First opened in 1978, but re-invented a few years ago as a kitesurfing centre, Che Shale is a rustic beach lodge on a wide sandy bay backed by coconut palms, on a remote stretch of coast, 20km north of Malindi on Kenya’s north coast. The lodge is owned and personally managed and hosted by Justin Aniere, a third-generation Italian-Kenyan. Unfortunately, as of March 2015 we cannot recommend this property because the UK's foreign office has advised against travel to the coastal mainland north of the Sabaki/Galana River.
Our view of Che Shale
Literally on the beach – and what a beach! – this is one of Kenya’s best mid-budget seaside bases. We haven’t stayed, but our visits have been a great pleasure and we can’t wait to get the chance to spend a few days here. The charming and friendly – but reassuringly low-key – owner-manager-hosts, plus the staff and very chilled fellow guests, are an important part of the mix here. The other part is the just-right combination of informality and comfort in the funky bandas (our only quibble: the foam mattresses), and the appealing furnishings. If you’re looking for a beach-hideaway experience that’s more sand than Sandals, we think you’ll find it here.
You won't have any 'beach boy' hassles at Che Shale.