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Driftwood Beach Club
is located in the Malindi
area of the Kenya Coast
Malindi is the largest town on the northern section of this coastline, a rather hectic and ramshackle affair which offers little of interest to the majority of visitors, other than some mildly interesting markets and other local colour. The main attraction of the area is the marine park, which contains some of the best snorkelling and diving in the region. Pleasant white sand beaches are backed by a long string of resorts, many of which are closed down or barely functional, almost all of which are offering very low rates in an attempt to attract visitors. Overall the place feels slightly past its best.
Situated in a slightly more upmarket enclave around 1km south of Malindi town centre, Driftwood Beach Club was established back in the 1960's and is something of an institution, a firm favourite amongst sections of the the expat community.
It really is quite a pleasant place, with open-sided bar, lounge and dining areas under thatch, leading out to a pleasant swimming pool and frontage onto a decent section of beach. Guest accommodation is 17 modest cottages, plus a further 3 two bedroom villas with private pools.
Activities include diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, kite-surfing and water-skiing, plus bird-watching trips to the Sabaki Delta and the Arabuko-Sokoke forest.
The main potential downsides are the aforementioned shortcomings of the area, the simplicity of the accommodations and the potential for seaweed and hustle out on the beaches.