3 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Kenyas best kept secret
"A place were you can relax under the palms, eat food from the sea, read millions of good books, surf in the waves(kitesurf, bodysurf, sandsurf) drink a cold Tusker or glass of wine, get massage in a unique and simple, softly colored designed thatched banda and end the day with a cozy chat around a fire on a beach that lasts for ever, watching the stars doing their stuff... Simple but effective!"
- Travel date: 21st October 2010
A unique place and one of the best kitesurfing spots out there
"I don't often write reviews for trip-advisor but Che Shale just deserves it. Its owner Justin has achieved to build a truly special place there. First off, as we came there for riding, I must say that the spot itself is exceptionnal. 20-25 knots blowing everyday, no exception. I used my 9 and my 12 mÂ² alike. The kitesurf school is managed by Luca who is extremely helpful to all riders, having all necessary spare parts and knowledge to fix common kite issues. On the first day I was surprised to find a repaired leading edge bladder as I came back from lunch! The spot is also very safe (10 riders at sea max + side-on wind on large bay + rescue boat) so you can peacefully learn from their school or practice all your tricks depending on your level. Staff is very helpful, and, except for rare rush hours due to tourists coming for lunch from Malindi, I would rate service as truly outstanding. Where have you ever seen waiters go and find you at the beach, while you're still deflating your kite, to show you the night's menu and ask you what you would enjoy for dinner, so they can prepare fresh food in advance? Food quality has always been flawless during our stay and (as full-board clients) we have never felt hungry in spite of die-hard kitesurfing sessions during the day! 90% of the clients are kitesurfers so you'll quiclky find yourself home. Moreover, Justin has instigated a true family atmosphere and warmly welcomes all new clients as his guests, which has been much appreciated. People often have dinner together in a friendly way. A word about the rooms ; 'Kajama' where we were staying is a little "village" of 6 wooden huts with basic comfort (no electricity, no hot water : just a bed with mosquito net). I personnaly did not care -- hurricane lamps were fun to use and cold shower is fine when the weather is hot -- but it may not be suitable for every traveler depending on your expectations. Wooden houses around the main lobby are much more charming & comfortable but also twice as expensive... Its remote location puts the hotel away from the hassle of beach boys and other sollicitors who can be quite common in Malindi. However I must say that if you are much into nightlife, the location will definitely be a problem as the transfer to Malindi is long, expensive ($50 round trip!) and on a painful road. Che Shale is a place to "ride & relax". In short, I've done quite a lot of kitesurfing spots out there (including the classic Cabarete, Jeri, Safaga, etc.) and I can say with confidence that this place beats them all, hands down. Pack your gear and go!"
- Travel date: 22nd August 2010
"Che Shale is the perfect place for a quiet, relaxing vacation. The design of the place and in particular the rooms is absolutely stunning, simple materials but utmost charming and tasteful. Food was excellent, service efficient and the owners make you feel welcome in a very personalized way. As there are no other hotels around, one has an seemingly endless beach for yourself and no hazzlegwith beach boys. The place is a good kite surfing spot including a school if one likes to try something new. This is a fantastic gateway from the tourist hustle and literally a hidden gem on the Kenyan Coast. One of the few disadvantages is the lack of some sort of air condition at night; as it can get very hot at night (generators are not running after 12 am). A wonderful place for people with a sense for individual traveling."
- Travel date: 18th April 2010
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