Jahazi House

A luxury villa to rent on Kizingoni beach, Lamu, Kenya

A traditional Swahili-style house on an eight-mile stretch of unblemished beach in a sleepy, secluded corner of Lamu.

Sleeps: 10

Price Guide 2021:

Rates are available on request

Service:

  • Fully staffed including:
    House manager & boat captain
    Private chef

Accommodation:

  • Rooftop master suite with private study, en-suite dressing room & bathroom
  • 3 large double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms & private verandas
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room & private veranda

Facilities:

  • Private pool in the courtyard (10m)
  • Direct access to 8-mile stretch of beach
  • Beach shower & large planted garden
  • Private boat & captain at your disposal
  • Sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, snorkelling & kayaking
  • Portable massage bed, bar & 2 Swahili swing beds
  • Relaxation areas (barazas) by the pool & on the roof

General:

  • There are regular scheduled flights between Nairobi & Lamu; flights take between 1 hr 40 mins & 2 hrs depending on the aircraft
  • Guests are met at Lamu airport & transferred to the house by vehicle & private speedboat

Some helpful PDFs:
Ground floor plan | First floor plan

Named after the large dhows that once brought trade and wealth to Lamu off the coast of northern Kenya, Jahazi House is a luxury beach villa built in traditional Swahili style.

The house sits in two acres of gardens and protected sand dunes on one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, Kizingoni – an eight-mile stretch of sand that’s lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The setting couldn’t be more idyllic.

The house has been designed, built and furnished with impeccable taste, drawing on local craftsmen and resources wherever possible. The thatch roof, for example, like the house’s floor mats, was woven from coconut leaves by women from the local village. And in the master bedroom, the Swahili four-poster bed was built by local carpenters and the beams in the ceiling are hewn from the local mangroves.

The master bedroom is, in fact, not so much a room as a spacious master wing with far-reaching, breathtaking views in all directions. Occupying nearly half of the first floor, it boasts a study, a dressing room and an airy en-suite bathroom.

The rest of the first floor is an open baraza (Swahili for ‘meeting’) area with piles of colourful cushions and two wooden Swahili swing beds. It’s a great spot for relaxing, reading or sipping on sundowners at the end of a perfect day.

The other four bedrooms (three doubles and one twin) are all accessed off the arched and colonnaded courtyard on the ground floor. Each is simply furnished – mainly with furniture made to order on Lamu but occasionally with antiques that have come from as far as Java – and has an en-suite bathroom and private veranda.

The courtyard itself is open to the sky and has at its centre the villa’s 10m pool. A carved mahogany door separates the courtyard from an entrance hall embellished with Lamu plaster wall carvings and stylised turtles; the real things can be found a few feet away, nesting on the beach.

Outside, a downstairs veranda wraps clear around the house Its front section is perfect for candlelit dining and gazing out admiringly at Kizingoni beach, where hippos and buffalo have been known to arrive after swimming from the mainland.

A wonderful team of staff are on hand to help out in any way they can. Use the villa’s private speedboat to go snorkelling or waterskiing. Learn how to fish from a traditional dhow. And feast on local cuisine such as fish, crab and lobster.

A tranquil island retreat embodying Swahili simplicity.

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