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Sh5.5bn luxury waterfront facility opens in Mombasa

An aerial view of the EnglishPoint Marina.
An aerial view of the EnglishPoint Marina. PHOTO | COURTESY |  ianhayphotoqraphy@yahoo.co.uk

EnglishPoint Marina, a luxury waterfront development facing Mombasa’s Old Town, has been opened to the public even as it awaits commissioning in June.

The Sh5.5 billion project that incorporates a hotel, apartments, restaurant, casinos, a public boardwalk and a marina where luxury boats will be moored, has already secured guest bookings as it undergoes final touches.

“We are through with the hardware and busy finalising on the software. We have witnessed a wonderful response from interested investors and visitors. We even already have guests in the rooms,” said Mr Alnoor Kanji, who owns the property with his London-based brother, Amyn.

The marina, the only one along the east coast of Africa, is billed as a key development that might tilt the scales in favour of the ailing tourism sector, allowing the high-end segment to flourish even as the industry goes through its lowest point in history.

EnglishPoint has 96 three-bedroom apartments going for between Sh43 million and Sh85 million and a penthouse with a price tag of Sh180 million.

Mr Kanji described response from buyers as “encouraging”.

Daily rates for serviced apartments range from Sh18,000 to Sh30,000 depending on the type of accommodation, while hotel charges are Sh15,000, Sh20,000 and Sh25,000 for single, double and suites respectively per day.

It will have 88 berths with access to hotel services.

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