Before the dust settles on news of the ongoing construction of Africa’s tallest building in Upper Hill, Nairobi, something is happening at the Kenyan coast. A new skyscraper proposed for Watamu in Malindi threatens to unseat The Pinnacle even before its completion.

Standing 61 stories high, the Palm Exotjca, the designers say the building will be the tallest tower in all of Kenya and by extension, Africa. At an overtowering height of 370m high, the tower is set to be the ultimate mark of the coastal skyline, adding to the coastal towns increasing clout as a luxury tourism hub.

A multipurpose superstructure, the Palm Exotjca will serve the commercial, residential as well as recreational interests of its inhabitants par excellence. The building will be well equipped for corporates with premium commercial space consisting of sophisticated private offices, group facilities and a convention centre.

In addition, the tower boasts a spectacular observatory, exhibition centre, VIP lounge and a cyber centre.

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Designed to be an exclusive mixed use development, the building will also contain tastefully furnished residential suites, eclectic restaurants and a vibrant 24-hour casino, a good feature for coastal entertainment.

Crafted to invoke and emphasize sustainability from its surroundings, the impressive address will give its companions uninterrupted views of vivid ocean colours and the picturesque Watamu panorama.

The architectural design borrows from simple traditionally crafted art pieces of Kenya’s rich culture from the coast.

Among its repertoire of luxuries will be 180 luxury serviced residences to choose from, studios, presidential suites, exclusive sky apartments and penthouse apartments fitted with modern appliances and tasteful furniture.

Residents will also have the choice to help themselves to a host of offerings including a casino, retail mall, night club, theatre and cinema, state-of-the art fitness centre, wellness spa, children’s play area and a lavishly facilitated 270 5-star hotel operated by an international hotel chain operator.

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The development will be located moments from the pristine Watamu beach and the lush Marine National Park. It is also strategically located 20 minute drive from Malindi airport, 90 minutes fro Mombasa and 45 minutes from Vipingo Ridge Golf Club. The structure will also have access to a helipad, a private beach and skyway.

Designed by Italian architect Lorenzo Pagnini, Palm Exotjca will be the sole high-rise building of its kind at the coast and a playground for all ages, personalities and choices. The project has the potential to transform Malindi into an international tourism hub.

Some of the projects backers are from New York, South Africa and Italian billionaire Franco Rosco is also said to be interested.

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