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“A Piece of Paradise”

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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Jax02
Oakville, Canada
1 review
“A Piece of Paradise”
Reviewed 15 June 2011 for a stay in July 2010

What a wonderful time that was had by me and my family in Malindi. We stayed at the Himaya House on the strong recommendations of our friends, and we were definitely thankful for the time spent here. We had previously visited Mailindi on our honeymoon about 8 years ago, but stayed elsewhere, and did not have as great a time. But this time, staying at a new place, with wonderful staff, a beautiful location, it was hard to say good bye.

We never lacked for activities. The immaculately maintained pool was much used; frolics down to the beach to swim or play on the beautiful sandy beach; boat rides and snorkelling around the coral reef; shopping in town; or simply lounging on a hammock while enjoying the scenes of the coast. Whether it was adventure or downtime, you could find much to do to enjoy your stay.

The service was outstanding. We found the rooms and grounds immaculately maintained. The staff was also very discreet, and never in the way and never intruding on our time around the Himaya House. Our own needs were always attended to promptly and most often without us asking. The employees were very friendly, and were all present to great us upon our arrival and departure. Being vegetarians, we found that staying in to eat our meals the way to go. The meals that were prepared by the chef were very inventive, delicious and truly catered to our tastebuds and needs. I don't think we could have had better elsewhere. And the owner, Lissa, was also a great font of information on things to do. Lissa makes sure that her visitors have their needs met, and makes you feel like family.

Himaya House is a place you can stay at whether you are on a romantic getaway, or on a family vacation with children. We travelled with two kids(ages 3 and 5) and they had a fabulous time. They were very sad to leave, especially since they loved swimming in the pool, swimming in the ocean, and playing in the sand--they were never bored. And the views from Himaya House are unparalled in Malindi, especially being up in a cliff, with the beach just steps away. A very romantic location and place(almost wish we had gone here on our honeymoon...).

We will definitely return here next time we visit Kenya. You will not be disappointed with Himaya House!!

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Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
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mopti1991
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Heavenly Himaya House”
Reviewed 15 June 2011 for a stay in July 2010

After our holiday at Himaya House, we wouldn't want to stay anywhere else. Stunning panoramic ocean views, wonderful Kenyan hospitality, being able to choose between swimming in the beautiful pool or the sea (the beach being accessed via the property's private pathway) all combine to make this an exceptional holiday home. The rooms are both large and sea-facing - and have verandas - so wherever you are on the property you are afforded a breathtaking vista. The garden with its palms, ferns, baobabs, desert roses, bougainvillea and hibiscus add to the magic and colour of this very special place. And we were so well looked after; the laundry, cleaning and cooking were all done for us, with Sam producing one absolutely delicious meal after another. Silas and Kombe - along with Sam - made sure everything was taken care of during our stay. They couldn't be nicer or more welcoming. Himaya benefits enormously from having Lissa, the owner, living in her own home on the property. She maintains the house, pool and garden to a very high standard but never intrudes on her guests' privacy. If you seek her help or advice she is more than happy to do whatever possible for you, and it is well worth asking her about where to go in Malindi. The town is a few minutes taxi or tuktuk ride away, and provides a bustling contrast to the tranquility of Himaya with a mix of grocery and fabric shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels side by side with stalls and market streets. The beaches offer watersports ( we only went goggling), glassbottom or old sailing boat trips, and we also really enjoyed a trip further afield to the historic site at Gede. We would unreservedly recommend Himaya House and can't wait to go back for what we are sure will be another perfect holiday.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists Luxury-minded travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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