English Point Marina in Kenya,the first five star marina in the East African coast, offers visitors to Mombasa’s Nyali area a wonderful place to hang out and enjoy.
The Sh5.5 billion marina which was under construction since October 2009 started its operations in June, 2015. The initial completion date was 2010 but there were delays due to difficulties experienced building on the sea front.
The marina sits on a four-and-a-half acre beach front and is strategically situated to overlook spectacular views of Mombasa old town, Fort Jesus and Old Mombasa harbour. It has 96 three-bedroom apartments going for between Sh42.5 million and Sh82 million and eight five-bedroom penthouses with a price tag of $2 million each.
The apartments are either being sold when fully furnished or the client can request to buy his own furniture. The marina has a capacity to accommodate six yachts up to 30m out of a total of 88 berths. There is supply of fresh water, electricity, satellite TV, fuel, Internet and a slipway.
According to one of the developers, Alnoor Kanji, marinas are more attractive all over the world due to their proximity view of seafronts which is appealing, especially when one can view floating vessels from the comfort of their apartments.
The facility has a 24 Hour security including CCTV, guards and security lighting and open to the public for 24 hours, however, the design provides privacy for apartment owners.
Apart from the marina, the facility has a 26-room hotel, 3 suites, a breakfast restaurant and a meeting room on the rooftop and conference facility. It has a water sports centre that offers deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, wind and kite surfing, snorkelling, sailing, sea safaris and creek excursions. It also has a spa, gym, restaurants and a safe and secure underground parking for about 200 vehicles.
Daily charges for apartments range between Sh18,000 to Sh30,000 per day, while hotel charges range between Sh15,000 and Sh25,000 per day.
The marina is the third in Africa with two others located in South Africa and Egypt. Currently, the Kenyan coast, which is popular around the globe with international tourists, does not have any facility to accommodate yachts when tourists visit by sea and the yachts remain in high seas.
Mombasa is Kenya’s second largest city and one of Africa’s major tourist destinations; it has spectacular beaches, beautiful coral reefs and sea life, and offers a diverse cultural history.
The English point marina was developed by Mombasa born brothers Alnoor and Amyn Kanji. The brothers say they had the vision to use the unique location and untapped potential to have a modern international development that offers the best in lifestyle and luxury and the first serviced marina in East Africa.