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Kenya Coast: A Look Inside Watamu's Fanciest Beach Resort

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  Site Where: Watamu, Kenya
May 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM | by | ()

The mention of "Kenya" understandably raises thoughts of a safari vacation for travelers from the States, but the country's coast is also a popular destination amongst locals and European travelers, from Lamu in the north down to Kilifi in the south. Our recent adventures took us to a town just north of the latter, Watamu, where we made our home at property called Medina Palms, designed after the atmosphere of an ancient walled village.

The property's primary focus is a residential one with privately-owned villas and suites, but when the owners are not there, the units are rented out to visitors. The decor is very clean and modern, the rooms featuring highlights of color against a mainly white backdrop. Room types include garden-view suites, penthouses with inner courtyards, and beach villas. All accommodations have separate kitchens, lounge areas, a veranda, and wifi.

Amandina, the signature restaurant, serves Mediterranean, Moroccan, and North African dishes, and cocktails and tapas come from the Long Bar adjacent to the lobby. The bar spills outdoors into a quiet garden setting, great for morning coffee or pre-dinner drinks under the shade of the trees. Not sure what to have? Our bro Jaunted gives you the rundown on what to drink during your stay in Kenya.

Medina Palms is beachfront, and you'll definitely want to dig in your toes at some point. Be aware that the beach size is greatly reduced during high tide, so prepare to spend that time poolside. Or you can use it as an opportunity to have a treatment at the Sakina Ocean Spa perched upon the roof of the property.

Overall, we really enjoyed the Medina, especially the small details of the design. The front door of the condo had a normal lock, but the bedroom doors were a bit different, sporting wooden slide locks, shown below. We liked this and other soft accents found throughout the property, aiding in that beachside relaxation. Rates start at $225/night.

Will stayed at the Medina Palms while on assignment for another publication, but all opinions are his own.

[Photos: Will McGough]

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