A stylish and original beach house in a lovely, out-of-the-way location, Coco Loco sits beside 5 miles of unspoilt sandy beach on beautiful Shale Bay. At Coco Loco peace, privacy and relaxation are guaranteed – with all the attractions of Malindi less than 30 minutes away.
A secluded beachfront retreat in an idyllic setting
Courtyard swimming pool and lovely furnishings
Kite surfing and other water sports available nearby
Sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 double bedrooms
Standard rental rate ksh 35,000 per night
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest
How to get there
Coco Loco House is less than 15 miles north of Malindi and around 30 minutes by taxi from Malindi airport which has several scheduled flights each day to and from Nairobi. Some flights also arrive or depart via Mombasa or Lamu.
Malindi is situated on the main B8 coastal highway and the driving time from Mombasa should be less than two hours. Driving time from Nairobi is around nine hours via Mombasa.
Driving to and from Nairobi, It is also possible to bypass Mombasa and to travel through Tsavo East National Park on the picturesque C103 Road which follows the route of the Galana River.
“Absolutely perfect! From the moment you arrive you are surrounded by beauty. It is difficult to put into words how amazing this place is – it really needs to be seen. Both the house and the interiors are exceptional – beautifully designed and luxurious and with a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere that is second to none. Whether you want to walk along the stunning beach, play in the waves, swim in the pool or just sit and soak up the atmosphere whilst admiring the magnificent views, I know you will never forget this wonderful place. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
“I had the privilege of staying here twice and I cannot recommend it highly enough. This really is elegant luxury at its best. The owner and all the staff are just tremendous – nothing was too much trouble and they went out of their way to make us feel special. They do this always with big warm smiles. The house is spectacular, the pool always inviting, and the house sits directly on the perfect white beach. Sleep to the sound of the Indian Ocean and wake to great food and beautiful weather. The most perfect place.”
“The owner has created what was described to me as “the most beautiful beach lodge in Kenya”. We flew in to the local grass airstrip and 10 minutes later were being welcomed with a glass of champagne and an amazing view of the sea. Apart from relaxing in the pool morning, noon and night, we walked on the beach, swam in the sea, drank wine, ate seafood, snoozed, watched the sunset, watched the sunrise, watched the shooting stars… you get the idea! This place will win awards – that’s my guess.”
Standard rental rate – Ksh 35,000 per night
Minimum stay – 2 nights
Christmas & New Year – Ksh 65,000 per night
Minimum stay if including both Christmas & New Year – 10 nights.