If you have been looking on this web site for which of the beach lodges we think is the best….you may have just found it! With its relaxed feel and spacious rooms, Kiwayu is definitely up there with the best beach lodges in Africa. This region is such an untouched paradise that the World Wildlife Fund has a post here to study the turtle that are to be frequently found flapping their way up the beaches at night (best season being April to September and December to February).
The onus here is on utter relaxation and tranquillity with long beach walks and sun set picnics the norm, ideal for an African honeymoon
. Owner operated by George Moorehead and his wife, the standards of food and service are excellent and attention to detail has really been applied throughout, from the standard, huge bandas, to the private, honeymoon island. The best times to visit are from September through to April although it can get very windy just before the turn of the trade winds in October/November. The only real drawback is the difficulty to get here...but that is also part of the attraction. I think the only drawback is that it doesn't come cheap!!
Kiwayu is a natural, simple but luxurious and secluded retreat. It is a place to disappear and restore your soul. Miles of deserted beaches with soft white sand and the soothing sound of waves will soon awaken the senses and lead you back to nature’s eternal rhythms. Kiwayu offers a retreat to those discriminating people who are tired of superficial sophistication, who wish for a return to a natural lifestyle and who desire contact with the best and simplest seafaring life that Kenya can offer.
You will find no concrete, only thatched bandas, ensuite cottages, which blend in into the dunes and sway with the monsoons. There are eighteen bandas between the waves and the dunes…Each banda consists of a spacious bedroom with antique Swahili furniture, a dressing room, a safari-style shower with running water and a lavatory. Each hammock-strung verandah offers privacy and panoramic views over the lagoon. The dining room, lounge and bar are also built with palm-thatched roofs and woven matting floors with bright, colourful scatter cushions on the seats. There is also a small gift shop.
Activities include snorkeling, dhow trips to the island or picnics with maybe cold crab, lobster, fresh bread, wine and mango in far-off coves. Fishing for rock cod, barracuda and snapper in the wide channels that thread through the magnificent mangrove forests, windsurfing, water skiing in the sheltered lagoon, laser sailing and walks on the sandy beaches or over the dunes. Or pick your own rock oysters.