Kizingoni Beach is a small and exclusive collection of just six private holiday homes, spread out across 24 acres of coastal land close to the southernmost tip of Lamu.  The houses sit beside a deserted and virtually private beach, looking out across the bay to the mainland coastline. The dramatic sunsets at Kizingoni often have to be seen to be believed.

Each house is imaginatively designed, and built and equipped to the highest standards.  All are furnished in colonial Arab Swahili style – with tropical hardwood furniture and lovely fabrics and fittings sourced from Kenya, Morocco and the Far East.  The feel of the houses is one of absolute space, simplicity, comfort and tranquillity – with shady verandas and terraces, welcoming daybeds and lounging areas and lovely big freshwater pools.

Each is a wonderful place to entertain in style – or simply to relax and let go with family and friends. Kizingoni was designed from the start to be as eco-friendly and self-sustaining as possible – electricity is produced by solar panels and windmills, and clean water is pumped from wells in the nearby sand-dunes.

“We were lucky enough to spend three heavenly nights in Kusini house at Kizingoni Beach. The house is absolutely beautiful – very tastefully decorated and comfortable. The staff were all wonderful and served the most delicious fresh seafood. There is time to relax and also plenty to do! Our children were furious to miss out as they were at school and I can’t wait to go back and take them too.” 

Heather, Nairobi, October 2015

The houses come fully-staffed with cook, room and table steward, laundress and gardener.  Each is also supplied with a speedboat and captain, and, if one can tear oneself away from Kizingoni, the sights and delights of Lamu and Shela are a short boat ride away.  The boats are also equipped for water skiing, wakeboarding and snorkelling.  Sundowner cruises around the bay on Kizingoni’s dhow Kilindini are always popular, and numerous other excursions and activities are also available.

Jahazi House is named after the trading dhows which plied the Indian Ocean trade for centuries.  It sits right on the edge of the beach, surrounded by a two-acre garden of fruit trees, coconut palms and tropical shrubs and flowers.  The entry hall has a baraza seating area, cushioned day sofa and a shady beachfront dining area, leading to the inner courtyard and beautiful deep clear swimming pool.

Four double ensuite guest bedrooms all lead off the courtyard – each has a private veranda looking onto the gardens – each with writing desk, occasional table and chairs and antique Lamu daybed.  Beyond the pool there is a covered baraza area which can also be used for sleeping – it leads through an ancient carved door onto a wooden deck with swinging beds.

“Kizingoni is stunning and extremely beautiful – a paradise on the Kenyan coast. Set in a quiet section of Lamu with no beach boys so we had our dream beach holiday. The staff were super, incredible and always helpful. The food is so scrumptious. We had a wonderful time and truly relaxed away from our busy Nairobi lives. I recommend Kizingoni beach anytime.”

R.S., Nairobi, November 2015

The First Floor roof is one huge terrace, partially covered with makuti to provide shady bar, dining and sitting areas.  To the rear of the house is a cool and spacious master bedroom wing, including private salon, ensuite dressing room and bathroom.

Kusini House, named after the South Monsoon wind which gently blows through the palm trees, is tranquility itself.  A secluded hideaway, just steps away from the beach, it is protected from the outside world by its tall white walls which offer complete privacy to guests.  The grassed, frangipani-studded courtyard garden frames the large freshwater swimming pool, which forms the heart of the Kusini House experience.

The Main House has two large and relaxing makuti-thatched verandas – the Ground Floor overlooking the pool and the First Floor dining terrace giving uninterrupted views of the sea and the sunset.  On the First Floor, you will also find the extensive Master Bedroom wing with two ensuite bathrooms and two private balconies.

“We had the most relaxing time at Kizingoni. The setting is beautiful, with the beach on our doorstep. The staff were friendly and helpful and we felt very safe there. There’s something for everyone – water skiing, dhow trips, fishing, although you can simply do nothing and be happy. I highly recommend it as a really magical place.”

Cosima L,

On the Ground Floor are two spacious ensuite guest rooms, one double the other with twin beds, both with private verandas – along with living room and entrance hall.  Two guest pavilions sit at the front of the property – each with double ensuite bedroom, seafront terrace and upstairs makuti-thatched terrace looking out to sea.

The Kizingoni Beach houses are designed and managed by the same creative and dedicated team as magnificent Mukima House in Laikipia – which makes the ideal up-country safari component of a luxurious break in beach and bush.

Summary

  • Secluded, spacious, stylish and very special indeed
  • Five bedroom suites and large freshwater pools
  • Exceptional cooking and service
  • Peace, privacy and beautiful deserted beaches
  • From Ksh 60,000 per night

Detailed Information

Accommodation and Facilities

  • 5 full-time staff – Chef, Room/Table Steward, Laundress, Gardener, Boat Captain
  • Accommodation available for nannies or other staff
  • Pet Friendly – dogs welcome

Inside

  • Master Bedroom Suite with private veranda
  • Four further twin/double ensuite Bedrooms
  • Living Room / Office
  • Upstairs and Downstairs Dining Areas
  • Expansive Living and Entertaining Areas
  • Baraza Seating Areas Upstairs and Downstairs
  • Swinging Beds
  • Separate Kitchen, Laundry and Store
  • Massage Table
  • Good cellphone coverage
  • Wifi internet

Outside

  • Speedboat with Captain
  • Large Freshwater Swimming Pool
  • Tropical Gardens
  • Beach Shower
  • Sunbeds
  • Wind Turbine and Solar Panels
  • Solar Hot Water

Sports and Activities

  • Fishing
  • Dhow Sailing
  • Waterskiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Donuting
  • Snorkelling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Supboarding
  • Massage and Beauty Treatments

Location

Kizingoni Beach

Kizingoni Beach Rainbow

Kizingoni Beach Rainbow

Kizingoni Beach is situated on the remote and unspoilt South West Coast of Lamu Island – the island’s main beach starts at Kizingoni, curves around the southern tip of the island and stretches a further 8 golden miles to Shela Village. It is virtually empty, apart from myriad crabs, migrant and local sea birds, shells and the occasional troop of donkeys.

There are not many empty and unspoilt stretches of beach like this left in the world – offering peace seclusion, cooling breezes and clean seas – yet all the historic, cultural, retail and culinary attractions of Lamu Town and Shela Village are just a 30-minute speedboat ride away.

Kizingoni Beach Speedboating

Kizingoni Beach Speedboating

The 24 acres of land around the Kizingoni Beach houses are covered with established coconuts and doum palms – together with some indigenous woodland. Hundreds more coconut palms have been planted, along with indigenous trees and tropical shrubs, plus an experimental orchard and covered vegetable garden. There is clean fresh water from shallow wells and plenty of wind and sun to run the windmills and solar panels that provide power and hot water.

Kizingoni Beach Parasurfing

Kizingoni Beach Parasurfing

There is plenty to do at Kizingoni – for those looking for an active holiday the swimming, snorkelling, walking and beachcombing is excellent. All kinds of water sports equipment is available – including water skis, wake boards, a Lazer, Optimists, kayaks, and SUP boards. Creek fishing and deep sea fishing can be arranged, along with dhow sailing – plus there is an opportunity for a small safari on the mainland.

Kizingoni Beach Sunset Dhow Cruise

Kizingoni Beach Sunset Dhow Cruise

Within walking distance of the Kizingoni Beach houses are two low-key and luxurious beach camps – Kizingo Lodge and Kipungani Explorer – each has an attractive beach bar and restaurant open to non-residents. The sleepy, friendly and unspoilt fishing village of Kipungani lies a mile or so to the north of Kizingoni Beach – source of coconut palm products for building, including the makuti thatch for roofs, makeka for the paths and all woven carpets. The village is also the main supply of staff, fish, seafood, dhows and donkeys.

Kizingoni Beach Dusk

Kizingoni Beach Dusk

Lamu

La Marelle House

Lamu Town Seafront

Nestling against the beautiful, unspoilt Indian Ocean coast of northern Kenya, Lamu Island is one of the most beguiling places on earth. Little changed in centuries, Lamu is renowned for the warmth of its welcome to visitors, its remoteness and tranquility, its rich and colourful history and its distinctive Swahili culture – a unique amalgam of African, Arabian, Indian and European influences.

Enchanting Lamu Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest living town south of the Sahara and the best-preserved coastal settlement in East Africa. Historic and cultural attractions include Lamu Fort, Lamu Museum and the Takwa Ruins on next door Manda Island. Lamu has always attracted and inspired the spiritual, the creative and the artistic – and the island hosts regular festivals and celebrations – from the religious and cultural to the artistic and yogic.

La Marelle House

Lamu Town Square

One of the island’s many glories is its traditional Swahili Architecture – Lamu’s unique stone townhouses, many dating back to the early 18th Century, are celebrated for their intricately carved wooden front doors, imposing entrance porches and shady courtyards, the grandeur and elegance of their interiors and their beautiful decorative stucco plasterwork.

La Marelle House

Lamu – Zidaka Niches

Lamu is not a place that believes much in progress – or indeed in haste of any kind – and life is lived at a leisurely pace. Less than 10 miles long, the island has no paved roads or cars (except the District Commissioner’s Land Rover and the occasional tractor) and nearly all transport is by foot or donkey, motorboat or sailing dhow. In a world that is increasingly homogenized and harried, Lamu makes a wonderfully authentic and unhurried retreat.

La Marelle House

Lamu Town – Shopping Street

One of the many pleasures of spending time in Lamu is exploring the byways of the historic Old Town, wandering the narrow streets and alleyways and meeting the always friendly and welcoming, often highly eccentric, inhabitants.  There is good shopping for colourful kikoys and kangas, local crafts, traditional carved furniture and more along the town’s main street, one ‘block’ back from the seafront.  Taking a dhow safari or an evening’s sunset cruise is another ‘must’ for any visit to Lamu, and another charming and leisurely way to experience the islands.

La Marelle House

Lamu – Dhow Races

Lamu is also renowned for its beautiful empty beaches, and the island’s main ocean-facing beach stretches for 8 spectacular miles from Shela village to Kizingoni on the southern-most tip of the island – it is a few minutes by boat or a 40-minute walk along the seafront from Lamu Town.  Also recommended is the sheltered sandy beach across on neighbouring Manda Island, easily accessed by dhow or motorboat.

Lamu Beach

Lamu Beach

How to get there

Lamu is best accessed by air and there are usually several scheduled flights per day to and from Nairobi. Some flights also arrive or depart via Malindi. Airlines serving Lamu include –

Flights land at the airport on next door Manda Island. Manda is less than a mile away from Lamu and the boat trip to Kizingoni Beach takes around 30 minutes. Kizingoni Beach rentals include return airport speedboat transfers.

Visitor’s Book

“Oh no – it’s time to go!  I hope for a massive rainstorm so we have to stay longer! You’ve looked after us so well. Thank you so much. See you next time.”

Ewan McGregor and family on Jahazi House.

“The house is BEAUTIFUL – amazing people.  Swam with dolphins twice!!  Had lots of cocktails at the bar and didn’t stop laughing for 11 days.  Never want to leave. THANK YOU!”

Sienna Miller on Kusini House

“Just 20 minutes by boat from mainland Kenya, Jahazi House overlooks a deserted golden Indian Ocean beach.  Constructed from coral blocks, traditional plasterwork and palm-leaf thatch, this spectacular house has a private courtyard pool for laps under blazing skies, a roof terrace and five Swahili-style bedrooms. The latter have four-posters and intricately carved door frames. Solar and wind-powered, it also has Wi-Fi. Best of all are the accommodating staff, including boat captain with speedboat and private chef. It’s tempting to just read and dine sublimely on local organic produce.“

HARPER’S BAZAAR on ‘the best places for exotic house parties’

Rates

Special 2016 Resident Rates – Ksh 60,000 per house per night on a ‘self-catering’ rate.

Please contact us for full information on rental rates including ‘full-board’ rates and Christmas and New Year rates and seasonal discounts