Today was the day to visit the Indian Ocean with first stop and overnight being spent at Turtle Bay Beach Resort. With over 50% of guests being repeat, its a firm favourite with families. They support a range of conservation projects from helping the community and special programmes to aid the protection of leatherback turtles.
We visited Mara Engai Indian Ocean Resort in Kilifi, a new addition to the luxury portfolio with 19 rooms spread across expansive grounds and three swimming pools. Anyone looking at travelling with a big group of friends would love the beach house, overlooking the beach with a mezzanine floor full of day beds.
Lunch was taken at another new property, Medina Palms. There are around 110 units in more of an apartment style from one to four bedroom. The resort has one of Jamie Oliver’s senior chefs in residence who is working with their head chef on new dishes. We were thoroughly spoilt with spa treatments for some of the group whilst the rest of us sipped prosecco in the swimming pool. Truly decadent and certainly a hard day at the office!
We spent our second night at Hemingways Watamu. The property is very popular and its easy to see why, with its stunning beachfront location and beautifully appointed rooms. We met George and Benson, two of the team’s waiters who have been there since the hotel opened 25 years ago. 60% of guests who visit return again within two years.
We spent the morning on a snorkelling safari in the Watamu marine park. A leatherback turtle came to check us out as did nemo, puffer fish, trumpet fish and lots of colourful parrot fish.
Our final visit was to Malindi to Dreams of Africa and Sandies. Both hotels are beautifully furnished with wide open spaces for guests to enjoyed. The Italian influence certainly could be felt in the food – delicious!