|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
Situated on a cliff at the north end of Kuruwitu Marine Conservancy, the house enjoys lovely views and gentle breezes. Tastefully furnished and comfortable. It has a mature garden and a fun sundowner deck just above the Indian Ocean. There is a gorgeous 12 x 6m infinity pool with a stunning pool house. There is a cook, a housekeeper, a groundsman and Maintenance man. The house has good security. Staff quarters can accommodate one extra if required. Direct beach access at low - mid tide. Steps to beach relatively steep for the elderly/infirm. Beach access at very high tide (for keen body surfers) or for elderly folk unable to manage the steps is only a few hundred metres down the road on the public access route.
The pool and beach: Kuruwitu Beach is one of the last unspoilt beaches on the Kenyan coast. Despite it being blissfully bare of people and beach boys , it is secure as there are 'askari's' patrolling for the marine conservancy. It is also unusually clean as the conservancy oversee the picking up of the debris that is common along most coastlines. The snorkeling metres off the shore is incredible - coral heads mean an abundance of tropical fish, octopus,lobster. There is a glass bottom boat as well as a fishing/dolphin spotting boat for hire. The conservancy also offer guided tours of the reef where there are even more wonderful snorkeling spots.
The infinity pool set in front of the house has a 'baby pool' section. The adjoining pool house is large and comfortable with a bar and drinks fridge as well as a living and dining area, a water feature and sunbeds. The terrace below with plunge pool is not safe for young or unaccompanied children.
The house: The master bedroom has its own sectioned off veranda as well as a nook with a desk and an extra bed. The middle bedroom has a double bed and a sofa bed suitable for a young child. The rear bedroom has 2 single beds and a bunk bed. There is a small TV with a DVD player in this room. There is a selection of kid and adult movies that can be borrowed. All bedrooms have air-conditioning and standing fans in case of preference or power cuts. All bedrooms are ensuite with large bathrooms with showers.
There is wi-fi but guests need to buy airtime from Safaricom and log on to choose a bundle they wish to purchase with the airtime. Safaricom scratch cards are easily available including at the closest villages.
The sitting/dining area is big and very airy with good security wrought iron all around. It is tastefully furnished in a coastal style with wooden overhead fans and 'lamu beds' as sofa's. There is a games chest with scrabble, poker etc.
The kitchen is relatively small compared to the rest of the house and is manned by Reuben who is a competent cook specialising in seafood, curries and swahili style cooking. Pili is the housekeeper and takes care of the laundry and general cleaning.
Activities: If you can bear to drag yourself away from the fabulous pool and beach - the world class Vipingo Ridge golf course (soon to be 36 holes) is less than a 10 minute drive away. The elegant club house has a good restaurant in a beautiful setting. Kilifi which has supermarkets and a bustling little town is a 15 minute drive away to the North. Dhow trips can be taken up the creek here. Diving is available at the famous Mnarani Club. There is also sailing and water-ski-ing available at the picturesque boatyard. Malindi is a 1 hour drive Northwards.
Head 15 minutes south and Mtwapa has several excellent restaurants and tourist activities. The Bamburi Nature trail is 25 minutes from the house as is the Nakumat shopping centre. Nyali is less than 30 minutes away with a cinema, shopping complex, hotels and night clubs. Old town Mombasa (Fort Jesus etc) is approx 40 minutes drive depending on the traffic.
We live in Nairobi, Kenya and have spent our lives in this beautiful country. We have been fortunate enough to have travelled widely and also own a small village house in Southern France. We eventually hope to spend half our time there and half our time at the property in Vipingo, which is my favorite place on the Kenyan Coast. I work as a photographer/casting and model agent/lead ladies tours to Morocco and India and also occasionally take on interior design jobs. My husband works with a company that designs and manufactures high end tents for lodges etc.
My mother in law invested in this property some 16 years ago. She passed it on to her three children some years later and my husband and I bought out his siblings about 3 years ago and consequently invested more in the property, designing and building the pool, installing air conditioning etc. We will continue to upgrade and improve the house as funds allow.
The house is in such a unique position, the beach so unspoiled and the development of the marine park has made it wonderfully unique. We enjoy the most incredible views and there are lots of different chill out spots such as the sun-downer deck which can feel like being at the prow of a ship at high tide, the lower pool terrace, the sunbathing deck at night where the view of the stars is fantastic. No beach boys means none of the usual harassment that you find on the Kenyan coast. Stunning snorkeling just metres off the beach is not something that you find in many places on the E.African coastline. The Kuruwitu Marine Conservancy project is being used as a prototype for new projects along the coast.
Bliss and tranquility is found here. Thank you for sharing paradise. Reuben and co were fantastic - the food was incredible. We can't wait to return.
Tucked in the corner of the sensational Kiruwitu beach and on a marine park! A quaint house with lovely service, it was everything we wanted and more; Ruben cooks the most delicious prawn curry, breakfast by the pool ensured I felt like I was on the most wonderful private holiday, the pool was so inviting that we could hardly move away from it. I'm sorry that the person on 13th December felt the need to complain so bitterly, I was nurtured and cared for and am definitely going back.
We have stayed at the Neem tree a number of times but, alas, suffered when an anti algae agent was added to the pool staining us all yellow. Apologies were offered; it is easy to say sorry rather more difficult it appears to follow up and put meaning in these words. Our 7 year old was worried as her swimming costume turned yellow and she saw her dad dyed yellow. Protestations of this will clear were not backed by actuality.
Given we have been to Neem Tree 5 times, and seen the lack of investment as this beautiful property run on a daily basis by a great cook and host, then the nature of response from the owner was appalling. It seems no investment has been made in the property to support the team on the ground, plastic sheeting across the roof, stairs to upper deck rickety and even the dart board having seen better days. Rust on the metal work (well beyond expected amounts from sea water and air) and we even suffered with mould on the seats where little or no cleaning of significance had been undertaken. My Mother-in-Law, who first stayed at Neem Tree some 6 or 7 years ago was aghast at how the property had become run down.
A sad situation and one making us decide not to return given the owners seem to value short term monetary gain over the long term well being of their own team, the property and the well being of paying guests
Exceptional location on cliff overlooking the vast ocean. Very receptive and welcoming staff, skilled Cheff and overall great experince for individuls and groups looking for a time of bliss.
Our third stay with the Neem House team - this says much about the hospitality and the setting of the house.
Kick back, enjoy fantastic food and classic hospitality to go with this great food. Watch the fishermen off shore and maybe go take a look at the wildlife in the conservancy area. Choices are there and this a great place to enjoy yourself and savour the environment.
Wenn man Mombasa mit seiner Hektik und den Strand mit seinem Rummel kennt, dann weiss man dieses Paradies zu schätzen. Erholung pur! Und immer umsorgt von drei Hausgeistern, die einem von morgens bis abends jeden Wunsch von den Lippen ablesen. Ein einsamer Strand - unter der Woche waren wir die einzigen Schwimmer. Wer Ruhe sucht, keine Disco braucht und sich ein wenig für die Menschen in Kenia interessiert, der findet keinen schönere und bessere Bleibe.
Vielen Dank an Reuben, Pili und Emanuel.
Die Organisation durch Lyndsey war ebenfalls perfekt. Sie setzt sich sehr dafür ein, dass wirklich alles optimal abläuft - keine Selbstverständlichkeit in diesem Land. Da ist man eben nicht nur zahlender Mieter.
A beautiful and comfortable house with gorgeous infinity pool and access to the beach. The owner was helpful and the staff very friendly. Fresh fish and seafood delivered to your doorstep and easy to travel to other beaches in the area. Would definitively recommend!
Located 40 min north of historic Mombasa, the house has direct access on to the beautiful, safe and unspoilt shoreline of the Kuruwitu Marine Conservancy which offers fantastic swimming and snorkelling. The Conservancy offers: boat rides to spot dolphins or go fishing outside the reef/glass bottom boat/guided walks to the reef.
Fishermen bring freshly caught seafood to the door. Vipingo Village stocks basic household items (7 min drive). Vipingo Ridge (10 minutes) has a stunning clubhouse with a restaurant on its world class golf course. Mtwapa Creek and Nyali Beach (30-35 min) both offer good restaurants, night life, scuba diving, medical centres, supermarkets, water sports and alternative entertainment such as the Bamburi Nature trail, a water park, a cinema complex and a casino. Kilifi Creek (15 min) has deep sea fishing, deep sea diving, sailing, water-ski-ing, dhow sundowner cruises and The Boatyard is a popular place for lunch. However, once at Neem Tree its unlikely you will want to go anywhere.
Other Activities: Snorkelling, glass bottom boat trips, sundowner dhow trips, reef walks and snorkeling
Golf: The world class 18 hole (soon to become 36 holes) Vipingo Ridge Golf Course is less than a 10 minute drive away. The course was designed by David Jones and boasts a 5 star club house open to the public. Temporary membership with golf clubs is available at very competitive prices.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We require a deposit of 25% to secure the booking.
Balance to be paid a minimum of 4 weeks before occupation.
Check out by 10.00 am
Check in 2.00 pm
Unless by prior arrangement. We will be flexible where possible.