Temple Point Resort
It was my last day in Watamu, I was going to be home alone so my friend suggested that I visit her where she works; the Temple Point Resort. Temple Point Resort is situated in the middle of the Watamu Marine National Park, right at the mouth of the former port entrance of the ancient city Gede.
Birds view Temple Point Resort and the Mida creek (image courtesy of hrs.com)
The Resort is 25km away from Malindi, and is easily accessible via public transport. It cost me Kshs100 ($1) on a tuktuk to get from Timboni to the resort. Make sure you save the number of the driver so you can call him/her when you are ready to leave.
The resort is named after and built on a site where an ancient temple once stood, some of the ruins still exist.
I love the décor at the hotel; they make good use of leso and kikoy fabrics (traditional Swahili fabrics). I also love the Swahili/Arabic interior design of the ceilings.
After a stop at the reception my friend gave me a mini tour of the hotel. First stop was the walkway to the creek.
Mida Creek is a tidal inlet that expands across an area of 32 km2. It comprises different types of habitats that are influenced by the tide, for example mud and sand flats, open shallow waters and mangrove forests.
Right beside the walkway there is a makuti (roofing made of palm leaves) structure that looks perfect for a sun downer. There’s a little table and some antique lamps.
You can also a hire a boat to take you around the creek.
We then took a walk to the beach. The hotel has its own private beach where you can chill and take a dip in the ocean if you so choose. On your way to the beach you can spot the ruins of the ancient temple.
Temple point was once a port into Gede (an ancient Swahili Kingdom) and the ruins are those of a mosque. The above ruin is a mimbar; a pulpit in the mosque where the Imam (prayer leader) stands to deliver sermons. There were obviously no loud speakers in those times so the imam would stand facing the wall and this would help amplify his voice.
The beach is by and large empty during the low season. The low season is between the months to June to September when countries in the Northern hemisphere are experiencing warm weather. This is the best time to visit, the beaches are empty and hotels are offer massive discounts. The Weather is also less humid during this period.
After the walk to the beach I got to see a bit more of the hotel.
I can’t say much about the accommodation a Temple Point since I did not spend a single night there, but I can definitely recommend it if you want to swim , It cost Kshs 500 ($5). I would have spend the whole day in the swimming pool if it were not for the fact that I had to travel to Mombasa that same day.
We first made a stop at one of the smaller swimming pools in the resort.
After my tour I finally made it to the main swimming pool. The main restaurant is in the background.
I enjoyed the tranquillity of having the swimming pool to myself.
Verdict: Great hotel, good service, good food, lively atmosphere and friendly staff.
I will be spending the Christmas season in Watamu, rest assured I will capture the majestic sunrise and sunsets on the beach.
Temple Point Resort is located in Watamu, 120km north of the coastal city of Mombasa and only 25 km from the charming tourist town of Malindi. They operate a twice a week hotel shuttle that picks tourists from the Mombasa airport.
The location of Temple Point Resorts enjoys a high level of security. The hotel security personnel in conjunction with the local Kenya tourist police and the KWS servicemen make sure that you can enjoy your holiday in an absolutely relaxing and safe area.