“The best secret for a vacation in Malindi, Kenya. It’s like having your own luxury home with a full team of staff attending to all your needs under owners Sabina & Piero’s supervision. I highly recommend it. I felt I was living in a spa with massages and yoga sessions every day. A temple of rejuvenation and good energy. It was beyond all my expectations.”

Jean-Charles, USA

“In this charming, owner-run villa, there is a striking painting by the artist Giampaolo Tomasi who portrays the head of the Mijikenda tribe, seats made from traditional dhows, Armando Tanzini sculptures, Indian fabrics and objects, the Italian taste of Lalla Spagnoll’s decor, and more. 10 guests can occupy the main house which has five spacious rooms. There are two large verandahs and a big swimming pool coupled with a pool deck which would be great for practising yoga.”

Nomad Magazine on ‘Our Top Four Houses of 2019’

“Sabina and Piero embrace the real sense of Africa and hospitality.  These two extraordinary hosts with their excellent knowledge of the area can help and assist you in making your stay unforgettable!  Their love and passion for this amazing land is so big that you can feel it!  This place has such attention to detail and such a high quality of service – I really miss it and have so many happy memories of my cozy home in Africa!”

Viviana, Italy

  • A beautiful and luxurious villa with the feel of a boutique hotel
  • 5 spacious ensuite bedrooms – all air-conditioned
  • Expansive living, lounging & dining areas
  • Exquisitely furnished and decorated
  • Lovely swimming pool (12.5 x 8 metres) and tropical gardens
  • Helpful and hospitable owner-managers and staff
  • Concierge service to arrange excursions, shopping trips, meals out and more
  • Standard rates from ksh 50,000 per night for 8 guests ‘self-catering’ with chef and staff
  • Ground Floor master bedroom suite connecting to a twin bedroom
  • 3 further double bedrooms – one on the Ground Floor and two on the First Floor
  • All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioners and walk-in wardrobes
  • First floor open-plan living and dining area under the makuti cathedral roof
  • Garden terrace on the Ground Floor with living areas and big dining table
  • Entrance hall with sitting area, massage room, well-equipped kitchen
  • Store for sports gear, laundry, linen and towels
  • Swimming pool (12.5 x 8 metres) with sun beds and towels
  • 1 acre-plot with mature gardens, pool deck, swinging beds
  • Wi-fi internet
  • On-site management, menu-planning, shopping and assistance
  • Concierge, event planning, restaurant reservations
  • Excursions to the beach, diving, riding, golfing, deep-sea fishing and more
  • Masseur, personal trainer and yoga instructor upon request
  • 24-hour security guard services
  • Electrical back-up system
Malindi Beach

Malindi Beach

Part bustling coastal centre, part historic Swahili settlement and part sleepy, laid-back beach resort, Malindi is Kenya’s second largest coastal town after Mombasa.  It sits approximately half way down the Kenyan coast, close to the mouth of the Sabaki River, 120 kilometres north of Mombasa and 130 kilometres south of Lamu.

Malindi Town Centre

Malindi Town Centre

Among Malindi’s main attractions are its beautiful white-sand beaches and the Malindi Marine National Park & Reserve – this, the oldest marine park in Kenya, covers 213 square kilometres of ocean and shore – with abundant brilliantly-colourful fish, organ-pipe coral, green sea-turtles and beds of Thalassia seagrass.

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Malindi Marine Park

Visitors can also enjoy glass-bottomed boat rides, snorkelling on the coral reef, surfing, PADI diving and other water sports and activities.  Malindi is also a main centre for deep sea and big-game fishing – for marlin, sailfish, tuna, sharks and many others.  Malindi Sea Fishing Club is open to non-members, has an excellent bar and is a good place to find out more about the sport.

Malindi - Game Fishing

Malindi – Game Fishing

Malindi has become known for its large Italian population and the town has a number of excellent boutiques and delicatessens and places to eat.  The narrow streets of the old town provide good shopping for colourful fabrics, Swahili antiques and traditional furniture, while more trendy boutiques and galleries along with cafes and supermarkets are to be found along Lamu Road.  There is also a large tourist market for crafts and souvenirs.  Favourite and recommended restaurants include The Old Man and the Sea, The Baby Marrow, La Rosada and The Osteria.

Often used as a trading post and port city for foreign powers, Malindi has a long and eventful history.  In 1414, the town was visited by the fleet of the Chinese explorer Zheng He – Malindi’s ruler responded by sending back an envoy with a giraffe as a gift for the Chinese Emperor.

Malindi - Vasco da Gama Pillar

Vasco da Gama Pillar

Also given a warm reception was  Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who came to Malindi in 1498 to sign a trade agreement and to hire a guide for his voyage to India – he erected a large coral pillar on the seafront  which stands to this day.   In 1499 the Portuguese established a trading post in Malindi and the town remained the centre of Portuguese activity in East Africa until 1593 when they moved their main base to Mombasa.

Malindi - Gede Ruins

Gede Ruins

To the south of Malindi 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.   Malindi also went into decline in the 17th and 18th Centuries, but the town began to prosper again in the 19th Century as a centre of the slave trade under Sultan Majid of Zanzibar.

Malindi - 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 South West of the town 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.

Malindi - Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

By Air

The house is just a short taxi ride 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

Malindi is situated on the main B8 coastal highway and the driving time from Mombasa should be less than two hours. Driving time from Nairobi is around eight hours on the Mombasa Road.

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.

“The best secret for a vacation in Malindi, Kenya. It’s like having your own luxury home with a full team of staff attending to all your needs under owners Sabina & Piero’s supervision. I highly recommend it. I felt I was living in a spa with massages and yoga sessions every day. A temple of rejuvenation and good energy. It was beyond all my expectations.”

Jean-Charles, USA

“In this charming, owner-run villa, there is a striking painting by the artist Giampaolo Tomasi who portrays the head of the Mijikenda tribe, seats made from traditional dhows, Armando Tanzini sculptures, Indian fabrics and objects, the Italian taste of Lalla Spagnoll’s decor, and more. 10 guests can occupy the main house which has five spacious rooms. There are two large verandahs and a big swimming pool coupled with a pool deck which would be great for practising yoga.”

Nomad Magazine on ‘Our Top Four Houses of 2019’

“Sabina and Piero embrace the real sense of Africa and hospitality. These two extraordinary hosts with their excellent knowledge of the area can help and assist you in making your stay unforgettable! Their love and passion for this amazing land is so big that you can feel it! This place has such attention to detail and such a high quality of service – I really miss it and have so many happy memories of my cozy home in Africa!”

Viviana, Italy

  • Standard rate for up to 8 guests – Ksh 50,000 per night
  • Standard rate for 9-10 guests – Ksh 60,000 per night
  • Minimum stay – 3 nights
  • Christmas & New Year – Ksh 80,000 per night for up to 10 guests
  • Minimum stay – 7 nights
  • The house is rented on a ‘self-catering’ basis including the services of chef and team of staff
  • Check in – 3 pm, Check out – 10 am
  • Full-board or half-board accommodation also available – please contact us for further details
  • Maximum occupancy – 10 guests including children
  • These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 3rd January 2022
  • Please contact us to make a booking
  • Please familiarise yourself with all our terms & conditions when making a booking

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