Neem House was designed and built in traditional Moorish style by legendary white hunter and safari guide Frank ‘Bunny’ Allen. All the rooms are large and airy and feature Arabesque archways and antique carved doors from Lamu and Zanzibar. The spacious ground floor living rooms have a lovely selection of traditional teakwood furniture, and the 3.6 metre dining room table comfortably seats twelve.

Ceilings, supported by traditional Mangrove wood boriti poles, are all over three metres high. Floors are tiled with cool flagstones, sourced from the nearby Galana River. All the large exterior windows are enclosed with ornate wrought iron and the interior ‘windows’ are fitted with cane blinds or teak shutters – ensuring that the living spaces are cool and open and breezy.

“We stayed at Neem House in palatial comfort, with gorgeous views, beautiful gardens and friendly and proactive staff. Sun, sand, beaches , delicious healthy locally sourced cuisine, day trips out for rare sightings, snorkelling in crystal clear water on pristine coral reefs, colourful markets… the list goes on. We could have stayed forever!  Asante Sana!!” 

Karin, Botswana, 2015

The house sleeps a maximum of twelve guests in four bedrooms, three of which have ensuite bathrooms. All have overhead ceiling fans and large walk-in mosquito nets. The Master Bedroom has a large veranda with two additional single beds – ideal for parents with small children. The fourth bedroom, with four single beds, is a classic Zanzibar-style room with a makuti roof – ideal as a dormitory for older children.

The traditional flat roof covers an area of over 100sq metres and sits high among the tops of the Neem trees that surround the house. The views are breath-taking – particularly at sunset when the dhows are in full sail, heading home after a day’s fishing. It is a great spot for a sundowner and you will probably be joined by a charming little Sykes monkey – please don’t feed her!

There are teak loungers and relaxing day beds around the pool and on the numerous verandas around the house. The lotus-shaped plunge pool is located in a private courtyard area and is 2.5m deep. There is an outdoor shower beside to the pool and also a large stainless steel barbecue.

“Words can’t describe how gorgeous & relaxing this house is. It is beautifully laid-out and spacious with plenty of rooms, ensuring privacy and alone time if many people are staying. There were only two of us so the house was enormous but we enjoyed every inch of it. The house is very safe and secure and the staff are out of this world!  Sammy and Charo welcomed us warmly and catered to our every need. We plan to come back & tell everyone we know about Neem House!”

M.K. California USA, 2015

There are four full-time staff at Neem House – Kahindi, an experienced chef, produces classic Swahili dishes and sources only the freshest ingredients from the market. Charity is responsible for all housekeeping and laundry duties. Sammy, the groundsman, is in charge of the one acre gardens and the pool. Kombe is the night watchman and is on duty from dusk until dawn.

The house staff will be pleased to shop for food and provisions, and Abu the fisherman comes to the house daily with fish, prawns, calamari, oysters, crab or crayfish – his catch dependent on the weather. There are some excellent restaurants in Malindi and we recommend The Old Man and the Sea and The Baby Marrow.

Neem House is about 350m from Malindi’s wonderful beaches – with access either via the Driftwood Beach Club, a charming and long-established private beach resort – or down Coconut Lane. The Driftwood offers daily or weekly membership for a modest fee – which entitles guests to use all their facilities, including restaurant, bars and swimming pools.

Summary

  • A classic and really comfortable coastal family retreat
  • Close to Malindi’s beaches and many other attractions
  • Plunge pool and large shady gardens
  • Sleeps up to 12 guests
  • Standard Rental Rate – Ksh 30,000 per night

Detailed Information

Accommodation and Facilities

  • Four full-time staff – chef, housekeeper, groundsman, night guard
  • Ayahs and babysitters available locally
  • Pets welcome
  • Wifi Internet
  • Massages and beauty treatments available
  • Books, card games, board games, music system

Inside

  • Extensive ground floor living and dining areas
  • Dining table seating 12 guests
  • Large and well-equipped kitchen
  • 3 fridges
  • Master bedroom suite
  • Master bedroom veranda with 3 single beds
  • Two further double ensuite bedrooms
  • Rooftop bedroom with four single beds
  • Large flat roof area with furniture

Outside

  • Freshwater swimming pool
  • 1 acre of shady gardens
  • Sun loungers and daybeds
  • Outside dining area
  • Large barbecue
  • Hammock
  • Outside shower
  • Volleyball and badminton net

Nearby Attractions

  • Driftwood Beach Club
  • Malindi Marine Park
  • Beaches
  • Tennis
  • Watersports

Further Afield

  • “Hell’s Kitchen”
  • Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
  • Gedi Ruins
  • Kipepeo Butterfly Farm
  • Golf

Location

Malindi Beach

Malindi Beach

Part bustling coastal centre, part historic Swahili settlement and part sleepy, laid-back beach resort, Malindi is Kenya’s second largest coastal town after Mombasa.  It sits approximately half way down the Kenyan coast, close to the mouth of the Sabaki River, 120 kilometres north of Mombasa and 130 kilometres south of Lamu.

Malindi Town Centre

Malindi Town Centre

Among Malindi’s main attractions are its beautiful white-sand beaches and the Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve – this, the oldest marine park in Kenya, covers 213 square kilometres of ocean and shore – with abundant brilliantly-colourful fish, organ-pipe coral, green sea-turtles and beds of Thalassia seagrass.

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Malindi Marine Park

Visitors can also enjoy glass-bottomed boat rides, snorkelling on the coral reef, surfing, PADI diving and other water sports and activities.  Malindi is also a main centre for deep sea and big-game fishing – for marlin, sailfish, tuna, sharks and many others.  Malindi Sea Fishing Club is open to non-members, has an excellent bar and is a good place to find out more about the sport.

Malindi - Game Fishing

Malindi – Game Fishing

Malindi has become known for its large Italian population and the town has a number of excellent boutiques and delicatessens and places to eat.  The narrow streets of the old town provide good shopping for colourful fabrics, Swahili antiques and traditional furniture, while more trendy boutiques and galleries along with cafes and supermarkets are to be found along Lamu Road.  There is also a large tourist market for crafts and souvenirs.  Favourite and recommended restaurants include The Old Man and the Sea, The Baby Marrow, La Rosada and The Osteria.

Often used as a trading post and port city for foreign powers, Malindi has a long and eventful history.  In 1414, the town was visited by the fleet of the Chinese explorer Zheng He – Malindi’s ruler responded by sending back an envoy with a giraffe as a gift for the Chinese Emperor.

Malindi - Vasco da Gama Pillar

Vasco da Gama Pillar

Also given a warm reception was  Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who came to Malindi in 1498 to sign a trade agreement and to hire a guide for his voyage to India – he erected a large coral pillar on the seafront  which stands to this day.   In 1499 the Portuguese established a trading post in Malindi and the town remained the centre of Portuguese activity in East Africa until 1593 when they moved their main base to Mombasa.

Malindi - Gede Ruins

Gede Ruins

To the south of Malindi 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.   Malindi also went into decline in the 17th and 18th Centuries, but the town began to prosper again in the 19th Century as a centre of the slave trade under Sultan Majid of Zanzibar.

Malindi - 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 South West of the town 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.

Malindi - Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

How to get there

By Air

Neem House is just a short taxi ride 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

Malindi is situated on 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

“My family and I spent this past Christmas at Neem House – and had a completely incredible ten days! The house itself is exquisite – big beautiful rooms, lovely reading nooks and decor and an amazing plunge pool! The staff could not have been friendlier or kinder – they looked after us so well and treated us like Gold. Charo is a miracle worker in the kitchen and we all left a few kilos heavier! Sammi is just the best, he was our go-to for everything during the holiday and we wouldn’t have found our way around without him!  Esther is the most magical masseuse and we all had a number of relaxing massages and Purity was excellent too! We all came out from all over the world to spend Christmas together and had the most magical time, so thank you to Karen as well! We will definitely be back soon! Your house is spectacular and comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”

AK, London, 2016

“We stayed at Neem House in palatial comfort, with gorgeous views, beautiful gardens and friendly and proactive staff. Sun, sand, beaches , delicious healthy locally sourced cuisine, day trips out for rare sightings, snorkelling in crystal clear water on pristine coral reefs, colourful markets…the list goes on.  We could have stayed forever!  Asante Sana!!” 

Karin, Botswana, 2015

“We had a lovely break at Neem House which was so quiet and peaceful, very well maintained and furnished with taste. The kids loved the pool and the house – so much space to run around! Highly recommended!!”

Nina, Lamu, 2015

“An amazing house with gorgeous rooms and lots of private areas to lose yourself in. The roof is beautiful to sit and watch the sun go down and the moon come up and gaze at the stars. I love it!” 

Deborah, London, 2014

“Words can’t describe how gorgeous & relaxing this house is. It is beautifully laid-out and spacious with plenty of rooms, ensuring privacy and alone time if many people are staying. There were only two of us so the house was enormous but we enjoyed every inch of it. The house is very safe and secure and the staff are out of this world!  Sammy and Charo welcomed us warmly and catered to our every need. We plan to come back & tell everyone we know about Neem House!”

M.K. California USA, 2015

Rates

Standard rental rate for the whole house on a ‘self catering’ basis is Ksh 30,000.

Rates are based on the number of guests, duration of stay and season – please contact us for the best possible rates for your stay.