The small town of Watamu is best known for tourism and fishing, its main economic activities which may change with the construction of the Palm Exotjca tower.
Located approximately about 15 km south of Malindi and 105 km north of Mombasa, Watamu lies between Watamu Bay and the Blue Lagoon on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast.
Watamu is part of Kilifi County and its growth economically may change with the diversification of activities. The latest is the Palm Exotjca tower which is a planned luxury serviced residence.
Inspired by indigenous art, Palm Exotjca is intrinsically designed to showcase unparalleled views of Watamu.
The project has a selection of 180 luxury serviced apartments to choose from and it is expected to change the skyline of Watamu spectacularly.
According to information available on the project’s website, “each intuitively designed floorplan, from studios, Presidential suites, exclusive Sky Apartments and Penthouse apartments are fitted with modern appliances and tasteful furniture. Floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive balconies over uninterrupted views of the vibrant blues of the Indian Ocean and emerald tropical treetops.”
The property will also have a host of offerings including a casino, nightclub, retail mall, theatre & cinema, state-of-the-art fitness centre, wellness spa and children’s play area as well as a 5-star hotel.
Palm Exotjca’s 5 Star Luxury Hotel and Spa will have 270 rooms managed and operated by a 5-star operator and international chain.
The 370-metre high tower is situated a short distance from the pristine Watamu beach and the lush Marine National Park.
Combining office-cum-living arrangement, the tower will also host a convention centre equipped for the corporate professional and groups with private offices.
The plan fits in well with the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events (MICE) tourism which are well catered for with 5-star amenities, luxurious interiors and modern technology. The Palm Exotjca tower even boasts an observatory, exhibition centre, VIP lounge and cyber centre.
As the only high-rise tower of its kind on the Kenyan coast, Palm Exotjca is a playground for all ages, personalities and choices.
“With an indulgent range of entertainment, the tower has a dedicated retail level, cinemas, performance theatre and an enticing array of 5 restaurants, bars and cafés.
Dr Giuseppe Moscarino is the chairman of the project and from the website, he has over 20 years in management and investment experience. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Neurosurgeon specialist has a “strong passion for Art, Architecture and Africa’s extraordinary beauty that stimulates the imagination inspired the Palm Exotjca Skyscraper concept and development.”
The site says that his vision for the project is to provide a luxurious and holistic destination to an authentic country in an unchanged natural landscape. He has a strong desire to enhance and develop the territory and its hospitable population.
Managing Director, Oliver Nepomuceno, is a shareholder of Palm Exotjca project as well as the President and main shareholder of Crystal Business S.A., an investment company based in Lugano, Switzerland.
The site says, “Under his direction, numerous companies have been able to improve their business and generate profitability worldwide. In addition to acting as an investment advisor, Nepomuceno oversees portfolio management for private clients. He currently heads several companies, joint ventures and public companies, which are acting within an international context and he is splitting his time between Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.”
The project’s Lead Architect is Lorenzo Pagnini who has over 18 years of architecture-related professional experience.
“With a diverse and international portfolio, Lorenzo is a certified Italian architect holding a degree from La Sapienza University of Rome in Italy. He also holds an M.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning and a member of the board of Architects in Rome. His interest and passion facilitate him to create visually and functionally captivating forms that stand out architecturally.”
Palm Exotjca, when complete, will stand at 61 storeys high becoming the tallest tower of exclusive mixed-use development in all of Kenya.