“This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the coast. We had a lovely vacation and thoroughly enjoyed the house, pool, and proximity to the beach. I would love to come back some day!”

Suha, Massachusetts USA

It’s hard to imagine a better, happier or better-run family beach house than Tomuru Villa. The accommodation is comfortable, bright and airy throughout and the staff are exceptionally capable, friendly and experienced. There’s a fantastic pool and direct access to the beautiful unspoilt sands of Turtle Bay.

On the First Floor of the house there are four double and twin bedrooms – two of the doubles have ensuite bathrooms and the other two twin rooms share a bathroom and separate WC. One double and one twin bedroom also have air-conditioning, and all of the rooms are well-ventilated with big mosquito nets and powerful ceiling fans and spacious cupboards and wardrobes.

The three front bedrooms also have access onto the breezy balcony and veranda which runs the entire width of the house – here there are comfortable and inviting day beds and sofas and lovely views of swimming pool, gardens and ocean.

Downstairs there is a large, open-plan living room and dining room looking out onto the swimming pool and garden terraces. Outside is a veranda with dining table and bar area, and around the pool are lovely big baraza sofa seats – with shady spots to lounge and relax in at all times of the day.

“We leave with eternal memories of Kenya and Tomuru House and – most importantly – of Lois, Samuel and all the wonderful staff who made our visit extra magical.”

Philip & Tina, Devon UK

The pool is filtered sea water – always buoyant, warm and refreshing. There are steps down into the shallow end – ideal for children – and an underwater seating area in the deep end. In the garden there is an alfresco freshwater beach shower and beach towels are also supplied.

From the pool and gardens, steps and a path lead down to the gorgeous and often deserted beach less than 100 metres away. One of the many pleasures of a stay at Tomuru is long beach walks in the cool of the early morning or late afternoon. All kinds of water sports – from kite-surfing to snorkelling to deep sea fishing – are available nearby.

Everyone who stays at Tomuru makes special mention of the exceptional staff and service. House and guests are very well looked after by charming housekeeper Lois and experienced chef Samuel. The team also includes a pool man and gardener and night watchman. House manager Victor who lives nearby is on-hand to meet and greet guests and organise shopping and airport transfers.

The house is very well equipped and organised. A daily laundry service is included in the rental and the staff will arrange deliveries of the freshest and tastiest fish and seafood. The kitchen is well set-up with several fridges and freezers, an ice-making machine and more.

Summary

  • A charming family home on a wonderful stretch of beach
  • Bright airy interiors and shady private gardens
  • Super swimming pool and ocean views
  • Excellent experienced staff and on-site manager​
  • Sleeps up to 8 guests in four bedrooms (two with air-conditioning)​​
  • Standard rental rate – ksh 37,500 per night​

Detailed Information

  • Four full-time staff – housekeeper, chef, pool man/gardener, askari
  • Manager – lives locally
  • Part-time laundress

Inside

  • 1 double bedroom with air-conditioning and ensuite bathroom
  • 1 double bedroom and ensuite bathroom
  • 1 twin bedroom with air-conditioning
  • 1 twin bedroom
  • Bathroom and separate wc
  • Ceiling fans & mosquito nets
  • Safes in bedrooms
  • First floor sea-facing veranda and balcony
  • Ground floor living and dining rooms
  • Ground floor wc
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Veranda dining area and bar
  • Complementary laundry service
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Good cell phone service
  • No wifi internet
  • Back-up generator

Outside

  • 2-acre plot
  • Shady gardens
  • Swimming pool
  • Baraza seating areas
  • Sun loungers
  • Path to beach
  • Beach-view seating
  • Parking and garage

Location

Watamu Beach

Watamu Beach

Watamu (“home of the sweet people” in Kiswahili) is a small town on the Kenyan coast, 120 km north of Mombasa and 20 km south of Malindi.  It has won an international reputation for its pristine white-sand beaches, clear waters, offshore coral formations and reef-protected lagoons, which line the Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve, the oldest and largest in East Africa, covering over 229 square kilometres.

The Marine Park and Reserve is renowned worldwide for its natural beauty and boasts a rich marine life – from visiting Whale Sharks and Manta Rays to three species of Sea Turtle. It is also considered one of the best snorkelling and diving areas on the coast of East Africa. Watamu has been voted one of the three best beaches in Africa and one of the top ten beaches in the World – steeped in natural fauna and flora and with three stunning bays -Watamu, Blue Lagoon and Turtle Bay.

Scuba Diving, Watamu

Scuba Diving, Watamu

All kinds of water sports and activities are available in Watamu – from sailing and deep sea fishing to scuba diving, water-skiing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding. Tribe Watersports, situated on Turtle Bay beach is a good first stop and can cater for most of one’s needs – offering tuition, equipment rental and advice.

Kite Surfing, Watamu

Kite Surfing, Watamu

There is a good supermarket in Watamu together with a range of local shops, and a bigger selection of shops and boutiques about 30 minutes away in Malindi. Recommended places to eat and drink include the Pilipan restaurant at Mida Creek a little to the south of town, and the bars and restaurants at Hemingways Resort and Ocean Sports on Turtle Bay beach.

Bio-Ken Snake Farm

Bio-Ken Snake Farm

The Bio Ken Snake Farm and laboratory houses East Africa’s largest collection of snakes and is one of the world’s most renowned snake research centres. It specialises in antivenin research, and also acts as an emergency service for snake-bite victims throughout the region. Well-informed guides lead excellent 45-minute tours of the facility.

Gedi Ruins

Gedi Ruins

The Gedi Ruins are the ancient remains of a substantial Swahili Arab town dating from the 12th Century. Once a thriving and well-planned community of at least 2500 people, with a magnificent palace, several mosques and many large stone houses, the people of Gedi grew rich on trade with India, China and Europe, but the town was mysteriously abandoned in the 17th Century.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen

Just north of Malindi and a few miles inland close to the village of Marafa is the picturesque ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ – Malindi’s answer to The Grand Canyon – a dramatic series of rock formations and gorges. The 4,300-hectare Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve is situated to the west of Watamu and is the largest single block of indigenous coastal forest remaining in East Africa – it forms the centrepiece of a world-renowned habitat for rare and endangered mammals and birds.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

How to get there

By Air

Watamu is less than 30 minutes by road from Malindi Airport which has several scheduled flights each day to and from Nairobi. Some flights also arrive or depart via Mombasa or Lamu.

Airlines serving Malindi and Nairobi include :–

By Road

Watamu is situated just off the main B8 coastal highway and the driving time from Mombasa should be less than two hours. Driving time from Nairobi is around nine hours via Mombasa.

Driving to and from Nairobi, It is also possible to bypass Mombasa and to travel through Tsavo East National Park on the picturesque C103 Road which follows the route of the Galana River.

Visitor’s Book

“This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the coast. We had a lovely vacation and thoroughly enjoyed the house, pool, and proximity to the beach. I would love to come back some day!”

Suha, Massachusetts USA

“We leave with eternal memories of Kenya and Tomuru House and – most importantly – of Lois, Samuel and all the wonderful staff who made our visit extra magical.”

Philip & Tina, Devon UK

Rates

  • Standard rental rate – ksh 37,500 per night
  • Low season (May & June) – ksh 27,500 per night
  • Minimum stay – 2 nights
  • Christmas & New Year – Ksh 70,000 per night
  • Minimum stay – 7 nights
  • Maximum occupancy – 8 guests

The house is rented on a ‘self-catering’ basis including the services of cook and staff