- House / Villa
- Beach Houses
- Swimming Pool
- Beach within walking distance
- Golf within 30km
- Cook available
- Sea View
- Other rental properties on site
- Short breaks available
Samawati is the Swahili word for 'A Heavenly Place'. This charming Lamu Arab style house overlooks the Indian Ocean at Msambweni, 56km south of Mombasa. It is a beautifully appointed double storey villa on one of the last unspoilt beaches on the Indian Ocean.
Samawati House is fully staffed with cook, house servant, gardener and night watchman. We have mains electricity and plenty of sweet water from our new well. Samawati House is let on a self-catering basis. Give your provisions to our cook and he will create delicious meals which feature fresh fish and seafood bought from fishermen on the beach.
Ideally situated not only for a beach holiday with safe swimming and goggling, but also for visits to the Shimba Hills National Park, Funzi Lagoon, Kisite Marine Park, Wasini Island and the famous Pemba Channel Fishing Club Club at Shimoni.
We recommend flying directly to Diani Beach with Safarilink, Air Kenya or Jambo Jet. From Diani Beach, the drive is around 40 minutes. There are plenty of car hire places on Diani Beach, but if you would like a recommendation from us, please ask when booking. Driving takes around 9 hours from Nairobi, depending on weather, timing and traffic.
Diani Beach 40 mins / Mombasa 56kms
Nearest Train Station:
In this spacious house, all furniture and fittings are hand carved in the Swahili style. Doors and windows are also carved and left open at night so that you awake to a fabulous coastal sunrise. All four bedrooms are upstairs with fantastic views across the Indian Ocean. Three large bathrooms supply cooling showers with water from our own well. On the ground floor, ranged around a lush green courtyard are the dining room, breakfast area, sitting room. Across the patio is the Majlis, a large room containing wonderful Swahili carved sofas for lounging as well as a ping-pong table for hotly competitive games!
Samawati is situated on an elevated property overlooking the Indian Ocean with 200m of beach front. Well kept lawns and flower beds are nurtured by Iddi, our gardener. The infinity edge pool (12m) is a magnet for children. Below the gentle cliff is a giant Baobab tree amongst shoreline vegetation. This area is not only a haven to a myriad of tropical birds but also home to our troop of resident Sykes monkeys who provide much entertainment in the afternoons.At the shallow end of the pool is a waterfall which cascades down a series of little cataracts bordered by indigenous plants - adding to the cool and refreshing ambience.
Conditions of Rental
Rates are for the whole house, fully staffed on self-catering basis. A deposit of 25% confirms a booking, followed by full payment within one month of occupancy. There are two villas on the Chelsoon property. Besides Samawati House, the second 4 bedroomed villa, known as Chingwede House, allows us to book parties of family and friends up to 16 people.