Home for a few weeks: Eva's Airbnb
The combination of my research for uni and having a sub-office of work in Mombasa, resulted in a few weeks stay on Kenya's beautiful coast. Lucky me!
I had been to the coast so many times, but always for either a short but busy work trip, or with friends for a weekend get-away. This time I could finally spend some proper time while I did both serious work things and fun stuff!
Because I am not the biggest fan of hotels, especially not with a longer stay, I decided to look for an Airbnb. I found a really cute place in Nyali which was close to my office and booked it with host Julie. Eventually, Julie turned out to be the daughter of Eva, the actuall hostess of the place.
The Airbnb was a small house in the back of a compound, where Eva and her husband live in the main house. Its a big and green compound with grass and trees. There are lovely security guards and a cute doggie, so it felt very safe. If I'm correct, there were two other cottages next to mine, but I never really saw the other people and had lots of privacy. The only visitors were some occasional monkeys and some ants.
The tiny appartment was perfect: a small livingroom, kitchen with a fridge so I could sort my own food out and a bedroom with a great queensize bed. There was airconditioning and a mosquito-net and everything was very clean. Eva has lovely staff working on the compound that clean the rooms, and also someone for maintanance. So I had some water pressure issues in the shower twice, but I could just ask for help and it would be fixed in minutes which was really great. The place also had a little porch where I'd have my breakfast in the mornings and read a book in the evenings. Eva also had contacts for a reliable boda-boda guy and I could just phone her whenever I needed something, which really made the stay very comfortable.
I think I had some kind of discount from Airbnb and also a reduced rate on my stay because it was for a longer period, so I found it very affordable for the time being!
Link to Eva's lovely Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.nl/rooms/22509290
A trip to the coast while on a trip to the coast?
llYeah, appearantly that's possible and I managed to do so in my first weekend on the coast... I mean, to be honest I love Mombasa as a city. There is a lot happening, you can go to the market, there is some nightlife, different types of cafes and restaurants etc. But I don't go to Mombasa for the beach. It's often crowded, lots of seaweed, lots of people trying to sell you stuff. Maybe I'm a bit spoiled, but I really like my beaches quiet!
That's how I ended up taking a matatu and joining some of my friends that were in Watamu for the weekend. They found this AMAZING place called King's Landing. To be fair, it still wasn't on the beach, but the villa was stunning and huge! I only stayed for a night, so I don't even know the exact details but the place had a big living room, beautiful swimming pool, rooftop, 4 bedrooms, multiple bathrooms all in Swahili style and really great staff and helpful staff. The place is a bit on the end of the town of Watamu, in the middle of a palm tree forest and very close to a boardwalk through the mangroves. Trust me, staying here definitely makes you feel like you're living the life of a royalty! It's even better than those pics I took with my phone...
On Saturday half of the group decided to go on a little snorkeling and dolphin spotting tour. We had a whole boat to ourselves with a roof chill spot, so we could all work on our tans and sunburns. We spotted two big families of dolphins and did some snorkeling at a reef afterwards. It was fun, besides that I was clumsy enough to swim into coral and cut open half my hands. When we got back, we could already smell the food from outside the house, the staff did a really great job prepping food and some of the huge fish that some of my friends had caught the day before on a deepsea fishing trip. Doesn't get any fresher!
Link to King's Landing on Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.nl/rooms/23705857
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