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“Magnificent location and blissful house”

Review of Himaya House

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View across the pool to Silversands beach
Entrance to the Main House
Side view of the House
View across pool to guest wing
View across pool to main house
View at low tide from part of garden
Master Bedroom
Master bedroom bathroom
Veranda dining table
Entrance to the living room with veranda beyond
Bedroom in separate guest wing
Outside veranda on guest wing
View from Master bedroom window to pool
Looking down to pool from Guest wing
Looking back towards HImaya at far end on cliff
Walking along side Himaya at low tide - in the South Monsoon
Looking out to Marine Park
A sunset from Himaya
Storm over the ocean from Himaya
Fisherman out in May storm
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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Malindi, Coast Province

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Elizabeth...
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Magnificent location and blissful house”
Reviewed 13 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We were a party of 6 including 2 young children and we were knocked out by the location overlooking the beach and sea on both sides. The house with its separate guest wing is delightful, and the garden leading to the swimming pool area is just beautiful. We were very well served by the staff of 5. Sammy is a great cook, and his menu suggestions very delicious - so it was a luxurious Christmas and New Year break for all of us. Would definitely like to come back again in the furture.

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Liked best: The setting overlooking the beach with the gardens
Liked least: It was a bit windy at times.
Travelling group: Young Children
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JulianSma...
Nairobi, Kenya
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Our second visit in a month”
Reviewed 12 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Truly great place - we went first in November and were back within a month! Friends said it was the best house in Malindi and they were quite right.
Great location, great staff, lovely owner, and above all a fabulous property. Can't recommend it highly enough...

Travelling group: Young Children
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Catandkar...
Edmonton, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“We had no idea as to the extent our expectations would be exceeded!”
Reviewed 28 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We selected the Himaya House after doing over a month's worth of research on the Internet. We felt quite confident that we could expect a safe, clean, comfortable, well maintained home with a pool and a great beach location where we could spend sixteen nights.

We did not, however, anticipate that our expectations would be exceeded on so many levels.

The house is in perfect repair, fully equipped with modern, properly functioning appliances, wonderfully furnished and tastefully decorated.

Sammy, the resort-trained chef served up one amazing dish after another, Silas made sure the home remained in tip top shape, Mapinga made sure the pool was always clean and garden green and lush. Kombe did our laundry and ironing and Charles the professionally trained security guard assured us our safety.

Lissa (pronounced Lisa) went above and beyond to make sure that every aspect of our stay was perfect. She found out ahead of time what our food preferences and tastes were and did some pre-shopping so that we wouldn't have to worry about getting groceries for a few days. Throughout our stay she would pop in every once in a while to ask if we needed anything further.

Lissa also arranged for a car rental at an excellent price and helped us organize a boat excursion. She keeps a comprehensive list of meals (appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts) that Sammy has aced, just to give us some ideas (although by no means does the list limit our options).

She also keeps an immensely helpful directory of where the best restaurants, attractions and shopping spots are as well as contact names, numbers and directions to other services that may be required.

We quickly grew attached to Lissa and invited her to join us for supper more than once. She is a kind hearted, gracious woman and as it turns out, an accomplished author as well. As someone who played an important role in the establishment of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (elephant orphanage), she has some fascinating stories to tell.

We loved every minute of our stay at Himaya House and we found Malindi to be a most peaceful, safe and vibrant town.

When we return to Kenya we will plan our trip around the availability of Himaya House.

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Liked best: We honestly loved everything- The house, staff, Lissa, location....
Travelling group: Young Children
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Degenkamp...
Rijssen
1 review
“excellent located beach house, much privacy,perfect view and 5 star service”
Reviewed 21 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The beach house is located on a cliff which gives you much security and privacy but also great view and even the possibility to go to the beach by your private door. Swimming pool is very nice and many opportunities to lay in the sun or in the shadow of the trees in a big garden. The staff is very friendly en helpful they do everything from garden to swimming pool, from night security to cleaning even including laundry, they do their job but you hardly see them. Sammy did a great job in the kitchen, every morning we started on the veranda with a great breakfast with warm croissants and fresh fruit, the lunch always a nice surprise from salads to soup and diner was super from local fish to italian food you can chose what you want. The menu is very extended you can give your prefers, Lissa will buy the groceries and Sammy prepares it all to a five star level.
Owner Lissa was very helpful immediately when we started contact for information about location of the Himaya-House and situation in Kenya. Lissa arranged pickup from airfield she can arrange a trip in the area from safari to glas-bottum boat. Lissa can do all your groceries from cola to beer, from chocolate to cookies and all at nice local Kenya prices.We can advice a trip to Malinda by tuk-tuk. Swim in your own pool, football on the beach and even internet for our kids it was totally complete.
Dear Lissa, Sammy and all the rest of the staff our stay with our family of 6 persons was perfect thanks and good luck to you all! Nice regards from Holland! And maybe goodbye in future?!

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Liked best: the location and the food
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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DenmarkLo...
Malmo, Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Beautiful house, fantastic view and super friendly staff”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We stayed 5 days in this lovely house. The house has a perfect location on a coral rock. That both give the house and the garden/pool a fantastic view over the ocean but also a natural “protection” from the beach boys. The villa itself is beautiful, well maintained and very clean. All the rooms are hugs and from everywhere in the house you have a fantastic view.
The owner Lissa is extremely helpful. Airkenya Express changed our flight time last minute and because we didn’t get that information we didn’t catch our flight. But Lissa called the airline office and convinced them to put us on another flight. What a service 
Lissa also did all the food shopping for us, so we didn’t have to go to the town but could stay and relax at the pool.
The staff in the villa is super friendly. Sammy the chef is amazing. He cooked delicious food for us 3 times a day. We didn’t even try some of the restaurants in Malindi as Sammy’s food was so delicious. There is also a pool boy that clean the pool 2-3 times a day, a friendly guy that did all our dirty laundry from the safari and a security guy that look after the house as night.
The house give you the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday.
We can warm recommend to stay in this wonderful villa and would love to come back one day.

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