b'Comfortable self catering Beach House on award winning marine conservancy'
Rental basis: Entire house or apartment
Number of bedrooms: 3; Number of other rooms with beds: 0
There is a cook, a housekeeper, a groundsman/maintenance man who also runs errands to help make your stay as hassle free as possible. The house has good security with panic buttons in all the bedrooms and there has been no security issues in the 20+ years that we have owned the house. Staff quarters can accommodate one extra if required.
There is direct beach access at low - mid tide although the steps down to the beach are quite steep. Beach access at very high tide or for elderly folk unable to manage the steps is only a couple of hundred metres down the road on the public access route or through Vipingo Ridge beach bar.
Kuruwitu Beach is one of the last unspoilt beaches on the Kenyan coast. Despite it being blissfully bare of people and beach boys/hawkers, it is secure as there are 'askari's' patrolling for the marine conservancy. It is also unusually clean as the conservancy oversee the picking up of the debris that is common along most coastlines. The snorkeling metres off the shore is excellent with an abundance of tropical fish, octopus, lobster and other marine life (some rare). There is a glass bottom boat as well as a fishing/dolphin spotting boat for hire. The conservancy also offer guided tours of the reef where there are even more wonderful snorkeling spots.
The infinity pool set in front of the house has a 'baby pool' section. At present the pool is in need of re-surfacing as the 'neru' has become a bit worn giving a marbled effect. This in no way affects the quality of the water or enjoyment of swimming. The adjoining pool house is large and comfortable with a rustic bar and small drinks fridge as well as a living and dining area, a water feature and sunbeds. The terrace below has stunning views but is not safe for young or unaccompanied children.
The house: All the large bedrooms are air-conditioned and have standing fans. The master bedroom has its own sectioned off veranda as well as a nook with a Tv offering a netflix firestick for those with accounts or a Dvd player and a choice of good films. The middle bedroom has a double bed but there is plenty of room for a cot. The rear bedroom has 2 single beds (which can of course be pushed together) and a 4' wide bunk bed. There is a small Tv here as well if children would like to play Dvd's. All bedrooms are ensuite with large bathrooms with showers.
There is very good wi-fi - our data bundle is sizeable but not completely unlimited so we ask for considerate use.
The sitting/dining area is big and very airy with good security decorative wrought iron all around. It is nicely furnished in a coastal style with wooden overhead fans and 'lamu beds' as sofa's. There is a games chest with scrabble, poker etc - please ask for the key. There is a darts board upstairs - strictly for adult use.
The kitchen is relatively small compared to the rest of the house and is manned by Reuben who is a competent cook specialising in seafood, curries and swahili style cooking although he can cook just about anything and follow recipes. Pili is the housekeeper and takes care of the laundry and general cleaning.
Pili can organise a masseur to come to the house for a very reasonable price - we have a massage table available.
Activities: If you can bear to drag yourself away from the fabulous pool and beach - the world class Pga Vipingo Ridge golf course is less than a 10 minute drive away. The elegant club house has a good restaurant in a beautiful setting. They also have a very pleasant Beach Club within walking distance to the house which is open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday as well as dinner on Wednesdays.
Kilifi which has supermarkets, some nice restaurants and a bustling little town is a 25 minute drive away to the North. Dhow trips can be taken up the creek here. Diving and a multitude of water sports (sailing, windsurfing, ski-ing etc) are available at the Mnarani Club. Malindi is a 1.5 hour drive Northwards.
Head 30 minutes south and Mtwapa has several excellent restaurants and tourist activities. The Bamburi Nature trail is 35 minutes from the house as is City Mall. Nyali is less than 40 minutes away with a cinema, shopping complex, hotels and night clubs. Old town Mombasa (fort Jesus etc) is approx 45 minutes drive depending on the traffic.
Shopping can be delivered to the house from Kilifi by Express Supermarket (details provided when booked), but there is a Naivas in Kilifi, a Carrefour at Nyali City Mall and Chandarana opposite the Nyali cineplex.
We do our best to help you organise your shopping in the most practical way possible given the distance to the supermarkets. Fishermen usually bring their catch to the door, there is a farm nearby with fresh dairy produce and the staff can help you get some basics from the nearby villages. You would normally need to do just one main shop at the supermarket and the staff can help top up later if necessary or you can order it from Express.
Rental Basis: Entire house or apartment
Freezer, Armchair, Dining chairs, Dining table, Seating area, Sofa, Outdoor furniture, Terrace, Towels (free), Mosquito net, Wardrobe/closet, Clothes rack, Free toiletries, Car rental, View - pool, View - garden, No heating,
Common area, Eating area, Hall, Living room, Pantry, Laundry,