Hand-picked Retreats, Local Knowledge, Personal Service

Welcome to our personal selection of holiday homes, boutique lodges, private safari camps and other unique and special places to stay. We visit, inspect and experience all the properties on our site – making sure that each lives up to our high standards of quality, character, style and service.

New retreats for Easter 2018

Ol Bobongi House

Olohoro Onyore

Azhari Beach Cottage

Olohoro Onyore Ndogo

Susie’s Camp

Distinctive, Original, Authentic, Unpackaged…

Our retreats range in style from the simple and rustic to the elegant and luxurious, and in location from bush to beach to city. Each is an individual and memorable home-from-home – a personal favourite of ours that we’re happy to share and recommend to you.

Bush Retreats
City Retreats
Coastal Retreats
Private Safari Camps

What our guests say….

“One of the best houses in one of the most magical places in the world – Lamu island is like nowhere else on earth and Forodhani is without doubt one of the most amazing houses there.  Metres from the ocean, with amazing sea views in two directions, you are right above the pier in Shela. The dhows sail past so close to the terrace it feels that your should be able to reach out and touch them.  The staff are incredibly friendly and the chef is among the best in Shela – the house is also one of the few in Shela which boasts a pool.”

Jerome, Nairobi, on Forodhani House Lamu

“Mukima House provided an amazing experience for myself and the five others in my party.  The house is absolutely beautiful and the people working there are just as magnificent!  Elizabeth made sure each and every request was attended to and she went above and beyond to make us all comfortable; Winnie gave amazing massages and Duncan really impressed us with his outstanding cooking, using fresh vegetables grown on the property – and he made the best vanilla ice cream I have ever tasted.  This is a must stay place when traveling in Kenya! We look forward to visiting again soon.”

JR, New York, on Mukima House, Nanyuki

“We had a fantastic break at Kuota House and were very well looked after by Patrick, Jackson and co.  The children were never out of the pool and even tried their hands at tennis and boule.  Beautiful birdlife, excellent barbecues, very relaxing and so easy to get to from Nairobi – thanks so much for organising it all.”

Chris, Lauren and family, UK, on Kuota House, Maanzoni

“We had a wonderful stay at Maridhiya House in Lamu and felt very much part of the Lamu community as the house is located within the old town.  The house has been beautifully restored. And the people of Lamu!  They are kind and friendly and welcoming.  Kahindi and Dixon are amazing chefs and fantastic hosts!  Thank you Andrew for answering all of my many questions! We would definitely visit again.”

Barbara, Canada, on Maridhiya House, Lamu

“My family and I spent this past Christmas at Neem House – and had a completely incredible ten days. The house itself is exquisite – big beautiful rooms, lovely reading nooks and decor and an amazing plunge pool! The staff could not have been friendlier or kinder – they looked after us so well and treated us like gold.  We will definitely be back soon – your house is spectacular and comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”

AK, London, on Neem House, Malindi

“The perfect getaway from Nairobi. We loved have the whole place for ourselves.  We had five kids under the age of ten, and they enjoyed the open spaces and the pool. The place was beautiful, well equipped and perfect in every way. We will certainly go back! The staff were helpful and polite and made our stay even better!  Thank you for making this a fantastic weekend!”

Farrah, Nairobi, on Ol-Popongi Camp, Naivasha

“A piece of paradise in the Rift Valley – the place is possibly even more beautiful than on the pictures. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the directions on how to get there were very clear (which, I can assure you, is unique in Kenya..)  Thank you for sharing Olomayiana with us – I definitely hope to be back again soon!”

Sabine, The Netherlands, on Olomayiana Private Bush Camp, Bisil

“Just 20 minutes by boat from mainland Kenya, Jahazi House overlooks a deserted golden Indian Ocean beach. Constructed from coral blocks, traditional plasterwork and palm-leaf thatch, this spectacular house has a private courtyard pool for laps under blazing skies, a roof terrace and five Swahili-style bedrooms. The latter have four-posters and intricately carved door frames .Best of all are the accommodating staff, including boat captain with speedboat and private chef. It’s tempting to just read and dine sublimely on local organic produce.”

“Set inside the beautifully restored German Boma above the village, this is Southern Tanzania’s best hotel by miles, with bags of atmosphere and outstanding accommodation, and a wide range of activities and excursions. There’s also a sophisticated restaurant and bar with consistently delicious and inventive cooking.”

The Rough Guide to Tanzania on The Old Boma, Mikindani

“We spent 5 nights at Baobab House at the beginning of October 2015 – we were 6 adults and a baby. It’s a great place and close to the beach – the house is well laid-out, the pool is great and the staff, who include a good cook, are terrific. I have stayed at another place in Watamu – but would return to Baobab House in an instant!”

Lillebeth, Guildford, UK on Baobab House, Watamu

“This house on the beach is stunning and beautifully designed and decorated. My husband and I rented the entire house just for ourselves. The property manager and house and kitchen staff were super-friendly and helpful. Hilda made a yummy breakfast every morning, which is included in the rental. It’s a magical place and you will not regret booking this spot. Everything about Kwacha house is spectacular – from the views to the comfortable beds, Zanzibar-style furnishings and private plunge pool.”

Kimberley, Malawi on Kwacha House, Zanzibar

“There really is something about this place that is so special. The setting is jaw-droppingly beautiful and the rooms cozy and comfortable – but it’s more than that. This is not a hotel – it’s a labor of love. It’s run by the owners Clinton and Elizabeth and a great team of staff. Such fascinating people who somehow magically made us feel like we’d been friends for 20 years. In a world where everything is the same, this is a one off!”

“An incredible opportunity to walk into a bygone colonial era. A wonderful house with hosts to match. Sylvia is full of fascinating recollections and charm and Bruce can advise on whatever you need to know about modern Nairobi. The garden is an absolute joy and the double room has its own private terrace to enjoy it from. We took dinner in the house – it was five stars and served in a manner fitting with the setting. Although close to the city it is an oasis away from the traffic and bustle – treat yourselves to something unique!”

“I cannot give this place enough stars. It is right on the beach with incredible views over the pool and the ocean. Everything was perfect and I would go back in a heartbeat. If you are hesitant just go, you will not regret it – a truly incredible experience.”

T.W., London on Shwari House, Watamu

“Tandala is simply beautiful – and it is easy to see the love, care and attention the Roberts family has put into the creation of their home. We stayed there with extended family and it was a perfect, self-contained, socially-oriented space where we could spend time reading, swimming, relaxing and eating well…. The staff bend over backwards to make your stay comfortable in the way that Kenyan safari staff really can. The house itself is quintessentially Kenyan and full of heritage, taste and consciousness for the environment.”

Kait, Cape Town on Tandala House, Bisil

“It was just perfect! A beautiful location, superb food, quaint tents, amazing landscape, game drives and sundowners, chilled kayaking and walking, professional hosts and great and friendly staff. It’s a perfect place to stay for a weekend (or longer) getaway from Nairobi. I will definitely recommend it and will come back again for sure. Thank you all so much.”

“Sometimes reality fails to live up to website pictures – here, it is the other way round – reality exceeds all expectations. This house is a historic dream – restored with incredible attention to detail yet retaining an authentic ‘old’ feel – and all of that with an ocean view. The staff are as friendly and helpful as they are discreet and the cooking is simply exquisite. Really hope to be back before too long”

Vincent, Nairobi on Takaungu House, Kilifi

Near to Nairobi

Properties with Pools

Romantic Retreats

Air Conditioned

Tennis, Golf, Riding

For our choice of holiday homes and boutique beach lodges on the wonderful Lamu archipelago please see our Lamu Island Property website.