The Kabanas, Kizingoni Beach

Remote, romantic and highly relaxing – a collection of new 1 and 2 bedroom beach cottages with pool specially designed for couples and honeymooners, the Kabanas share the same exceptional standards of comfort and hospitality as the Kizingoni Beach houses.

“What a wonderful time we had at Kizingoni. The staff were all lovely and the chef did so well. We look forward to returning again. Thank you so much.”

Becca, USA

Kizingoni Beach, with its wonderfully secluded and stylish beach houses, has quickly established itself as one of East Africa’s most sought-after destinations – renowned for its peace, privacy and luxury.

Sharing the same wonderful location and excellent service as Kizingoni’s larger family houses, is this collection of just five charming rustic cottages – or kabanas – which have been specially designed for couples, honeymooners and (very) small groups.

Each kabana has a spacious double bedroom, ensuite bathroom and covered veranda terrace with living and dining area and lovely sea views. Some are made entirely of mkeka and makuti palm thatch, others have coral stone walls and foundations. All are beautifully furnished with Swahili antiques, local rustic furniture and fabrics and pieces from the Far East.

“We booked a last minute break at Kizingoni Beach and it was fabulous. Kieran, the manager was bright, attentive and professional and the chef created delicious food – from small bitings to a full New Years Eve dinner. We went out on a dhow to watch the sun set, ate supper by candlelight on the beach, had massages, visited Lamu Town and took long walks along the beach. It was blissful. The accommodation is well positioned and well cared-for. I would heartily recommend it and cannot wait to go back!”

Wendy, UK

Sitting on a raised sand dune at the centre of Kizingoni Beach, the kabanas share a fabulous elevated freshwater infinity pool. Beside the pool is a spacious thatched area for dining and relaxing – complete with swinging beds and sun loungers.

Kizingoni’s renowned chefs prepare and deliver a delicious daily full-board menu of meals and drinks, which can be enjoyed on the top dining deck or in the privacy of your own kabana. Attentive and discreet staff are always on hand to make sure your stay is as easy and relaxing as possible.

The kabanas enjoy direct access to Kizingoni’s own quiet, sheltered and virtually private sandy beach. A few minutes’ walk takes you to miles of empty oceanfront and the dramatic dunes of the island’s main beach. Also within walking distance are two quiet beach lodges – Kizingo and Kipungani Explorer – each with a friendly, low-key bar and restaurant.

“We loved this place because you can just turn everything off and relax – all you need are flip flops, swimming gear and a tee shirt. The food is great and included crab pasta, lobster, sauteed fish and rice – all excellent. At ‘tea time’ freshly made cake (usually whole and still warm!) is brought to you and resistance is futile. Francis looked after us and was always right there when you needed him and was utterly charming.”

Rupert, Nairobi

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

Guests have access to a speedboat and captain on request, and a variety of activities and excursions are available by arrangement – including water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking and windsurfing, massages, dhow sailing, dolphin spotting and sea fishing. Trips to historic Lamu Town and the archipelago’s other attractions can also be arranged.

Summary

  • Specially designed for couples and honeymooners
  • Rustic chic, excellent food and service
  • Spectacular elevated freshwater swimming pool
  • Peace, seclusion and beautiful deserted beaches
  • Watersports, massage, sailing, fishing – all available
  • Standard Resident Rate – Ksh 20,000 per 2-person kabana per night – full board

Detailed Information

Location

The Kabanas sit 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

“What a wonderful time we had at Kizingoni. The staff were all lovely and the chef did so well. We look forward to returning again. Thank you so much.”

Becca, USA

“We booked a last minute break at Kizingoni Beach and it was fabulous. Kieran, the manager was bright, attentive and professional and the chef created delicious food – from small bitings to a full New Years Eve dinner. We went out on a dhow to watch the sun set, ate supper by candlelight on the beach, had massages, visited Lamu Town and took long walks along the beach. It was blissful. The accommodation is well positioned and well cared-for. I would heartily recommend it and cannot wait to go back!”

Wendy, UK

“We loved this place because you can just turn everything off and relax – all you need are flip flops, swimming gear and a tee shirt. The food is great and included crab pasta, lobster, sauteed fish and rice – all excellent. At ‘tea time’ freshly made cake (usually whole and still warm!) is brought to you and resistance is futile. Francis looked after us and was always right there when you needed him and was utterly charming.”

Rupert, Nairobi

Rates

  • Special 2017 Residents Offer – Ksh 20,000 per kabana per night (2 guests sharing on a full board basis)
  • Minimum stay – 2 nights
  • Full board accommodation includes all meals, soft drinks and return airport transfers by speedboat
  • Please contact us for non-resident rates and for Christmas and New Year rates