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Kenyan family villa with beautiful pool, private beach access, stunning views.

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 double bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms

Welcome to Himaya House. Situated on a coral buff overlooking Silversands Beach, Malindi, the views are stunning. There are two magnificent Baobab trees which give a very special feeling to the property. There is a short path down to the beach - only accessed through a carved wooden door - giving you complete privacy and exclusivity.

The house is spacious and cool with a north or south monsoon blowing most of the year. The main house has a large living area plus veranda with the Master Bedroom up above.

All rooms have a spectacular view. Two of the bedrooms are in a separate unit with steps down to the swimming pool.

The Master bedroom is up above the main living area and has its own entrance.

The Kenya coast has a North and South Monsoon.

The winds blow from the North from around end of November through to April/May and then change to the South.

This obviously brings changes on the beach,

In the North Monsoon the sea weed is blown down towards the house and there for the beach is not a complete stretch of white sand.

There are always areas that are clear and where you can swim.

It is absolutely not a problem but I would like you to know the photographs are taken in the South Monsoon.

More Details

Lissa Ruben
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Swahili
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa at the Malindi, Kenya

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 2 single beds on the verandah
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 2 single beds on the verandah
  • The house comfortably sleeps six but two extra children can sleep on the veranda. Maximum eight, including children in the party.
  • Balcony
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
WiFi is available. A telephone can be made available on request. A re-charge card is required. These are easily obtainable. Mobile phones are very cheap to purchase with a local number and advisable for a long stay. Malindi Airport is 15 minutes away and has 3 airlines flying in from Nairobi daily. Mombasa Airport, a 2 hour drive, has multiple flights throughout the day from and to Nairobi.


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Kenyan family villa with beautiful pool, private beach access, stunning views.
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews

Absolutely gorgeous property with the nicest host!

  • 5 of 5

Our time in Lissa’s gorgeous home was beyond perfect. The house is right on the beach and can be accessed from a little door in the garden. The deck offers a stunning view of the sea and the cliffs around, as does the bedroom upstairs. The other bedrooms are a few steps away from this part of the house. These are large and airy rooms with big sit-outs that lead to the swimming pool. We spent a lot of time in and around the pool! The house is beautifully done up and has every comfort. I do not exaggerate when I say that it was terribly hard to leave Lissa’s piece of paradise and we’re already wondering when we can go back.

The house is well-located in Malindi – close to the centre of town but away from the noise. It is useful to have a car there.

What made our stay beyond perfect were the people. Lissa is warm and welcoming and ever so helpful! She has many interesting stories to tell and guided us about which shops to visit and where we could get groceries, etc. Sammy and Silas took such good care of us. We ate Sammy’s delicious meals every day and Silas made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Lissa’s many rescue cats and one dog mostly keep to themselves but it’s very nice to have them around and they only add to the warmth and welcoming of the place. Thank you Lissa and can’t wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having the Purandare family to stay was an incredible pleasure. Wonderful people with much to share. They are much missed. I hope they can return soon. Time was too short and I would love to show them more - and hopefully visit them in Mumbai too.
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Amazing As Ever

  • 5 of 5

An oceanside oasis is an understatement for our second stay at Himaya. We were able to come for longer this time and it was so much more than we could have hoped for. The property is amazing and Lissa and the entire staff at Himaya was again, perfect. We enjoyed lovely meals prepared by Sammy and a beautifully taken care of environment from Silas and the rest of the staff. There is nothing quite like being taken care of for a few weeks to be able to relax and get back in touch with your family.

If you are visiting Malindi, the first thing you need to do is book Himaya for your stay and the rest of the planning will take care of itself!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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wonderful home, service and owner!

  • 5 of 5

Himaya house for 6 days was a perfect spot after our 2 week Kenyan safari. Lissa was so patient responding to my many emails and questions. She was able to help us reserve kayaks and paddleboards to have at the house upon our arrival. She and Lulu walked the beach with us on our first full day to make sure we were comfortable. She helped us book a great snorkeling trip with Isaac. She found some uno cards for us to play and visited us daily and we enjoyed our conversations with her. She has rescue animals which my kids loved as they missed our dog.

Our teens loved having the guest house to themselves and we loved the views and sounds of the ocean from the master bed room. The fans and ocean breezes kept the house cool. The views-of the baobab trees, of the garden, the pool, the ocean - were so lovely and calming. We quickly adapted to the Swahili way and never wore shoes in the house (or outside for that matter!) We played many a card game at the outside table and enjoyed the veranda for meals and reading.

The level of service from the staff was amazing. Sammy, the chef, cooked amazing meals. We ate seafood for every meal and my son declared his pasta Bolognese to be tied as #1. I miss my fresh fruits and custom cooked breakfasts, the amazing soups, the best friend calamari we have ever eaten (and we have eaten a lot!), the prawns, the crab cakes and the tons of pasta my kids kept requesting! Sammy did it all with a smile. Silas and Mapinga helped us carry the paddleboards and kayaks to and from the beach every day and even joined us for a few rides. That was great fun and we enjoyed the conversations with them. Nothing was too much to ask for and it was always done with a smile. It was stress free-having a fully staffed house is a new concept for us but it allows for a wonderfully relaxing vacation. My laundered and ironed clothes appeared like magic every day! The house and grounds were kept very clean.

The pool was wonderful and patio furniture was so comfy. Views were great down to the beach. We enjoyed watching the kids below playing soccer or the professional acrobats practicing.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Himaya House and miss it already!! Lisa and staff, thanks for your kindness.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect holiday home - in all aspects

  • 5 of 5

The Himaya House was absolutely stunning. We stayed there during Christmas and New Year, and had a really great stay. The owner is so helpful, caring for all the needs we had, and the same was the staff. We could not have asked for more:-)

The property itself has a stunning location, with sun all day and view to the beach and sea. The property has a large, private swimmingpool and direct, private access to the beach. The houses (main wing and guest wing) were well maintained, clean and the staff made the most delicious food. The closeness to the beach also meant walking distance to nice restaurants there. We also took tuk-tuks to the city of Malindi to do grocery shopping and some sightseeing.

We really reccommend staying at Himaya house if you are going to Kenya, our stay was amazing!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Home away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's third time to stay at Himaya and I can honestly say that it felt like going home! We had an unexpected travel delay with our flights and instead of arriving before lunch we arrived after dark. The staff greeted us with huge smiles and big hugs. Sammy the chef had remembered one of our favorite meals from the year before and had it prepared and ready for us. With five hungry children, after a long day of travel, I cannot tell you what a blessing that was. Our stay was so relaxing and stress free. Anytime the power would go out the generator was quick to come on, so it was never an inconvenience. The view from the porch overlooking the ocean is one of our favorite spots. The children enjoyed the pool for hours every day and it is so nice having access to the ocean right at the house. That way you can watch the tide and go to the ocean accordingly. Low tide exploring walks were great and playing in the waves at high tide is always so much fun. I highly, highly recommend a stay here!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing stay in paradise

  • 5 of 5

A group of 7 of us stayed for 2 weeks at Himaya House and we received absolutely wonderful treatment.

The accommodation was excellent; comfortable beds, airy rooms, well equipped bathrooms. There was also plenty of space for us all to be comfortable, enabling us to have chill time alone, as well as good socialising spaces.

The staff went above and beyond to make our stay special; the garden and pool were beautiful, everything was always clean, and the cooking was fantastic.

Lissa was very thoughtful and had bought some essential food items in time for our arrival. She also has a useful folder of tips for staying in Malindi and ideas of places to go and see.

The proximity to the beach is perfect, enabling us to enjoy the marine park and sea.

I would 100% recommend Himaya House to anyone wanting to stay in Malindi.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Malindi Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Likoni Ferry, South Coast
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Malindi Golf Course
Nearest Train
110 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: Yoga classes on request


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Lissa will consider special rates if you are only a couple who would like to come, and for long stays.

Cancellation Policy:
Once a 30% deposit is made, this is not refundable.
Full payment is expected 2 months prior to arrival.
If the booking is cancelled 6 weeks prior to arrival, there will be no refunds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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