Designed and built in the traditional Arab/Swahili vernacular. Neem House Malindi is a private, family coastal residence in Malindi on the Kenya coast. Affordable accommodation available throughout the year for vacation and holiday rental. The residence, surrounded by numerous large Neem, Palm and Fig trees, is situated on a coral outcrop catching the ocean breeze.
Neem House is approximately 350m from the beach, accessed via the Driftwood Beach Club or down one of several lanes and is a short drive to the Malindi Marine Reserve established in 1968 where glass bottom boats and snorkeling are available to explore the reef. Neem House sleeps a maximum 12 people, perfect accommodation for family groups on holiday, vacation.
There is a beautiful pool at Neem House. Built in the classic Arabic style, it is in excess of two meters deep and is situated in a private courtyard. There is and out door shower adjacent to the pool and large stainless steel gas barbecue.
The traditional flat roof is over 100sq meters and sits just above the tree tops. The views from the roof are breathtaking, particularly at sunrise and sunset and star watching at night is must. We have beautiful lanterns and candelabras throughout the house in case of power outages.
The kitchen has a six burner gas/electric cooker and there is a large stainless steel BBQ in the courtyard by the pool. There are three refrigerators, a large Bosh with excellent freezer and another that we use
specifically for drinks in the kitchen and a smaller fridge on the landing upstairs.
There are four members of staff at Neem House. Charo, an experienced cook, produces classic Swahili dishes, refreshing salads and freshly baked bread. He sources only the freshest ingredients from the market and works closely with Abu, the fisherman, who comes to the door most mornings with a selection of fresh seafood.
Charity is responsible for all housekeeping and laundry duties. Sammy the groundsman is in charge of the gardens and pool. Tukuya, the night watchman, is on duty in the evenings from 6pm to 6am. The house also has a monitored security system. Additional help in the house, Ayas' (nannies) and babysitters can be employed on a casual basis if required.
Shopping is fun and hassle free. For groceries and supplies you can either pop into town in a Tuk Tuk, order buy phone and have it delivered or alternatively, you can request one of the staff to shop for you. If you would like a small preliminary shop done in advance please ensure we are given plenty of notice. Imported foods are quite expensive, however local fruit and vegetables are excellent quality and good value.
The numerous restaurants in Malindi are excellent thanks to the resident Italian and German influences.Local African style places are also very good. Nyama Choma (BBQ meat) and Swahili seafood curries in particle.
There are numerous things to see and do in and around Malindi and lots of sites on the internet about Malindi, Watamu, Gedi and Kipepeo, Kilifi, Lamu, Mombasa and the Tsavo National Park. Diving and snorkeling in the Malindi and Watamu Marine Reserves is highly recommended. The coral gardens are spectacular and there is always a chance of spotting turtles, dolphins, giant groupers or the harmless Whale Shark who are regularly sited in the area.