I spent a week at Kanani and found it to be so relaxing that i cold actually nap on a swing chair in the middle of the day- i am NOT a napping kind of person! Beautiful surroundings, away from the noise and mania of London, or Nairobi for that matter. Sasha & Oli have created an environmentally sound accommodation in Kenya that it is impossible not to relax in. Board games, swing chairs, stunning views, excellent James Bond Style tunnel to get down to the sea. Elvis is an astounding chef and it is easy to wile away a few hours chatting with him and learning from his extensive knowledge of the region. Falling asleep listening to the sounds of waves crashing or watching the sun set from the pool - this is the kind of place you go for pure decadence and self indulgence.
There are some good places to eat locally, although you do need a car. I also highly recommend being hooked up for a turtle release adventure. What a monumental experience that was.
You won't have staff waiting on you hand and foot but there is always someone around to help you out if you need it.
- 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