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Four Twenty South


Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

Relax and unwind on gorgeous and unspoiled Galu Beach, Diani

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 0.01km

Four Twenty South is arguably the best location on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In tropical gardens which run down to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean nestle 6 beach houses, discretely spaced and screened from each other by foliage. Each house is staffed with chef and housekeeper and fresh seafood, seasonal fruit and vegetables are brought to the door. The owners live on the property which has been in the family since the 1960s.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Galu 10 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 10 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Ukunda Airstrip 3 km, Nearest railway: Mombasa 35 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, Staffed property, Sea view
General Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

A chef and housekeeper are included in the price and work to your own timetable. A nanny can also be provided if required.

Fresh fish, seafood, seasonal fruit and vegetables are delivered to the door and a supermarket selling essentials is within walking distance, although the cook will happily do the shopping for you. Spices are provided for your convenience.

A selection of board games is available including: Scrabble, Chess, Backgammon, Bao, jigsaws and playing cards. There is a library with books and DVDs and also there are books in the houses.

Further details outdoors

The house is right on the sea overlooking a sandy lagoon where swimming is safe at any time or tide. For children the beach is the ideal playground - soft white sand and warm sea water is an irresistible combination! They will need sunblock of course.

Further details

Please indicate whether you are a family or whether you are friends sharing.

The Kenyan Coast region

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are intercepted at the Kenya coastline by a living coral reef which stretches from the Red Sea to Mozambique.

Between the coral reef and the shoreline, a shallow tropical lagoon lies protected from the open ocean, ideal for swimming and watersports. Through the prism of the water, the sandy sea floor is reflected in glowing greens and blues.

Vestigial ancient reefs form the coral beachfront and support a palm fringed diversity of life from tropical flora in brilliant colours to the endangered black and white Angolan Colobus monkey and the furry nocturnal bushbaby. This Coral Rag is one of only three such indigenous forests remaining in the world and is the focus of gathering conservation efforts towards which contributions are welcomed.

The hinterland rises some 10km behind to a height of 1000m in the shape of the Shimba Hills. Uniquely here, in the National Park, are Sable Antelope and on the Southern slopes in Mwalunganji Park elephants roam freely.

The long rains come in late March and extend to late May which is considered the off-season. Mid season: June, July August are

cooler months with September and October being warmer. These two seasons are associated with the South East Monsoon of the Indian Ocean. The Short Rains in October/November yield to the Kaskazi - the North East Monsoon - bringing the hot dry conditions of the so called High Season, beginning in December and running through to March .

The conditions are tropical, so the weather is never terrible as in the Northern Hemisphere understanding of the word. Sunshine and blue skies may occur throughout the year regardless of the season with temperatures varying between 23C and 38C. The cooler months can be very pleasant despite a few cloud-bursts.

The local people are of the Digo tribe - one of the 9 comprising the Mijikenda people of the Kenya Coastal area. For some, particularly the local fishermen, life has changed little over the centuries. Happy in their ways, they practice their craft exactly as their forefathers despite recent attempts by well-intentioned pedlars of progress to develop them. It is not the first time they have experienced marauding foreigners as bears testament the vast labyrinth of caves at Shimoni to the south where Arab slavers kept their captives before loading them on ships bound for the market in Zanzibar. The historic island city of Mombasa - Mvita, the place of war - has been a trading hub linking the Mediterranean with India and China since the time of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt.

Here, nestled amongst comforts of modernity, little pockets of the Old World tenaciously remain.


Diani Beach is a world famous beach situated 20 km south of Mombasa on Kenya's south coast. Although contiguous, the beach is actually three beaches: Diani to the north, Galu in the middle and Kinondo to the south. Together they form a single stretch of brilliant white sand running for about 7 km. Four Twenty South is on Galu.

Diani is the action end of the beach with its large hotels and its enhanced tourism. In Diani, you can find everything: watersports including kite surfing and scuba diving, discos, nightclubs, bars and beach bars, cafes, restaurants, shopping centres... From there, you can arrange flying or driving safaris to anywhere in Kenya and the Eastern African region or the World.

Around the point from Diani is Galu beach. The only boats moored on our stretch of the beach are fishermen's dugout canoes. The lagoon is protected by a coral reef and is safe for swimming and snorkelling. The turquoise sea is unpolluted and the white beach is unspoilt.

You can go kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, play golf. You can have beauty treatments, massage or yoga classes in the privacy of your cottage. You can also plan excursions to swim with dolphins, get close to the elephants. For those wanting to combine the beach with a safari, there is a scheduled flight daily to the world renowned Masai Mara Game Park or take a trip by road to Tsavo East or West.

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Review 1-4 of 4

14 Feb 2013


"A truly beautiful location"

We were referred to Four Twenty South by a nearby property who were full on the dates we wanted. We're so glad it worked out this way as we really enjoyed our stay. Having fresh seafood cooked fo… More

26 Jan 2013


"Fantastic location, a seaside paradise"

We stayed here with our friends for 5 days. It was a real holiday as we had a cook to make the most mouthwatering meals and a housekeeper to do our laundry and tidy up. The cottages are unpretentiou… More

Thank you so much for your review. It is lovely to know you enjoyed yourselves and we hope very much to have the opportunity to welcome you again.

17 Jan 2013


"3 days in paradise"

A late review which I've been meaning to write for ages... we stayed for 3 days (2 nights) at Four Twenty South as a group of 4 (my husband and me with our daughter and her fiance) by chance beca… More

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will come and see us again.

12 Aug 2012


"We can't stop talking about our stay at 420 South"

This was definitely the best way to do our trip to the coast. We were a group of 7 people and Four Twenty South accommodated us perfectly. We stayed in the largest cottage and just relaxed for the f… More

It is so lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much and thank you for taking the time to tell others about us. We much appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

Review 1-4 of 4

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Hilary M.

  • 6 Years listed

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Based in Kenya

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