“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!”
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.”
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.”
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.