Informal, relaxed and very friendly, The Driftwood was opened in 1963 and is something of a coastal institution, especially with the resident ex-pat community. A favourite place for eating and drinking (especially the Sunday curry), the resort stands on Silversands Beach, 3kms south of Malindi Town. A popular haven for fishermen, it offers excellent deep-sea fishing. There is a bar and restaurant overlooking the beach, a swimming pool, squash court and diving centre.
This part of the coast is famous for its deep sea fishing. Sailfish, which are the most acrobatic of the Kenyan billfish family, can be caught throughout the season but the best period seems to be November to February. Three of the Marlin family can be found off our coast, Black, Blue and Striped. The best time for the Blue and Striped is from January to March although they can be found in August and September as well. Black Marlin can be found throughout the season though not in large numbers. Other fish such as yellow fin tuna, dorado, wahoo, kingfish, giant trevally and barracuda are fun to catch too.
The resort is on Silversands Beach, 3 kms from Malindi and close to Malindi Airport.
Kenya’s north coast, one of her most popular beach holiday destinations, offers clear blue sea, marine parks, excellent water sports, coral reefs, monsoon winds, numerous hotels and beach resorts, family vacations, sun n sand, cultural and beach travel and more. Close to Mombasa, it is also within easy reach of Malindi, Lamu, Diani and many other popular Kenya safari resort hotels.
There are three types of accommodation. The standard chalets which are individually located in the very spacious grounds giving each chalet its own space. They are air-conditioned, en-suite and vary in size. The two superior cottages are in a walled garden and share a swimming pool allowing for extra privacy. They each comprise two spacious bedrooms, en suite and air-conditioned, a sitting room and the verandah. Across a small access road are the three Driftwood Villas which are surrounded by a wall garden and share a swimming pool. The rooms are, air conditioned, ensuite and each villa sleeps four.
Dining and bars
The resort offers a variety of dining experiences – from sumptuous buffet selections and themed nights in the main restaurant to an excellent snacks bar on the open terrace of the bar. BBQs, beach sundowners, cultural dance performances and first-class seafood a feature.
The hotel welcomes children.