Thanks for looking us up! IMPORTANT NOTE: Christmas and New Years (Dec 20-Jan 4) is high season for our vacation rental and is usually booked by the preceding January, hence the property may already be booked if specified in the calendar as unavailable, but is available any other time of the year unless marked unavailable on the calendar. Unfortunately we can't accept simultaneous swaps most times. We trust that you can find dates that would suit you.
You are free to come to our property at any time of the year marked available, hence open to any dates.
Our property is a charmingly rustic 3-house holiday home, with an azure pool, set on 2/3 acre of leafy green gardens, private luxury only 300 meters from the beach. It is perfect for those who want a coastal holiday, 3-5 minutes walk to the beach without the crowds, hustle and bustle, for families or groups of friends, large or small groups alike enjoy the property and never want to leave at the end of their vacation!
A charmingly rustic 2-house holiday home in leafy green gardens with an azure blue pool only 300 meters from the beach. It has a main house and a cottage, that in total can take up 21 people, at least 7 of whom must be singles or children who can occupy shared loft bedrooms. The occupancy is described in more detail below:
The 3-bdr main villa can take up to 12 people sharing double/single beds in the 3-bedrooms which includes the loft bedroom that takes up to 6 and is perfect for kids and unisex singles. The 3-bdr cottage can can take up to 7 people sharing double beds or in single beds in the bedrooms and additional sleeping in the loft area. Have a look at the "Other things to note" section of this listing located below for a detailed description of the sleeping arrangements.
If the number of people in your party are 6 or less, the 3-bdr cottage will sleep you comfortably. Ample seating space throughout the property.
A clear blue swimming pool, gazebo, and fully stocked kitchen, with staff to attend to your needs as desired.
The entertainment area boasts a large flat screen TV, hours of English movies on a 1TB drive, both recent hollywood blockbusters and family favorites and classics. There is a Nintendo Wii U system for the young and young at heart loaded with games that make for hours of endless indoor fun. Family board games like Taboo, Wikipedia round off the indoor entertainment, have a game night or two while you at Upani.
Please note that there is no AC. All rooms have fans and this has served our guests well in the past, paired with the evening sea breeze that is directed indoors by the glass louvres on the windows. The mosquito nets mean you can sleep with windows open and enjoy natural AC.
You will have access to the main 3-bdr house. There may be people booked in the other 3-bdr cottage or 6 bdr villa located on the other end of the property as well. The houses are separated by the garden that has lots of trees and leafy bushes, and they each have their own private lounge area, therefore you will have privacy in any case.
The pool will be shared with the other guests in the other cottages. You may tip the cleaning staff to do your laundry if you would like and you get 1 load per week. The bed and bath linens will always be taken care of by the cleaning staff.
Interaction with guests
There will be a property manager to meet you when you arrive and to hand over the keys and give a brief orientation. You will have complete privacy during your stay however. Daily cleaning is available, we ask that you contribute $10 per day towards the staff for this purpose.
Galu Beach and neighboring Diani Beach are world class award winning beaches, rated top in the world. Clear waters, pristine clean beaches, it is a favorite destination for local and international tourists alike. A wide range of things to do that you can get more information on, and I will provide to you in the house manual once you book.
Three major resorts, The Almanara, the Lantana Galu Beach and the Neptune Resort are within walking distance. Restaurants and bars are within 5km, like Koko's cafe, Bidi Badu, Forty Thieves. Assorted shopping areas within 7 kms.
Diani is very idyllic, serene and relaxing without a lot of traffic and easy to get around. From using a tuk tuk ( a motorized rickshaw) that costs $0.5 to taking a taxi starting from $5 you will have no problem getting around. Most guests do not require a car hire, and get from place to place using tuk tuks.
Ukunda Airstrip: 3 km
Mombasa Moi International Airport: approx. 45 km
SGR Railway Station: approx. 45 km
Likoni Ferry: 37 km
We are happy to advise you on travel arrangements. We can organize collection from Diani's Ukunda airstrip or from Mombasa's Moi International Airport.
You can also hire a car but unless you are planning a lot of lengthy trips it is not really necessary.
Other things to note
You may request a personal chef for whom you will pay 1,500 KES (10 USD) a day.
We have a natural thatched roof made with natural materials ("makuti') and local wood. For this reason, you may from time to time encounter little insects that like to live in this environment. While we make every effort to make the roof as inhospitable to them as possible, due to the climate they will seek out the cool inner sections and may also cause fine sawdust to accumulate here and there as they make themselves comfortable. We clean the house daily, twice a day in the some areas and also treat the house and compound as much as possible while also bearing in mind your safety as guests. Therefore we request that you do bear that in mind during your stay and if the natural roof may be a problem for you then think twice before booking. It has not been a problem for most of our guests in the past, and if you are familiar with coastal architecture then you will hardly notice it. Feel free to message me if you have any questions or clarifications that you'd like to seek.
We provide generator backup at night.
Following is a detailed description of the sleeping arrangements.
The main 3 bdr house can take up to 12 people sharing double beds in the bedrooms and additional sleeping in double and single beds in the loft area as follows:
1. Bedroom 1 downstairs: 1 super-king size bed that sleeps 2, and is master ensuite
2. Bedroom 2 downstairs: 1 king-size bed and 2 single beds that sleep 4 in total, usually ideal for parents with smaller kids or single adults.
If a couple takes the larger family room then the 2 single beds can move upstairs to the loft area to serve as extra sleeping space for singles/kids.
3. A loft-sleeping area with 3 additional sleeping spaces. This is ideal for singles as it is quite expansive and serves as a TV area to one side. The space is about about 1,800 square feet in area and can usually take any number of additional beds for larger groups, we have put up to 3 extra beds up there for 4 people with their own canopies for the mosquitos. It does not have it's own bathrooms and shares the large expansive bathroom with shower downstairs.
The cottage, located at the opposite end of the 2/3 acre garden can can take up to 7 people sharing double beds or in single beds in the bedrooms and additional sleeping in the loft area, as follows:
1. Bedroom 1 downstairs: 1 queen size bed that sleeps 2, a couple
2. Bedroom 2 downstairs: 2 single size beds that sleep 2 singles in total.
3. A loft bedroom upstairs and combined entertainment area with 2 additional beds, one double and one single, to take 3 people in total.