My wife and I live in Kenya so we are blessed with some fantastic vacation locations to choose from. Mwasembweni is indeed a beautiful locale on the coast with wonderful views, outstanding villas, and a beach free from 'beach boy' harassment. We had Villa 3 for most our stay, and Villa 1 for one night. The rooms were outstandingly romantic and exclusive with private infinity pools, a jacuzzi and many features fit for a king. We loved the villas and the privacy given to us free from staff calling in all day. There is nothing negative to say about the accommodation and facilities but excellence, perfection and luxury.
The operations staff and Frederik the owner were eager to hear our positives and negatives and tried to correct things right away.
On the down side, we were disappointed by the food. Often when a meal time was requested the actual food was rarely served on time resulting in much waiting around. As there were only one other couple the kitchen was not overworked. Some food was bland, uneventful and over cooked at times. There was not much variety to the fish dishes and two nightly desserts of vanilla ice-cream and nuts until we asked for a change. Unfortunately, I stayed up the first night and the next day with a bad stomach. The food cleanliness in two cases was also poor.
We have sampled excellent dishes in Kenyan lodges and hotels of the same exclusivity but this was rather disappointing. We did raise this with Terry and she brought in another chef who was much better and more creative.
Msambweni is indeed a paradise and that cannot be disputed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Msambweni Beach House & Private Villas has been designed in the Lamu style with whitewashed intricate features and high beamed ceilings. The property’s balconies, terraces, pontoons and infinity pools overlook the Indian Ocean and are the perfect spot to relax, watch the sunrise and enjoy a sundowner. The many wining and dining options are extended to Msambweni Beach House’s private beach and new lounge beach bar as well as a hidden cave, and, when the tide is right, a sandbank a little wade away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Msambweni Beach House Hotel Msambweni