Birthday in Malu

Nestled in an 1800 acre private forest reserve on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, Malu is nothing short of spectacular. I have always wanted to go there, and hubby did not disappoint when he surprised me with a birthday weekend away!  Watermarked Image Malu cottageWe stayed in a perfect little two-bedroom family cottage, overlooking the Rift Valley. (Anyone who knows us knows just how much we love travel when Claire gets her own bedroom!)

We dined in Malu’s award-winning Italian restaurant, and were treated to delicious pasta, funky salads (watermelon, mint and grape!), and fantastic coffee. Malu is also a fully-functioning farm, with horses, cows, donkeys, geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and plenty of wild flora and fauna to boot. Claire LOVED her close encounters with Malu’s resident animals.

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But the REAL highlight for Claire was the donkey cart ride….

I have hardly ever seen her so excited about something in her little life… She was giggling, dancing, and looking at me with a cheeky grin. “Check me out, Mom!  I’m going on a donkey cart ride!”

Watermarked Image Malu cheeky donkey cart

The fun and games weren’t all for Claire, either. Jesse got to fulfill a dream of his own, and rode a horse through the bird-filled forest reserve.

Indeed, Malu was amazing – the perfect holiday weekend getaway with my two favorite people… 

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