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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We stayed with two of our sons following a trip to Masai Mara. We had the place to ourselves and it was fabulous. The setting is great, the pool had great views, and the cooking by host Elvis was superb - he would go to the market every day and get whatever we wanted for dinner. The fish was amazing... More 

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed here for three days over Easter and had a wonderful, relaxing break during a packed visit to Kenya to visit our son. Elvis's cooking and the pool are the absolute highlights. Do be sure to eat dinner there every night--superb! At low tide, you can pass through a tunnel to the beach/shore and walk out to the rocks,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

There were no other guests during our five-day stay, and the entire property was for us. Everyday we laid ourselves by the pool side watching lots of birds passing by, with the companion of two friendly house dogs. Dinner prepared by Elvis the chef was fresh, healthy and so enjoyable that it became the highlight of the day. Nearby, in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Kanani House is set on its own private estate on the Kenyan coast near Watamu, replete with ocean view, three beautiful barefoot luxury open air huts (thatched roof, ensuite bathroom with good hot shower, huge bed), a private hidden passage down to the beach (during low/medium tide) and the must spectacular infinity pool overlooking the Indian ocean. The staff went... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

Returning to Kanani House for a second time was even more of a relaxing experience than last time. We took my parents along and the set-up was ideal - we each had our banda but could get together by the pool or in the evening in the airy communal area. What I love about Kanani is that it's so peaceful.... More 

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Arusha, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Robinson Crusoe, shabby chic environment. Three very comfortable separate bandas, and one communual banda, all linked by paths to the wonderfully positioned pool that sits on top of the 20ft cliff looking out to sea. Great views, access to beach via tunnel, very private. Good position 2km from centre of Watamu. Staff wonderful, especially main guy Elvis who is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

The place is a hidden gem, with lovely views of the ocean. The staff are friendly, and particularly the food was outstanding. There is a feeling of safety, and seclusion. Ideal as a getaway for couples, or a group of friends. Be careful what season you visit, the trade winds can make the nights very windy and uncomfortable. Access to... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

Great location and relaxing environment, but a lot of this was undone by staff who were lacking in professionalism as well as the poor accommodation (living quarters). The owners have definitely invested a lot in the place but need to keep a closer eye on maintaining the quality and reputation of Kanani House.

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Seattle WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

We really enjoyed our time at Kanani House! The location above the ocean, with great views was so beautiful. Elvis was great! He was a great host, tour-guide and chef! Kanani house was so peaceful and we hope to be back again soon! 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

We arrived at Kanai House after 6 days horseback safari so being able to do very little was just what we needed and kanai House is perfect for that. A beautiful food, great food, chill out areas and accommodating hosts all led to a perfect stay. We walked along the beach and to the islands as well as went to... More 

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sashakamen, Owner at Kanani House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying at Kanani House and for your review and compliments. We're delighted that you had such a wonderful time! Thanks again for letting us know your thoughts about the full board menu - we've only just started offering it, so it's really useful to have your feedback, and I've put some of your ideas into... More 

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kanani House is set on six acres on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. We have 3 double bedrooms, which can be rented individually, or the whole house can be rented on an exclusive basis. Kanani is fully staffed, with a great chef and two house stewards so our guests can relax completely.Kanani House was designed and built by an English couple with a passion for Kenya - we wanted to give guests a real taste of Africa at the coast. We have a strong environmental commitment, local and sustainable materials are used wherever possible and almost everything is handmade by local workers. We were inspired by the upcountry private safari lodges as well as the local architecture to build a house more like an African Village than a conventional western house. Each bedroom is a private cottage with en-suite bathroom set in the landscaped indigenous garden. The rooms are screened for privacy but open to the sea breezes. Kanani is a Robinson Crusoe experience - we have no landline, TV or computers, so you can get away from the stresses of modern life and unwind. Access to a small private beach is at low tide through our tunnel - hand carved through the fossilized coral rock, and securely gated, or you can walk or take a tuk tuk to the public beaches. If you're feeling less adventurous, you can just laze by our infinity pool overlooking the ocean. There are lots of great things to do in and near Watamu: snorkeling, diving, dolphin watching or sailing in the Watamu Marine Park; walks in the Arabuko Sokoke forest and the Gede Ruins, canoe trips, fishing, horse riding and windsurfing can all be arranged. We hope you can come and stay at Kanani House soon! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kanani House

Address: Plot 399, Fire Road, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Price Range: $90 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Kanani House Hotel Watamu
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