- Spectacular ocean setting
- Spacious, comfortable accommodation
- Variety of activities
Msambweni Beach House is an upmarket, boutique hotel located in the Msambweni area of south eastern Kenya. One hour’s drive from Ukunda airport, the property enjoys a clifftop setting above a secluded, white sand beach.
Set in extensive grounds, the main house features airy, high ceilings, white walls and stylish wooden and marble furnishings. Communal areas include a dining room, bar area, library, spa, and outdoor gym. Outside is an impressive infinity pool with superb views, and a fire pit with seating where guests can enjoy sundowners overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Mealtimes are extremely flexible, with European and traditional Swahili cuisine on offer. Guests can opt to dine at individual tables in the dining room, by the pool, or even on the beach.
Activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, kite surfing, kayaking, cycling and golf. Excursions include safari to Shimba Hills National Park, famed for its elephants, plus boat trips, and community visits. Massages and spa treatments are available on site.
A variety of accommodation is offered. The main house contains three spacious, air-conditioned double rooms, with private verandas and sea views. Each has an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower. Adjacent to the main house is the rustic Ocean Suite, a spacious tented room, which sleeps two. Accommodation comprises a large living area with a double bed, overhead fan, and a bathroom with twin washbasins and walk-in shower. A private terrace offers lovely sea views.
In addition, there are three private villas, each with their own swimming pool plus a terrace with sea views. Two units each offer two double bedrooms, whilst the third villa sleeps up to six guests in three double bedrooms. All rooms have either air conditioning or overhead fans.
Families with children age 12 years and over are most welcome at the villas, whilst the main house accommodates guests age 16 years and over. A babysitting service can be arranged.
Msambweni Beach House blends tranquillity and privacy with attentive service in a pristine ocean setting. It is a great option for travellers looking to experience the numerous activities and stunning coastline of southeast Kenya.
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014
If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!
We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.
Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.
We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!
Joanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014