Al Hamra, Wow! by far the most unique and luxurious place we have stayed. On entering the villa we were met by the very attentive staff and shown to our beautiful suite. Straight away we realised we were about to experience something very special. The house is serene, spacious and exotically designed but also very comfortable and has a relaxed atmosphere where you can have complete privacy or enjoy the company of others if you wish.
Our suite was very comfortable with a stylish 7ft bed which was always beautifully dressed morning and evening by one of the friendly staff. A door to a stone stairway leads to a thatched roofed open living terrese for our private use, a lovely place to take afternoon tea after a day in the sun, or for indulging in an aromatherepy massage after an exciting cycle around the forrest!
The service is superb, the Chef Janice, very imaginative, her food is dilicious especially her soups. Baya is charming, very polite and attended to our every need.
As the poolside living is so luxurious with it's indoor infinity pool and outdoor pool with elegant comfortable sunbeds, there would be no need to venture out of the grounds, but you would not want to miss, a Dhow cruise for a sundowner on the nearby lake,or swimming in the clear blue Indian Ocean which is just 5 mins walk away. We enjoyed walking along the beach, to have a cocktail as the sunset. Magical.
We went diving out on a small reef, the water was warm and clear and exceeded other dives we have made, the coral was plentiful, we saw a variety of colourful fish and several large octopus. Steve and Helen who run the dive school were excellent, they also run the cycle safari, where if you are lucky you may spot an elephant as we did!
My husband and I spent 10 glorious days at Al Hamra didn't want to leave but the attentive owners as promised booked us for a Safari in the Masai Mara before our return home, arranging everything for us. So reluctantly we packed our bags promising to return very soon to this truly unforgettable Paradise in this amazing, beautiful country.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Hamra is a boutique residence located in Watamu on the Kenyan coast. An exclusive private beach house available for rent, with access to the powder white beaches of the Watamu Marine Park tailored specially for those seeking unique hospitality in a sublime setting. The house is within a secure gated landscaped garden and is fully staffed. Al Hamra sleeps 10 people (8 adults and 2 children) in spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms, and private roof terraces. Pool suites are air-conditioned, and the master suite enjoys open sided accommodation to maximise the cool sea breeze. There is a courtyard swimming pool, and easy access to the powder white sands of Turtle beach.Al Hamra is 2 hours north of Mombasa by car and daily internal flights are available from Nairobi to Malindi, which is only 20 minutes away by car. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Al Hamra Kenya/Watamu