Originally built in the days of the Caliphate, Kisimani House is the only surviving example of ancient Swahili architecture in Shela. Complete with massive stone walls, carved archways and central courtyards that open up to the big, blue sky.
Kisimani House is located on the seaward fringe of Shela village and a five minute walk from the beach. Kisimani in Swahili means ‘the House of the Well’ and to this day relies on it’s own source of artesian water.
The ancients knew what they were doing of course, creating an inner source of light, shade, air and privacy throughout the interior. This sense of space continues on up through all four levels of the house with each level comprising a self-contained double en-suite and private terrace area.
An open stairway allows free movement between all floors without trespass. The house is therefore perfect for a family (or two) with children, or up to four couples or (singles) with space for toddlers if needed.
On the first floor there is a communal terrace with cushioned seating and a hammock to lounge in under the shade of pink bougainvillea. In the centre of it all stands the dining table with the kitchen discretely adjacent.
At the very roof of the house there is a moon-deck terrace. With enormous views over Shela village, out towards Manda Island and the shining sea beyond; a perfect place for a sunrise smoothie or a sunset cocktail.
The house comes with an excellent cook and a house steward/butler.
From the kitchen Karissa the Chef emerges with seafood and meals as fresh as you have ever tasted. He will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner; either unguided or to your specific preferences.
Fred Kahindi is your discrete butler. He brings you tea in the morning, sees to the beds, the laundry, the shopping, fixes drinks and lowers the nets before bedtime.
Both speak good English.
Let Karissa know of dietary preferences and give him enough cash to shop for your group. They record all household expenses
|Location||Kisimani House – Shela Village|
|Includes||Entire place to yourselves|
|Sleeps||8 up to 12|
4 × King bed
8 × Single bed
Moderate: 50% refund up until 8 days prior to check-in, except fees.
a) Cancellations made between 0 and 7 full days prior to local check-in time, or no show, guests will be charged 70% of total booking value.
b) Cancellations made between 8 and 29 full days prior to local check-in time, guests will be charged 50% of total booking value.
c) Cancellations made 30 or more full days prior to local check-in time, guests will receive a full refund of their deposit, except fees.
d) In the event of a premature departure or cancellation, the nights not spent 24 hours thereafter are 50% refunded, except fees.