House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Maisha Marefu Accommodates 8 people in 4 double rooms with 4 en-suit bathrooms. Swimming pool, lounge, dining room and a huge veranda and fully equipped kitchen. The villa has staff for cooking and cleaning. Activities in the local area include: Beaches, snorkelling, diving, fishing, wildlife and bird viewing, golf and beach activities through the hotels and resorts close by.
The house is one row back from the beach. It is set in the up market area of Casuarina and is situated directly opposite the Malindi Marine Park, its beaches and beach bars. Being slightly elevated the villa is blessed by the cool sea breeze all year round. The villa is well situated for Malindi town centre, the Malindi airport and the Malindi and Watamu Kenyan North Coast resorts, game parks and forest reserves.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malindi 200 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malindi 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Accommodates 8 people in 4 double rooms with 4 en-suit bathrooms
|Further details outdoors|
Swimming pool, lounge, dining room and a huge veranda.
The Kenyan Coast region
Miles upon miles of unspoiled palm fringed beaches, islands and towns that still reflect Kenya's rich cultural heritage present yet another facet of this amazing country. Unique to East Africa's coast are the historic and symbolic reminders of the mix of African, Arabic and European cultures. They stretch the length of the coast from the Port of Mombasa and from Shimoni in the south to the serene and enchanting island of Lamu in the north. The proximity of some of the largest wildlife reserves make it easy to enjoy game viewing in Tsavo National Park and go back to the coast in a day. A sojourn to Kenya's coast is the perfect way to kick back and relax, luxuriate in the sun, scuba-dive, take a big-game fishing trip or a dhow cruise, discover Mombasa, or enjoy a bush trip into the traditions and culture of the coastal people.
Malindi is situated on the East Coast of Africa in Kenya, 500 km South East of Nairobi, and 160km North East of Mombasa. Transport in and around the town is done by 'Tuk-tuk', the local 3 wheel taxi survice. Connections to Malindi are either by road or air where Malindi town is serviced frequently by flights from Mombasa and Nairobi. Malindi, one of the major beach resorts in Kenya, boasts some of the best beaches in the world. Malindi town originally a small fishing village dates back to before the early 14th Century. Malindi is a thriving town, well serviced with boutiques, shops, supermarkets, hotels and resorts. It continues to portray the quaintness of a small fishing village and is the perfect holiday destination for those wanting a break in the sun
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28 Aug 2014
"Excellent stay fabulous caring staff !"
Could do with a communal room that is windowed off with Fans a/c to avoid mosquitoes but bedrooms mosquito free - excellent … More
18 Jul 2014
"we love maisha marefu"
This place is amazing, we didn't know quite what to expect but it was better than the photos and we were so relaxed. The place is huge! the pool is also huge and wonderful, the grounds are beaut… More
16 Jul 2014
"Beautiful, serene house"
My 5 friends and I were blown away by this beautiful house. It has a staff of 3 a night guard, a cook and a house caretaker. They were all very helpful and friendly. The pool is warm and big enough to… More
8 Jan 2014
"A fabulous holiday home"
Located within a 3 minute walk to the beach & steps away from the newly opened Billionaire's Resort, the house is large, airy, comfortable and well maintained. Our large party was comfortably acc… More
2 Aug 2012
We stayed at Maisha Marefu over Christmas and had a wonderful time. The house is delightful, the garden is magical and the staff are perfect.
24 Nov 2011
My wife and our children (boy 8 and girl 3) plus our extended family (two more adults plus girl aged 4 stayed in Maisha Marefu for the month of August. We were treated like royalty by John and his team from the time we arrived until we left. The house is spacious with 4 bedrooms plus huge outdoor/indoor living areas and the grounds with a salt water pool are very well looked after. The kids had great fun finding the numerous lizards in the gardens including a large resident (not harmful) who would sun himself on the rock outside the childrens bedroom, much to their delight. There is other numerous night life including small bats who would fly through the open living areas at night searching for insects. The pool has stairs so younger children can be catered for on these but you much watch them if they cannot swim as it is deep very quicly otherwise. This can all be done from the very comfortable sun lounges beside the pool which are set up each day with fresh towels.
It was an extremely relaxed atmosphere. The hardest choice we had to make was what to have to eat that day and John had an extensive menu to select from and is always keen to learn a new dish. This was all purchased by John and served up with great gusto each day. You can also purchase fresh lobster, crabs and fish from local fishermen who would come to the back gate to barter.
The owner, Chris was also a pleasure to deal with and his property managers on the ground in Malindi, Hans and Ute ensured that all was running well by touching base most weeks and advising on trips to take. We took a 3 day safari from Malindi to Tsavo East NP which was expertly organised by Hans. The house is located around 10 minutes walk from a beautiful beach where, except for the beach boys some of whom are very persistent, you could extend to a brilliant walk of 3-4 kilometres on the white sand and even walk out onto the inner reef at low tide. The town of Malindi (easy ride in a Tuk Tuk of around 10-15 mins) is a peaceful regional hub with some excellent restaurants including I love Pizza which is fantastic and we returned a number of times. We also heard that Old Man in the Sea was well worth a visit. Both are on the same stretch of road in Malindi.
Security was never an issue but can be in Africa with Kenya is no exception. We had a full time security guard (Samini) at the house during the nights and felt extremely safe and did not feel at all anxious at any time. There are also panic buttons placed around the house. They work as I found out one afternoon when i preseed it thinking it was light switch. Less than 5 minutes later the security team arrived ready for action much to the surpise of all of us. The grounds are also walled entirely so you could leave the children to make the most out of the area.
Also take a look at the Marefu Depression about 1 hour from Malindi and do visit the local co op which showcases local traders and their handcrafts. All profits go back to the artisans who run the centre. You can find an excellent coffee in Malindi with the italian influence clear here. Visit the Karen Blixen centre for this which is near the supermarket 7 to 7. Do not miss a vsit to the Crocodile Farm down the road from the house, where you can witness a feeding frenzy amongst the residents on most afternoons as well as let the kids handle a number of animals including toroises, lizards, snakes etc. You can also purchase crocodile meat here which John prepared with a minimum of fuss. Alot like pork. Also visited the ruins and Sukoke Forest towards Mombasa in a well organised day trip through Hans. The kids loved it with the monkeys.
The things that bugged us. As previously discussed the beach boys were painful at times. They are essentially all trying to make a living but the numbers of them are astounding and all offer the same type of things. Buyer beware as you are seen as a cash cow and prices are hugely inflated so be ready to barter if you take a trip or buy any product. Some can get agitated so be prepared to walk away and be courteous but firm.
Supermarkets. Go to the Italian Supermarket a little out of town as the prices were more competitive here than the 7 to 7. We found this out late in our stay.