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Villa With Private Pool And Sea Views

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House on Tiwi Beach, Near Diani, Kenya - Stunning Swahili Style Villa With Pool And Steps To Lovely Secluded Beach

Tiwi House is tucked into a gentle curve of the beach at the north end of Tiwi beach. The property consists of a fully furnished and equipped four-bedroom house, with a swimming pool between verandah and beach. The house has an amazing ocean landscape. We have our own private steps down coral cliffs to a quiet beach. Tiwi House sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms that have their own individual bathrooms with ceiling fans, some air conditioning and a full staff. Holiday letting is all the year round including Easter, Christmas and the New Year. Relax, swim in sea or pool, sunbathe, go sightseeing and shopping in Diani; snorkelling, diving, bird-watching, sailing, water sports and deep sea fishing are all available; a 40 minute drive takes you to the Shimba Hills Game Park and lodge; an hour and a half to Shimoni and the Maritime Park.

Vivi and John Marshall
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2018

About Vivi and John Marshall

We live in England but spend a great deal of our time in Kenya, where we have made friends and enjoy the country. We love Tiwi for the private nature of its beach; the Kisite Marine Park boasts some of the best snorkelling and fun scuba diving there is. Nearby Diani has some very good restaurants. There really is something for everyone here. The area is easily accessible with Ukunda airport less than 35 minutes drive away and 90 minutes to Moi International at Mombasa. The property is absolute barefoot luxury!

Vivi and John Marshall purchased this house in 2008

Why Vivi and John Marshall chose Tiwi

A unique, comfortable and beautiful house directly on an Indian ocean Beach. The house can manage nine guests at any one time.

What makes this house unique

Beach Front plus 5 acres of garden and bush.

Guestbook comments from the owner

March 2010

We had the most wonderful week in this truly beautiful house on Tiwi Beach. Thank you so much for letting us experience your paradise spot.

March - April 2010

Wow - Thank you so much - we have loved every minute of being in your beautiful Tiwi House - it is such a fantastic spot and Joseph and Salim and all the others have looked after us brilliantly; we are all so sad to have to go home and hope we can come back one day!

January - February 2011

Perfection - in every way. We will remember Tiwi House, its gentle staff - the life enhancing view from the terrace.

February 2011

What an extraordinary stay, in a magical place. To arrive here is in a way to have arrived. We lack for nothing, the soothing pacific waves breaking on the reef, long deep sleeps gave a totally relaxing and refreshing experience. I am recharged!
Feb 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tiwi in Kwale County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bedroom 1 has bathroom with shower, single basin, bath, lavatory and bidet. Bedroom 2 has bathroom with shower, twin basins, lavatory and bidet. Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a bathroom with shower, twin basins, lavatory and bidet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with three single beds.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Not ideal for toddlers unless supervised, it is very open and the pool is almost integral with the house which is architect designed and designer furnished. Ideally suited to extended families and two or three families that like to holiday together. Outside: You approach the house down a bush track followed by an avenue of palms and ancient frangipani trees with their white blossoms overhead. Neem trees shade the steps leading down the coral gardened cliff to the sandy beach; there is heavenly swimming at most tide heights and at low tide one can walk either up the reef to the Sand Island and beyond or south to the Tiwi river that separates Tiwi beach from Diani beach. Over the river can be seen and visited the atmospheric Kongo Mosque which was built between the 14th and 15th centuries and, having been recently restored is used for worship. The gardens are being developed and being well maintained by Mbwana and Mfaki. The grass is kept short and there are many exotic flowering trees and shrubs. There might be our own coconuts or citrus fruit for you to enjoy. There is a breakfast terrace outside the house and very large outdoors table beside the swimming pool. Utility Room: There is a utility area with washing machine and a second, smaller refrigerator. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Property is cleaned every day, towels and linen are provided and changed when required - all laundry is hand or machine washed, as required, and dried on the line. Beach towels are not provided. Other: Between the two sets of bedrooms on the first floor is a vast timber floored area suitable for relaxing or simply gazing out over the sea!


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(4 traveller reviews)

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Villa With Private Pool And Sea Views
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

Right on the beach

  • 4 of 5

Idyllic view of the beach. Crystal pool and lovely living area. I do think the house staff could do with some training to be a bit more professional and in keeping with other similar beach house staff. And air co ditioning would be great! Thanks for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Claire, Many thanks for your generous review of Tiwi House. Your observation about the professionalism of the staff is a little surprising since guests staying previously have remarked on the good service they have experienced. So that we can improve in this respect, it would be useful to know which aspects let down a high standard please. The current high cost of running air conditioning plant would make the rental fees unsustainable; perhaps, we should consider these to be an optional extra since we find the steady sea breezes make for reasonable comfort. With kind regards, John
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  • 5 of 5

For myself and 2 children safety and privacy were my top requirements in a friendly, relaxed environment offering private pool and views with access to the beach for which Tiwi House provided all and over and above our expectations in cleanliness and comfort. The House Staff in particular Joseph were simply fabulous, quietly in the background if required. Fresh fish and fruits and a fabulous Chef who shopped for us was the icing on the cake. My only request having struggled with the humidity and heat at night would have been the option to pay for air conditioning as the fans were for myself insufficient but that is a preference not a complaint and for many probably not an issue. Many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable stay at this most wonderful holiday home which I would highly recommend to my family, friends and business associates - thank you

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great few days at Tiwi House. John was easy to communicate with, Joseph and the rest of the staff made us feel welcome and catered to our comfort. The house was beautiful and spacious, the beach and pool provided lots of fun. We made lasting memories to treasure.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Caroline, Thank you so much for this generous review. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourselves; we gather that you had quite a lot of rain initially so, trust your spirits were not dampened! With kind regards, Vivi and John
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Just loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you very much for letting us stay at Villa Tiwi this xmas season 2015. The villa is just amazing! The owners very always responsive and kind to all questions I had before during and after our stay.

The villa is very well kept and clean. Villa manager Joseph is very kind and helpful and handles all issues with great care. All other staff members very equally great hosts. Bedrooms, bathrooms, living room, all just perfect. The kitchen is very well equiped. We hired at little extra costs a professional cook (George) who was worth every penny. The swimming pool is the center of this place. Very well done! The place is huge so upto nine persons can easily stay at the place (we were six).

The remote location is a great advantage yet a disadvantage at the same time. Very peaceful and quiet. Should you however want to do some shopping or visit a restaurant, you need a car (25 minutes to Diani Beach).

Some other remarks:

- the villa has no A/C (which I would have liked in the bedroom) and no internet/wifi (which I did not miss after all).

- the beach can be easily accessed. The beach is amazingly beautiful. Or rather it could be. Natural and especially man-made debris spoil a great place. Co-operative efforts would greatly upgrade the beach. I would have also liked some possibilities for watersports activities in Tiwi.

- the listing description accurately reflects the place: you get what you see!

This is definitely a place I would return!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay a Tiwi House and that you have reflected on your experiences in such a complimentary way. The criticisms are fair and we will be looking into these during our forthcoming stay at Tiwi House. We are very sorry about the state of the beach which does vary, particularly after a spell of high winds when more seaweed seems to get torn out of the depths - plastic etc. is a worldwide phenomemom and we will do our best in future to see that Tiwi House frontage, at least, is kept as clear as practicable by asking Mfaki, the gardener in charge of our overall beach area, to keep it clear - especially when guests are in residence. Wifi has become a problem recently with the ISP not responding but, one solution is the "Orange" network. It would be nice to think that you might return one day - Tiwi peace v Diani life; a conundrum!
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Twiga Lodge
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Twiga Lodge
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

None presently.


The beach is on your doorstep under one minute away down stone steps cut into the coral cliff. The sand is beautifully white; the sea recedes over the reef at low tide and swimming is gentle.


Mombasa's Moi International Airport is one and a half hour's drive away across the Likoni ferry. The Ukunda airstrip for local flights and private charters is a 30 minutes drive. Car hire is not essential but recommended.


A ten minute drive takes you to Tiwi village for very local small shops and stalls. Diani, a popular European tourist destination is 12 kilometres (25 minutes) drive away to the south. There you will find banks, restaurants, supermarkets, boutiques, bars, discos, casinos, car rental, hospitals, dentists and any number of roadside stalls.

Further Details:

Shimba Hills Game Park and Lodge is 45 minutes drive up into some slightly cooler and less humid hills. The Shimoni/Kisite Marine Park is one and a half hours away to the south. A huge variety of safaris to all the game parks can be arranged at the Diani Safari agents. Almost all will start by collecting you from your door.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
All bookings should be made with the owner. To confirm the rental dates a 50% non-refundable deposit is payable on booking with the balance due 6 weeks before the holiday. In the event of cancellation less than 8 weeks beforehand, the whole amount will be due. We do not provide any form of travel insurance and recommend that you take out your own travel insurance. We can assist you with any bookings - local transfers, safaris, excursions, transport etc. Please contact Owner for payment methods.

A cook can be arranged at the rate of £10 per day. Otherwise, it is self catering although there is a houseman for normal every day cleaning tasks.

Changeover Day:
This is flexible and dates should be discussed with the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.