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Kenyan family villa with beautiful pool, private beach access, stunning views.

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Updated: 12-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

3 double bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms

Welcome to Himaya House. Situated on a coral buff overlooking Silversands Beach, Malindi, the views are stunning. There are two magnificent Baobab trees which give a very special feeling to the property. There is a short path down to the beach - only accessed through a carved wooden door - giving you complete privacy and exclusivity.

The house is spacious and cool with a north or south monsoon blowing most of the year. The main house has a large living area plus veranda with the Master Bedroom up above.

All rooms have a spectacular view. Two of the bedrooms are in a separate unit with steps down to the swimming pool.

The Master bedroom is up above the main living area and has its own entrance.

The Kenya coast has a North and South Monsoon.

The winds blow from the North from around end of November through to April/May and then change to the South.

This obviously brings changes on the beach,

In the North Monsoon the sea weed is blown down towards the house and there for the beach is not a complete stretch of white sand.

There are always areas that are clear and where you can swim.

It is absolutely not a problem but I would like you to know the photographs are taken in the South Monsoon.

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About the Owner

Lissa Ruben
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Swahili
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 February, 2017

28 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)


Peaceful and relaxing family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's second time to stay at this property and we truly can't imagine staying anywhere else at this point. We have five children, ranging in age from 6-12yrs old, yet this house somehow meets the needs of each family member while we are there. It is so convenient having a private access to the beach and ability to go as desired without much planning needing to be involved. We could literally sit on our porch and makes plans according to the tide at that moment. The staff of the house went above and beyond their job duties, especially with their care for our children. Often going out of their way to keep them entertained and answer any questions that they might have about life in Kenya. We stayed for a month, yet there wasn't a single day that our needs and comfort were not met beyond our expectations. The food that Sammy prepared was AMAZING and even after four weeks we were still not running out of options for new and exciting meals. The property is very well maintained, always clean and orderly. Himaya truly feels like a home away from home for our family (although one with a much nicer view!).

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Of all the homes and resorts that we experienced across Kenya and Tanzania, Himaya house was our favorite! Not only is the house beautiful and artful and the location overlooking the ocean idyllic, the people of Himaya are warm, genuine and generous. The owner, Lissa, went out of her way to recommend special experiences and to accommodate our every need . She even took our 11-year-old son under her wing inviting him to help her care for the injured bush baby that she was fostering. The staff too went out of their way to make our stay pleasant, helping with everything from laundry to negotiating fair prices for our excursions in the area. & never have we eaten as well as during our stay at Himaya! Sammy’s cooking is exquisite. Himaya is truly a sanctuary; beautiful, peaceful and pleasurable.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible Family Home for a Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 3 adults and 5 children (ages 5-11) stayed at Himaya House for one month and it completely exceeded any expectation we might have had in every possible way. I cannot speak highly enough of what a joy all of our family had. We were in major need of a relaxing, peaceful time and we found that and more. The setting was beautiful and our kids had such a great time swimming in both the pool and ocean. We brought our own snorkel gear and were able to see amazing sea life just outside our private beach door. The amazing staff took care of our every need, but seemed invisible when they were not needed. Lissa was so helpful with all the details and even arranged to have the first lunch, dinner and breakfast taken care of so we wouldn't have to worry about it. The chef, Sammy, made incredible meals that even our picky 5yr old enjoyed. Town was just a short tuk tuk ride away for any food or supplies that we needed. We can't wait to travel back again and hope that Himaya will become a regular part of our children's memories for years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely fabulous

  • 5 of 5

This holiday exceeded our expectations by a long way.

The house itself is airy and open with a breathtaking view; well appointed and stylishly designed - you don't just get a door jamb, but a hand crafted piece of work by a carver from Lamu!

Rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious, but the staff make the place and the stay memorable - present, but not intrusive yet always ready to help.

All the staff are attentive, but Sammy the chef deserves a particular mention - his prawn curry, Swahili chicken and crab cakes were outstanding, and every meal he prepared for us was delicious.

Lissa was the perfect hostess, she knows everything and everyone; nothing is too much trouble to organise, and because of her local knowledge we actually felt part of the community, rather than just a fly by night tourist.

Look out Lissa - we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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fantastic food, relaxing and peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

Himaya House is a beautiful and relaxing destination. The highlight would have to be the cook, Sammy, who was brilliant! It was great to have a full-time cook on site. We didn't really want to venture out too much at all because his cooking was so great! We had fresh seafood for seven nights straight, and opted for a change after that. The other staff are lovely, fantastic service, and certainly not too obtrusive, and only too happy to help you with what you might need. It was lovely to sit in the evenings and have a meal overlooking the ocean, very peaceful environment. We stayed for nine nights with our friends and their kids. Himaya House is well set up where we had quite separate sleeping quarters, so still felt like we had a bit of privacy. The pool was well maintained and very relaxing. There is a beach access door from the property, so you can walk straight out onto the beach. Only downside of the whole trip was that our sandals/flip flops were stolen on the first day. Soon learnt that quick lesson: don't leave anything on the beach (our own fault really for not being too careful). The beach also had a few hawkers and youths pretending to be your tour guide then asking for money; but the novelty of us soon wore off after a while and we could enjoy the beach in relative peace. It's a bit of a walk to town, so we took the local tuk tuks, very affordable and quite regular, to town. Lovely and relaxing stay - just what we needed! Would recommend again. Perfect for a group of friends or a couple of families.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Medicine we needed: sunshine, sand, & seafood

  • 5 of 5

The house is perfect. A little slice of heaven. There really isn’t a better spot in Malindi with the beach steps away, the fantastic views, sunsets from the swimming pool, beautiful garden, massive baobob tree, breezy verandas to relax on… I just wish I was going back soon. We stayed for nine glorious days with our two children (five and three) and two other friends. We could have easily had another couple or family stay though it was nice to spread out in the “guest wing” with the kids and have our own space. Lissa is a perfect hostess and helped set up the outings we wanted and recommended places to take the kids horse-back riding and snorkeling, as well as eating out—which we only did once because it is so delicious and cost-effective to eat-in (we did it plenty of gelato in town however—which his really good). And truth be told—the house has better views than any restaurant in town. The staff are amazing at being exceptionally helpful as well as entirely unobtrusive. We always felt well-looked after but like we had as much privacy as we wanted. We never had to lock anything, wash anything, or organize anything—everything seemed to be done by magic, but of course it was the conscious labor of a friendly and attentive team. Sammy’s cooking was delectable, and after being land-locked we were thrilled to have so much incredible sea-food. Sammy accommodated our group which included fussy-eating children with a separate dinner-time, and adults who both loved and totally disliked spicy food—quite a feat which he pulled off much to everyone’s satisfaction. I hope we will be back and highly recommend booking a holiday here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malindi Airport at 7 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Rosada at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : Likoni Ferry, South Coast at 150 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Malindi Golf Course at 6 Kilometres Nearest Train : Mombasa at 110 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Rosada at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Silversands at 10 Metres Car: not necessary

Other Activities: Yoga classes on request

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
4 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
1 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
24 Apr 2017 - 10 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
11 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Lissa will consider special rates if you are only a couple who would like to come, and for long stays.

Cancellation Policy:
Once a 30% deposit is made, this is not refundable.
Full payment is expected 2 months prior to arrival.
If the booking is cancelled 6 weeks prior to arrival, there will be no refunds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 12-Feb-2017
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Room

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • beach


  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 2 single beds on the verandah
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 2 single beds on the verandah
  • The house comfortably sleeps six but two extra children can sleep on the veranda. Maximum eight, including children in the party.


  • Balcony
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • WiFi is available. A telephone can be made available on request. A re-charge card is required. These are easily obtainable. Mobile phones are very cheap to purchase with a local number and advisable for a long stay. Malindi Airport is 15 minutes away and has 3 airlines flying in from Nairobi daily. Mombasa Airport, a 2 hour drive, has multiple flights throughout the day from and to Nairobi.

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