Medina Palms

Watamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya

At a Glance

  • Situated within a National Marine Reserve on one of the world's top ten beaches

  • World Class Watersports facility with kitesurfing, paddleboarding and windsurfing

  • Fantastic kids club

  • Wide range of accommodation options

  • Home to some of the best deep sea fishing in the world

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The rainy season on the Kenyan Coast is generally May/June. So from July onward the weather is gradually getting hotter and dryer until March/April when it reaches the high 90's (over40 degrees C). Christmas/New Year is generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely then with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. If you want clear seas for diving then make your trip after August/Sept.

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Insider's View

Try out the kite surfing - its a perfect place for beginners!

The beach bar is the perfect place for a sundowner or two.

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Medina Palms is an exclusive resort set on the Kenyan coast and situated on one of the world's best beaches. With a huge range of accommodation options, including a luxurious private villa, Medina Palms is an ideal spot for families, couples and groups.

Set on Watamu Beach, Medina Palms is an all suite luxury hotel, with a contemporary Swahili design and Moroccan inspired interiors. Situated with the marine reserve, it is a tranquil hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Watamu. There are fifty suites at Medina Palms and the hotel has been cleverly designed so as to create a sense of complete privacy and exclusivity. The suites range from comfortable one bedroom suites to a luxurious private villa which can accommodate up to ten guests.

Medina Palms also has a world class watersports facility which has East Africa's only British Kitesurfing association approved school. Ben Kelliher is the kitesurfing instructor and has been teaching watersports for over twelve years. A range of courses are on offer from complete beginners in groups of up to four people to advanced tuition on a one to one basis. You can also spend you days scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and deep sea fishing all from the hotel. Spend an evening on one of the Special Sundowner Cruises which take place on one of the traditional East African dhows and is such a wonderful experience as you sip cocktails whilst sailing into the sunset.

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Medina Palms is an all suite hotel with rooms overlooking the tropical gardens and the beautiful beaches. There are a wide array of rooms to suit everyone from honeymoon couples, to families to larger groups.

Medina Suite

This elegant suite has a large bedroom with an en suite bathroom, an open plan kitchen area and a spacious veranda which opens out onto the gardens and the pool.

Medina Deluxe Suite

The Deluxe Suite had two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, an open plan kitchen and living area and a private veranda overlooking the pool and the hotel's gardens.

Medina Penthouse

The Medina Penthouse is set at tree top level and has two large en suite bedrooms, a central dining area and kitchen on the first floor. Above this is the rooftop space which is designed for you to completely relax. It has a lounge area with an outside terrace and a private plunge pool.

Medina Ocean Lodge

The Ocean Lodges are a similar layout to the Penthouse rooms but have three en suite bedrooms. They also have rooftop terrace area and a private plunge pool.

Palmerie Beach Villa

The Plamerie Beach Villa has stunning views over the sea and is very spacious with three large en suite bedrooms, a stylish living area and a private terrace set high above the palm trees with its own bar and a large plunge pool.

Ocean Villa

This beachfront villa overlooks the Indian Ocean and has direct access to the beach. It has four large bedrooms, a well appointed kitchen and living area and a rooftop terrace with a large plunge pool.

Amani Beach Villa

The Amani Beach Villa is the signature residence at Medina Palms and is set on the beach and has magnificent views over the Indian Ocean. The villa has five en suite bedrooms, a large kitchen and expansive living areas. The roof terrace has panoramic sea views and the 'chill out' space has a deluxe plunge pool.


Children of all ages are welcome at Medina Palms. The Nemo's Cave Kids Club takes children from 2 to 8 years old. The club provides a fun environment for children and parents can relax on the beach with the peace of mind that their children are making new friends and are in safe hands.


There hotel has several bars and restaurants for guests to experience, enjoy fresh seafood at the Amandina Restaurant or cocktails on the roof terrace and tapas in the Long Bar. The Sakina Ocean Spa is set on the rooftop overlooking the ocean and offers a range of unique, signature treatments. There is also a fully equipped fitness studio.


The Tribe Watersports Centre is an internationally renowned watersports facility which offers kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking and body boarding. Diving and snorkelling trips can also all be organised. Watamu also has some of the best deep sea fishing in the world and boasts the worlds' first Fantasy Slam consisting of a Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Broad Bill Swordfish and a Sailfish all being caught in one day. Deep Sea Fishing Trips with the local experts in the area can be organised either in advance or once you get to the hotel.



Hannah Dawson (Staff)

Medina Palms is a beautiful Moroccan inspired hotel. The endless blue pools, beach bar & variety of accommodation makes it perfect for couples or families. From the one bedroom suite to the villas all very light & spacious. The hotel is centred round a long pool which goes out onto the beach.


Sian Frost (Staff)

Medina Palms is a beautiful hotel located on a long stretch of beach in Watamu. Although not all of the rooms have sea views it does not matter, the exterior of the hotel has a lovely Moroccan feel with a long elegant pool stretching the whole way from the top of the hotel to the rooms closer to the sea, with many different pools along the way. The rooms are bright and airy with fantastic amounts of space and if you fancy a relaxing night in then there is a great DVD collection and DSTV available. Located at the front there is a beach bar comprised of lovely hidden spots to sit and drink cocktails and have a snack whilst the sun sets or chat to the water sports instructors about the fun things you would like to do the next day.

Holiday Ideas

  • Kenya Uncovered

    Nairobi, Maasai Mara & Kenya Coast

    from £5300 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • With a stay in a private conservancy in the world renowned Masai Mara, you will enjoy a thrilling safari away from the crowds.
    • Dine out on your private veranda under a sky of star constellations, listening to the distance sounds of wildlife.
    • Treat yourself to a hot air balloon safari for the ultimate game viewing experience and scan the savannah for towering giraffes and herds of elephants.

Location & directions

Watamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya

Medina Palms is situated on the Kenyan Coast on a World Class Beach. A 30-minute drive from Malindi, it is set away from the hustle and bustle of the town and is set within a National Marine Reserve.

How to get there

Flights to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), take 8-hours 30-minutes. From Nairobi it's then a 1-hour domestic flight to Malindi. Airport transfers can be arranged by Medina Palms to and from Malindi airport, and take approximately 30 minutes by road.

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