Wazi Dubu House, Kizingoni Beach

Luxurious and laid-back Wazi Dubu enjoys an idyllic and secluded position on Lamu’s lovely Kizingoni Beach and is the perfect private retreat for larger families or groups of friends. Relax and experience beautiful breezy accommodation, a 12-metre swimming pool, the services of an exceptional team of staff and the use of your own private speedboat with captain.

“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

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 16 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.

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.

Just next door to the house is the charming and low-key Kizingoni Lodge, whose bar and restaurant are open to all. The nearby Kizingoni Cabanas have a beachfront Creperie and Bar and their Cabana Kite School offers instruction in windsurfing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. The Cabana Zen Den offers massage therapies, personal training, meditation and professional yoga lessons.

Summary

  • 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
  • Menu planning and shopping service available
  • 12-metre swimming pool, mature tropical gardens
  • Use of private speedboat and captain
  • Accommodates up to 10 adults and 2 children in 6 spacious bedrooms
  • Standard rates from Ksh 80,000 per night for up to 8 guests to Ksh 120,000 per night for 11-12 guests ‘self catering’ with chef and staff

Detailed Information

  • 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

Location

Wazi Dubu 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 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.

Visitor’s Book

“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

Rates

  • Standard rate for up to 8 guests – ksh 80,000 per night
  • Standard rate for 9-10 guests – ksh 100,000 per night
  • Standard rate for 11-12 guests – ksh 120,000 per night
  • Minimum stay – 3 nights
  • Christmas and New Year – $1,500 per night – minimum stay 7 nights
  • Stays including Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve – minimum stay 10 nights
  • Maximum occupancy at any time – 10 adults and 2 children

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

Menu planning and shopping – please plan your menu with the house manager well in advance of your stay.  Shopping is subject to a 10% service charge on the cost of supplies plus the cost of boat fuel when necessary.

Stays include the use of the house speedboat and the services of the boat captain. Fuel is charged ‘at cost’ according to usage – including for 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 speedboat when required.  Additional speedboat transfers to and from the airport are charged at ksh 8000 per trip.

Please note that the use of the speedboat and the services of the boat captain are only available during daylight hours. Trips are not permitted in the evenings or after dark and the boat must return to the house by 6.30 pm at the latest.

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 10th January 2022

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

Please contact us to make a booking

Please familiarise yourself with all our terms & conditions when making a booking

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