If you're looking for a magical, peaceful, getaway in paradise, Tijara is it.
From the minute we arrived at the airport, we felt incredibly taken care of. Ian, Larissa and the Tijara staff give such personalized service--an incredibly refreshing change from traditional hotels. Ian or Larissa would meet us each day and took care of everything. Trip to the caves? Safari? Trip to town? Snorkeling? We were just given a time to show up and we were off on adventure--no time wasted planning, no confusion on how to get around, who to trust, or how much to pay.
The service isn't the only thing that sets Tijara apart. The setting is away from everything--kilometers of scrub brush and coral rock for kilometers around. Nothing to interrupt relaxation. The grounds are immaculate. Beautiful gardens separate the four cottages. Each cottage feels apart from the others, a personal escape. The rooms are luxurious--large and open with fresh flowers every day. We spent hours on the balcony, reading on the daybed, afternoon drinks, meditating on the ocean.
The private beach overlooking a wide reef felt out of a movie, scattered with gorgeous shells, fishing boats, and tidal pools. The ocean is the temperature of bath water. The pool is fresh and free of chemicals.
I was very impressed with the food. I'm unable to eat gluten or dairy--which can sometimes (and even more so in Africa) be difficult for chefs. Not only was the food at Tijara delicious and different every day, the menu was rich in fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables.
There's just the right mix of things to do and, as holidays are good for, nothing to do. My boyfriend and I spent a full week there and could have stayed weeks longer.
We can't recommend Tijara highly enough and already planning our trip back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate, private and secluded, yet only a short distance south from Mombasa Island in Kenya, Tijara Beach is an exclusive private resort hosting not more than 8 people. The owners who live on the property and manage it are always available should their guests need anything.Tijara is about total relaxation, getting out of touch with the world and appreciating the beauty of barefoot luxury. It is for people who appreciate tranquility, nature, personal service and absolute privacy. Unwind and renew your spirit at the best escape from the world! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tijara Beach Hotel Mombasa