Rating: Deluxe Price from: Â£225-Â£410 pp full board
Set in 28 acres of ground including its own private beach, Msambweni Beach House is an ideal location in which to relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean views. This family owned and run hotel combines a perfect location with first class facilities and service, retaining an intimate atmosphere with accommodation for a maximum of just 12 guests. The main house is an elegant Lamu-style building with whitewashed walls. Accommodation is in 3 guest suites, each with ensuite bathroom and private verandah. All rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished. There is also a luxury tented room, with ensuite bathroom and terrace. All rooms in the main building are light and airy, with high ceilings. Additional accommodation is provided by 2 separate villas, offering self contained luxurious accommodation, complete with their own jacuzzis and pools.
The large infinity pool looks out over the ocean, while the winding jetty makes perfect place to enjoy a sundowner. The food is of the highest quality and is a mix of Swahili, Belgain and French cuisines, with an emphasis on fresh local seafood. Meals are served al freso by the pool or on the beach. The hotel also offers barbecues and picnic lunches.
Guests can enjoy lazy days around the pool or stolling along the beach, with its palm trees and fine sand. Snorkelling, fishing, wind surfing, kite surfing and croquet are some of the activities available, with scuba diving, golf and tennis to be found nearby. Relaxing massages can also be arranged. The hotel can organise excursions to Kisite Marine Park, known for its sea turtles and dolphins, and to Shimba Hills, where elephants and antelopes can be seen.
Open: All year
Location: Kwale, Kenya Coast, south of Mombasa.
Rooms: 11 rooms in total, 6 in the Main House, an Ocean Suite and some Private Villas.
Activities: Swimming; snorkelling; sailing; mountain biking are all available on site as well as things like table tennis and beach volley ball. Nearby you will be able to scuba dive; play golf; go deep sea fishing; kit surfing; and take part in other motorised water sports. Kisite Marine Park and Shimba Hills are both close by.
Facilities: Some rooms have air conditioning, please specifically request this. There is a 25m pool; Spa; DVD-TV; Laundry is available.
Dining: French and Belgian cuisine is served here (with a Swahili twist), and there is also an emphasis on seafood. You will dine on the terrace by candlelight, but shhh! Sometimes there is a surprise meal at The Sandbank.
Children: In the Main House children under 16 years old are not permitted unless the whole Main house is booked by you. In the Private Villas children from 10 years old are accepted
Health: This is a malarial area
Communication: Internet Wi-fi
"Msambweni Beach House is in a spectacular setting on the cliffs above a quiet beach area, so you\'re unlikely to be troubled by the beach boys who hang around in so many other places on the southern coast. Having drinks before dinner on the viewing platform under the incredibly bright stars and Milky Way was quite an experience. My room was very spacious and had a large loggia which was occasionally visited by small inquisitive monkeys who seemed harmless but quite used to humans and therefore a bit on the cheeky side. I made sure I didn\'t leave anything out that they could make off with! Generally I thought the accomodation was of a good standard and the service acceptable if a little apathetic. MBH was very peaceful and made for a good final place to unwind at before returning to the UK."
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Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
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