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Top choice banda in Malindi

Three kinds of people make their way to this camp on Mambrui Beach, 25km north of Malindi: kitesurfers, foodies and tranquillity seekers. Choose between three types of bandas (thatched-roof huts), all crafted from local materials: basic (shared loo outside), beachfront (king-sized bed, relaxation space on the porch) and luxury (even snazzier). The excellent restaurant's mangrove crab dishes are unique on the coast.

Kitesurfing, stand up paddle boarding and other activities on offer, there’s a huge thatched bar and playfully irreverent riffs on the ‘coconut-chic’ thing, and you can tour owner Justin's organic mangrove crab farm. Pickups from Malindi can be arranged.