Rating: Deluxe Price from: Â£150-Â£410 pp full board
Tucked away on an unspoilt island in the Indian Ocean, yet only 15 minutes flying time from Mombasa, the Funzi Keys´ unique appeal is its luxurious seclusion and beautiful natural scenery. Surrounded by water and superbly located on a west-facing beach with glorious views of the African sunset, this remote and exclusive hideaway is the perfect place to escape from the outside world in style.
Funzi Keys has a large swimming pool with an extended deck area looking over the water which is used for outdoor dining. There is also a huge main lounge and dining area. Lunches and dinners have daily changing menus with an international theme from highly skilled chefs and meals can be arranged at a supplement either on cushions on the beach, on a sandbank or at your room. There are no set meal times and no dress code - being relaxed and comfortable is the theme here!
The accommodation consists of nine spacious beach front cottages set along the high-water line and constructed of stone and thatch with large netted windows open to the balmy sea breezes. Each of the individually designed rooms has a hand carved king-sized four-poster bed and is furnished with local wooden artifacts and colourful fabrics plus a jacuzzi with spectacular sea view! All cottages are provided with fans, safes and beach accessories and an oversized bathroom. In front of each cottage is a private sitting area where guests can enjoy a drink and watch the sun go down in total privacy.
There are also eight sea view cottages set back between the beach front rooms. These also have four poster beds and all other facilities the same as the beach fronts but not jacuzzi baths.
The large lounge area is full of huge Swahili sofas and squashy cushions and from the dining room upstairs you have an amazing view across the water.
There is a massage room and a variety of activities on offer, but most people just want to stay here and enjoy the exclusive retreat for what it is - -a little corner of getaway from the world .... paradise!
Funzi Keys will be closed from April 2016 to the end of the year, for restructuring
Open: Funzi Keys is open from 1st July to 15th April. Funzi Keys will be closed from April tll the end of December in 2016 for renovations
Location: Funzi Keys is on an island off the southern Kenya coast a 15 minute flight from Mombasa.
Rooms: There are 8 seaview cottages, 7 deluxe seafront cottages and 2 deluxe seafront family cottages. All have large 4-poster beds with mosquito nets, fans, 24-hour electricity, safe, tea and coffee makers, cool boxes, complimentary beach accessories and en-suite bathrooms. The seaview cottages have verandas and the deluxe rooms have a beachfront area with sunloungers and a Jacuzzi. The family cottages have an adjoining room for children with twin beds and en-suite facilities.
Activities: The hotel arranges boat trips to a sandbank for private picnics and relaxation, cruises in the bay and to the Ramisi River, and deep sea fishing. You can also go windsurfing, canoeing and sailing. Diving and snorkelling can be arranged.
Facilities: There are 2 restaurants, one in the main house and the other by the pool. Private dinners can be served on the beach. The hotel has a bar. There is a large freshwater swimming pool and a sundeck. Massages, manicures and pedicures can be arranged. The boutique sells a range of gifts and clothes.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting can be arranged.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the main house.
"I loved this place - such a great laid back feel to it and lovely food - eating on the beach by campfire sitting on cushions was fantastic. "