Another trip within a trip! I was still living my best life in Mombasa, when a friend of ours that had been working in rough circumstances for weeks said he wanted to head to Kenya for a break after that. We collectively decided that it had to be Lamu, he had never been and honestly, if you wanna get some rest why not in Kenya's swahili paradise?
Luckily, the flights from Mombasa were very cheap and on early Friday morning I touched down in Lamu with Annika. We were the first ones from the crew to arrive and so... we could pick rooms first, yassssss! We managed to find another Swahili gem on Airbnb called Waridi House. It's located in Shela and a bit of a walk from the beach and the dock where you arrive by boat, but it was beautiful! To be honest, all five rooms en-suite were beautiful and it wasn't easy which was one was even better then the other! I finally settled on a really pretty room with a balcony with a hanging bed (I love hanging beds sooo much).
Besides every room being stunning, the other great thing was that there were a lot of common hang-out spaces making it an ideal house to go with a group of friends or a family. Even if you need a little break from each other, you could just chill on another floor of the house. In addition to that, there was a pool in the centre of the villa! I mean, it wasn't huge but it was so perfect to chill in and cool down in the hot and humid weather.
Finally, the staff was very friendly and helpful. We could order whatever we needed in terms of food and drinks and they would have it ready. This was probably also the best food I ever had at an airbnb. Breakfast with fresh fruits and omelettes, swahili curries to die for and chocolate desserts nobody could resist!
Link to Waridi House on Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.nl/rooms/2846199
What we did in Lamu was kind of the typical (but still so good): a sunset dhow cruise, a little partying on the floating bar, ate at Peponi (I'll just say it one more time: if you go to Shela, you can not NOT go to Peponi, the food and cakes and camembert samosa's are so so good + location is everything!), and finally stone oven pizza and some volleybal at Diamond Beach Village on Manda Island.
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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