“The Treehouse is an unusual and enchanting hotel – as tranquil in ambiance as the blanket of emerald forest and pristine beach that envelops it. The two dove-white towers are an architectural delight – built mostly without walls they offer 360-degree views over the Kenyan coastline. With its curved stairways winding their way to the roof, and a lack of straight lines and corners, the design gives a nod to Catalan architect Gaudi. The hotel was dreamed up by Kenya’s renowned stained glass artist Nani Croze, whose blue, turquoise, and purple-hued glass designs decorate the towers. The result is a light-filled mosaic of a building that is a delight to be within. The service was very thoughtful, and the staff were clearly proud of the place.”

The Daily Telegraph on ‘The Best Hotels in Kenya’

Watamu’s wonderful Treehouse is situated on one of the loveliest and most unspoilt stretches of beach in Kenya. There are no large hotels or resorts nearby – only the occasional private holiday home amid the coastal forest. The Treehouse consists of two dramatic towers, linked by stairs, bridges and ramps – their inspiring and organic architecture affords a 360-degree panorama of the Indian Ocean coastline on one side and indigenous woodland, coconut plantations and creek on the other.

Each of the seven bedrooms at the Treehouse is unique, breezy and refreshing – constructed out of local materials and recycled glass, and furnished with big comfortable beds and fine linens, nets and towels. Accommodation is flexible and adaptable, and, in common with so much else at the Treehouse, can be arranged to fit guests’ requirements. Singles or couples can choose an individual bedroom, and larger groups or families can opt to stay together in one or other of the towers.

“Words cannot describe the incredible experience we had staying at Watamu Treehouse for our honeymoon. The Treehouse family are truly that – a family – who welcome you into their space and make you feel so comfortable. The attention to detail and extra effort made by Paul, Ellen and the staff to make it even more romantic was so appreciated. The food was just fantastic – fresh and flavoursome, and our kayak trip will never be forgotten, nor will walking in the mangrove trees and watching the sunsets and sunrises every day. Thank you to you all – we will be back for an anniversary one day!”

Meg, Cape Town

Kaskasi, the North Tower, has three double bedrooms – each is self-contained with its own balcony and bathroom. Two rooms have beautiful 360-degree views of the sea and forest – perfect for watching the sunrise, sunset, moonrise and stars. The third has an incredible view of the forest and sunset. Kaskasi also has a kitchen, living & dining room and rooftop lounge area. There are additional sleeping areas and the tower can accommodate 6-8 guests

Kuzi, the South Tower, has 4 bedrooms – each with 2 or 3 beds, bathroom, private balcony and private dining space. All the bedrooms have incredible sea views, and three of them also have views of the sunset and forest. Kuzi also has a kitchen, two group dining areas and relaxing lounge areas. Additional sleeping areas mean that Kuzi can accommodate 8-12 guests in total.

Each tower has a choice of several scenic verandas, relaxing lounge areas and a sublime rooftop space – all designed to accommodate both communal activities and private retreats. Downstairs under the trees is the organic and curvaceous ‘cool pool’ and a lovely private path winding down through the forest straight to the beach.

“The Tree House is one of the most unique guest houses I have ever stayed at. Views of the forest, monkeys playing in the tree canopy and seeing the ocean from every angle, with each room designed to catch the sea breezes. The Star Bed on the very top floor was a romantic nest with a panorama lookout to soothe any nature lover’s soul. The fresh healthy meals and juices were delicious, and activities like the creek float and SUP Board Yoga were amazing. Guides and instructors were friendly, knowledgeable and very encouraging. I would stay again in a heartbeat.”

Mel, Australia

A stay at the Treehouse is designed to be as effortless and relaxing as possible – with the convenience of making your own schedule – or of having absolutely no schedule at all. A friendly, experienced and hospitable team of staff are always on hand to tailor your stay to your requirements – with meals, activities and excursions taking place when and where you want them.

Meals can be served in several charming dining areas inside and out, and the emphasis is always on superbly healthy, natural and delicious food. Guests can choose from vegetarian or vegan dishes – together with excellent fresh fish and seafood. Start the morning with fruit and freshly-squeezed juices. Enjoy a full breakfast with specials such as coconut or buckwheat pancakes, coastal coconut beans, avocado toast, quinoa breakfast porridge, home-made muesli and yoghurt.

Lunches and dinners often consist of delicious and nutritious soups, salads and seafood main courses. At dusk, enjoy sundowner snacks and a smoothie or a glass of wine as you experience the magic of a Watamu nightfall. Most dishes are sugar-free, wheat-free, nutrient-rich, very fresh and very energising. Dairy-free and gluten-free diets can be accommodated, and the chef will be pleased to customise meals to guests’ tastes and requirements.

“The Treehouse is amazing – one of the most peaceful places I have ever stayed and absolutely beautiful. Paul the owner and all the staff made sure all our needs were taken care of. The food was all healthy and all DELICIOUS. The location is wonderful – 3 minutes walk down to the beach. I will be back again!”

Alex, Nairobi

Yoga is a major focus at the Treehouse – it is the perfect place for a relaxing and energizing yoga class or a full yoga retreat in harmony with the elements. The top floor 360-degree yoga room was purpose-built for yoga at the highest point in Watamu, and there are numerous other places to do yoga in nature – under the trees, on the beach, on paddleboards or exposed sandbars. Please get in touch for the latest schedule of classes and retreats – or to organise a custom yoga retreat for your own party.

The Treehouse team can help organise a number of other optional activities. These include gentle expeditions by kayak or SUP (stand-up-paddleboard) and sunset dhow trips around Mida Creek. Trained masseuses can massage clients in their rooms or on the roof at reasonable prices. There are walks on the beach, through magical mangrove forests, to the nearby Arabuko Sokoko forest reserve and local villages. Snorkelling in the offshore Coral Gardens is superb. Watamu is also great for kite-surfing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and other water sports.

Summary

  • A very special beachfront guesthouse in unspoilt natural surroundings
  • Spectacular design and cool, spacious, flexible accommodation
  • Yoga, kayaking, paddle boarding and other activities
  • Cool pool and woodland walks down to a beautiful beach
  • Delicious, healthy and nutritious cooking, excellent staff, owner-managed
  • Accommodates 14+ guests in 7 bedroom suites
  • From ksh 10,000 per guest per night ‘bed & breakfast’

Detailed information

Accommodation

  • 7 double/twin/triple bedrooms
  • Ensuite bathrooms and private balconies
  • Flexible and adaptable accommodation
  • Comfortable lounges, verandas and balconies
  • Dining areas inside and out
  • Top floor yoga studio
  • Shady ‘cool pool’
  • Woodland walks
  • Pathway to beach

Activities available

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Pilates
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Beachcombing
  • Kayaking
  • SUP – stand up paddle-boarding

Available nearby

  • Kite surfing
  • Scuba-diving
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Dhow sailing
  • Other water sports and activities

Location

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

“The Treehouse is amazing – one of the most peaceful places I have ever stayed and absolutely beautiful.  Paul the owner and all the staff made sure all our needs were taken care of.  The food was all healthy and all DELICIOUS.  The location is wonderful – 3 minutes walk down to the beach.  I will be back again!”

Alex, Nairobi

“Words cannot describe the incredible experience we had staying at Watamu Treehouse for our honeymoon.  The Treehouse family are truly that – a family – who welcome you into their space and make you feel so comfortable. The attention to detail and extra effort made by Paul, Ellen and the staff to make it even more romantic was so appreciated.  The food was just fantastic – fresh and flavoursome, and our kayak trip will never be forgotten, nor will walking in the mangrove trees and watching the sunsets and sunrises every day. Thank you to you all – we will be back for an anniversary one day!”

Meg, Cape Town

“The Tree House is one of the most unique guest houses I have ever stayed at.  Views of the forest, monkeys playing in the tree canopy and seeing the ocean from every angle, with each room designed to catch the sea breezes.  The Star Bed on the very top floor was a romantic nest with a panorama lookout to soothe any nature lover’s soul.  The fresh healthy meals and juices were delicious, and activities like the creek float and SUP Board Yoga were amazing.  Guides and instructors were friendly, knowledgeable and very encouraging.  I would stay again in a heartbeat.”

Mel, Australia

“The Treehouse is an unusual and enchanting hotel – as tranquil in ambiance as the blanket of emerald forest and pristine beach that envelops it. The two dove-white towers are an architectural delight – built mostly without walls they offer 360-degree views over the Kenyan coastline. With its curved stairways winding their way to the roof, and a lack of straight lines and corners, the design gives a nod to Catalan architect Gaudi. The hotel was dreamed up by Kenya’s renowned stained glass artist Nani Croze, whose blue, turquoise, and purple-hued glass designs decorate the towers. The result is a light-filled mosaic of a building that is a delight to be within. The service was very thoughtful, and the staff were clearly proud of the place.”

The Daily Telegraph on ‘The Best Hotels in Kenya’

Rates

Bed & Breakfast – residents ksh 10,000, non-residents $120

Half Board – residents ksh 12,000, non-residents $142.50

Full Board – residents ksh 14,000, non-residents $165

Single Occupancy Supplement – residents ksh 3850, non-residents $45

Availability