Che Shale is a remote, idyllic paradise situated on a secluded part of the Kenyan Coast half an hour north of Malindi. The last three km is a sand track winding in and out of giant palms and through tiny villages. As the road begins to open up it reveals the true beauty of this hidden gem, as the aquamarine sea littered with ……. giving it a gold glisten, laps gently on the velvet soft sand.
We spent just over a week in this paradise coaching the owners through their understanding of Instagram and Facebook. Giving them tips on when and how to post images, promotional activities to run, ways to increase engagement and how to take their own inspiring images.
All the charm of outdoor living and wildlife watching is captured in 9 beach chic bandas offering a stylish relaxed vibe. All individually designed and made from local materials, they provide the perfect escape nestled amongst the lush vegetation for privacy.
With its low key luxury and natural beauty you can see why Che Shale has been one of Kenya’s iconic holiday destinations for over forty years. A far cry from crowded tourist beaches you can indulge in miles of serene beach and bask uninterrupted to a backdrop of indigenous vegetation and stunning palm tree species.
Not only a stylish beach retreat, Che Shake is also a world class kitesurfing school offering lessons to everyone from beginner to immediate. Justin, the owner of Che Shale introduced the sport to Kenya in 2000 and it has been a hit ever since. With 300 days of wind a year, Che Shale protected by a reef is the best place in Africa to learn or develop your skills in the water.
Not forgetting the foodies, Che Shale is popular for its extensive seafood menu and specialist Crab dishes, the Piri Piri prawns being my favourite. With a crab hatchery on site they really do offer farm to plate dining experiences with soft shell crab being their most popular speciality. Remember to indulge in the East African culture of a sundowner….. choose your drink, mine a Margerita and enjoy as you exchange stories with guests at the beach bar as the sun sets over the horizon.
Che Shale also boasts a state of the art fishing boat and a bespoke built Dhow to tempt any guests with sea legs. An all day fishing trip or romantic secret beach picnic is open to all residents and I strongly recommend a trip on the Dhow with the local crew. A great way to see the coastline and observe some impressive traditional sailing techniques.
The resort pays attention to detail and even though you feel you’ve been washed up on a desert island, the team and facilities keep the luxury of castaway chic, so you stay comfortable and relaxed during your private beach experience.
Styling Charlotte @ www.thepalmtreeclub.com
Photography Rob @ www.xcvi.co.uk