We stayed 10 days at Kanani House from the 15 Feb 2014 and have nothing but praise for the place.
It was hot but a very brisk wind saved us from feeling that it was too hot.
We saw no unpleasant insects of any kind and have nothing but praise for the staff. The huts ( and yes, they are glorified huts so if you like to be locked in perhaps this is not for you ) were kept spotless and so was the pool.
Elvis the cook was an absolute treasure and kept accounts on everything we asked him to buy. We were there with our son and his wife who live in Nairobi and they thought it was the best place they had stayed in having been down to the coast at least 6 times.
Access to the beach is not easy so if you prefer beach to pool that could be a problem, on the other hand you are completely undisturbed.
Perhaps a slightly more solid door to the bathroom would be nice if you feel a bit shy at using the toilet with your partner in the room and a few more board games for the evenings.
A great place !
- 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