Kilimawingu, Lamu: 12 Guests
Kilimawingu is a luxurious four-storey house that watches over the Indian Ocean from the top of one of Shela’s steepest slopes. Have fun exploring the funky design that extends from the swimming pool through the house to the beautiful garden. Enjoy eating, drinking, resting or chatting by the pool, in the garden, on one of the balconies, in one of the Barrazas, or under one of the pergolas.
This luxury retreat offers healthy doses of charm and decadent elegance, as well as Indian fabrics that add bold infusions of colour. The door is from a sixteenth-century palace, while the Mediterranean inspired poolside pergola is designed to host many guests for an al fresco dining experience. There is also a rooftop Barraza to retreat to in the evenings for drinks.
Kilimawingu is a six-bedroom house, sleeping up to twelve guests comfortably, and all the rooms are en-suite and equipped with air-conditioning. The corner master bedroom opens on two sides to capture breezes coming off the channel and the bed was made by local Swahili artisans, as were most of the house’s pieces. The house boasts one of Shela’s most spectacular views and possesses one of the island’s finest swimming pools, sitting high above the adjacent beach to ensure privacy.
A visit to Lamu, on the Northern part of the Kenyan Coast, is one of the best experiences the country has to offer. Landing at the airstrip on the mainland you take a boat taxi over to the island and experience Swahili culture like nowhere on earth. The island is steeped in Swahili history – spices, slaves and sultans – and the global connections this ancient trading hub has shaped. Transport on the narrow lanes is by donkey, or by boat around the island. Whether you want to stay in Lamu or Shela town and get swept away on culture and history or escape down to near-deserted Kizingoni beach and unbelievable skies and water sports, Lamu is the place and we have a house for you. Add to your experience by going go deep-sea fishing off Lamu, or venture to Kiwayu. We can also set up overnight dhow experiences, sleeping on the deck of the traditional Arabian ship in decedent comfort and watching the night sky as you fall asleep…. Lamu really is incredible.
USD 965 per night
(NOT AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR)