Kanani House is definitely a Robinson Crusoe experience. Tucked away at the end of a long track, it feels like it's set in a nature reserve. Sasha and Ollie have created a natural haven where frazzled city dwellers can relax utterly. At the far end of the plot, looking out over the Indian Ocean is an infinity pool where you can lounge on water hammocks, watching the pied kingfishers flutter and squeak overhead. In the evenings you can sit on a stone bench and watch the dhows sail by on the warm breeze. At low tide you can walk down through a passage carved in the rock cliff onto the beach where egrets fish in the pools, and crabs scurry into their holes. Turn left and there's a deserted beach to lie on; head straight out and you hit islands of rock where thousands of birds shelter. The house itself is made of natural materials and sympathetically decorated with driftwood and shells. The large beds all have mosquito nets. The communal area is great for lounging in a hammock and reading. We were royally looked after by Elvis who cooks fresh, delicately spiced dishes to order using local ingredients. Just a ten minute ride away by tuk tuk is Watamu town where you can go diving at the dive centre attached to Ocean Sports hotel. Kanani is perfect for couples, lone travellers, and for creative types seeking peace and nature. It's also possible to book the whole place so it would be great for a special occasion.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kanani House Hotel Watamu