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Watamu Treehouse


Excellent 5/5 Score from 8 reviews

Guest house | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Selected in 2014 as one of Kenya Airways' Msafiri Magazine's "100 Most Unforgettable Experiences" globally, Watamu Treehouse is situated on one of the most picturesque stretches of Watamu beach. Ideally located right opposite the Coral Gardens of the Marine Park, there are no large hotels nearby - only private residences. Built high in the trees, its unique architecture affords a 360 degree panorama of the Indian Ocean coastline on one side and native forest on the other. Whether you prefer to take the house on a self-catering or full-board basis, you will be well taken care of by the friendly, professional and experienced cook and domestic staff.

Watamu Treehouse has three bedrooms, all of which are ensuite. There are also a number of other beds and sleeping areas, such as those on the rooftop under the stars and the beach-deck down on the shore. The house is designed to sleep 6 people, but can comfortably accommodate more. There is everything you need here for a wonderful holiday. Just bring yourselves and your toys. You can bring your own food for the cook to prepare, but if you choose not to, no problem. Daily deliveries of fresh seafood and produce, and anything from the local supermarket can be arranged. The kitchen is equipped with fridge, cooker, oven, deep-freeze, plus a good range of utensils and cookware. As this is also a family home, you will find high quality crockery, cutlery and glassware in the cupboards, as well as fine bedlinen, mosquito-netting and towels.

Note: Please bring your own bathroom consumables, as they are not provided with the house rental.

The house consists of three towers in the trees, linked by bridges, stairways and ramps. Most of the building was deliberately set above the beautiful coastal forest - for the stunning views and the cooling breeze, and also to avoid unnecessary damage to the natural environment.

The house has no windows - just frames around vistas of nature in all its glory. You share the forest with the birds, insects, small mammals, reptiles and primates. The forest boasts many indigenous trees common to the coastal strip, including beautiful baobabs and many examples of the remarkable bamba-kofi.

Both living and sleeping areas are situated just above the forest canopy, open to the cooling coastal breezes and the scintillating views. You sleep breathing the fresh air of the forest and awaken to the early morning calls of the wildlife - especially birds and sykes monkeys!

The views from the house are stunning. Unusually for the East Coast of Africa, Watamu Treehouse offers a complete 360 degree horizon, affording sensational views of sunsets over forests, coconut plantations and Mida Creek, as well as sunrises and moonrises over the Indian Ocean...

You have a choice of several verandas and a sublime rooftop space, all designed to accommodate both communal activities and private retreats from which to contemplate the beauty of the surroundings.

Please note that the house is built high off the ground. If a fear of heights, climbing up flights of stairs, would spoil your holiday, then this might not be the best house for you. It should also be reconsidered should any member of your party be prone to losing their balance after a particularly long and well-lubricated night! And groups with small children might find this house not suitable, although many groups have been coming with all ages of children since 1998.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Watamu Beach 120 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Malindi Kenya 25 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Staffed property, Sea view
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking

The Kenyan Coast region

Although the majority of our guests spend most of their time 'chilling', there are just so many activities offered in the immediate vicinity. Those with young children might find it difficult to get off the white sandy beach, as it is ideal for building sandcastles and beachcombing in the reef pools and sand-spits. Older 'kids' can choose from kitesurfing a few metres from the house or windsurfing, canoes and hobie cats at the hotels in the next cove, as well as some of the best scuba diving and deep-sea fishing in Kenya. Kite-surfing at Che-Shale, just north of Malindi, can also be arranged. With your own equipment, of course, then everything can be done right from the house!

Guests of all ages can enjoy snorkelling around coral heads just off the beach, or in nearby Mida Creek; they can visit the Arabuko Sukoke Forest , the Gede Ruins, the Snake Park or the award-winning Butterfly Farm; go shopping or surfing in Malindi; or simply take long, long walks or swims along the uninterrupted beach...

Other activities that can be arranged from the house include dhow-trips up Mida Creek (sundowners, full moon sails), dolphin trips, visiting the Gede Ruins, the Kipepeo Butterfly Project, and trips to Watamu village and traditional dancing evenings with the Giriama - the indigenous people of the area.



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Review 1-8 of 8

7 Apr 2014


"Beyond amazing house. Lovely beaches. Wonderful food and staff."

A huge thanks to the owner of the house, Paul, who helped us with a variety of last minute guest changes and other travel challenges. We stayed here for a bachelorette party, and while we may have str… More

7 Apr 2014


"Beyond amazing house. Lovely beaches. Wonderful food and staff."

A huge thanks to the owner of the house, Paul, who helped us with a variety of last minute guest changes and other travel challenges. We stayed here for a bachelorette party, and while we may have str… More

18 Sep 2013


"Perfect house. Perfect beach. Perfect food."

Living in Nairobi, we frequent the Kenya coast and this house has been our favorite thus far. A reasonable price for one of the best beach weekends we've had yet! The beach is great for swimming … More

5 Aug 2013


"A unique and unforgettable experience"

We had heard about the Tree House and read about it on internet and were looking forward to a very unusual experience. Indeed, the place is like no other we ever stayed in. Kingi, the master of the ho… More

2 Nov 2012


"My favourite place in Watamu!"

Amazing House, amazing staff and cook. Sami and Kingi were perfect. One of the best places on the Kenyan cost. The Treehouse is charming and comfortable and definitely unique.… More

16 Jul 2012


"Paradise on a quiet tropical beach"

Watamu is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Even during busy holiday times you can find yourself being almost alone on the gorgeous white sand beaches. The snorkeling is magical and you … More

16 Jul 2012


"Breathtaking decor, excellent access to a quiet beach, and wonderful food from the resident chef, Kingi!"

I stayed at Treehouse with my family in March 2012. We were 5 in total. The kitengela window features are really beautiful and create an atmosphere of beauty and mystique. The rooftop bedroom has a br… More

5 Jul 2012


"A truly unique Kenyan Coastal Experience"

I recently spent four amazing nights in Watamu at the Treehouse. I was blown away by the unique architecture, amazing views and attention to detail. Chef Richard was amazing and we absolutely adored t… More

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Calendar last updated:12 Jul 2014

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