A brand-new beach house completed in late 2016, Ibambe is imaginatively designed, beautifully built and furnished and expertly managed – all by the same talented and dedicated team as Watamu’s highly-acclaimed Shwari House.

Ibambe sits in a quiet, elevated and secluded position in its own large plot with direct private access to Turtle Bay – the quietest and most exclusive of Watamu’s three beaches. While the house is peaceful and self-contained, all the attractions of Watamu are nearby and guests can choose to be as active or as laid-back as they wish. Experienced managers are on hand to help and a concierge service is also available to organise a range of activities and events.

The house comes with a full complement of staff who will ensure your stay is as easy and relaxing as possible. An impressively wide variety of dishes is available, and meals are prepared in the large and comprehensively-equipped kitchen using only the best and freshest local ingredients. The fish and seafood are wonderful – and are only obtained from sustainable sources using sustainable fishing methods.

“We had an amazing time at Ibambe – we loved every second and really enjoyed the house. Juma, Edward and Douglas were brilliant and welcoming and really great with the kids – the whole experience really was perfect.”

KC, Nairobi

Throughout the house and grounds there are areas to relax or socialise – including a large covered veranda on the Ground Floor terrace with wonderfully colourful and comfortable sofas. Another spacious sitting area upstairs on the First Floor veranda takes advantage of lovely ocean views and breezes, and there are sea-view balconies and terraces outside the First Floor front bedrooms.

On the Ground Floor there is an air-conditioned television room with DSTV – perfect if you need to retire and escape the heat of the day for a while. For guests who need to stay connected to the outside world there is free complimentary wifi throughout the house.

All the bedrooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. They have overhead fans, fitted mosquito nets and well-designed ensuite bathrooms. Four of the bedrooms – each with a Queen-size double bed – are air-conditioned. The top ‘quadruple’ bedroom with two double beds – ideal for children – is more open and rustic in style. It is set under the high eaves of the makuti-thatched roof and enjoys naturally cooling sea breezes.

“Ibambe House is among the most beautiful houses on the Kenyan Coast. Everything is perfect – the location, the design, the staff, the beach and the view. Luxury with great taste. We really felt privileged to be there and had a fantastic Christmas and New Year holiday.”

Marina, Nairobi

Downstairs there is an internal dining area and two bars – one inside and one ‘Bali-style’ bar and dining area beside the swimming pool. The lovely big freeform freshwater pool is run on a self-chlorinating system and uses no harsh chemicals. It has wide and gently sloping ‘beaches’ on two sides – making it perfect for smaller children wanting to splash in the shallows.

Beyond the swimming pool a private path slopes gently down through indigenous forest and palm groves to the beach. Unspoilt and spectacular, it is regularly voted one of the very best in Africa. In Kiswahili ‘Ibambe’ means to keep enjoying life and having fun – a very appropriate name for this lovely, bright and very happy holiday home.

Summary

  • A beautiful and accommodating private home
  • Colourful, comfortable, airy and secluded
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms and living room
  • Child-friendly pool and direct beach access
  • Sleeps up to 12 guests in 5 ensuite bedrooms
  • Standard rental rate – ksh 60,000 per night

Detailed information

  • Fully-staffed with chef, room stewards, pool attendant and gardeners

Inside –

  • Four double bedrooms with air-conditioning
  • Makuti-thatched ‘quadruple’ bedroom – ideal for children
  • Ensuite bathrooms with double sinks
  • Quality linen and towels
  • Electronic safes, ceiling fans
  • Seaview balconies
  • First floor veranda
  • Ground floor sitting room and veranda
  • Air-conditioned television lounge
  • Bar with drinks fridges and icemaker
  • Indoor dining area
  • Large full-equipped kitchen
  • Complimentary wifi
  • DSTV – satellite television
  • Complimentary laundry
  • Security including night guard and security buttons

Outside –

  • Bali-style dining pavilion and bar
  • Freeform pool with child-friendly ‘beaches’
  • Direct private beach access
  • Tropical Gardens
  • Indigenous Forest

Available on request  –

  • Concierge Service
  • Beauty treatments
  • Massages
  • Yoga
  • Personal Training
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding

Water sports available include –

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Windsurfing
  • Dhow sailing

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 had an amazing time at Ibambe – we loved every second and really enjoyed the house. Juma, Edward and Douglas were brilliant and welcoming and really great with the kids – the whole experience really was perfect.”

KC, Nairobi

“Ibambe House is among the most beautiful houses on the Kenyan Coast. Everything is perfect – the location, the design, the staff, the beach and the view. Luxury with great taste. We really felt privileged to be there and had a fantastic Christmas and New Year holiday.”

Marina, Nairobi

Rates

  • Standard rental rate – ksh 60,000 per night
  • Low season (May) – ksh 50,000 per night
  • Christmas & New Year – $1200 –per night

These are resident rates on a ‘self-catering’ basis including chef and staff

Please contact us for non-resident rates and fully-catered rates

  • Minimum over Christmas & New Year – 10 nights
  • Minimum rental at all other times – 3 nights

(Ibambe House is closed during June)