About Jahazi House
ABOUT THE HOUSE
Jahazi House, available for rent, sits on one of the Africa’s most beautiful and private beaches. Kizingoni beach which is only accessible by boat is for that reason free of the normal traffic of other beaches. Lamu Island, sufficiently special to be made a UNESCO heritage site lies alongside Pate and Manda Islands in the Lamu Archipelago on the Kenya Coast.
Jahazi House, named after the historical sailing dhows that brought Lamu its trading wealth, stands right on the edge of the Indian Ocean in a large garden of frangipani, fruit trees and shrubs. From the expansive, first floor makuti-covered veranda you can watch the dhows come and go, collecting sand and delivering fish. The house is designed along traditional lines around an inner courtyard, which holds a very private swimming pool, cooling the public rooms and bedrooms.
On arrival by boat, it's just a few steps up the beach to the house, past 2 giant cycads and footbaths with floating frangipani flowers, onto the welcome shade of the wrap-around terrace. When you enter the house, you can see right through it, across the internal courtyard and pool with its fragrant frangipani tree into the garden beyond. The entry hall has a baraza area, a large cushioned day sofa and a dining area, leading into the inner courtyard with its beautiful deep clear pool.
Layout & Amenities
The four ground-floor guest bedrooms are all accessed from the inner courtyard and are stylishly furnished with ensuite shower rooms and their own private verandas. The verandas feature writing desks, occasional tables, chairs and a traditional Lamu day bed. There is a covered baraza area behind the pool that can also be used for sleeping. It leads through an ancient carved door onto a wooden deck with two swinging beds overlooking the garden.
The roof is one huge terrace, partially covered with makuti to provide a shaded bar, eating and sitting area. Here, overlooking simply everything, including the beach and sea views, is a wonderfully cool and spacious master wing, with its private library and bedroom, ensuite dressing room and bathroom area.
The kitchen and staff area is separate and holds staff bedrooms, seating areas, washrooms and storerooms. Frangipani, jasmine and lime trees have been planted in abundance around the house, which comes fully staffed with a cook, room/table steward, laundress, boat captain and gardener.
Double Bedrooms ensuite: 4
Twin bedrooms ensuite: 1
Dining areas: 3
Baraza areas: 3
Guest cloakroom: 1
Swinging beds: 2
Pool 10m. 8'4" deep.
Fully-equipped separate kitchen
Large planted garden
Powered by solar panels
Solar hot water
The house and garden is yours to explore. Walk out of the house, onto the beach and turn left. You can walk for 3 hours to Shela town and not meet a soul. Turn to the right and you will make it to the local Kipungani village, where Ali the house manager and Boat Captain comes from. So does Salma the room stewardess. Kizingo eco camp is an easy walk away if company is needed, and a drink in the private makuti built bar is a must.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
Ali is there for you if you want to use the boat or learn information. He will meet you on arrival at the airport and will bring you to the house by boat.
Safari the cook is also there for you and will help choose the best fish, crab or lobster and advise on the price to pay local fisherman. If you need me, delighted to take your call Michael:
+254 710 881 756 (Kenya) or +44 7983 914 997 (UK)
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
There are no cars and there are no roads. Donkey trail or walking along the beach is about it. So no one is on the beach other than guests and the very occasional local or house staff. Shela and Lamu towns are but a boat ride away. Kilindini the 38 ft Dhow is available to hire for sundowners, lunch on a beach or day trip and can be arranged by Ali.
Defining features of Jahazi House
“Ali”, the house manager and Boat Captain, will greet you at the airport and deliver you by boat to Jahazi House.
“Safari” your chef, who will provide a menu for every taste.
Located directly on the beach, just steps from the front door.
Secluded private pool located in the frangipani lined courtyard.
Each of the four ground floor bed room/bathroom en suite, enjoy a private terrace with day beds and separate door to the courtyard pool.
The master suite on the first floor with adjoining library/study and dressing room overlooking the courtyard pool.
A cooling sea breeze that offsets the warm Lamu sun.
Rooftop veranda with baraza sofas, looking over the beach.
Beachside terraces with sofas, tables and chairs.
Personal chef and kitchen that specialises in local cuisine.
Fresh local sea food delivered on request.
Waiter and Steward to provide assistance.
Jahazi Dhow, “Kilindini”, available to rent for sundowners or fully inclusive day trips.
Fully managed with staff to cater for all needs.