Samawati house & pool
Samawati beach
Samawati master bedroom


‘Samawati’ means ‘a heavenly place’ in the native Digo tongue. This is an Arabesque Swahili house on a pristine 2km stretch of Kenya’s Indian Ocean seaboard. There are 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 large communal rooms, bar, dining room, kitchen, outside patios and large infinity edge swimming pool. Set up on a cliff above the beach, the house and pool enjoy sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. Access to the beach is via a private path – about 60 metres in length.

Bedroom 1: The Sultan’s Suite: twin decorated Lamu beds, large private bathroom with twin basins and a double shower.

Bedroom 2: The Simba room: large Lamu carved 4 poster double bed, private bathroom

Bedroom 3: The Samaki room: twin beds, shares a bathroom with

Bedroom 4: The Ndege room: twin beds

Sitting room with cushioned chairs, Swahili carved coffee table and writing bureau, with HiFi, books, board games. This room backs on to an enclosed courtyard containing many potted plants as well as a Hankerchief Palm. 

Dining room – Swahili carved dining table seating 8 pax on Swahili carved chairs. Carved dresser for crockery. Lovely views through the arches and across the lawn to the ocean.

The Majlis Room with popular ping-pong table and large Swahili sofas covered in cushions, leads out to the infinity edge pool. Sunbeds and deck chairs surround the Mazeras stone edge of the pool.

So you can enjoy several difference places to relax – quietly or with your friends!

It is an ideal retreat for family holidays, enjoying the safe, warm waters of the Indian Ocean.  The pool affords excellent views of the indigenous forest below the house, and Indian Ocean beyond. As one relaxes in the pool, monkeys play in the trees, the breeze gently sways the palm trees, and a true sense of bliss is realised!




Five permanent staff take care of the house and guests. The staff comprise Stephen, our cook and house manager, Katana the house steward, Iddi the gardener, assisted by Juma who looks after the pool and Mbega Julo, our night watchman. All linen and towels are included. A large fridge with freezer compartment, gas oven and all kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery and glassware are included. The bar area has a small drinks fridge. Just bring your food and drink. Stephen will arrange fresh fish and crustacea from the local fisherman as well as shopping at Diani supermarkets when you give him the list and cash! An excellent 18 hole golf course at Leisure Lodge, Diani - approx. 15 miles north of Msambweni. There is a very good, modern private hospital in Diani (Diani Beach Hospital)


Contact Susan Church to arrange booking (contact details as below). Bookings are confirmed on receipt of a deposit. Balance due a month before your holiday starts.


Fly by scheduled flight into Mombasa International Airport and then drive 35 miles south on the main tarmac road to Tanzania until you reach the D544 junction to Msambweni District Hospital. Follow this tarmac road for 6km and continue through the Hospital grounds and onwards for another 2kms until you reach the house (signboarded). Preferably take Safarilink/Air Kenya flight to Ukunda only 15 kms from Msambweni. We can arrange car hire or taxi for you.