Impala House is part of a selection of exclusive Swahili beach mansions on one of the world’s most private beaches – The Lamu Archipelago just off the Kenya Coast.
A secluded hideaway, nestled on the beach, it is protected from the outside world by its tall white walls, which offer complete privacy to its visitors. The grassed, frangipani-studded walled garden frames a large freshwater swimming pool, which forms the heart of the Impala house experience and has been home to many of Impala famous parties. The long generous lounging steps on both sides of the pool do not interfere with length swimmers, while providing an ideal haven for children and the less energetic.
Designed in the Swahili style, with traditional plasterwork and wooden beams, built of coral block and furnished with stunning and sympathetic items from around the world, Impala House offers simplicity, luxury and style.
The main house has two large verandas: the ground level overlooking the pool and the top level giving you uninterrupted views of the sea and the sunset. On the first floor, you will find the breath-taking master bedroom wing with its massive built-in Lamu bed, two en-suite bathrooms and two private balconies. Above is the dining area with a long Moroccan style table plus the roof top terrace. On the ground floor are spacious en-suite guest rooms, one double the other with twin beds, both with private verandas. A generous entrance hall leads onto the pool veranda and Barraza area, where you can while away the days and the evenings, gazing across the sparkling pool and out to sea through the Lamu door.
At the ocean end of the walled garden, there are two separate en-suite guest bedrooms with private verandas looking onto the sea. Above these guestrooms on one side is a roof terrace with swinging beds; the other provides the perfect breakfast spot, each terrace looks onto the sea and the swimming pool. With the beach on your doorstep, a multitude of cool shady, secluded spots to escape to, warm and welcoming staff to cater for your every need, Impala House is the perfect place to discover a new level of relaxation.
A large freshwater swimming pool
Two large verandas uninterrupted views of the sea and the sunset
Roof terrace with swinging beds
Included in the rates:
• One return airstrip transfer for max 8 pax
• Exclusive use of house and pool
• Full Board accommodation
• Sundowners on dunes
• Private speedboat and captain
• Beers, soft drinks, house wines, gin and vodka
• Use of water skis and snorkelling equipment
Low season: $194
Rates are per adult per night. Children under 12 years @ 50% of adult rate.
On the southernmost tip of Lamu Island, backed by dunes and palm trees, is Kizingoni Beach, a blue-gold sweep of sand, just a few miles down the coast from the living Swahili museum that is Lamu Town. Privately owned, the beach is deserted; but for a few local fishermen, and two gracious dhows anchored in the deep blue water of the sea channel. Behind it run miles of sand dunes interspersed with palms and low grey-green shrub. Privacy and exclusivity are guaranteed.
Lamu is renowned for its deep-sea fishing, with Kiwayu one of the top 10 sites in the world.
On the mainland, lies Kenyatta Lake, an area of pristine indigenous bush and rich in wildlife.