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“Absolutely wonderful.”

Review of Himaya House

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View across the pool to Silversands beach
Entrance to the Main House
Side view of the House
View across pool to guest wing
View across pool to main house
View at low tide from part of garden
Master Bedroom
Master bedroom bathroom
Veranda dining table
Entrance to the living room with veranda beyond
Bedroom in separate guest wing
Outside veranda on guest wing
View from Master bedroom window to pool
Looking down to pool from Guest wing
Looking back towards HImaya at far end on cliff
Walking along side Himaya at low tide - in the South Monsoon
Looking out to Marine Park
A sunset from Himaya
Storm over the ocean from Himaya
Fisherman out in May storm
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Malindi, Coast Province

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siana y
South Molton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Absolutely wonderful.”
Reviewed April 28, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Wonderful holiday and a wonderful week at Himaya. Could not recommend it highly enough.
So relaxing, friendly staff and very comfortable accommodation. Fantastic!

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Liked best: Everything
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kari S
Jinja, Uganda
2 reviews
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“Incredible Family Home for a Holiday”
Reviewed November 10, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Our group of 3 adults and 5 children (ages 5-11) stayed at Himaya House for one month and it completely exceeded any expectation we might have had in every possible way. I cannot speak highly enough of what a joy all of our family had. We were in major need of a relaxing, peaceful time and we found that and more. The setting was beautiful and our kids had such a great time swimming in both the pool and ocean. We brought our own snorkel gear and were able to see amazing sea life just outside our private beach door. The amazing staff took care of our every need, but seemed invisible when they were not needed. Lissa was so helpful with all the details and even arranged to have the first lunch, dinner and breakfast taken care of so we wouldn't have to worry about it. The chef, Sammy, made incredible meals that even our picky 5yr old enjoyed. Town was just a short tuk tuk ride away for any food or supplies that we needed. We can't wait to travel back again and hope that Himaya will become a regular part of our children's memories for years to come.

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Liked best: How easy it was to relax and the peaceful atmosphere
Liked least: When it was time to leave.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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chris i
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5 reviews
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“Absolutely Fabulous”
Reviewed September 27, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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This holiday exceeded our expectations by a long way.
The house itself is airy and open with a breathtaking view; well appointed and stylishly designed - you don't just get a door jamb, but a hand crafted piece of work by a carver from Lamu!
Rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious, but the staff make the place and the stay memorable - present, but not intrusive yet always ready to help.
All the staff are attentive, but Sammy the chef deserves a particular mention - his prawn curry, Swahili chicken and crab cakes were outstanding, and every meal he prepared for us was delicious.
Lissa was the perfect hostess, she knows everything and everyone; nothing is too much trouble to organise, and because of her local knowledge we actually felt part of the community, rather than just a fly by night tourist.
Look out Lissa - we will be back!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Other
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Jody U
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Peaceful, fantastic staff & food, on the beach.”
Reviewed September 10, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Himaya House is a beautiful and relaxing destination. The highlight would have to be the cook, Sammy, who was brilliant! It was great to have a full-time cook on site. We didn't really want to venture out too much at all because his cooking was so great! We had fresh seafood for seven nights straight, and opted for a change after that. The other staff are lovely, fantastic service, and certainly not too obtrusive, and only too happy to help you with what you might need. It was lovely to sit in the evenings and have a meal overlooking the ocean, very peaceful environment. We stayed for nine nights with our friends and their kids. Himaya House is well set up where we had quite separate sleeping quarters, so still felt like we had a bit of privacy. The pool was well maintained and very relaxing. There is a beach access door from the property, so you can walk straight out onto the beach. Only downside of the whole trip was that our sandals/flip flops were stolen on the first day. Soon learnt that quick lesson: don't leave anything on the beach (our own fault really for not being too careful). The beach also had a few hawkers and youths pretending to be your tour guide then asking for money; but the novelty of us soon wore off after a while and we could enjoy the beach in relative peace. It's a bit of a walk to town, so we took the local tuk tuks, very affordable and quite regular, to town. Lovely and relaxing stay - just what we needed! Would recommend again. Perfect for a group of friends or a couple of families.

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Liked best: Staff and the food
Liked least: Conditions at the beach (sandals stolen)
Traveling group: Extended Family
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OcenBen
Gulu, Uganda
1 review
“Best place in Malindi”
Reviewed September 7, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Quite, beautiful, friendly staff, with great food. Just what we needed. This is a great place for small groups or families. Everything you need for a pristine holiday on the coast.

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Traveling group: Friends
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Holly P
Gulu, Uganda
1 review
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“Medicine we needed: sunshine, sand, sea-breeze & seafood"”
Reviewed September 5, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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The house is perfect. A little slice of heaven. There really isn’t a better spot in Malindi with the beach steps away, the fantastic views, sunsets from the swimming pool, beautiful garden, massive baobob tree, breezy verandas to relax on… I just wish I was going back soon. We stayed for nine glorious days with our two children (five and three) and two other friends. We could have easily had another couple or family stay though it was nice to spread out in the “guest wing” with the kids and have our own space. Lissa is a perfect hostess and helped set up the outings we wanted and recommended places to take the kids horse-back riding and snorkeling, as well as eating out—which we only did once because it is so delicious and cost-effective to eat-in (we did it plenty of gelato in town however—which his really good). And truth be told—the house has better views than any restaurant in town. The staff are amazing at being exceptionally helpful as well as entirely unobtrusive. We always felt well-looked after but like we had as much privacy as we wanted. We never had to lock anything, wash anything, or organize anything—everything seemed to be done by magic, but of course it was the conscious labor of a friendly and attentive team. Sammy’s cooking was delectable, and after being land-locked we were thrilled to have so much incredible sea-food. Sammy accommodated our group which included fussy-eating children with a separate dinner-time, and adults who both loved and totally disliked spicy food—quite a feat which he pulled off much to everyone’s satisfaction. I hope we will be back and highly recommend booking a holiday here.

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Liked best: breathing deeply
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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lynnr5520...
nyc
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Gorgeous home, perfectly situated with the most hospitable owner and fabulous, caring staff.”
Reviewed May 28, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Himaya House is a little bit of heaven on the Indian Ocean. Even in "rainy season" we saw only a few sprinkles. The weather was perfect during our stay and everyone had space to relax as they wanted. Lissa was the perfect hostess, arranging for car service at the airport, stocking our requested groceries prior to arrival, and providing suggestions and recommendations for dining, shopping and so forth. She and her staff live on premises, but they are discreet and unobtrusive. Lissa is a wonderful raconteur, and regaled us with stories of Kenya, past and present. We enjoyed the fresh seafood wizardry of Sammy, Himaya House's superb chef, as well as his marvelous breakfasts and apple pie! We plan to replicate his pesto recipe soon, and drink a toast to our new friends at Himaya House. We hope to be back one day!

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Liked best: Gorgeous property, steps from beautiful beach
Liked least: Rainy season does bring black flies
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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