What’s the fondest memory you have while travelling with your friends? Ours involve plenty of laughs, wine-filled stories around fires and bold firsts in some of the wildest and most breathtaking destinations (a few inside jokes too). A true pleasure in this life, the ‘friend holiday’ is something we’d highly recommend, whether it’s a vibrant adventure in a bigger group or a more curated experience for you and a few. In this article we share some of our favourite spots on the Northern Coast for a Coastal holiday straight out of a movie!
Starting our journey off in Malindi, (fondly known as Kenya’s ‘Little Italy’) is Cozy Point Home. Upon entry, the makuti-thatched boutique stay stands elegantly before a turquoise pool, surrounded by a lush tropical garden. You and your friends are then welcomed by owners Piero and Sabina who are dedicated to making your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible!
The property has 5 large bedrooms with 7 beds, each beautifully designed with decor drawing from the culture and traditions of Malindi to create a truly authentic experience.
Relax in the home’s airy lounges with a few drinks and good music or enjoy a bit of time out in the sun by the pool. Cook for yourselves or take the option of a chef (at a small additional cost) The house is truly designed to cater to your every whim. There is also a bar where you can while the nights away chatting and playing games.
Rightfully named, Heavenly House is one of Watamu’s most elegant stays. Set on the Southern end of Turtle Bay, the beachfront villa overlooks a gorgeous beach and rolling waves as far as the eye can see. At low tide, the property has access to the full length of Turtle Bay, and at high tide a headland magically turns Heavenly into its own private cove. Doesn’t get much better than that for a group seeking a lavish adventure!
Styled top to bottom by a sought-after & celebrated South African interior design firm featured frequently in SA’s House & Garden, Heavenly’s fresh & modern feel sets it apart from other (usually more rustic) holiday homes in Watamu. 5 bedrooms with 10 beds and 5 bathrooms can easily host a group of up to 13. You and your friends are spoilt for choice from a beautiful range of the most dreamy rooms.
Like many properties along the Coast, this stay is a self-catered one. However, Heavenly’s trained chef and kitchen staff are available to prepare your meals when you need it. Fresh seafood can be purchased in advance from local fishermen and brought right to your door. Dine by the poolside (did we mention it’s an indoor/outdoor pool?) as you plot your next adventure or take in the beauty of the interior dining area over a few laughs and shared memories from times past.
Named after a spice popular in Swahili cooking, Cardamom House embodies the essence of Swahili culture in its architecture, style and delicious cuisine. Located in the marine conservation area of Kuruwitu, this gem is perched on a coral outcrop that overlooks its private beach cove hidden in between coconut palms and preserved coastal wilderness.
The stunning Cardamom House is made up of 4 villas consisting of Manda Toto, Lulu, The Tower and Shela. These villas can be rented all together or seperately as rates are on a per person basis. Each villa has its own private ensuite bedroom bringing the stay’s hosting capacity to 10 bedrooms with 12 beds and 10 bathrooms, comfortably fitting 20 guests. Perfect for even the largest of friend groups!
Furthermore, the house has direct access to the white sandy beach and the kaleidoscope of blue and green waters below. As you head to the beach, follow the original 1960’s galana steps down to the wild green lawns of the house, scattered with coconut palms, fragrant frangipani, and wild jasmine.
Lounge with your buddies on the inviting hammocks or on beach beds under a stylish shaded banda, prepared just for you. While you take a refreshing dip or walk down the beach, your butler prepares your favourite crisp white wine that you had enjoyed during the wine-tasting in the Cellar earlier that day. Bliss.
For groups looking for a slice of Bali in Kenya, we suggest Bulloch House. Situated on the pristine white sands of Bofa Beach, the property is one of the most unique houses on the Kenyan coast. Built entirely of local materials – makuti thatch, coral blocks, Lamu floors and doors. There are many substantial wooden pieces, mostly Teak from Indonesia and a locally made Baobab pod chandelier which graces the centre of the house. The house is a real blend of Africa and Asia!
Located in lush tropical gardens overlooking Maweni beach, to the north of Bofa. The central open plan living/dining area looks over a large free-form beach edge pool to the sea. he house is well away from the hustle and bustle of modern life with access to a few mod-cons for guests. It comprises 4 double bedrooms and 1 twin room with 7 beds and 5 bathrooms, fitting a group of 12. The different wings of the house have also recently been converted into self-contained units that can also be rented separately.
The property is fully staffed with an in-house chef but is a self-catered house. Dominic can assist you with menu ideas, get supplies, and provide you with great meals day and night!