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Msambweni Beach House
Msambweni Beach House
Msambweni Beach House
Msambweni Beach House
Msambweni Beach House

Msambweni Beach House


4°30’29.5"S 39°28’10.3"E

Msambweni Beach House: Our full report

Far to the south of Diani Beach, where the coast consists of cliffs above the beach, the secluded Msambweni ...

... Beach House looks out across the Indian Ocean.

There are three large and handsome Swahili-style double rooms in the main house. In front of this, possibly the largest infinity pool on the coast truly lives up to the name, stretching from inside the house itself – where you can dip your toes in what passes informally for the reception area and bar – out to what appears to be cliff edge itself.

Accessed by a boardwalk just south of the pool, is the separate, distinctive and more rustic-style Ocean Suite, which often appeals to honeymooners with its rustling palm-frond thatch and breezy, open sides.

On the north side of the main house, slightly downhill, are three private villas, each with its own pool.

On the clifftop at the edge of the property, there's a sundowner platform, wit a fireplace - a lovely spot to socialise with other guests in the evening if you want to.

The activities you can do at Msambweni Beach House run the gamut, from cycling through the nearby bush and farmland on one of their mountain bikes to various excursions, or simply chilling on the beach, in the deep shade of the coral cliff, with a cold drink at arm's length.


Our view

With its blinding white walls, distinctive Swahili-style architecture and stunning infinity pool, this is one of the Kenya coast's most enchanting places to stay. You'll be quickly seduced, as we were, by the combination of light, space and colour around the house and villas, by the intriguing and almost deserted beach and caves at the bottom of the cliff, and by the graceful, low-key service of the staff.

Richard Trillo

Richard Trillo

Kenya expert

Geographics

Location
Kenya Coast, Kenya
Ideal length of stay
3 nights or more.
Directions
Access is usually via Diani Beach (Ukunda) Airport, followed by a road transfer of about an hour. Mombasa Airport is roughly a three-hour road transfer. If you're transferring to or from from Mombasa, the Likoni ferry crossing, linking Mombasa Island with the south coast mainland can sometimes add significantly to journey times, especially at rush hours.
Accessible by
Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board
Food quality
The food at Msambweni Beach House is high-quality, creative and very tasty, with set menus with choices.

Children

Attitude towards children
Well behaved older children are welcome. Families are usually accommodated in the villas.
Property’s age restrictions
8
Special activities & services
None
Equipment
None
Generally recommended for children
Msambweni Beach House isn't ideal for children.

Communications

Communications
Fee Wi-Fi is available throughout. The laptop and printer in the shop/office can be borrowed.
TV & radio
All rooms have TVs and DVD players.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
There's a first aid kit at the house and the owner has first-aid experience. Diani Beach Hospital is the preferred local medical centre in an emergency. The local Msambweni Hospital is also available.
Dangerous animals
Low Risk
Security measures
Askaris and guard dogs look after the beach side and there is day and night security on the property.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers throughout and regular fire drills.

Activities

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

    Boat trip

  • Scuba-diving

    Scuba-diving

  • Snorkelling

    Snorkelling

  • Watersports

    Watersports

Extras

Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
Laundry service is available at an extra charge - around US$2.50 per item – using a machine and tumble drier.
Money
Limited foreign exchange facilities are available.
Accepted payment on location
Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards are all accepted, with a surcharge. You can also settle any extras in cash, in Kenyan shillings, Pounds, US dollars or Euros.

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