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“Medicine we needed: sunshine, sand, sea-breeze...”

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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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Malindi, Coast Province

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Holly P
Gulu, Uganda
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Medicine we needed: sunshine, sand, sea-breeze & seafood"”
Reviewed 5 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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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.

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Liked best: breathing deeply
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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lynnr5520...
nyc
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Gorgeous home, perfectly situated with the most hospitable owner and fabulous, caring staff.”
Reviewed 28 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Himaya House is a little bit of heaven on the Indian Ocean. Even in "rainy season" we saw only a few sprinkles. The weather was perfect during our stay and everyone had space to relax as they wanted. Lissa was the perfect hostess, arranging for car service at the airport, stocking our requested groceries prior to arrival, and providing suggestions and recommendations for dining, shopping and so forth. She and her staff live on premises, but they are discreet and unobtrusive. Lissa is a wonderful raconteur, and regaled us with stories of Kenya, past and present. We enjoyed the fresh seafood wizardry of Sammy, Himaya House's superb chef, as well as his marvelous breakfasts and apple pie! We plan to replicate his pesto recipe soon, and drink a toast to our new friends at Himaya House. We hope to be back one day!

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Liked best: Gorgeous property, steps from beautiful beach
Liked least: Rainy season does bring black flies
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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mominsuda...
Juba, South Sudan
1 review
“Wonderful location, very relaxing!”
Reviewed 9 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We had an amazing 5 days. Everything was fantastic, the staff were very friendly and eager to accommodate all your needs. We would recommend this rental to almost everyone.
There are a lot of steps, so not handicap friendly, good for families, but toddlers would have to be watched closely.

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Liked best: Location, Location, Location
Liked least: there were flies and mosquitoes (where don't you have them) bring bug spray!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Corinskie
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Special house, very relaxing - must stay!!”
Reviewed 15 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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We spent a week here over the new year period and had such a fantastic time.
The house is located at the end of the main beach and was very quiet, just far enough away from town (so only a short tuk tuk ride for shopping). The setting is very special with dual aspects along the beach and there are such lovely views from every room in the house- very relaxing constantly hearing the sea.
The staff looking after Himaya were not only very helpful but also discreet, with really stand out cooking from Sammy the chef!
All communication with Lissa the owner was very clear and prompt, we felt well looked after and had a great holiday. Having done many holiday rentals all over the world, I can highly recommend Himaya!!

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Liked best: The incredible views!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Elizabeth...
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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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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