Preferred Residences® has announced that it has added Mandharini Resort on the north coast of Kenya to its network. Scheduled to open later this year, the mixed-use property is part of a lush eco-conservancy covering 150 acres (61 hectares) near the 14th century Swahili town of Kilifi on the Indian Ocean.
Mandharini Village will be the resort’s central point, elevated to provide 180 degree views of the sheltered lagoon. With plans to feature a large horizon pool, restaurants, spa, and fitness centre, it will offer owners a variety of upscale amenities and services. The 40-room boutique Mandharini Hotel will be located adjacent to the village.
Other on-site amenities include a nine-hole golf course designed by David Jones that will feature the first oceanfront hole in Kenya. Guests will also enjoy the Beach Club, complete with bar and grill, and have access to water sports that include windsurfing, sailing, diving and snorkelling, kite surfing, water skiing, and deep-sea fishing.
The resort’s two-, three- and four-bedroom homes will combine luxury with an eco-sensibility. Hand-carved Swahili front doors and Broseley terracotta roof tiles provide local character. Other features will include generous living spaces and private swimming pools and each will have views of the lagoon or the golf course. As a testament to its superior quality, Mandharini Resort recently received the International Residential Property "Best Development" Award for Africa.
All of the resort elements incorporate green principles to preserve local resources and respect the pristine environment. Homes will harvest rainwater and be provided with desalinated water and solar power, and the golf course is being planted with salt-resistant grass and irrigated with recycled water.
Kilifi overlooks Bofa Beach, which is renowned for its magnificent coral reef and considered by many to be one of the best, and least crowded, beaches in Kenya. It is home to the largest Baobab tree on the Kenyan coast, a popular place for picnics. The town is also steeped in history and African culture and famous for its ancient Mnarani Ruins that include mosques and tombs dating back to the 14th century.
The resort is less than an hour’s drive north of the international airport in Mombasa, Kenya"s second largest city.