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blue marlin hotel

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blue marlin hotel

hi.had 2 wonderful holidays in malindi staying at blue marlin hotel in 1993+1994.read a couple of years ago that the hotel was shut and in dis repair. could anyone please tell me the current situation? such a shame if it is still closed.lovely hotel also would like to return to malindi and dont know of any other hotels.cheers jonny

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we,ve stayed there twice 1996/97, then it closed in 98, the hotel was left to rot untill 2 years ago, some italians bought blue marlin and Lawfords and they have been doing lots of work on them, as of last november they where still closed, shame as they are in a really good position, the only other choice you have in that area is eden roc, we also love malindi but now stay in the watamu area, if you compare beaches you will know why !

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We stayed at both Blue Marlin and Lawfords approximately 5 times each. Our last stay at Lawfords was following the El Nino phenomenon in the late 1990’s. The beach looked more like a World War One battlefield with upturned palm trees etc. To make things worse one of the hotel pools sprang a leak, the hotel guests were not amused. After that Thomson Holidays stopped going there.

We went to Malindi a few weeks ago (March 2009) and visited both Blue Marlin and Lawfords. Lawfords is now amazing. The main block and the two side wings have been completely renovated. Main block rooms have been converted, two rooms into one apartment. The transformation was amazing. We went to reception and asked if we could be shown around and they arranged for someone to do so. The grounds to the sea have been landscaped and if the man who showed us around was correct the three(?) large thatched houses newly erected are private dwellings, certainly fit for a king. The place looked magnificent. If I’d have been taken there blindfolded, I’d have sworn I was somewhere else.

We then went to look at Blue Marlin. It could better be described as a working building site. The area to the left of reception (the old dining area perhaps) has been converted into a working fitness centre/gymnasium. Outside in the garden a wall is being erected, possible to enclose the area. The garden rooms are being modernised/ dismantled and if judging from the advertising board outside the hotel, will be sold off on completion.

After British Holiday Companies stopped going to Lawfords we stayed at Scorpio Villas, Malindi on just the one occasion (Christmas and New Year 1999(?)). We didn’t like it as much as Blue Marlin or Lawfords, the evening meal at the hotel was very late 9pm if I’m not mistaken and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve didn’t start until 10pm.

If you do return to Malindi, you will notice that a lot has changed, they are now on their 3rd Bus Station. There are lots of Tuk Tuks (The Indian motorised rickshaws), the Curio Market has been modernised, sadly for us the Palm Garden Bar/Restaurant (just outside Lawfords) has been converted into a Nightclub and was not open during our day time visit. Malindi still retains its distinctive Kenyan character and we love going there.

We’d certainly like to spend some of our forthcoming holidays at Malindi. And travel from Manchester too!!!

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If you like to stay at Blue Marlin for a holidays, it is possible to rent an apartment inclusive of all amenities of the residence.

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Blue Marlin has been turned into self catering apatments.It is possible to rent an apartment for short or long stay there is a gym,tennis court,2 swimming pools and still very friendly staff.Have a look at amivac website.

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have amivac got an english web site

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English site here:

http://holiday-rentals.amivac.com/

or just push the Union Jack at the top left

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