Villa Annchen was the perfect weekend getaway about a 45-minute drive north of Mombasa. The service was excellent, food delicious (the fresh seafood is well worth the additional cost!), and the Swahili decor charming (Rasmus designed the entire villa and all the furniture within himself!). But my favorite feature of Villa Annchen is the gorgeous pool overlooking the creek - perfect for a cool dip after a long, hot day.
In terms of activities, you can walk down to the creek and swim a bit, but as a caveat there may be some naked kids swimming and staring at you, and the creek bottom is very slimy. For lunch, Rasmus made two excellent restaurant recommendations: 1) La Marina (Mtwapa creek-front) and 2) Monsoons (ocean-front near the Jumba Ruins).
My only complaint is that the villa is a bit far from the main road, making it a bit difficult to get around if you don't have a car, but the staff can help you arrange for piki-pikis and taxis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oceanfront Villa Annchen is elevated over the most beautiful shores of the Indian Ocean inlet Mtwapa Creek within 6000 sqm of land. Exclusive natural stone pool (16m x 12m x 2.8m) with majestic view of Mtwapa Creek. Deluxe guestrooms, furnished with African carved hardwood made of exceptional attention to detail and design, with low sound split air-con, ceiling fan, mini-bar-fridge, mosquito net, kingsize bed and en-suite bathroom. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Annchen Kenya/Bamburi