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“Perfection on the Equator: 420 South Diani beach” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Four Twenty South Beach Cottages
Ranked #2 of 3 Galu Beach B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfection on the Equator: 420 South Diani beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Actually 4.2 degrees South of the equator, hence the name, these lovely cottages nestled on Diani beach are just a heavenly place for a holiday. We have been here 3 times now, taking a different cottage each time- there is a choice of sizes and prices depending on your needs, and it just gets better every year.
I have mixed feelings about reviewing it as it is really a secret I want to keep all to myself. It is at the quieter, more relaxed end of Diani beach but everything is within easy walk. The fisherman bring their catches in next door and can come over to the houses if you wish to buy the freshest fish and seafood you can imagine. Fresh fruit and veg also arrives this way if you ask. The cottages come with adorable staff who will cook and shop for you and keep the house clean and tidy. Even when it is very hot there is always a breeze and the rooms have lots of fans to keep you comfortable at night.
Hilary, the owner, arranged Yoga for us everyday and we kite-surfed a little further up the beach. We have also had weeks here where we have done little but read and relax and swim in the ocean at your feet. It's up to you but one thing is for certain 420 South is very special.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank hnui
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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brooklyn
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

411 south sits in front of a beautiful beach and is great in concept- self contained cottages where you enjoy privacy and a sense of having your own place on the beach. Unfortunately it is a little too private, where you may seldom or never see a manager until its time to pay the bill. We arrived with kids to a cottage with a broken cooker, broken toaster and broken hot water heater and a serious mosquito problem. The appliances we could manage but even with bednets, Doom srayed throughout, repellent on skin and two fans, my newborn, 4 year old and myself awoke to serious bites. When this was raised with the manager she then only offered an electronic mosquito zapper which helped but somewhat late as i will spend the next month anxious as to whether my kids will comedown with malaria from this exposure. Once the manger showed up 48 hours later and only to present our bill she seemed entirely unaware of the condition of the house and unsympathetic to any of our concerns. It seems her job only involves bill settling which was somewhat infuriating as when we asked to speak to the owners we were told that they were sleeping (at 10am). The owners never bothered to show up to address any o our concerns and it was that tht led us to write a review. This could be a great place if there was somebody onsite to care for guests andwho actually cared about more than collecting money.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank anni74
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

My husband and I and our toddler stayed in Chikore House for nine nights and we couldn't have asked for anything more. The house was beautiful and comfortable, the staff was truly amazing and we were only steps from the most gorgeous beach we've ever set foot on.

Our chef, Uhuru, was amazing, and we had some of the best seafood meals I've ever eaten made with fresh seafood carried by the fishermen straight to our doorstep.

We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank kenyanbushbarbie
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Buckhorn, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

What a fabulous, enchanting spot. 6 cottages on a beautiful piece of property, right on the beach. This is a small, authentic resort, on the best stretch of Diani/Galu beach. Away from the crowds in Diani, but close enough to everything. Hilary is a warm, efficient host, taking care of details in the background, and our cook prepares the most delicious fish and seafood every night. The cottages also include daily housekeeping. All the staff are friendly and accommodating. What a beautiful place to spend our holidays and get to know the south coast of Kenya.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank BuckhornOntario
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Nairobi
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2011

You couldn't find a nicer spot in Kenya for a quiet beach holiday. I woke up in a four poster bed looking onto the Indian Ocean. It is complete peace and quiet. These are beautiful cottages with history, not a fake-feeling resort. They are literally in a garden on the beach so the sea is spread right out in front of you. The staff will spoil you with mouthwatering fresh seafood or cook anything you want. You can even buy fresh oysters to have with fresh lime juice. Best of all it has a classic unspoilt beach shack restaurant next door so you don't have to put your flipflops on for your entire stay. You can have a cheap massage or pedicure on the veranda. Hilary the owner has always been here, knows Kenya inside out, and makes you feel very welcome. You can even get clothes made from beautiful Indian cotton in the little supermarket at the end of the track. Thoroughly recommend Four Twenty.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Jadedtraveller69
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Nairobi
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2011

I came back with two friends and a small kid, and we couldn't have had a lovelier time. No worries about cooking or housekeeping, the beach is one of the nicest I've ever been to, and Hilary runs the proper quietly in the background with much love and attention to detail.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AndreaBohnstedt
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Nairobi
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2011

I booked one of the cottages for a long weekend with my parents and it was an all-around perfect stay: The cottages are cute and comfortable, the view of the (picture-perfect) beach is stunning, a housekeeper dealt with all the housekeeping issues, and Alex the chef cooked amazing food - plenty of fresh seafood available. The property is quiet and Hilary, the owner, sent a taxi to the airport and found out the number of the place a bit further south where I could go horse riding. Loved it and will definitely come back!

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank AndreaBohnstedt
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Property: Four Twenty South Beach Cottages
Address: Four Twenty South Plot | Diani Beach Road, Galu Beach 80401, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Galu Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Galu Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four Twenty South comprises six colonial cottages surrounded by three acres of beautiful tropical gardens bordered by an unspoilt dazzling white beach lapped by the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. The houses are right on the sea overlooking a sandy lagoon where swimming is safe at any tide and a breeze gently cools the heat of the day. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
420 South Beach Cottages
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