A beach house with a difference, Ras Kikadini is only 10 miles south of Mombasa Island and 6 miles north of Diani airstrip – but a world away from bright lights and big city. It sits in a peaceful and secluded 12-acre oceanfront sanctuary – home to indigenous forest, tsuni antelope, dwarf mongoose, monitor lizards and a huge variety of birdlife.
From the house, mature tropical gardens dotted with huge old frangipani and palm trees lead down to a completely private white-sand beach cove with cliffs above. Here guests can swim, sunbathe, snorkel and beachcomb in peace and privacy. The beach hosts Green Turtle hatchings every month.
“A wonderfully remote & private location with one of the most fantastic views on the Kenyan coast, Ras Kikadini is truly a one-of-a- kind place for those who want to get away from the crowds and really kick back… Beautifully and tastefully decorated with a blend of modern luxury and simple coastal vibes”
Built in the middle of the last century and completely renovated and refurbished in 2016, the house is decorated in keeping with the 1950s look that the new owners inherited. It blends one-off furniture designs and retro photographs, clean lines and colourful tropical prints to stylish and original effect.
The house accommodates up to eleven guests in three Ground Floor bedrooms and an upstairs loft. All the Ground Floor rooms have concertina doors opening onto the garden terrace. One Sea View Bedroom is ensuite with a King-size double bed and an extra optional single couch bed. The second Sea View bedroom has a King-size double bed and separate bathroom. The Garden View Bedroom has two Queen-size double beds and ensuite bathroom.
The First Floor loft has two single beds and a desk at the picture window – it opens onto a roof terrace with lovely ocean views. The three bathrooms have powerful showers heated by an efficient and modern solar system. All the bedrooms are open and breezy and have fans and mosquito nets, and children and babies can be accommodated with cots and a baby bath provided on request
“We had a really great time at Ras Kikadini and Michael and Maisha did a very good job of taking care of us during our stay. The place is beautiful and just perfect for spending relaxing days with a group of friends.”
Downstairs there is a lofty central dining and living space, and 12 guests can be seated comfortably at the custom-made, antique-wood dining table. On either side of the dining area there are two separate sitting areas plus bar area and large drinks fridge. There are great views from this room with its open panoramic windows.
Experienced host and chef Michael specialises in delicious and healthy meals, including of course excellent freshly-caught local fish and seafood. Suggested menus and shopping lists can be sent to guests before they arrive and shopping is best done in Diani or Mombasa on the way to the house – there are no shops nearby and once you arrive at the house you really won’t want to leave.
At Ras Kikadini there is also a total absence of restaurants, beach bars, beach boys, tourists, noise, distractions and intrusions – making it the ideal retreat for anyone who really wants to escape, slow down and enjoy a simpler, quieter way of life for a while.
As well as relaxing gatherings of family and friends Ras Kikadini is the ideal venue for weddings, private parties and yoga or health retreats. There are additional accommodation options next door and nearby, as well as a large catering-style kitchen with 2 large stores, guest staff accommodation and plenty of parking. All kinds of equipment – from yoga mats to a dance floor – is also available to rent for functions and events.