We stayed at Monkey beach house and the house next door for two weeks, for no reason other than we all work far too hard in London and all desperately needed a very special break. All 16 of us (8 adults, 8 kids) turned up after our exciting journey of bus, tube, planes, more buses, ferry and a mini van ......and then stepped into paradise. Within minutes, the kids had put their swimming costumes on and jumped in the pool where they stayed for pretty much 10 days solid playing with the lovely children from the other rental apartments. In the meantime, Monkey Beach House and Diani gradually worked its magic on us. We swam to the mini reef every morning (200m out from the tree in the front), ate Hussains fabulous food, walked along the breathtaking beach, and got stuck in on the road side making friends with everyone in every establishment up to Nakumat. Hugh the owner is fabulous as are the staff, and the place is absolutely magic - the beach, the people, the area, the sea, the road side....Thank you Monkey Beach House & team - we had such a fabulous time.
We visited Monkey Beach House for 4 nights with three families, including several small children - and can't say enough about this amazing property. The house, pool and beach are all as stunning as the photos, and the entire area is incredibly safe and peaceful. Everything you need is just a tuk-tuk ride away, including groceries. The pool has a separated toddler section making swimming very easy for everyone. The chef took such great care of us, making excellent Swahili food for the adults and additional kid-friendly options for our children. Our only regret was not staying longer; we'll definitely be back!
I spent 4 nights at Monkey Beach House with my family - 4 adults and 3 kids - and had an absolutely wonderful experience! The house is just gorgeous and has 5 rooms each with a separate ensuite, so plenty of time and space for everyone. The living / lounging areas are divine, with large Swahili style day beds to hang out and doze on, a deck with views of the ocean and swimming pool for meals, and a master bedroom on the rooftop with views of the ocean and palm tree tops. The place is stunning - pictures cannot do it justice!
The staff (a big shout out to our cook Hussein and cleaner Anne) were friendly and welcoming, making us feel instantly at home and straight into 'holiday mode'. Each night we ate delicious fresh seafood, Swahili fish curries, pizza - Hussein was open to cooking just about anything and very accommodating with our requests! Hugh was a gracious host and a friendly and helpful presence - giving advice on a snorkelling trip with local fishermen and also local culture and customs.
We couldn't have asked for more, or imagined a more beautiful space to spend our holiday. We felt happy, safe and well looked after the whole time (not to mention relaxed, having a lovely pool to swim in, but also being a stones throw from the beach!). Also helpful to be less than 100 metres from Sails restaurant and a couple of other great eating spots.
This place is a real treat and I could not recommend it more highly! Thank you Hugh, Hussein and Anne for a beautiful time - we will most certainly be back!
We are two families who stayed there for a few days and really enjoyed it, the house is nice, spacious, nicely decorated, and very close to the beach. The only issue is the showers were not working in almost all the rooms...
We rented Monkey Beach House for our honeymoon with family and friends. It turned out to be the perfect find. We loved the Swahili architecture of the house which was very spacious & comfortable and had plenty of places to have some alone time or gather with the group.
We were very well looked after by Hugh and his friendly and attentive staff. No request was too great - all we had to do was ask. We were especially well taken care of by the chef, Hussein, who cooked us delicious meals throughout.
The pool area was lovely. Even though it was shared with the other houses on the property, it felt very secluded and it was a friendly environment. We especially loved being so close to the beach and took advantage of it with long walks and morning swims in the ocean.
We'll definitely be back to Monkey Beach House and would recommend it to friends without hesitation.
We spent 5 nights here with the extended family. It is a fantastic spot - right on the beach. Our 2 cooks were amazing. The sea water is warm and the beach pristine. I will be back
The Monkey Beach House is astonishingly beautiful. Rooms are very well furnished and beds impossibly comfortable! Bathrooms were gorgeous, with nice hot showers. The pool is lovely and well maintained, and though shared, this was never an issue and neighbouring guests were very friendly. We were very lucky to be taken care of by a great team, especially Hussein , who is one of the best chefs i have had the good fortune to come across. I still have dreams about his seafood barbecue! The beach was lovely and mercifully clear of hawkers, just the occasional one or two, and they were polite and friendly. If you want to experience the next best thing to paradise, i suggest you head to the Monkey beach House as soon as possible. Thank you Monkey Beach House for a 50th birthday weekend that has taken permanent residence in our memories!