Since it was officially opened early this year, EnglishPoint Marina has been the centre of attraction with both local and international tourists coming to Mombasa to sample the hotel’s facilities. The hospitality management firm aims to target high-end tourists from across the world who own yachts to generate more revenue for the hotel and the economy of Mombasa.
On the African continent, says Mr Alnoor Kanji, the hotel owner, only South Africa and Egypt have marina facilities, adding that the hotel is a new product which has put Kenya on the world map. A Nairobi hospitality management company ONYX in August took over the management of the hotel which is the first of its kind in East Africa.
According to Mr Kanji, the Marina which has been recognised as a Vision 2030 flagship project by the Kenyan government comprises a 26-room luxury hotel and 96 fully furnished apartments.
The apartments were sold to buyers with some of the owners using them as their primary homes while others as second homes and as investments. He explains that when the apartment owners are away, they authorise EnglishPoint Marina to manage them as part of the hotel for them to earn an income. Mr Kanji adds that the apartments are managed by the hotel for the owners and guests to enjoy services including housekeeping and catering.
Other amenities include a spa, conference facility with a seating capacity for 200 people, three restaurants, three bars and a gym. Apart from the soothing cool breeze from the Indian Ocean, visitors to the Marina too enjoy the panoramic view of the iconic historical building Fort Jesus and the Old Town.
The Marina, he adds, will have a parking capacity for between 50 and 60 luxury boats of six to 30 metres long which is expected to attract high-end boat owners from around the world.
He expects the construction of the Marina which has been delayed by construction and engineering challenges to be completed next year.
“When complete, our state-of-theart marina will provide the yachts with ample parking spaces, water, electricity, fuelling facilities and waste disposal services,” Mr Kanji said. He notes that the Marina will transform Mombasa into African continent’s Monte Carlo and create a haven for global billionaires who own top of the range yachts.
ONYX Co-Director Ghulam Samdani, said it was a lifetime opportunity for the hospitality firm to have secured a contract to manage the iconic hotel.
Mr Samdani, who is also the Ole-Sereni Hotel general manager, said ONYX was committed to raising the level of services offered to guests and apartment owners for them to enjoy superb standards.
The landmark property which is in a class of its own in Mombasa was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January this year.