“To travel is to live,” said Hans Christian Andersen - Danish author. That’s how travelling should feel, and to live again, I stayed at the beautiful 7 Islands Resort, Watamu. I had never visited Malindi until then, and I quite enjoyed it. Even though I didn’t do too much sightseeing (because I wanted to be those “stay-in-the-hotel” tourists), there is so much you can do while in Malindi. You could step into history at the Gedi Ruins, see the diverse marine life at the Watamu Marine National Park or walk over to the nearby Bio-Ken Snake farm.
Check-in at the hotel was great, quick and the staff is super-friendly. The lobby is gorgeous, with the interiors exuding Arabic and Swahili roots. The rooms exude the same, and I couldn’t help but feel so calm and refreshed looking at the white and somewhat rustic design.
If you’re staying at the hotel, and not doing too much exploring, you will still be entertained. The hotel has a wide-range of activities from aqua aerobics to night quizzes and free cocktails. The only downside is that they cater more to the Italian audience than the local one, so maybe try learning a bit of Italiano. I heard sentiments that the hotel was racist for catering more to their Italian audience than the Kenyan one, but if you ask me, they were quite accommodating to the majority of the guests - who were Italian. Plus, I like to think of myself as pretty open-minded and adventurous, so I quite enjoyed feeling like I was in Italy (without having forked out the airfare).
The beach, like all Kenyan beaches, was quite lovely. And the mini-islands that surround the main beach serve as little romantic spots where you and your significant other can swim up to and even enjoy a barbecue of seafood if you wish. If you wake up really early, say 6AM, you may get to see dolphins swimming by the mini-islands.
I’d give staying at 7 Islands a 4 out 5 stars; I didn’t enjoy their variety of food, nor the fish – which I especially go for when I’m down at the coast. All in all, you can still enjoy your stay when you’re there.
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