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Magnificent Beachfront House with Private Pool in Tropical Gardens

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa


About the property

Villa in Msambweni, South Coast, Kenya - Sweeping Views of Indian Ocean

Few places could match this idyllic holiday house set on the palm-fringed shores of the Indian Ocean. Fully serviced and set in three acres of tropical gardens one can laze away a day by the pool or enjoy the beach where the soft waves lap within the coral reef. Ideally situated for children. Alfresco sea food dining. Plenty of patio area. Goggle from a glass bottomed boat, go deep-sea fishing, take a sun-downer, go on safari and spot game in the nearby Shimba Hills or enjoy the hotels and highlights of the nearest town, Diani. 35km from Mombasa.

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About The Owner

We are a family who used to live in Kenya and have left part of our hearts there. We bought this wonderful plot in 1988 and have enjoyed endless happy times there.

Today, our three sons are involved with maintaining and running it - a legacy they too will hand down. All we want is for other people to share our love of a unique and beautiful part of the world.

Why The Owner chose Msambweni

We bought this wonderful piece of Kenya coast because of our love for this part of the world, and because Kenya is part of our lives.

What makes this villa unique

Peace, idyllic beauty - a place not easy to find in today's world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

As dawn breaks and the tide recedes Jinchini will remain forever in our hearts
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa at the Msambweni at the Kwale County

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All have shower, basin and WC. Downstairs - one bedroom has a bath.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 and 2 upstairs with verandas. Bedrooms 3 and 4 downstairs (one with veranda). All room have ceiling fans and floor-to-ceiling mosquito nets, Large and airy with twin beds. Cot and two children's beds available.
  • limited accessibility
  • reefs
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: There are ceiling fans and bedside fans. Swimming is completely safe within the coral reef. The house is ideal for children and for anyone storing a boat as it is situated at the base of a cliff at sea level. Outside: Most meals in Jinchini are taken outside. The staff set the table on the patio or in the garden according to the sun and shade. The pool is a medium sized kidney shape with plenty of surround for sunbeds, drinks and meals. Shade is provided by the tropical trees and plants, where the monkeys and bush-babies will try their luck if they get the chance. Utility Room: Washing sinks and dog kennel. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, linen and all house items included. Staff on property include manager and cook, two house staff, gardener, two night watchmen. A nanny available if requested. Other: Beautiful pool area with sunbeds. Guest house set back from house for driver/nanny. Barbecue, surf boards, volleyball, books and games. Cell phone reception.


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Magnificent Beachfront House with Private Pool in Tropical Gardens
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 10 reviews

Old Coast house filled with simplicity and charm while cared for by wonderful house staff.

  • 5 of 5

It was such a pleasure to spend time in a true Kenya 'coast' house with its spaciousness and simplicity with all you need without being fussy - all reminiscent of an earlier era. It was a joy to be there and a tonic for the spirit to relax in the garden looking out on the Indian Ocean and the fishermen quietly going about their business - having seen many of the world's tropical coast lines none in my view are a patch on those of the east African coast with its palms, casuarina trees and constant monsoon breeze. Congratulations on keeping Jinchini's character, charm and comfort.

Kassim, Suleiman, Omari and the 'askaris' looked after us all with great care, thoughtfulness and diligence. They could not have done more to make us more welcome and cared for. We felt extremely privileged. Omari’s cooking excelled and it was a delight to have fresh Indian Ocean fish every day!.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed our secret piece of magic - with its beauty and tranquil peace that is timeless. We hope others may wish to come and sample the hospitality provided by our wonderful team in a safe and friendly part of Kenya's tropical coast.
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Awesome experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the beautiful Jinchini beach house. The property is perfectly situated with a pool and beachfront access. The food is delicious, the staff is very well trained and helpful. We loved it and look forward to going back someday soon.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Kenyan coast at its very best

  • 5 of 5

It is impossible to sum up what an incredible fortnight we spent at Jinichini. It is a beautiful and peaceful location with so much to offer. It is very private yet with the beach at the end of the garden, just metres from the house. A truly stunning place to stay. We were looked after incredibly well - all our meals were freshly prepared and utterly delicious, eaten with the gently lapping ocean in the background. Paradise.

We had a wonderful holiday and found it very difficult to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family escape in a wonderful place

  • 4 of 5

Arriving at Jinchini is a special experience that confirms your escape from the hustle of everyday life. The staff offered us a beaming welcome and we immediately felt at home in very special surroundings. The house is set within a beautiful tropical garden which turns into sand and palm trees as it meets the white beach and blue sea. We were immediately struck by how peaceful it is. Aside from a few friendly fisherman and local villagers passing by there are very few people to disturb your views of the Indian Ocean and the kilometers of beach stretching up and down the coast. The house itself is very well run by the staff who are always on hand (though discreetly so) to meet your needs. They were friendly, courteous and fun with the children, happily arranging trips up palms to harvest coconuts or snorkeling and fishing from local dhows. The chef was able to accommodate a range of requests and fresh fish, fruit and veg were brought to the door every day. The traditional style of the house itself adds to the experience and has everything you could need for a quiet break away. When we wanted a break from the sand and sea we went up to the lovely swimming pool, set serenely amidst the green garden on top of a small cliff. This was a private space, interrupted only by the chattering of passing monkeys. We had a wonderful time in Jinchini and will happily return to this tranquil, magical place again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing holiday!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place! A lovely house on the beach with miles of white sand. Kassim and Omari (The staff) couldn't have been more helpful & made excellent food (curry was the favorite!) House and location made for instant relaxation. Our 2 week stay was topped off with 3 days on safari - without doubt our best holiday ever with incredible memories to last us a lifetime. Thank you Jinchini !

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolute paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Such a stunning place, just paces to the beach. So relaxing, we felt so spoilt by the wonderful staff. The fish curry is the best we've ever tasted! Lovely having a private pool.

Would highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Snorkelling, swimming and dhow trips to the reef can be enjoyed from the house. Within a 30 minute drive is Diani Beach where one can scuba dive, kite-surf, windsurf, extreme water sports, camel ride, play tennis and deep sea fish. The best bill fishing for the serious fisherman is at Shimoni - some 45 mintues' drive south to Shimoni at the Pemba Channel Fishing Club. A short distance into the interior is the beautiful green and forested Shimba Hills National Park where elephant, buffalo and the famous sable antelope can be found. Tsavo East and

other Kenya game parks all easily available by light plane or car.


The magnificent sight of the Indian Ocean is ever-present. Msambweni beach is secluded with few people other than the fishermen who go out in their dhows every morning. The sand is firm for ball games and building castles and the rock pools at low tide with their shells and small fish are ideal for small people to find treasures.


There are regualar international scheduled and charter flights into Mombasa. There is an airstrip at Diani for internal flights.

Cars can be hired either chauffeur or self-driven and can be arranged when booking. The drive from the airport is through Mombasa island, over the Likoni ferry and then on the tarmac main road to Tanzania. The journey takes about an hour. A map can be provided or a driver provided.


Msambweni is 35 miles south of Mombasa. There is a turn-off sign. The house is beyond the village of Msambweni. A map can be provided.

Further Details:

Diani - half way between Mombasa and Msambweni - has modern supermarkets and one can stock up here for wine and spirits. Banks with ATM machines are here.

Msambweni town has essentials. The house will have basic supplies on arrival - fish, vegetable and fruit, beers and sodas, bread, coffee, tea etc

Fresh fish, lobster etc. is brought to the back door by local traders, as are fruit and vegetables. Traders also like to come to the back door with baskets, carvings and kikois.

There is a modern hospital in Diani with latest facilities. Msambweni is a malaria area and anti-malarials need to be taken.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

For more information or to enquire about reservations and variable rates according to seasons, please contact: +44 7889 140139
More information and FAQ's can be found on the website. You do not have to book from a Saturday to Saturday.
There is a temperature chart on the website (link below) to check the best time of year. Please note that June and July tend to be 'greyer' and cloudy months.

Changeover Day:
Arrival and departure times are flexible. They do not have to be a Saturday to Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.