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Medina Palms

Medina Palms, Watamu, Kenya

Medina Palms is a stunning property located on the unspoilt Turtle Bay. It is a peaceful place, away from the more bustling centre of Watamu further north, and is located within the marine reserve, so you have the beach and ocean to yourself! There are fifty suites here, set in beautiful tropical gardens and range from luxury apartments, penthouses and villas which can accommodate up to ten people. There are four swimming pools running through the centre of the property, interconnected with water channels and waterfalls, adding to the tranquil atmosphere. The suites are light and airy, with a mix of modern design and locally carved wooden furnishings. All have an en-suite bathroom, lounge, verandah and small kitchenette, as well as Wi-Fi internet and satellite TV. There are plenty of places to unwind here, from a shady coffee garden, to the rooftop lounge and private beach where meals can be enjoyed under the stars. There is a superb spa with its own relaxation terrace and spa pool, as well as a fitness centre and juice bar. For those looking for an active stay, there is plenty to keep you busy here - take your pick from snorkelling, diving, fishing, kite-surfing lessons and stand up paddleboarding. The hotel can also arrange trips to a championship golf course (one hour away), or a safari in Tsavo National Park (two hours away).

Our rating: First Class

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