Kenya – Malindi – Scorpio Villas Resort
December 8, 2011
After much stress, and much anxiety, my 56-page research paper has been printed three times, bound, and officially submitted to my academic directors. To celebrate this completion and to present our research to the rest of the students in our group, we all congregated back in Nairobi and traveled to Malindi on Friday December 2nd. We took the night bus from Nairobi to Mombassa, which was a fantastic trip as it had been before. It is only an eight hour bus ride, and because it is overnight most of us managed to sleep the whole way. The bus looks like an extremely nice coach bus, and is even equipped with a steward that is dressed similarly to a flight steward or stewardess who serves drinks and a small, but delicious, snack pack to every passenger. Upon arriving in Mombassa early in the morning we grabbed breakfast before embarking on a two and a half hour matatu ride to our resort.
And what did we find when we arrived at our hotel in malindi….?
Heaven. Absolute, heaven. It was the picture of an African resort, and we could not believe our eyes. A welcome drink placed in our hands upon arrival, rooms with beds bigger than king-sized, air conditioning, endless winding paths with small cottages hidden among the many flowers, palm trees, and greenery. A total of four pools tucked away creating their own little oases, and of course, the beautiful beach on the Indian Ocean, fully-equipped with cushioned lounge chairs and towels. We could. Not. Believe it. We were even more in awe when an hour later we set our eyes on the sprawling buffet that was out for lunch. Numerous options, incredible desserts, and most of all every fruit you could imagine.
The resort is called Scorpio Villas in Malindi Kenya. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway at a quiet, quaint, yet luxurious and private resort then I highly recommend it. The resort is not extremely kid-friendly from what I could see, as most of the other guests I saw were couples. The food is served in the same place on a set schedule, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a buffet for every meal, though there is a menu from which you can choose from one or two pastas, and taste an assortment of appetizers. There are bars scattered around the resort and nightly singing both in the bar area and in the dining area. I cannot comment on whether there are things to do in the area because we didn’t have the time to do much exploring outside of the resort.
We therefore luxuriously spent four beautiful days in Malindi soaking up the sun. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, our whole group spent a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening presenting our research in 30-minute powerpoint presentations. Wednesday we had the whole day free to enjoy the beach and the pools. Definitely a slice of heaven, which SIT ironically calls “re-entry” orientation.
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