Jahazi House, Kizingoni Beach

A luxurious beachfront villa wonderfully situated on the secluded west coast of the island, Jahazi House has 5 ensuite bedrooms and a lovely big courtyard pool. A stay here ensures absolute peace, privacy and relaxation – with water sports and activities for the more energetic.

“Oh no – it’s time to go! I hope for a massive rainstorm so we have to stay longer! You’ve looked after us so well. Thank you all so much. See you next time!”

Ewan McGregor and family on Jahazi House

Kizingoni Beach is a small and exclusive collection of just six private holiday homes, spread out across 24 acres of coastal land close to the southernmost tip of Lamu island. The houses sit beside a deserted and virtually private beach, looking out across the bay to the mainland coastline. The dramatic sunsets at Kizingoni often have to be seen to be believed.

Jahazi House is named after the trading dhows which plied the Indian Ocean trade for centuries. It sits right on the edge of the beach, surrounded by a two-acre garden of fruit trees, coconut palms and tropical shrubs and flowers.  The entry hall has a baraza seating area, cushioned day sofa and a shady beachfront dining area, leading to the inner courtyard and beautiful deep clear swimming pool.

“We were lucky enough to spend three heavenly nights at Kizingoni Beach. The house is absolutely beautiful – very tastefully decorated and comfortable. The staff were all wonderful and served the most delicious fresh seafood. There is time to relax and also plenty to do. Our children were furious to miss out as they were at school and I can’t wait to go back and take them too!”

Heather, Nairobi

Four double ensuite guest bedrooms all lead off the courtyard – each has a private veranda looking onto the gardens – each with writing desk, occasional table and chairs and antique Lamu daybed. Beyond the pool there is a covered baraza area which can also be used for sleeping – it leads through an ancient carved door onto a wooden deck with swinging beds.

The First Floor roof is one huge terrace, partially covered with makuti to provide shady bar, dining and sitting areas. To the rear of the house is a cool and spacious master bedroom wing, including private salon, ensuite dressing room and bathroom.

“Kizingoni is stunning and extremely beautiful – a paradise on the Kenyan coast. Set in a quiet section of Lamu with no beach boys so we had our dream beach holiday. The staff were super, incredible and always helpful. The food is so scrumptious. We had a wonderful time and truly relaxed away from our busy Nairobi lives. I recommend Kizingoni beach anytime.”

RS, Nairobi

Jahazi House is imaginatively designed, and built and equipped to the highest standards. It is furnished in colonial Arab Swahili style – with tropical hardwood furniture and lovely fabrics and fittings sourced from Kenya, Morocco and Indonesia. The feel of the house is one of absolute space, simplicity, comfort and tranquillity – with shady verandas and terraces, welcoming daybeds and lounging areas..

Jahazi is a wonderful place to entertain in style – or simply to relax and let go with family and friends. It was designed from the start to be as eco-friendly and self-sustaining as possible – electricity is produced by solar panels and windmills, and clean water is pumped from wells in the nearby sand-dunes.

“We had the most relaxing time at Kizingoni. The setting is beautiful, with the beach on our doorstep. The staff were friendly and helpful and we felt very safe there. There’s something for everyone – water skiing, dhow trips, fishing, although you can simply do nothing and be happy. I highly recommend it as a really magical place.”

Cosima, London

Jahazi House come fully-staffed with cook, room and table steward, laundress and gardener. It is also supplied with a speedboat and captain, and, if one can tear oneself away from Kizingoni, the sights and delights of Lamu and Shela are a short boat ride away. The boats are also equipped for water-skiing, wakeboarding and snorkelling. Sundowner cruises around the bay on Jahazi’s dhow Kilindini (‘deep water’) are always popular, and other excursions and activities are also available.

Summary

  • Secluded, spacious, stylish and very special indeed
  • Gorgeous courtyard swimming pool
  • Direct access to a beautiful deserted beach
  • Speedboat and captain available
  • Sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 ensuite bedrooms
  • Standard rental – Ksh 60,000 per night

Detailed Information

Accommodation and Facilities

  • 5 full-time staff – Chef, Room/Table Steward, Laundress, Gardener, Boat Captain
  • Accommodation available for nannies or other staff
  • Pet Friendly – dogs welcome

Inside

  • Master Bedroom Suite with private salon
  • Four further twin/double ensuite bedrooms
  • Roof terrace and veranda
  • Upstairs and downstairs dining areas
  • Expansive living and entertaining Areas
  • Baraza seating areas upstairs and downstairs
  • Huge courtyard swimming pool
  • Swinging beds
  • Separate kitchen, laundry and store
  • Good cellphone coverage
  • Wifi internet

Outside

  • Speedboat with captain
  • Tropical gardens
  • Beach shower
  • Sunbeds
  • Wind turbine and solar panels
  • Solar hot water

Sports and activities available

  • Fishing
  • Dhow sailing
  • Waterskiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Donuting
  • Snorkelling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Supboarding

Location

Jahazi House 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 are two low-key beach lodges – Kizingo and Kipungani Explorer – each has 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.

Visitor’s Book

“Oh no – it’s time to go! I hope for a massive rainstorm so we have to stay longer! You’ve looked after us so well. Thank you all so much. See you next time!”

Ewan McGregor and family on Jahazi House

“We were lucky enough to spend three heavenly nights at Kizingoni Beach. The house is absolutely beautiful – very tastefully decorated and comfortable. The staff were all wonderful and served the most delicious fresh seafood. There is time to relax and also plenty to do. Our children were furious to miss out as they were at school and I can’t wait to go back and take them too!”

Heather, Nairobi

“Kizingoni is stunning and extremely beautiful – a paradise on the Kenyan coast. Set in a quiet section of Lamu with no beach boys so we had our dream beach holiday. The staff were super, incredible and always helpful. The food is so scrumptious. We had a wonderful time and truly relaxed away from our busy Nairobi lives. I recommend Kizingoni beach anytime.”

RS, Nairobi

“We had the most relaxing time at Kizingoni. The setting is beautiful, with the beach on our doorstep. The staff were friendly and helpful and we felt very safe there. There’s something for everyone – water skiing, dhow trips, fishing, although you can simply do nothing and be happy. I highly recommend it as a really magical place.”

Cosima, London

Rates

  • Standard rental rate – Ksh 60,000 per night (minimum stay 2 nights)
  • Low season (May & June) – Ksh 50,000 per night (minimum stay 2 nights)
  • Christmas and New Year – $1000 per night (minimum stay 7 nights)
  • Maximum occupancy – 10 guests

Jahazi House is rented on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of staff and chef

Rentals include the use of speedboat with captain – fuel is charged separately