After months of anticipation, we finally traveled to Mombasa for our friends’ destination wedding. I was excited to finally see this small town known for its salt and spice and play on its sugar white sand beaches. It was a bonus that when I finally got to go, we stayed in a fantastic hotel.
Mombasa city is the second-largest city in Kenya and is rich in culture and diversity because of its long history. Mombasa’s charm lies in the old-style architecture of its buildings, with many old buildings delicately peeling away under the sun. Mombasa is also known as Pwani in Swahili, which means “people of the coast.”
Our arrival into Mombasa was a bit dramatic, with the heavy rains causing the streets to flood. Despite the rain, there is a wave of moist air that hits you on arrival right at the airport. Thankfully we got our cabs to the hotel and were sheltered from the rain and begun to pray for sunny days ahead.
Upon arrival at English Point Marina, my friends and I we were shown to our beautiful and luxurious rooms. The staff were friendly and helped us settle in really well. Several guests were checking in and my room was one of the apartments with three other bedrooms with a shared living room and kitchen. Each room had its own bathroom and balcony view.
English Point Marina is one of the coolest hotels located in Nyali and a short drive from the city center of Mombasa. The views from the balcony the next morning, were amazing! If any of you saw my Instagram stories while I was there you will remember those Indian Ocean views.
We had a large breakfast buffet served at hotel restaurant on the 3rd floor and there’re also 3-4 restaurants on the marina giving you options. The large swimming pool area, reserved for guests was best accessed from the apartments where we stayed. Our apartment had three bedrooms and could fit six people comfortably. We all loved the decor and paintings in each of the rooms that gave it a new and modern feel. With our private balconies and porches as well, so we could relax and take the views throughout the day.
Our apartment was located on the basement floor, with a spacious balcony/verandah equipped with sun loungers, tables and chairs, and parasols next to the pool. We spent our evenings here playing dancing, chatting and taking in the incredible night-time views of the city and Indian Ocean. In the morning, we indulged with pastries and fresh fruit for breakfast. The kitchen is well equipped with fridge, microwave and kettle for tea or coffee and we ordered breakfast.
I liked that our room had a good bathroom and shower all equipped with the essentials. I was also impressed by the note on our bathroom cupboard encouraging us to only request our towels to be changed if necessary. Such efforts to remain green while travelling aren’t always considered, which made this a nice touch!
My plan was to head to Diani after the wedding the next morning, but we ended up enjoying another night here as most guests departed. We also enjoyed lunch by the pool after doing a few rounds around the pool and working up an appetite. I ordered the pasta Carbonara, which was so yummy and left me stuffed.
All-in-all, our stay at English Point Marina Hotel in Mombasa was nothing short of amazing. We spent our days soaking in the views, relaxing by the pool, and going to the center of Nyali town, a 10-minute drive away. I definitely recommend spending the day here for the views or enjoying a meal at the restaurant or booking your stay here if you’re looking for something more luxurious in Mombasa.
- Ask for an iron when you make your booking, as there was none in any of our rooms.
- Pack your hairdryer!
- The breakfast could be more adventurous; it was basic.
- There are hardly any activities here, besides the pool, so be sure to ask at reception for recommendations
- There are some other restaurants by the water that offer Indian food, but these may not be charged to your room, so be sure to confirm.
- Check in for larger groups can get complicated so be sure to communicate (double-check)with whoever makes your booking. We had to explain things to the staff that did new shifts in the evenings. The staff were nice, but could have been more attentive!
- If you book one of the apartments with a group of friends, be sure to double check that the key card works as it’s a long walk back to reception…
Have you been to the English Point Hotel? What was your experience? I’d love to hear all about it.
Have a lovely weekend,