With high ceilings, white walls, traditional ‘Boriti’ beams, and beautiful arches, Neem House in Malindi boasts cool, classic, Arabic architecture. Designed by talented architect Frank Maurice Allen (popularly known as “Bunny Allen”) this private family coastal residence is a beautiful holiday rental. Neem House is owned and operated by Karin Duthie and Mark Henningsen who have turned their fully staffed home and garden into a cozy, private home that can accommodate up to 12 guests.
Neem House is situated approximately 350 meters from the beach and accessed via several foot paths with curio shops leading to the beach, further adding to its privacy. Perhaps two of the biggest attractions of the house are it’s pool and the 100 square foot traditional flat roof. The roof is situated just above the tree line and provides 360 views of the house’s surroundings. From the comfortable chairs and lounge chairs, you can appreciate the changing colours of the sunrise and magical sunsets.
When you’re not in the pool or admiring the sun’s transit, the large sunroom next to the pool has plenty of day beds and hammocks to nap, read, or relax in. Keep your kids entertained with jigsaw puzzles, games, books, and a flatscreen TV with DVDs ranging in genre. Spend your days enjoying the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, lounging by the pool, and dining al fresco on the secluded patio nestled under Neem trees with sweeping views of the garden.
A fully staffed house ensures you can kick back and fully relax. Erustus, an experienced cook, produces classic Swahili dishes, refreshing salads and freshly baked bread. He sources only the freshest ingredients from the market and works closely with Abu, the fisherman, who comes to the door most mornings with a selection of fresh seafood. Ester, a masseuse/beautician, can be at the house in a matter of minutes if you wish to be pampered. Mr. Madafu delivers fresh madafu (coconut) to your doorstep for a hydrating treat. Purity is responsible for all housekeeping and laundry duties. Sammy the groundsman is in charge of the gardens and pool. If you’re traveling with kids, additional help in the house such as ayas (nannies) and babysitters can be employed on a casual basis if required.
If you choose to have a more active holiday, make a day of it. Fire up the BBQ on the portable stainless steel grill and get some music going on the excellent sound system with a 3.5 jack for laptops and phones while you decide on teams for volleyball. There’s a volleyball net under the coconut tree in the garden with access to badminton rackets and a cricket bat. The Malindi and Watamu Marine Reserves are easily accessible for diving and snorkeling. Malindi is famous for some big game fish (tag and release) such as Sailfish, Tuna, Blue Marlin, Swordfish and more. If you’re a fan of history, the Gede Ruins are remnants of a 13th to 17th century Swahili town abandoned three centuries ago and are an easy car ride away. For kids, the Kipepeo butterfly farm is a fun, informative visit. Both Karin and Mark have spent the last 30 years travelling extensively through Southern and Eastern Africa and are able to assist with any queries around the best things to do, see, and eat in Malindi and beyond.
Neem House is the perfect escape for privacy in a comfortable, homey setting where you can completely relax and enjoy your beach holiday.