Baobab House is entered via a lovely entrance hall with water feature, fountain and traditional Lamu-style decorative plasterwork. Downstairs are a comfortable and very nicely-furnished living room and dining room, together with well-equipped kitchen.

The centrepiece of the house, together with the dramatic first floor living area, is the lovely and very inviting infinity pool.  Looking out onto it is a shady veranda with sun-loungers, sofas and chairs – and for serious sunbathers there are four additional sun-loungers out in the open air.

“We spent 5 nights at Baobab House at the beginning of October 2015 – we were 6 adults and a baby. It’s a great place and close to the beach – the house is well laid-out, the pool is great and the staff, who include a good cook, are terrific. I have stayed at another place in Watamu – but would return to this place in an instant!”

Lillebeth, Guildford, UK

There are three spacious double bedrooms – the Red Room, the Yellow Room and the White Room – all three of which have ensuite bathrooms, mosquito nets and overhead fans.  In addition the Master Bedroom is air-conditioned.   If needed, further beds can be arranged on the upstairs open rooftop veranda.

The rooftop consists of a spectacular, makuti-thatched living and lounging area, with built-in baraza seating and rattan sofas strewn with colourful cushions. This area stretches the width of the house and enjoys spectacular view out over the pool, coast and out to sea.

The house is fully staffed including a very good cook and night guard. The house is comfortable, private and secluded and situated about 2 kilometres from the centre of Watamu and the restaurants and bars of Turtle Bay Beach Club, Ocean Sports and Hemingways Resort.

Summary

  • A beautiful, airy and colourful new beach retreat.
  • Elegant interiors and excellent staff.
  • Lovely big infinity pool and direct beach access.
  • Air-conditioned Master Bedroom and two further double bedroom suites.
  • Sleeps 6-8 guests including children
  • Standard Rental Rate ksh 27,500 per night.

Detailed Information

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

“We spent 5 nights at Baobab House at the beginning of October 2015 – we were 6 adults and a baby. It’s a great place and close to the beach – the house is well laid-out, the pool is great and the staff, who include a good cook, are terrific. I have stayed at another place in Watamu – but would return to this place in an instant!”

Lillebeth, Guildford

Rates

Standard Rental Rate – ksh. 27,500 per night.