House near Watamu Marine Reserve, Kenya Coast - Peaceful Location, 7 Minute Walk To Beach. Water Sports, Fishing, Safari, Forest Walks Etc
About Martin Holloway
My wife and I live in the UK where I am a professional musician. We first visited Watamu 15 years ago and fell in love with the lovely atmosphere, amazing beaches, warm seas, water sports and safaris. We then visited usually twice a year for some years before buying land and, after much research, building our dream house which we very much consider to be our home when we are able to be there. We were helped in the design of the house and pool by a celebrated local artist and sculptor and we like to think that influence comes through in the warm, comfortable feel of the house whilst retaining strong African influence. The house is managed locally when we are not there so there is always someone on hand to deal with issues or problems though we welcome queries and observations.
Martin Holloway purchased this House in 2008
Why Martin Holloway chose Watamu
Watamu is a truly captivating place with a great atmosphere, friendly locals and spectacular palm fringed beaches and seas dotted with coral reefs. You may fish for Marlin and Sailfish, snorkel, dive, go dolphin watching, take a slow dhow trip up the creek or enjoy various water sports. If you prefer land based activity then riding, walks in the Skoke forest and the Gedi ruins are all close by and the Tsavo game park is just two and a half hours away. Local good quality hotels are open for beach side drinks and meals beside the Indian Ocean or you may prefer a local meal and drink in one of the local bars in the village. Though it retains a local feel, Watamu is easily accessed from Malindi or Mombasa airports which connect daily to Nairobi.
What makes this House unique
Jonjoloka House offers privacy in a beautiful environment whilst only being a few minutes drive from the village and a stroll away from the beaches. The staff will take care of all the cleaning, washing and clearing up whilst you enjoy your holiday.
Pool / Spa
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A wonderful experience
We have just returned from a wonderful week at Jonjoloka House. The house is of a very high standard and all rooms so large and airy that night times were very comfortable without the need for a/c. The outdoor area is very spacious, plenty of sofas, sunbeds etc.. for everyone to relax around the pool. The pool itself was a feature of the house and the family spent many hours around it during the day.
The walk to beach is barely 10 mins walk and it really is a stunning beach. June/July tends to see a lot of seaweed on the beaches although this one was really very clear.
I can recommend the nearest restaurant to the villa, Pilipan, which is about 2km away. Wonderful setting for cocktails at sundown and an exciting menu.
A tuk tuk into Watamu is very reasonable, but also necessity, as it would a bit far to walk.
The boys looking after the running of the house do a great job and are so pleasant, always willing to jump in and help where they can and discuss the important matters of the football World Cup!!
We are a family of 5 and the house easily accommodates this number. I highly recommend Jonjoloka House to anyone looking for the Kenyan experience.
Thanks for your terrific review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Jonjoloka and I have to say the staff found it a real pleasure to have you and the family staying there. Thank you for taking good care of our home. We hope you are able to stay with us again.
Best wishes. Safari Njema. Martin and Sheila
The beach is a 7 minute walk from the house. It is a long, white sand, palm fringed beach stretching for miles with Coral reefs just offshore. Warm shallow waters leave long sandbanks to walk out to at low tide.
Boat trips go to the Coral Gardens.There are a wide choice of local restaurants and hotels nearer the village serving international and local dishes also 4 banks with ATMs and 2 supermarkets plus local dukas (shops) selling local produce and safaris.
Mombasa Airport to Watamu is 120km on a decent road and takes around 2 hours. Malindi airport currently has flights from Nairobi with 3 airlines and is about a 25 minutes drive from Watamu. A taxi from here should cost around £15-16.
Local car hire is available at around £15-20 per day. We can supply details if required.
Watamu Village is about 10 minutes by car or Tuk Tuk (around £2) or a 1 hour long steady walk along the beach. Other restaurants and hotels such as Pilipan, Ocean Sports, Turtle Bay and Hemmingways where diving, snorkeling, game fishing, kite surfing and paddleboarding etc can be arranged and meals and drinks purchased are on route.
Short Beach at the entrance to Mida Creek is a 15 minute stroll. Beautiful Dhow dinner and sundowner cruises are available
The owners have 20 years experience of Watamu and can advise you on most aspects and requirements.