A brand-new beach house completed in late 2016, Ibambe is imaginatively designed, beautifully built and furnished and expertly managed – all by the same talented and dedicated team as Watamu’s highly-acclaimed Shwari House.
Ibambe sits in a quiet, elevated and secluded position in its own large plot with direct private access to Turtle Bay – the quietest and most exclusive of Watamu’s three beaches. While the house is peaceful and self-contained, all the attractions of Watamu are nearby and guests can choose to be as active or as laid-back as they wish. Experienced managers are on hand to help and a concierge service is also available to organise a range of activities and events.
The house comes with a full complement of staff who will ensure your stay is as easy and relaxing as possible. An impressively wide variety of dishes is available, and meals are prepared in the large and comprehensively-equipped kitchen using only the best and freshest local ingredients. The fish and seafood are wonderful – and are only obtained from sustainable sources using sustainable fishing methods.
“We had an amazing time at Ibambe – we loved every second and really enjoyed the house. Juma, Edward and Douglas were brilliant and welcoming and really great with the kids – the whole experience really was perfect.”
Throughout the house and grounds there are areas to relax or socialise – including a large covered veranda on the Ground Floor terrace with wonderfully colourful and comfortable sofas. Another spacious sitting area upstairs on the First Floor veranda takes advantage of lovely ocean views and breezes, and there are sea-view balconies and terraces outside the First Floor front bedrooms.
On the Ground Floor there is an air-conditioned television room with DSTV – perfect if you need to retire and escape the heat of the day for a while. For guests who need to stay connected to the outside world there is free complimentary wifi throughout the house.
All the bedrooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. They have overhead fans, fitted mosquito nets and well-designed ensuite bathrooms. Four of the bedrooms – each with a Queen-size double bed – are air-conditioned. The top ‘quadruple’ bedroom with two double beds – ideal for children – is more open and rustic in style. It is set under the high eaves of the makuti-thatched roof and enjoys naturally cooling sea breezes.
“Ibambe House is among the most beautiful houses on the Kenyan Coast. Everything is perfect – the location, the design, the staff, the beach and the view. Luxury with great taste. We really felt privileged to be there and had a fantastic Christmas and New Year holiday.”
Downstairs there is an internal dining area and two bars – one inside and one ‘Bali-style’ bar and dining area beside the swimming pool. The lovely big freeform freshwater pool is run on a self-chlorinating system and uses no harsh chemicals. It has wide and gently sloping ‘beaches’ on two sides – making it perfect for smaller children wanting to splash in the shallows.
Beyond the swimming pool a private path slopes gently down through indigenous forest and palm groves to the beach. Unspoilt and spectacular, it is regularly voted one of the very best in Africa. In Kiswahili ‘Ibambe’ means to keep enjoying life and having fun – a very appropriate name for this lovely, bright and very happy holiday home.