As you listen to the rhythmic roar as the ocean meets the beach and retreat, feel the warm sand beneath your feet – blanketed with golden flecks like a vision from Wizard of Oz’s magical yellow brick road – and tickled by the refreshing spray of mist; whilst you find your way back to where the “Golden Beach” of Mambrui bends and curves just before the calm bay of Che Shale, the peace and tranquility of Kola Beach Resort awaits you.
Almost 3-years-old, Kola Beach overlooks a deserted beach where the Indian Ocean has washed ashore minerals that magically turn into gold as rays of sunshine warms the sand. Just 20km north of Malindi, the pristine resort and its surroundings make Kola Beach the perfect place to get in touch with one’s inner landscape.
Contemporary and elegant, Kola Beach brings a unique European style to Mambrui. In all of the 52 rooms, chic hand-polished concrete white-washed floors, basins and showers reflect the natural sunlight into the perfect glow; simple handmade tin light fixtures illuminate a dreamy white four-poster wooden king-sized bed; and luscious white robes welcome you. The 17 villas with large terraces and covered verandas are surrounded by mature swaying palm trees, flourishing tropical green foliage and captivating pieces of art.
White concrete flows through the common spaces and wraps around the main free-forming pool, where the clear blue waters and the white ground looks like a reflection of the Mambrui sky. Beautiful outdoor fabrics and draping linens cover traditional Lamu beds and surround a casual pillowed-Sheesha area, where lounging amongst friends would be a must.
Built to the owner’s personal tastes, the resort is the ultimate collection of spectacular charm, glamour, refined workmanship and Antonello Di Mauro’s passion for attention-to-detail. The team at Kola Beach hopes to restore the unique hospitality touch Malindi had once been known for.
Here, at Kola Beach, you will find no buffets, plain pool towels or even flat-screen televisions in your rooms. The resort maintains its personal touch with fine Italian dining and Kikoy towels for its guests. With the warm clear starry nights, you’ll be more inclined to spend time outdoors than in your room watching old movie reruns – so a TV would be pointless. If TV-time is a must, don’t worry, there’s a big one waiting for you in the games’ room.
At Kola Beach, the team understands that what makes someone’s holiday is not necessarily the beach or the blue ocean waters, but the entire experience.
“You can go to many places in the world for a nice beach and water. That’s not the only thing that Kenya has to offer,” explains Antonio Altobelli, Manager of Kola Beach Resort. “The experience and superior service is what guests will remember and talk about.”
And, that’s the truth. During my amazing holiday at Kola Beach, my usual insatiable appetite for the beach wasn’t the same – I only felt the need to walk on the beach once. When you have everything and more, at the resort, the beach somehow seems secondary.