nice outdoor restaurant and a bar which is directly in front of the beach. You can choose anything from the a le carte menu and the Gold 55 restaurant offers both local and international cuisines. Just like any other hotel  Kola Beach has the bed and breakfast option , half board , full board and all inclusive as well.

Kola Beach Resort is the perfect place to simply unwind and relax. The atmosphere is very chilled out and the pool area has that relaxing ambiance. Below are some of the activities that are offered at the resort.
  • Two large pools
  • Spa
  • Conference facilities
  • Quad bikes 
You can also decide to relax on the private beach or simply explore Mambrui and walk for like ten minutes to the golden beach as well as the sand dunes of Mambrui.

Mambrui has a special place in my heart and my stay at Kola Beach Resort was totally worth it. I will definitely go back and if you want to get a 10% discount on your booking Click here .

Many thanks to the management of Kola Beach Resort. My stay was self sponsored and as always, opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Kenga Giama Resort-Malindi


In case you are looking for something affordable do not worry I got you covered. Hotels such as Kenga Giama Resort have made traveling so affordable now we do not have an excuse of not being a domestic tourist if you are a Kenyan and on the off chance that you are a foreigner you have to make good use of this affordable deals. The host and the workers at the boutique hotel are very friendly. This is the best place if you are looking for somewhere private.

Kenga Giama Resort is located on Casuarina Road and it is only 801 m from the beach and Malindi Marine park.

The boutique hotel is constructed using thatched makuti roofing and the furniture in the rooms are also traditional inspired which give it the African touch. Most of the rooms either have a pool view or a garden view.

There is a bar and restaurant at the hotel and African cuisines are served as well. In addition to that there is a chef who can cook any meal if you request in advance.

What makes Kenga Giama stand out is the reasonable price, for what they have to offer it is totally worth it. The prices below are on a bed and breakfast basis per night. For bookings click here.

Double-3500 kenya shillings equivalent to 35$
Single -1750 Kenya shillings equivalent to 18$

The prices below are subject to change.

Well that is it make sure you start planning your vacation to Malindi immediately after reading this post. If you want to get a 10% discount on your booing click here.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Malindi Dream Garden


Malindi Dream Garden is a place that I can recommend for any type of traveler. Well I've generally been an admirer of boutique hotels yet this four star hotel has an extraordinary place in my heart.The reception at the hotel is exceptionally inviting and I went in January and there was a sensible number of guests for the most part mostly foreigners and a couple of local tourists.The staff truly know how to deal with guests and treat them special.

First and foremost its situated on Silver Sands Shoreline at Casuarina Lane where majority of the hotels in Malindi are based. Believe me a lane brimming with hotels is extremely confusing in the event if you ever go without booking. This is because you will be spoilt for choice.

In the event that your contemplating in what manner will you get to Malindi don't stress I got your secured. There four alternatives on the technique for transport that you can utilize . Give me a chance to begin with the speediest method.
  • By flight is for sure the fastest way and from Malindi airport you can take a taxi , Tuk Tuk or motorbike to the hotel.Click here for more details 
  • By car if you want a little privacy and from Mombasa it will take you one and a half hours to get to Malindi.
  • By bus mostly modern coast hence, you wont have to transit from Mombasa since it’s express. Click here for more details.The buses to Malindi depart from Nairobi at night.
  • By Sgr you can opt to take a morning train and by 2:00 pm you will be in Mombasa . If your familiar with Mombasa you can take a matatu to town which is 100 per person and then from there go to Bakazistan stage where you will take a matatu to Malindi . If your not familiar with Mombasa town you can take a taxi from the Mombasa Terminus station upto Bakazistan stage which will cost you  approximately 1500 shillings. A matatu to Malindi ranges from 300-350 for the shuttles.
From Malindi, Tuk Tuk and motorbikes are available. A motorbike to the hotel is 100 shillings.

I extremely cherished the basic design in the rooms and the way the room had a pool view. The breeze around evening time was extremely luring . Actually most of the times I'd get up at 4:00 am and just unwind at the balcony tuning in to the sound of the waves and watch the dazzling lights.
Much the same as some other hotels Malindi Dream Garden has the bed and breakfast choice , half board , full board and all inclusive . I was on a half board basis. The rooms are all around furnished with a scaled down bar , the room service is additionally on point , the washroom and the balcony improve things and the fan which makes the room exceptionally cool. Click here  for bookings, well I can't grumble much about the pricing since it's pretty much similar like different hotels around the area.

Beach boys 
Well the hotel has a guard on the private shoreline henceforth, you will not be disturbed. However, be aware that they're beach boys and they are not rude but simply pleasant young fellows.For the most part they will disclose to you their stories of how they are selling curios so as to make ends meet.Some offer swimming activities but you are encouraged to book with your hotel or a tour company on the off chance that you want to take part in snorkeling activities.

Subsequently if your a philanthropic individual then you can simply go ahead and support them .If your not when your setting off to the public beach don't make an inclination of taking a gander at them simply overlook them and make the most of your chance at the shoreline . They will leave you alone eventually. However, the guards at Malindi Dream Garden do attempt their level best to ensure when your unwinding at the hotel's private beach no one will disturb you.When you go to the public beach you're all alone.

Restaurant and bar 
I've generally been an explorer who truly inclines towards bed and breakfast or on occasion bed alone . At that point I pick to purchase sustenance from the restaurant's menu . This time round I selected to have a go at something other than what I am used to ! My recommendation dependably take a half board basis in the event that you do not want to spend much. 
This is on the grounds that I don't know of other hotels but for Sandies and Malindi Dream Garden the half board plan is astonishing ! The food is worth  your money, the services and the well disposed management!Every time a waiter passes your table “Chakula Chema “ was the greeting .I’m sure we all love the humility that the coastal people usually display throughout their daily lives !

During my stay I opted to stick around the hotel since my mother and I wanted to simply relax.Throughout the day the hotel organizes various activities and there is also a hotel photographer so if you want to capture moments and you don’t want to disturb people or your partner ! Don’t worry.Consistently there is an activity at the hotel everyday. 

My highlight is fundamentally on Friday and I'd advise you if your intending to go to Sandies Tropical Village or Malindi Dream Garden ensure Friday is on your plan! The culinary specialists truly plan such a significant number of rarities and the sustenance is displayed outside where you can feel the breeze and the waves ! It's just astounding and you can eat next to the pool. Below is a list of the activities;

  • Water aerobics 
  • Tour excursions  ( but the price is not included in the hotel rate )
  • Beach parties at night 
  • Volley ball 
  • Traditional dances 
  • Jogging at the beach 
  • Gym and spa 
  • Curio shop
  • Two outdoor pools
  • Private beach

Well thats it for Malindi Dream Gadern.