I've been to Nyumba ya Madau several times with different friends and we've loved it every time. The place is clean and safe with a friendly personalised service and staff, including a talented chef, Gabriel. He cooks whatever you ask for every day and is also able to recommend you the best available seafood on that day. And if you're vegetarian, you won't be disappointed.
The house is beautifully decorated and sits right on the beach front where you can enjoy a postcard perfect views every day. It also has a private garden on the beach guaranteeing you privacy. If you go as a bunch of friends, there's plenty of room to relax together or take some private time in one of the many gorgeous parts of the house.
If 100% languor and relaxation in a stunning place isn't quite for you, you can mix in some long walks along the beach, out onto the reef at low tide or even visit the nearby water sports centres to canoe on the ocean, take boat trips, go diving and many other physical activities.
Don't hesitate to visit Nyumba ya Madau - you'll have no regrets and be sure to return again and again!
Geschreven door: Awak777
(London, Kentucky), Bezoek Date: 2014-07, : TripAdvisor
The house is beautiful, decorated and furnished with very good taste. It has great living spaces, with a fantastic veranda where you can enjoy the breeze and watch the ocean, a cosy and cute yard where you can peacefully read among the birds and the flowers, and a lounge where you can access the interesting books and magazines kindly made available by the owner. The rooms are nice and comfortable. The staff was great, they made our stay not only easy but also remarkable (food-wise for example). They were also very friendly to my 3 year old daughter, which made our stay even more pleasant. In other words, we felt at home.
The beautiful beach is just few meters away, and you can easily access it from the house. The location is far from intensely developed areas, yet you can access Watamu or Malindi by taxi for shopping or excursions. I recommend this place both if you are a group (the rooms are nicely separated) and if you are a small family. I especially liked the welcoming atmosphere, the beauty of the interior and exterior spaces, and the amazing natural environment.
Geschreven door: crizz999
(Nairobi, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2014-07, : TripAdvisor
I have stayed in Nyumba ya Madau twice and been beyond impressed on both occasions. The location is perfect - quiet and dreamy, the ocean clear, stunning and breezy and the sand perfect to wiggle your toes in. I enjoyed long, long walks at sunset and sunrise yoga. I always felt safe and well looked after. The food was divine, fresh from the ocean or Italian delights. All the rooms are unique in their own way none better then the other. I would highly recommend a beach holiday here.
Geschreven door: Leyla A
(Kampala, Uganda), Bezoek Date: 2013-08, : TripAdvisor
As soon as you arrive at Nyumba Ya Madau you already feel relaxed. Cornelius, the amazing chef Gabriel, and Mwalimu make sure your are well taken care off. And the owner, as well as the staff, are really helpful if you need any recommendations of what to do in the area (taxis, places to visit, boat ride,...). The room we stayed at was very simple and nice, with a lot of light, great views and a big bathroom. The outside lounge area was my favourite spot, we spent hours in those comfy sofas reading and chatting while our little one played around in the sand. We would also recommend you are ready to eat because Gabriel is a great cook. Even the simplest of dishes taste delicious. Don't miss the pasta with crab and the gnocchi!
Once you get there, you won't want to leave. We stayed for a week and just left the house once!
Geschreven door: Maria C
(Tanzania), Bezoek Date: 2013-11, : TripAdvisor
Comfortable and spacious, with a beautiful white beach a few meters away . The local staff is lovely and the cook is very gifted; Ideal for a group of friends or for a large family
Geschreven door: 673max
(Kigali Province, Rwanda), Bezoek Date: 2013-07, : TripAdvisor
We had a perfect 4 days at Nyumba ya Madau. We have been taking holidays on the Kenya coast for the last 14 years, and this is by far the most appealing place we have stayed in. The house is situated right on the beach and designed to catch the ocean breeze. It is elegant and each corner thoughtfully designed. Perfect for kids, with both sea and pool within 100 meters. Incredibly friendly neighbours, who invited us for a memorable Italian seafood dinner. Why did we have to come home?
Geschreven door: Ben W
(Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2016-03, : TripAdvisor
we really enjoyed the amazing warm ocean, the lovely sandy beach walks, cool ocean breezes most afternoons, fresh seafood and great pasta every day, refreshing massages every day organized by the great staff - what not to like !
Geschreven door: marvandpat
(Nairobi, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2016-04, : TripAdvisor
White Sands, veranda with incredible ocean view, excellent cook, and lots of space and rooms for children and friends
Safe and quiet place that allows to live a holiday in total freedom. Highly recommended
Geschreven door: PedrillaPedra
(Kigali, Rwanda), Bezoek Date: 2016-03, : TripAdvisor
My mum and I stayed at Nyumba with my then 16 month old son and had the most wonderful time. The house is beautifully decorated in a very unique and eclectic style. It is situated ideally just on the beautiful Watamu beach. We spent several afternoons splashing around on the nearby sandbank in the shallow water and pools which was ideal for my son. The staff in the house were great and extremely helpful when it came to organising early kids meals and generally accommodating our needs. This is a beautiful and very unique place to stay and its tranquil setting is hugely relaxing. We will be back!
Geschreven door: Jessica M
(London, England, United Kingdom), Bezoek Date: 2014-07, : TripAdvisor
I spent one week with my wife at the Nyumba ya Madau and I found it simply amazing. The house is located on a white sandy beach, in a very calm and private location. The chef is excellent and he cooked the most delicious seafood we have ever eaten. The house is clean, spacious and well decorated. I will definitely recommend this place to anyone and I cannot wait to be back with my wife soon!
Geschreven door: fraschini_luca
(Milano), Bezoek Date: 2014-04, : TripAdvisor
We spent nearly two weeks at Nyumba ya Madau in Watamu and it was a perfect holiday. The house is beautiful and the location is stunning, right on the beach with a beautiful private garden and area right in the sand, there are gorgeous wooden sun beds and an external living room area that are just perfect to spend time and read. Literally a few steps to the ocean, feeling very private and secluded. The views are breath-taking. Needless to say much about the Watamu National Marine Park - the ocean is crystal clear and right at your doorstep.
The staff is also wonderful and extremely friendly and professional. The chef, Gabriel, is excellent and can prepare anything from fresh fish and seafood to delicious chocolate mousse, and the breakfasts were also really good. All the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. On top of this, the staff organised for a masseuse to come in nearly every morning, at very reasonable prices, very much recommended.
All in all, I would absolutely recommend Nyumba ya Madau for a holiday, both as a romantic retreat or as a family holiday since there would be enough space for ten people or so. We definitely plan to go back.
Geschreven door: DR042015
(Portugal), Bezoek Date: 2014-09, : TripAdvisor
We have been to this amazing place several times and every time is an great experience. The house is absolutely stunning, full of little corners to rest and relax. There is a lot of attention to details, The staff is really friendly, especially with young kids. Food is really amazing, mostly traditional Italian, and a lot of fresh fish. It is a very easy place for those family with young kids. The compound has a pool and the house is literally on the beach. The kids love going for walks and to play when there is low tide. I couldn't recommend more this house. It is the only place we keep on coming back to.
Geschreven door: 538benedettac
(Nairobi, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2016-02, : TripAdvisor
The house has charm, with not many frills. If you are looking for luxury, this is probably not the best house for you. The house is a bit far from town on a very bumpy road so make sure you bring everything you need, down to bars of soap and toilet paper. The rooms, furnishing and amenities are basic (e.g. a/c wasn't working properly, showers barely worked and had exposed electrical wires, nearly all lightbulbs on the upper portion were burnt out, creepy crawly centipedes kept making their way into the bed, etc.). The cook was also quite mediocre, though he was lovely and eager to please. I also did not realize the pool was shared among others houses within the compound. This review sounds harsh, but I live in Kenya and travel to the coast regularly and so it is in light of comparison with other houses I have stayed in within the same price range.
On the plus side. The garden and beach are spectacular. The staff are polite and very kind and the layout of the place and architecture are quite charming. With a little bit of maintenance, additional amenities and training of the staff - the place could be amazing!
Geschreven door: UjalaQ
(Prague, Czech Republic), Bezoek Date: 2016-08, : TripAdvisor
This was the third time for us at Nyumba Ya Madau, and we hope to keep coming. The location of this place is amazing; stunning views and right on the beach. We always make plans to move around the area...but end up relaxing in this beautiful place for most of our stay! The house deco is really taken care off and you don't feel like you are in a typical sterile rental place, but in someone's home. The staff were as friendly as always, and even entertained our daughter! And they took care of our shopping so there's really no reason to move if you don't want to :) Hope to come again soon!
Geschreven door: Maria C
(Tanzania), Bezoek Date: 2016-04, : TripAdvisor
We absolutely loved this house. It is so homey and the location is incredible. Could spend all day sitting outside and watching the tide come and go. Highly recommended!
Geschreven door: sgloss487
(Nairobi, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2016-11, : TripAdvisor
Beautiful location right on a perfect unspoilt white sand beach and sand bank. House is beautifully furnished with antique Swahili furniture and upper terrace overlooking the beach, comfortable for ten of us, great outdoor ground floor terrace, friendly staff cooked great food every night for us. We will be back to visit.
Geschreven door: Pete M
, Bezoek Date: 2017-01, : TripAdvisor
Everything about Nyumba ya Madau is exceptional. Starting from the amazing and friendly faces working here, the fresh and tasty food served from morning to evening, and being able to walk 5 steps to encounter the perfect honeymoon beach.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for some 10 stars get away house.
Geschreven door: Constança F
(Lisbon, Portugal), Bezoek Date: 2016-10, : TripAdvisor
Our three-day getaway to Nyumba ya Madau was just perfect! The house is cozy and well decorated, with beautiful locally-inspired furniture and stunning interiors. The staff is friendly and always available to help when needed, at the same time extremely discreet to ensure guests can enjoy their privacy and feel at ease in the house. The cook has been key in helping with food shopping and contacting local fishermen to bring fresh fish to the house, then cooked into tasty Italian- or Kenyan-style dishes.
The location of the house is simply spectacular, with a garden directly looking onto the white beach and the crystalline ocean. Spending a short holiday in Nyumba ya Madau was a wonderful experience: relaxing and reenergising at once!
Geschreven door: stelladegiuli
(Milan, Italy), Bezoek Date: 2017-01, : TripAdvisor
We spent 4 days at Nyumba ya Madau in Watamu and had a great time. Staff working in the house are very helpful and kind. The house is beautiful and has all what is needed for a nice and relaxing holiday and is located by the beach. We also enjoyed nice walks in the sand bands, snorkeling in Watamu and went to see the dolphins, which was amazing!!
Geschreven door: valerievaldivieso
(Nairobi, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2017-02, : TripAdvisor
Nyumba ya madau is one of the most beautiful houses i have visited in a decade,it is located in an amazing and unique location, the beach is literally in front of the house,breathtaking sights,and such a calming presence,i felt it immediately when i entered the house.
It is a great family friendly,cosy, and relaxing environment with a stunning pool inside the compound,and a fantastic and super friendly staff, the food is of high standards and the rooms are very clean. I have to say what impressed me the most is the stylistic design of the house,and how spacious and accommodating it was.
I had a marvelous experience and recommend it is exceptionally worth it!the pictures do not do any justice, you have to see it to believe it!
Geschreven door: Agyedho A
, Bezoek Date: 2017-04, : TripAdvisor
An amazing gem in watamu..nyumbayamadau is everything you imagine it to be and more. Excellent stay with girlfriends, the staff is absolutely amazing and nothing is too much to ask for. Service with a smile. Most serene place I have been to in a long time and the house itself is a work of art! Well done to the Bene and the team! Will definitely be back!
Geschreven door: toshea u
, Bezoek Date: 2017-05, : TripAdvisor
We spent 5 days in this amazing house as a family of four, and we'll be back as soon as we possibly can! This extraordinary 5-bedroomed Swahili beach house is on the beachfront - life overlooks the white sands and turquoise waters of Jacaranda beach, just 10kms from Watamu.
Bene's house has been designed and filled with love for Swahili design and culture - four-poster beds are combined with antique Swahili artefacts built up over years, and mixed with shells and other finds from the beach. Every need and comfort has been considered, from a massage bed on the veranda overlooking the beach, to outdoor showers in courtyards, and in-door as well as outdoor dining areas. A great shared pool is available just behind the house.
The staff are lovely, and can help you decide on the best seafood and fish, which they can then turn into delicious Swahili or Italian meals. They will also help with organising dhow trips to see dolphins, snorkelling on the reef or searching for starfish in the rock pools along the beach. We did it all... and will be back again for more!
Geschreven door: sorchaoc
(Nairobi, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2017-10, : TripAdvisor
This is one of many trips we've had to this gorgeous house. This time with a small child. The staff made it easy to be there, taking care of the child's nutritional needs and dealing with extra laundry on time.
I'd definitely go back with a little one and look forward to many more trips to this place.
Geschreven door: Awak777
(London, Kentucky), Bezoek Date: 2017-04, : TripAdvisor
Wonderfull location (right in front of the beach), stunning architecture and decoration... definitly the place to relax and be happy..
5 Stars staff who made us feel at home!
We will definitly return!!
Geschreven door: patricia l
, Bezoek Date: 2018-03, : TripAdvisor
The location is perfect - the beach is actually your garden. The strech of beach in front of the house is a paradise...huge white sand, next to a sand bank where the beach is fantastic. always emply beach..you feel like you have the beach all to yourself. But on a very quick walk you have a few restaurants, one of them - Safina - serves the best seafood grill right on the beach...we kept coming back.
The house is a delight. Super comfortable and full of nice corners where you can rest and wind down. You can eat at a different table everyday, read a book at a different corner everytime. The furniture in this house is something...picked from different corners in the world,,,they all have a different story.
The beds are super comfortable, all white. If you are lucky, you will even find pure old italian linen bedsheets and bathroom towels.
The staff is super attentive and Gabriel is an excellent cook. You can eat from the sea everyday - sea urchins, vongole, octopus, fried seaweed - they get it straight from the sea in front of the house. But Gabriel can also order excellent fish, prawns, lobsters, crab, oysters...
What else can you ask for?
Geschreven door: Roam257871
, Bezoek Date: 2018-03, : TripAdvisor
This is a beautiful place, relaxing and serene. My friends and I had the most beautiful stay. The staff was great and took good care of us. We would definitely go back for another visit.
Geschreven door: GloriaW812
(Nakuru, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2018-11, : TripAdvisor
I have been going to Nyumba Ya Madau since 2011. I lived in Kenya for many years then moved away a few years ago. In the beginning I stayed in many different houses but when I came upon this one, I never went to another one again. When I go back these days, I always stay at Nyumba Ya Madau. It is truly the most unique home. It is beautiful and the beach in front of it is just UNREAL. The porch is beautiful with comfortable beds and couches to read all day in the view of the ocean. It is so nice to be in such a non-touristy and quiet part of the beach. You can walk around and you don't see many people, and you are not getting sold things all the time. However, the house is also super close to resorts (only 15 minute drive) if you want to go out for a drink/dinner. Most of all, I LOVE the house staff. Gabriel the chef has been with the family for decades and cooks AMAZING Italian food. The seafood is so fresh and out of this world. Bene the owner is also an awesome person and always responsive and accommodating. I will be going back for many years to come.
Geschreven door: NancyTingze
(Nairobi, Kenya), Bezoek Date: 2019-03, : TripAdvisor
Ha sido una estancia maravillosa. La casa es de no creer! Las habitaciones fantásticas. La playa en la puerta y el servicio que te atiende un 10!!! Por supuesto que volveré!!
Geschreven door: Cristina C
(Madrid, Spain), Bezoek Date: 2019-04, : TripAdvisor
La casa está decorada con un gusto exquisito!!! El servicio al mando de Cornelius, no podían ser más amables!! La playa en frente. Tranquilidad y planes por los alrededores. No pudimos estar mejor!! Enhorabuena a Benedetta, una anfitriona magnífica!!
Geschreven door: Lucia P
(Madrid, Spain), Bezoek Date: 2019-03, : TripAdvisor