The Kiswahili word Shwari expresses a sense of peace and tranquility – and where better to experience such feelings than at this lovely and hugely appealing beachfront house? Guests always comment on Shwari’s luxurious but laid-back atmosphere, its beautiful and creative architectural design, its feeling of absolute space and calm and its very friendly, competent and attentive staff.

The large size of the house and grounds, the spacious bedroom suites and the many different living, lounging and relaxing areas around the property mean that Shwari can happily accommodate large family groups without feeling crowded or uncomfortable, and the wealth of activities, water sports and excursions available nearby mean that guests can be as energetic or easy-going as they wish.

“An exceptionally luxurious villa in the most beautiful Watamu location. Tina and her daughters are wonderful hosts and most knowledgeable on all aspects of the area.  A must if you enjoy quality and luxury.”

St. John, Vipingo

Shwari has six spacious en-suite bedrooms and can sleep up to 12-14 guests in comfort – all have ceiling fans and all-enveloping mosquito nets. The bedrooms are all unusually large and airy and feature relaxing daybeds and lounging areas, balconies, verandas and roof terraces.

Three of the bedrooms have fixed double beds, and three can be arranged according to guests’ preferences – with single, double or triple beds. The spectacular and imaginatively-designed bathrooms, all with delicious complementary Cinnabar Green bath products and cosy bathrobes, deserve a special mention.

“My very favourite house on the beach! A beautiful Sale Terrena house built by well-known and designer Andrew Melesi. With comfortable interiors and wonderful hosts, Shwari house has it all!”

Lesley, Nairobi

There are three expansive living rooms – each is comfortable, spacious and unique. One has satellite television and complimentary WiFi. All the living rooms at Shwari have extra-high ceilings, keeping the villa naturally cool and airy. Impressive Lamu-style doors and tall windows bring natural light to the rooms, and all the high-quality hardwood furniture is locally sourced and specially crafted. The house is very well equipped, and designed, decorated and furnished with taste, style and attention-to-detail throughout.

Meals can be taken at the long hardwood dining table inside or in the lovely poolside makuti-thatched pavilion. Both full-board and ‘self-catering’ options are available. There are no less than 10 staff on hand to look after the guests, house and grounds. Indoor staff include two gourmet chefs producing a wide variety of mouth-watering dishes, a butler, room stewards and a laundry manager. All are there to take the strain and ensure that your stay is as restful and carefree as possible.

“We were blown away by how stunning Shwari is! Having visited many luxurious houses and boutique lodges around Australia, we were impressed that Shwari exceeded all our expectations. Great stay, delicious food, and such friendly people, we will be back! ”

Katie, Sydney, Australia

Shwari nestles in 3 acres of lovely tropical gardens overlooking, and with direct access to, Watamu’s wonderful beach – recently voted one of the top three beaches in Africa and one of the top ten in the world. The lovely and very inviting infinity pool is run on a self-cleaning system with no necessity for chlorine or other chemicals.

Shwari makes the very most of its naturally beautiful setting, and combines stunning design, excellent facilities, exceptional cuisine and exemplary service to great and memorable effect. Where better to spend a special family holiday or enjoy a perfect end to your safari?


  • A really luxurious villa in a gorgeous beachfront setting
  • Designed, furnished and appointed with taste, style and attention to detail
  • Lovely big infinity pool and 3 acres of tropical gardens
  • Excellent and attentive staff and exceptional cooking
  • Sleeps up to 14 guests in 6 ensuite bedrooms
  • Standard rental rate – ksh 80,000 per night

Detailed information

Accommodation and Facilities

  • 10 staff including – Head Chef, Sous Chef, Butler, Room Stewards, Pool Attendant, Gardeners, Maintenance Man, Laundry Manager

Inside –

  • 6 ensuite double bedrooms
  • 3 bedrooms can be arranged as family rooms with up to 3 beds each
  • Roof terraces, verandas and balconies
  • 3 Living rooms
  • Dining area
  • Well-equipped kitchen

Bedrooms and bathrooms feature –

  • Electronic safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Cinnibar Green bath products
  • Ceiling fans
  • Mosquito nets

Other services include-

  • Satellite TV
  • Wifi internet
  • Good cellphone signal
  • 24 hour on-site security
  • Twice daily housekeeping services
  • Complimentary laundry service

Outside –

  • Infinity pool
  • Dining pavilion
  • Poolside cabana
  • 3 acres of tropical gardens
  • Direct beach access

Activities available on request include –

  • Beauty treatments
  • Massages
  • Yoga
  • Personal Training
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding

Water sports including –

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Windsurfing
  • Dhow sailing


Watamu Beach

Watamu Beach

Watamu (“home of the sweet people” in Kiswahili) is a small town on the Kenyan coast, 120 km north of Mombasa and 20 km south of Malindi.  It has won an international reputation for its pristine white-sand beaches, clear waters, offshore coral formations and reef-protected lagoons, which line the Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve, the oldest and largest in East Africa, covering over 229 square kilometres.

The Marine Park and Reserve is renowned worldwide for its natural beauty and boasts a rich marine life – from visiting Whale Sharks and Manta Rays to three species of Sea Turtle. It is also considered one of the best snorkelling and diving areas on the coast of East Africa. Watamu has been voted one of the three best beaches in Africa and one of the top ten beaches in the World – steeped in natural fauna and flora and with three stunning bays -Watamu, Blue Lagoon and Turtle Bay.

Scuba Diving, Watamu

Scuba Diving, Watamu

All kinds of water sports and activities are available in Watamu – from sailing and deep sea fishing to scuba diving, water-skiing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding. Tribe Watersports, situated on Turtle Bay beach is a good first stop and can cater for most of one’s needs – offering tuition, equipment rental and advice.

Kite Surfing, Watamu

Kite Surfing, Watamu

There is a good supermarket in Watamu together with a range of local shops, and a bigger selection of shops and boutiques about 30 minutes away in Malindi. Recommended places to eat and drink include the Pilipan restaurant at Mida Creek a little to the south of town, and the bars and restaurants at Hemingways Resort and Ocean Sports on Turtle Bay beach.

Bio-Ken Snake Farm

Bio-Ken Snake Farm

The Bio Ken Snake Farm and laboratory houses East Africa’s largest collection of snakes and is one of the world’s most renowned snake research centres. It specialises in antivenin research, and also acts as an emergency service for snake-bite victims throughout the region. Well-informed guides lead excellent 45-minute tours of the facility.

Gedi Ruins

Gedi Ruins

The Gedi Ruins are the ancient remains of a substantial Swahili Arab town dating from the 12th Century. Once a thriving and well-planned community of at least 2500 people, with a magnificent palace, several mosques and many large stone houses, the people of Gedi grew rich on trade with India, China and Europe, but the town was mysteriously abandoned in the 17th Century.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen

Just north of Malindi and a few miles inland close to the village of Marafa is the picturesque ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ – Malindi’s answer to The Grand Canyon – a dramatic series of rock formations and gorges. The 4,300-hectare Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve is situated to the west of Watamu and is the largest single block of indigenous coastal forest remaining in East Africa – it forms the centrepiece of a world-renowned habitat for rare and endangered mammals and birds.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

How to get there

By Air

Watamu is less than 30 minutes by road from Malindi Airport which has several scheduled flights each day to and from Nairobi. Some flights also arrive or depart via Mombasa or Lamu.

Airlines serving Malindi and Nairobi include :–

By Road

Watamu is situated just off the main B8 coastal highway and the driving time from Mombasa should be less than two hours. Driving time from Nairobi is around nine hours via Mombasa.

Driving to and from Nairobi, It is also possible to bypass Mombasa and to travel through Tsavo East National Park on the picturesque C103 Road which follows the route of the Galana River.

Visitor’s Book

“We were blown away by how stunning Shwari is! Having visited many luxurious houses and boutique lodges around Australia, we were impressed that Shwari exceeded all our expectations. Great stay, delicious food, and such friendly people, we will back!”

Katie, Sydney Australia

“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., UK

“With Informal luxury and fantastic service our stay at Shwari Watamu was unforgettable. The villa was perfect for our group of friends and family, and an ideal base for a variety of fun activities, including water sports, spa treatments, nature visits, and dhow cruise, all arranged by the Shwari team. A great venue for an event, Shwari helped us celebrate a birthday in great style. The food was exceptional, with fresh fruit, seafood, and healthy salads prepared by the chef. Nothing was too much trouble for the friendly staff, we can’t wait to get back to enjoy another stay in paradise soon”.

N.C., Kenya


Standard rental rate – ksh 80,000 per night