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The East African : Mar 9th 2015
The EastAfrican MAGAZINE MARCH 7-13,2015 VII Diamonds D≥eams of Af≥ica Malindi on Kenya’s North Coast is jocularly referred to as Little Italy because of the large number of Italians living in and visiting the town. When East Africans contemplate a holiday on the Kenyan coast, Mombasa takes pride of place, followed closely by Diani and Ukunda in the South Coast. Malindi tends to be an afterthought. Nevertheless, the quaintly Indo-Arab styled villa, Diamonds Dream of Africa, located near Malindi’s town centre (150km north of Mombasa offers a quiet retreat. Informal light lunches are served at the pool bar, while the restaurant features international cuisine. Diamonds Dream of Africa is an all inclusive resort with 35 rooms, offering satellite TV and jacuzzi among other amenities. The rooms’ private terraces overlook the resort’s gardens and the hotel is within easy reach of the Malindi and Watamu beach and the Bio-Ken snake farm. The major attraction of course is Malindi town itself and its variety of Italian restaurants, as well as some of the best night clubs in the country. If you’re inclined to soak up some fun in the sun, this Easter Diamonds Dream of Africa is an excellent base to operate from in Malindi. Top: The Diamond Dreams of Africa hotel in Malindi; Below: Lamu House and Beach Club. Pictures: Kalame Kazungu An executive room at the Almanara Luxury Hotel and Villas, on Galu Beach. Pictures: Laban Walloga km north of wahili settlecoastline. It d its cultural as long been d Europeans jority of East ed as a sleepy the manner of xico. Lamu is nct areas: The ngo, Kizingoni, oni. The town And, finally the nting village of Lamu House and Beach Club A few steps from the dyke and di- rectly overlooking the harbour, stands Lamu House Hotel and Beach Club. Lamu House is architecturally Kizingoni Beach Villas This is a superb collection of seven beach houses offering the ultimate in luxury and privacy. Kizingoni in Lamu, has no shops and no streets teeming with people. I have yet to see any beach property on the Kenya Coast that affords one the level of privacy that Kizingoni Beach does. If your preferred getaway is to literally get away from it all and have a unique villa all to yourself, Kizingoni Beach is the real deal. unique having being built from two converted and rebuilt Swahili houses. Each room in Lamu House Hotel is ensuite and has its own character and all but one have a private terrace overlooking the harbour. The upper terrace overlooks the sea and the old town. The hotel has a well-deserved repu- Each villa, with the exception of the Kabanas set high up on the dunes, has its own beach front. The other six are Wazi Dubu House, Kuni Jogoo House, Jahazi House, Pepo House, Kaskazi House and Kusini House. The houses are simple yet elegant. Shaded verandas with swing beds offer the guest a relaxing option away from the beach. All houses have a swimming pool. Each villa comes fully staffed with a cook, waiter and a housekeeper. The self-catering option is favoured among guests but full board can be arranged on request. A sojourn in any of the Kizingoni villas stays with you. For life. Kizingoni is accessed by speed boat from Manda island, where the airstrip is located. Lamu is adequately served by air, out of Wilson airport in Nairobi. tation for its fusion of Continental and Swahili cuisine. There is a well-stocked bar to cater for every taste. Lamu House is an excellent base from which to visit the historic sites of Lamu. The museum is about a minute’s walk from the hotel, as is the famous Lamu Fort, flanked by impressive almond trees. The hotel has the added attraction of owning its own dhow, which is used for a variety of excursions around the Lamu archipelago.
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