Kizingoni Kusini House
Lamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
At a Glance
Kusini House is named after the South Monsoon wind that gently blows through the palms trees
There is a lawn area around the pool, perfect for children playing
Relax on one of the swing beds on the roof terrace
Enjoy the large 15 meter swimming pool
Delicious meals served in various atmospheric locations
Best time to Visit
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The rainy season on the Lamu Coast is generally May/June. So from July onward the weather is gradually getting hotter and dryer until March/April when it reaches the high 90's (over40 degrees C). Christmas/New Year is generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely from December to February with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. November and March are shoulder months and typically the hottest times of year. June to October are the coolest months when snorkelling and fishing are not possible but days are sunny and families wishing to avoid the heat often find this a lovely time of year to stay.
Kizingoni Kusini House is a beautiful luxurious villa on Kizingoni Beach. The house sleeps eight guests in four spacious rooms. It is fully staffed, including a chef and a boat captain for the private speed boat.
Kizingoni Kusini House, the House of the South Monsoon Wind, has a very distinctive sandcastle style. Like its neighbour, Jahazi House, it is built of coral block plastered in the local neru finish, tinted a soft ochre yellow. However, the inner courtyard is more of a walled garden with two separate en-suite visitors’ rooms in the sea facing corners. The house has been designed in the Swahili style, with traditional plasterwork and wooden beams and has gorgeous carved entrance door, Kusini has been furnished with stunning and sympathetic items from around the world.
The grassed, frangipani studded courtyard frames a large freshwater swimming pool, with long generous lounging steps to the side, that do not interfere with length swimmers, while providing an ideal haven for the less energetic.
The main house has two large verandas, one overlooking the pool on the ground floor level; the first floor veranda overlooks the pool, the sea and the sunset. Here is the sundowner bar and a splendid master bedroom with two en-suite bathrooms, one with a traditional style wallowing bath. The bedroom has two private balconies, one with a double swinging hammock bed.
Returning to the ground floor level, to one side there is a spacious guest room with twin beds and, again, a private veranda; to the other side a TV/library room - with a large chandeliered hall in the middle giving onto the pool veranda. Symmetry prevails throughout.
A private boat and captain allow you to explore the area’s marine life with ease. A private chef and masseuse are also available to complete the holiday experience.
Kusini House can sleep eight guests in three double rooms and one twin bedroom. On the first floor, you will find the breath-taking master bedroom wing with its massive four-poster wooden Lamu bed, two en-suite bathrooms and two private balconies. Each room successfully combines simplicity, luxury and style and all the bedrooms have stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
There is one master suite which has a massive 4-poster wooden Lamu bed, 2 en-suite bathrooms and two private balconies. There are two further double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and private sitting areas with views of the Indian Ocean.
There is a twin room on the ground floor with an en-suite bathroom.
Children of all ages are most welcome at Kusini House. However, there are no specific child care facilities but babysitting can easily be arranged. It is possible to tailor food requirements to children's tastes and arrange for earlier meal times if required. Lamu and the coast of Kenya is a wonderful place for a family holiday with calm safe waters, endless activities and plenty of cultural interaction.
Kusini House has a spectacular, large pool looking out over the beach to the sea. In the house there is a massage bed so treatments can be arranged to suit the requirements of the guests. There is a private speed boat with boat captain to use for a variety of activities. There are several private areas around the house with swahili swing beds where you can read and relax or enjoy a drink or al fresco dining as well as a roof top bar area to watch the sun go down.
Kusini House is fully staffed including a chef - able to provide meals and menus of your choice. There is a boat captain for your private boat and instructors available to teach water sports. A babysitting/child minding service can be arranged. There are guides on hand to take you on excursions to the mainland or to Lamu town.
A variety of water sports are available at Kusini House, including sailing, waterskiing, wake boarding, donuting and windsurfing. Guests can use their private boat and captain for these sports, whenever they choose and there are instructors available to assist beginners. You can take a leisurely sundowner sail in Kilindini, a luxurious dhow or learn how to sail Mafida, the small fishing dhow. Other activities on the Indian Ocean include deep-sea fishing, snorkelling and kayaking.
Location & directions
Lamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
Kusini House is located on Kizingoni Beach which is on the southern tip of Lamu Island, just off the North Kenyan coast.
How to get there
There are daily scheduled flights between Nairobi and Lamu. The flight takes between 1hr 40mins and 2 hours, depending on the aircraft used. Ali will meet you at Manda Airport, help you collect your luggage and load it into the Kizingoni Beach trolley. You will then trundle down towards the Manda jetty and your private speedboat. You will see Lamu town straight ahead of you, with Shela village off to the left. Kizingoni Beach is a 20 minute ride.