A sublime, secluded and imposing new beach house, the Beach Palazzo really needs to be seen to be believed. It is designed with elegance and flair and decorated with taste, style and a lovely muted colour palette by its Italian owners. Imported European fabrics, bespoke furniture and Swahili antiques mingle with oriental rugs, striking black & white photographs and beautiful carved ‘niru’ plasterwork.

The two main ‘wings’ of the house, nearly symmetrical but subtly different and distinctive, house nine air-conditioned ensuite bedrooms, two double-height ‘atrium’ living rooms as well as several comfortable sitting and lounging areas, balconies and terraces.

The central linking colonnade houses both inside and outside living and dining areas – here there are billowing white curtains, panoramic ocean views, shady sofas, poolside sun beds and plenty of stylish and breezy spaces to eat, drink and relax, soak up the sun and socialise.

The dramatic centrepiece of the house is the beautiful and sinuous 40-metre infinity pool. Is this the longest private swimming pool in East Africa?  We think so – and we’re absolutely certain that it’s one of the loveliest and most dramatic pools to be found anywhere on the continent.

Outside stairs lead down to 75 metres of green lawn bordered by lush plantings of tropical trees, shrubs and flowers – and then to 75 metres of palm-fringed ocean frontage.  Here guests will find half a dozen private and shady pergolas complete with comfortable beach beds and chairs.

The white sands of Jacaranda Beach stretch south from the house for around five kilometres – some distance from the house there are one or two quiet beach bars and restaurants, but the area remains remarkably peaceful and undeveloped.

The two separate and self-contained ‘wings’ of the house mean that the property is particularly suitable for two families or groups who may each prefer a little independence and privacy.  The many different roof terraces, verandas and sitting areas inside and out mean that every guest has the space to spread out and relax in comfort and seclusion.

The Beach Palazzo is under the same efficient, warm and professional management as Malindi’s super-stylish Cozy Point Villa.  Sabina and the Palazzo’s helpful team will do all they can to help ensure that every stay here is as happy, relaxing, carefree and memorable as possible.

  • A magnificent new beach house built and furnished in opulent Swahili-Italian style
  • Cool, refined, secluded, versatile and sophisticated accommodation
  • Ideal for a luxurious ‘away-from-it-all’ and self-contained break at the beach
  • Multiple living and lounging areas, verandas and roof terraces
  • Dazzling 40-metre swimming pool and panoramic ocean views
  • 75 metres of private beach frontage with pergolas and sunbeds
  • Accommodates up to 18 guests in 9 ensuite bedrooms – all air-conditioned
  • Standard rates from US$1,500 per night for up to 14 guests ‘self-catering’ with chef and housekeeper

Jacaranda Beach is a peaceful stretch of coast approximately 10 kilometres south and 20 minutes’ drive from Malindi. Watamu is around 12 kilometres away to the south. There are one or two small beach bars within walking distance of the house, and the area is generally quiet and undeveloped.

Malindi Beach

Malindi Beach

Part bustling coastal centre, part historic Swahili settlement and part sleepy, laid-back beach resort, Malindi is Kenya’s second largest coastal town after Mombasa.  It sits approximately half way down the Kenyan coast, close to the mouth of the Sabaki River, 120 kilometres north of Mombasa and 130 kilometres south of Lamu.

Malindi Town Centre

Malindi Town Centre

Among Malindi’s main attractions are its beautiful white-sand beaches and the Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve – this, the oldest marine park in Kenya, covers 213 square kilometres of ocean and shore – with abundant brilliantly-colourful fish, organ-pipe coral, green sea-turtles and beds of Thalassia seagrass.

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Malindi Marine Park

Visitors can also enjoy glass-bottomed boat rides, snorkelling on the coral reef, surfing, PADI diving and other water sports and activities.  Malindi is also a main centre for deep sea and big-game fishing – for marlin, sailfish, tuna, sharks and many others.  Malindi Sea Fishing Club is open to non-members, has an excellent bar and is a good place to find out more about the sport.

Malindi - Game Fishing

Malindi – Game Fishing

Malindi has become known for its large Italian population and the town has a number of excellent boutiques and delicatessens and places to eat.  The narrow streets of the old town provide good shopping for colourful fabrics, Swahili antiques and traditional furniture, while more trendy boutiques and galleries along with cafes and supermarkets are to be found along Lamu Road.  There is also a large tourist market for crafts and souvenirs.  Favourite and recommended restaurants include The Old Man and the Sea, The Baby Marrow, La Rosada and The Osteria.

Often used as a trading post and port city for foreign powers, Malindi has a long and eventful history.  In 1414, the town was visited by the fleet of the Chinese explorer Zheng He – Malindi’s ruler responded by sending back an envoy with a giraffe as a gift for the Chinese Emperor.

Malindi - Vasco da Gama Pillar

Vasco da Gama Pillar

Also given a warm reception was  Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who came to Malindi in 1498 to sign a trade agreement and to hire a guide for his voyage to India – he erected a large coral pillar on the seafront  which stands to this day.   In 1499 the Portuguese established a trading post in Malindi and the town remained the centre of Portuguese activity in East Africa until 1593 when they moved their main base to Mombasa.

Malindi - Gede Ruins

Gede Ruins

To the south of Malindi the Gedi Ruins are the ancient remains of a substantial Swahili Arab town dating from the 12th Century.  Once a thriving and well-planned community of at least 2500 people, with a magnificent palace, several  mosques and many large stone houses,  the people of Gedi  grew rich on trade with India, China and Europe, but the town was mysteriously abandoned in the 17th Century.   Malindi also went into decline in the 17th and 18th Centuries, but the town began to prosper again in the 19th Century as a centre of the slave trade under Sultan Majid of Zanzibar.

Malindi - Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen

Just north of Malindi and a few miles inland close to the village of Marafa is the picturesque  ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ – Malindi’s answer to The Grand Canyon – a dramatic series of rock formations and gorges.  The 4,300-hectare Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve is situated to the South West of the town and is the largest single block of indigenous coastal forest remaining in East Africa – it forms the centrepiece of a world-renowned habitat for rare and endangered mammals and birds.

Malindi - Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

By Road

The Beach Palazzo is situated around 20 minutes’ drive from Malindi town and 30 minutes from Malindi Airport. The beach road south of Malindi is unpaved murram.

By Air

Airlines flying to Malindi from Nairobi include;

Standard accommodation rates

US$1,500 per night for up to 14 guests

US$1,750 per night for 15-18 guests

Minimum stay – 3 nights; preference is given to stays of 5 nights or more

Easter, July and August

US$1,750 per night for up to 14 guests

US$2,000 per night for 15-18 guests

Minimum stay – 3 nights; preference is given to stays of 5 nights or more

Christmas & New Year (December 16th 2022 – January 8th 2023) – US$2,500 per night

Minimum stay – 7 nights

Rentals are on a ‘self-catering’ basis including the services of the chef, team of staff and professional off-site management

Check in from 3pm, Check out by 10am

Maximum occupancy – 18 guests including children/infants

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 8th January 2024

The owners require all adult guests to sign an indemnity / disclaimer form on arrival

The swimming pool is unfenced and does not have a shallow end for children. Children must be closely supervised around the pool by an adult guest and should never be left unattended in any part of the property at any time.

Please contact us to make a booking

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Bookings can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment. Until a booking is confirmed, availability is subject to change without notice.

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