“We spent a week at Wazi Dubu – we were 3 couples and lots of children. The setting is perfect – you just fall out of the house onto the beach. The staff bend over backwards to accommodate you and the food is superb – we had a different flavour homemade sorbet or ice cream daily for 7 days!  The house is big enough not to have to feel you are stumbling over each other. We spend time fishing, running, snorkelling, water-skiing and just lounging in the midday heat. I can honestly say that everybody in the group rated this as the most relaxing holiday they have ever had. We will be back.”

David, Nairobi

Situated close to the southern tip of the island, just 30 minutes by speedboat from Lamu Town, Shela village and Manda airport, Wazi Dubu looks out towards the Kenyan mainland and enjoys panoramic views of the Lamu Channel, the Indian Ocean and spectacular sunsets.

Wazi Dubu is the southern-most property on Kizingoni Beach. Its spacious, cool design and palm fringed position have made it a great favourite with families and groups of friends alike.

Soft yellow walls, colourful shrubs and tall coconut palms around the central pool courtyard allow complete privacy and security, while the three elevated communal areas – the breakfast roof, sundowner baraza and main dining terrace – provide huge views of the ocean, the beach and the passing dhows.

Entertaining areas are vast and cool, decorated with traditional carved plasterwork and sturdy hardwood furniture. Brightly patterned kanga-covered cushions invite you to sink onto expansive baraza seats or cool swinging beds that are so comfortable you never want to move.

There are bookshelves and bars, intriguing local artifacts, generous pots full of bright green ferns and palms and the discreet, attentive staff, cheerfully carrying trays of fresh lime juice, afternoon tea or something stronger.

The palatial Master Suite, dominated by a huge carved mirror reflecting the facing ocean, has a breathtaking view over the pool, the beach and the sea.  Also on the first floor is a dining terrace with a table long enough to seat a dozen comfortably, the perfect party venue!

“Wazi Dubu in our view is probably the best house on the beach – it’s a short walk along the sand to the Kizingo bar and the 8 miles to Shela is a must for any would-be runners or anyone who enjoys a fabulous walk along deserted beaches!  The staff are wonderful, and the food is deeeeeeelicious – freshly-caught fish and lobsters from the local fishermen – all of whom are so friendly.  Our daughter is a kite surfer and she was in heaven – it really does seem to be purpose made for kitesurfing (and skiing and wakeboarding) and our son spent most of his time on the beach with the staff getting to know the local fishermen!  The general ambience is perfect to relax in – no air-conditioning because the breeze seems to provide all you need!  I have stayed at many wonderful places, but this is a real discovery, a hidden gem, and we will be back very soon. A wonderful stay.”  

Andreas, London

Nothing has been forgotten to ensure guests’ comfort. The ensuite guest bedrooms have private terraces, large netted beds and working desks. Even the pool has floating beanbags!  At the back of the garden is a child’s climbing frame which has been converted into a fabulous massage area, also perfect for yoga. A separate kitchen, with a laundry and staff quarters stands behind the house.

As well as an excellent chef and a team of welcoming staff, a helpful and experienced host and concierge is on hand as required to help plan and organise every aspect of your stay.  He will assist in any way he can to make your time at Wazi Dubu and on Lamu Island as easy, relaxing, happy and memorable as possible.

Wazi Dubu offers the easiest of ‘self-catering’ arrangements with a flexible meal-planning and shopping service.  Guests can choose from a delicious guideline menu in advance of their stay and the Wazi Dubu team will arrange all the local shopping for food and drink and other supplies – these are charged ‘at cost’ plus a modest service charge and transport costs if required.

Guests are free to eat out whenever they prefer and just next door is the charming and low-key Kizingoni Lodge, whose bar and restaurant are open to all.  The nearby Kizingoni Cabanas have a Creperie and Bar where guests can lounge on swing beds right next to the ocean, or perch at the beach bar and order healthy smoothies, crepes, ice creams and drinks. The Cabana Kite School offers lessons and packages from beginner to advanced level in kite surfing, windsurfing, wake boarding and water skiing.

  • A wonderfully private, expansive and relaxing beach house
  • Quietly situated on the unspoilt southern tip of Lamu
  • Multiple living, lounging and dining areas inside and out
  • 12-metre swimming pool, mature tropical gardens
  • Full-time host and concierge service as required to enhance your stay
  • Menu planning and shopping service, use of private speedboat and captain
  • Accommodates up to 12 guests (10 adults and 2 children) in 6 spacious bedrooms
  • Rates from Ksh 130,000 per night ‘self-catering’ with chef and staff
  • Double Bedrooms ensuite: 4
  • Twin bedrooms ensuite: 1
  • Twin bedroom, children’s, not ensuite: 1
  • Dining areas: 3
  • Baraza areas: 3
  • Guest cloakroom: 1
  • Massage table
  • Swinging bed sets: 2
  • Pool – 12m
  • Fully equipped separate kitchen
  • Large garden with established trees.
  • Laundry room
  • Beach shower
  • Powered by wind turbine and solar panels
  • Solar hot water

Wazi Dubu sits on the quiet and unspoilt South West Coast of Lamu Island – the island’s main beach starts at Kizingoni, curves around the southern tip of the island and stretches a further 8 golden miles to Shela Village. It is virtually empty, apart from myriad crabs, migrant and local sea birds, shells and the occasional troop of donkeys.

There are not many empty and unspoilt stretches of beach like this left in the world – offering peace seclusion, cooling breezes and clean seas – yet all the historic, cultural, retail and culinary attractions of Lamu Town and Shela Village – together with the airport on Manda Island – are just a 30-minute speedboat ride away.

The swimming, snorkelling, walking and beachcombing is excellent and other watersports are available. Nearby is  Kizingo, a low-key beach lodge with an attractive bar and restaurant open to non-residents. The sleepy, friendly and unspoilt fishing village of Kipungani lies a mile or so to the north.

Lamu is best accessed by air and there are usually several scheduled flights per day to and from Nairobi. Some flights also arrive or depart via Malindi. Airlines serving Lamu include –

Flights land at the airport on next door Manda Island. Manda is less than a mile away from Lamu and the boat trip to Kizingoni Beach takes around 30 minutes.

“Wazi Dubu in our view is probably the best house on the beach – it’s a short walk along the sand to the Kizingo bar and the 8 miles to Shela is a must for any would-be runners or anyone who enjoys a fabulous walk along deserted beaches! The staff are wonderful, and the food is deeeeeeelicious – freshly-caught fish and lobsters from the local fishermen – all of whom are so friendly. Our daughter is a kite surfer and she was in heaven – it really does seem to be purpose made for kitesurfing (and skiing and wakeboarding) and our son spent most of his time on the beach with the staff getting to know the local fishermen! The general ambience is perfect to relax in – no air-conditioning because the breeze seems to provide all you need! I have stayed at many wonderful places, but this is a real discovery, a hidden gem, and we will be back very soon. A wonderful stay.”

Andreas, London

“We spent a week at Wazi Dubu – we were 3 couples and lots of children. The setting is perfect – you just fall out of the house onto the beach. The staff bend over backwards to accommodate you and the food is superb – we had a different flavour homemade sorbet or ice cream daily for 7 days! The house is big enough not to have to feel you are stumbling over each other. We spend time fishing, running, snorkelling, water-skiing and just lounging in the midday heat. I can honestly say that everybody in the group rated this as the most relaxing holiday they have ever had. We will be back.”

David, Nairobi

  • Standard rate for up to 12 guests – ksh 130,000 per night
  • Minimum stay – 3 nights
  • Christmas – Ksh 175,000 per night – minimum stay 7 nights
  • New Year – Ksh 200,000 per night – minimum stay 7 nights
  • Christmas & New year – minimum stay 10 nights
  • Maximum occupancy – 10 adults and 2 children

All rentals are on a ‘self-catering’ basis including the services of chef and team of staff.

Menu planning and shopping services are included – food, drink and other supplies are charged to guests ‘at cost’ and are subject to a 10% service charge plus the cost of boat transport when required.

The services of a host and concierge are also included – he is available as required during your stay to assist and can help plan activities and excursions

Stays also include the use of speedboat with captain – fuel is charged ‘at cost’ according to usage, including airport transfers. The speedboat carries a maximum of 8 passengers at any time. Parties of over 8 guests will be charged for the use of an additional or larger speedboat. The speedboat is not available after dark and all use it at the discretion of house manager and boat captain.  Life jackets must be worn at all times.

Because the property relies on solar-powered electricity, electric hairdryers and other high-voltage devices should not be used.

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 3rd January 2023

The owners require all adult guests to sign a disclaimer form before their stay

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