For the first time in a long time (I think a year and a half) I finally went on vacation. On the evening of the 13th of November with a number of friends we boarded a bus heading to Mombasa and on the 14th caught a matatu heading to Kilifi. Our final destination was Mnarani Club in Kilifi. Being the first time going past Mtwapa I was pleasantly surprised at how green the area is. My assumption has always been that the coastal part of Kenya is sandy and not suitable for agriculture. Rows and rows of sisal plants greeted my eyes before the landscape changed to undulating hills with neatly planted crops spotted with a few palm trees. The matatu we boarded was old and rickety. When it started raining we quickly realised that we hadn’t chosen the best seats. The three of us seated at the back had to hunch forward to avoid droplets of water seeping in through the gaps between the boot’s door and the roof. The guy seated next to the door was worse off. The huge gap between the door and the chassis let in a steady stream of dirty water. Weren’t we glad when we arrived at our destination!
Before we left for Kilifi I had spent some time on the internet looking up Mnarani. Immediately we got there it became clear that the photos I found didn’t do it justice at all. The first view you will come across is what they call the infinity pool. It isn’t called that for nothing, from almost all angles you would think it goes all the way past the ocean.
They don’t call it the infinity pool for nothing, it seems to go on beyond the horizon
At the reception you will be welcomed with a glass of natural juice as they verify your booking. The receptionists also take this time to inform you about the different activities you can take on during your stay. It was at this point that I stopped listening as I knew very well what I intended to do for the three days.
Some stock photos here, repping with a Maasai shuka. In the background are rooms
Spread over a 40 acre piece of land the architect had a lot of room to be imaginative with. He/She didn’t disappoint at all. There were two types of houses, those with a view of the beach and those with a garden. We were very lucky to secure one with an amazing view of the beach.
A view of the beach from the room. Isn’t this heavenly?
Having taken a heavy breakfast no one saw the need to get any lunch. Of course i was hungry but what could I do with all that beer pressure (pun intended). Having occupied three houses next to each other we quickly selected the middle one’s balcony as the assembly point for the afternoon. There is nothing better than spending your afternoon with friends, a polite drink and flowing conversations.
Later in the evening we headed off to Distant Relatives. The name says a lot about how far it is from the rest of the world. Distant Relatives is an ecolodge in the middle of what seems like a huge forest. The natural vegetation has hardly been touched here, everything blends with the environment. The crown jewel was the heated pool. I hadn’t been to a bar with a heated pool that you could actually use. This definitely was the highlight of my stay in Kilifi. I wouldn’t hesitate to pay Distant Relatives a visit again when I am in Kilifi.
We spent the rest of the days swimming at the pool, strolling on the beach, listening to music in the rooms, playing cards and other interesting games.
It is a good time to reflect on how life has been. A shot of whisky certainly aids
Before we knew it was time to head back to the hustle and bustle of the city. This is always the saddest part of any vacation but also the same thing that makes you enjoy it completely knowing that it won’t last for long. Coming back we Jambo jetted, it is really convenient. Looking forward to going back to Kilifi, there are so many places to be discovered.