For the second consecutive year, the Billionaire Resort and Retreat, situated in Malindi, has been honored as Africa’s premier boutique resort. This prestigious recognition was bestowed upon the hotel at the World Travel Awards (WTA) ceremony held at Dubai’s newest iconic destination, Atlantis Royal, on Sunday.
Renowned for its exquisite offerings, the Malindi Hotel stands as a top-tier destination, drawing an exclusive clientele that includes the global elite and celebrities from opulent hubs like Hollywood.
“The cutting-edge design of the Resort focuses on a mission of high quality and high performance and it reflects the synthesis of tradition and innovation using local materials,” a statement on the resort’s site reads in part.
“It has been a privilege to welcome our winners from across Africa and the Indian Ocean for our 30th anniversary celebrations in Dubai,” stated WTA founder Graham Cooke. Adding, “The incredible evening will live long in everyone’s memory. Our winners represent stellar examples of tourism excellence, and I congratulate each and everyone for helping to raise the collective benchmark to even greater heights.”
Former Formula One star Flavio Briatore’s ownership is evident in the meticulously organized private gazebos facing the ocean, complemented by a dedicated private butler service at the resort.
Initially, the resort operated as an exclusive residential property, requiring guests to make advance reservations for access. However, in 2022, the resort opened its doors to the public, ushering in a new era of accessibility.
Notable personalities such as supermodel Naomi Campbell, as well as Will Smith and his son Jaden, have graced the resort with their presence.
Booking costs fluctuate based on peak and off-peak seasons, with some villas priced between Ksh30,000 and Ksh60,000.
In addition to the Billionaire Resort and Retreat, several other Kenyan establishments achieved acclaim. Kenya Airways was honored as Africa’s leading airline. Moreover, Kenya itself was recognized as Africa’s leading destination, while Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club received the prestigious title of Africa’s leading hotel.