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Medina Palms
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 November 2013

What a big surprise when we opened the the door of our luxury penthouse. Beautifull decorated, impressive space in the penthouse and the whole medina palms is a beautifull setup. Since 7 years been to the coast this was really the best place to stay. Service is really top. We can highly recommend this to everybody. Watamu is a nice coast, good snorkling. Only recommendation we have is to work on the quality of the food. But as the complex is very new, Im sure that this will become better to. We will come back for sure!

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Medina Palms is situated at the north coast of Kenya, at a white sugary sand beach.
Medina Palms takes the design from marocian medinas.It stands out both in terms of style and comfort.
It has been repeated in most of the reviews- the resort is stunning, gorgeous pools and beautifull grounds.
We stayed in one of the pool view penthouses, 2 nicely decorated rooms with excellent bathrooms, kitchen and dining room. Upstairs relaxing living room, plunge pool, terrace.

The penthouse/resort was just perfect for us as we were staying with our 1 year old son.
Pefectly equipped kitchen, very attentive staff, diner was served on our terrace, Babyphone/monitor reaches at the pool, small things but great things so you as a parent enjoy even more your holiday...

Delicious diners were served, tapas and cocktails were perfect.
Breakfast could be improved...

We had an amazing 4 days stay and We would certainly recommend Medina Palms to anyone!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Great location, luxurious units, friendly staff, amazing swimming pools , beautiful gardens , fantastic beach and the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Good facilities - gym, water sports and kids play area. A visit to the spa is highly recommended. Excellent food in the restaurant and cocktails from the bar are not to be missed. So what more could one want !

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jane W
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

I have stayed on several hotels and holiday resorts around the world but I never thought I could have such a breathtaking experience right in my country's coast yard. I remember when I looked up Medina Palms before my visit and saw the towels rolled nicely on the poolside beds, I thought it was just for photography. Only to get there and see them all set and inviting. Every day the pleasant staff set up the place to perfection as if following a strict code of excellency. Be it in the rooms (which I must add is absolute indulgent), around the compound, the gym, the spa or the dinner, the experience is jaw dropping with authentic pleasure. in the heart of every memorable experience is great environment and great service. This is one place you get it all. I highly recommend Medina Palms and like someone said here, if you can afford it better own a piece of it. You might just prolong your life by another decade. Probably the most beautiful place on the Kenyan coast!

Room Tip: The pent house with a private jacuzzi and open bathroom at the top will blow you away!
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Thank David M
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Watamu is one of the top 10 beaches in the world and Medina is simply a 6 acre paradise on this beach. Having stayed in countless holiday apartments and hotels, I was simply rendered speechless by the beauty of this place. Everything is finished to the HIGHEST standard, from cutlery to taps. The staff are attentive and trained to the highest standard, and they smile from their heart. Passion runs in everyone's blood at Medina, passion from what they do. Beautiful spotless apartments, fantastic food, great atmosphere, pure heavenly paradise. I wish I could stay here forever. This is one of the places you MUST visit.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, stay or even better buy the Amani presidential suite
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Wakenya
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

The pictures on here definitely don't lie, it is just the most beautiful place with an amazing pool going all the way down to the beach. We stayed in a friend's apartment which was really lovely, housekeeping came every day and kept everything spotless and did all our washing up, just luxury for a group of students! A couple of friends learnt how to kite surf with the water sports club there and the guy instructing them was really fun and was always volunteering to drive anyone not surfing down to watch the others. A couple went snorkelling and said that was amazing and the club offered free kayaking too so a few of us went off and did that as well.
It was so easy to do whatever you wanted - lie by the pool, go down to the beach, go in our own personal jacuzzi - which just made a lovely holiday, would die for the opportunity to go back there again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Juliet C
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We never had the pleasure of staying at Medina Palms whilst on vacation in Watamu, however my little son and I visited the Medina Palms often for light lunches, wonderful coffees and just to sit in their beautiful gardens enjoying the breeze and the tranquility. We had an amazing three course meal at Medina on one of the nights and the food was out of this world! The service from our waitress, Daupine, that evening was immaculate. But the best place to visit at Medina is the Sakina Spa. What an absolute treat! I had numerous treatments over the course of our stay and each one was simply divine. It is beyond doubt the best spa I have ever had the pleasure of going too. The bonus was that they did kids treatments too .... so whilst I was busy enjoying my massage / facial / mani / pedi .... my little guy was being treated to kids massages, facials etc! He loved them, especially after hours in the sun and sea, it was a real treat. I can only recommend the entire property and we will certainly visit them again!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Medina Palms

Address: Plot No. 2 - Mida Creek Road | P.O. Box 18 - Watamu, Watamu 80202, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#1 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: £148 - £263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Medina Palms 4.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Medina Palms is perfectly situated on the powder white sand beach of the Indian Ocean in Watamu, Kenya. This ground breaking hotel offers a range of luxury suites and villas, with views over tropical gardens and pools, tree top level penthouses with inner courtyards, and magnificent beach front villas. The hotel offers fine dining at our signature Amandina Restaurant, the sophisticated Long Bar and Star Lounge, as well as our tropical coffee garden. On site facilities includes Tribe Watersports Centre, a fitness studio, the luxury Sakina Ocean Spa offering 5 treatment rooms, state of the art conference facilities and a choice of exclusive spaces for meetings and weddings. ... more   less 
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