“Utterly beautiful – you can’t help but completely relax when you see the setting and the pool. Michelle was so helpful – making sure we had all we needed and organising activities and reservations. We are truly thankful and couldn’t recommend it more!”
Often rented in conjunction with the adjoining Tarangau Retreat for parties of up to 10 guests, Tarangau Cottage is also available for exclusive-use stays for just one or two fortunate guests at a time. As well as enjoying the peace and privacy of the cottage and its surroundings, guests can also take advantage of the fantastic 16-metre pool and poolside terraces of Tarangau Retreat.
“Gorgeous – and equally perfect for an individual or a couple. The cottage is beautifully designed and well-decorated with a well-equipped bathroom and kitchen. The wi-fi is good, the location perfect and it’s just a short walk from the beach.”
The cottage is available on a self-catering basis with housekeeping, with a private chef and shopping service available at additional cost if required. Massages, beauty treatments, yoga and pilates can also be arranged. If you can tear yourself away from the serenity of the cottage, pool and gardens, all Kilifi’s charming, low-key attractions are within easy reach.
“A lovely quiet spot for some R&R within walking distance of Bofa beach and with easy access to Kilifi town. It’s a beautiful property with a wonderful pool and gardens. I was very pleased with the cook and would definitely visit again.”
“This place is magical and a perfect hideout. Michelle was an awesome host and helped with everything we needed. I’m definitely coming back.”
- A charming and private coastal cottage perfect for singles or couples
- Designed and furnished in smart and comfortable Swahili style
- Lovely well-appointed and well-equipped accommodation
- 16 x 5 metre swimming pool, ponds and water features
- Relax in and explore the extensive and lovely gardens and grounds
- Massages, beauty treatments, yoga, Pilates, meditation – available on request
- Owner-managed, with an experienced team of staff
- Accommodates up to 2 guests in 1 double ensuite bedroom
- From Ksh 17,500 per night for up to 2 guests ‘self-catering’ with housekeeper
- Fully self-contained
- Floor-to-ceiling windows for an inside/outside feeling
- Spacious double bedroom with queen bed
- Mosquito net and quiet aerodynamic ceiling fan
- Sofa and writing desk
- Covered veranda with seats and dining table
- Bathroom with ample wardrobe and storage space
- Complimentary Cinnabar Green bath products
- Well-equipped kitchen
- Wi-fi internet
- 16 x 5 metre swimming pool
- Sun loungers and sunshades
- 4.5 acres of gardens and grounds
- Fishpond with pergola
- Gas BBQ
Other amenities and services
- Massage, reflexology, manicure or pedicure – available on request at additional cost
- Private meditation, pilates or yoga classes – available on request at additional cost
- Chef available for Ksh 2,500 per day
- Menus and menu planning – available in advance and on request
- Food & wine shopping service – available in advance on request and at additional cost
- Security guard services
- Fire services compliant
- COVID19 certified compliant
Tarangau Retreat is quietly situated on Bofa Road in a leafy residential area about 10 minutes’ drive north from the centre of Kilifi town. Beautiful Bofa Beach is a 5 minute stroll from the house and Salty’s beach bar and restaurant, which also offers kite surfing is about 10 minutes away on foot
Kilifi is a busy small town with plenty of shops and services including a well-stocked Naivas supermarket. The Express Shop on Bofa Road stocks gourmet food and drinks. All kinds of water sports and activities are available – from deep-sea fishing to snorkelling, water skiing and scuba diving – Kilifi Creek is home to 3 Degrees South Watersports Centre, AquaVentures Dive Centre, Sunset Dhow trips and more.
Kilifi attracts ocean sailors and the creek offers a fabulous deep-water yacht anchorage and is ideal for boating and windsurfing. Larger boats can be hired from the Boatyard about a mile up the creek on the south shore, where there is a pleasant bar and restaurant. Other recommended places to eat are Nautilus on the north shore of the creek and The Food Movement and The Twisted Fig in Kilifi Plantation.
Mombasa, Malindi, the ancient ruins at Gedi and the Arabuko Sokoke Forest – all make interesting day trips from Kilifi and all are within about an hour’s drive of the house. There is an excellent golf course at the Vipingo Ridge development about 30 minutes away – the course has been designed and built to the exacting USGA standard and is of international class. It has a spectacular setting, at the top of the ridge overlooking the Indian Ocean.
How to get there
Kilifi is about one hour’s drive from Mombasa to the south and a little less from Malindi to the north. Driving time from Nairobi to Kilifi is around 7 hours.
There are daily flights on ALS from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the airstrip at Vipingo Ridge which is about 25 minutes away by road from Kilifi https://www.flyals.com/
Airlines flying to Malindi and/or Mombasa from Nairobi include :–
“Absolutely idyllic. The staff spoiled us, the food and wine were simply superb. Thank you Michelle for a truly magical experience.”
“This is a perfect place to stay, whether on a vacation or as a place for virtual work. The service is impeccable, the food is delicious. The owner Michelle is magical, she sees to it that your stay is memorable. Keep up the excellent work.”
“We had the most wonderful stay at Tarangau; the house is perfectly appointed for a restful and pampered holiday. Thank you to the staff for looking after us and our kids attentively. The kids had fun, we had fun and we hope to be back soon.”
Standard Accommodation Rates
Ksh 17,500 per night
Minimum stay – 3 nights
Check-in from 3pm and Check-out by 10 am
All stays are on a ‘self-catering’ basis including housekeeper
Chef and shopping service available for an additional Ksh 2,500 per day
The swimming pool and inside and outside water features are unfenced. Children must be closely supervised around the pool and ponds by an adult guest and should never be left unattended in any part of the property at any time.
Please contact us to make a booking
Please familiarise yourself with all our terms & conditions when making a booking
Bookings can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment. Until a booking is confirmed, availability is subject to change without notice.
The owners require all adult guests to sign an indemnity / disclaimer form on arrival
These rates, terms & conditions are valid only for bookings up until 10th January 2024