Incredible room with views of indian ocean, private beach a perfect place to relax Cardamom House hide gem, a boutique hotel Vipingo set in lush gardens among coconut trees. Comfortable accommodation and unforgettable dining await in a tranquil and private setting.
How is everyone doing, I know I haven’t been blogging in a min, if you follow me on Instagram I have had some life changing things happen to me, anyway that’s a blog post for another day.
I am slowly go back to travel blogging, hopefully will have more trips like this in the future.
I got the opportunity to go to Cardamom house part of Secluded Africa, thanks to Aisanguyan Safaris, it has been on my bucket list for a mine a minute since I saw a fellow Instagrammer had visited.
The Hotel & Room
Cardamom House is located in the marine conservation in Kuruwitu perched between coconut palms, they have access to a private beach that is un touch to the public.
Cardamom House has four villas called The Tower, Manda Toto, Lulu & Shela, they are 10 rooms spread out between the four villas and they can accommodate 20 guests.
Manda Toto: This is the main villa, with the main common & entertainment space, it houses the dining & bar area.
Tidbit: Manda Toto , which is the main villa houses the main common & entertainment area, plus dining & bar space. It also holds two penthouse suites with a private kitchen & dining area so you can, bring your own chef. Plus it is perfect for a family with kids.
I stayed in the tower on the top floor, my room is called Tree Top cause it is set on the tree tops with the view of the ocean I apparently had the smallest room, the bed it’s self was gigantic for one person, all the rooms are sea facing, so you always get to see the ocean.
The interior design is mostly swahili and arabic influences very minimalistic. Since Secluded Africa is big on conservation, most of the furniture is made from repurposed wood and all of the rooms have wood shutters meaning you can sleep with the Veranda door wide open to enjoy the sea breeze and sound, as long has your are under the mosquito net that is around your bed.
The food was out of this world they do specialise in seafood but will carter to whatever your dietary needs. I was on Half Board and to say I enjoyed every meal, since everything was a three courses meals.
The first meal I had was Seafood Skewers for starters, Main Dish was Noodles with Lobster, Desert was Coconut Pudding, I forgot, you are also give a juice has a palette cleanser.
Breakfast started with fruits, and smoothie bowl, plus any hot meal you want, I had Spanish Omelette , with bacon and sausages, for both morning I was there
Dinner I had :Starters Prawn Cocktail , Main Dish was Fish with vegetable patties and Asparagus, Desert was Strawberry Pudding.
The Service & Staff
Everyone on the staff was very accommodating and friendly,I got my own personal butler during the trip and will carter to any of your needs if you would like to relax on the Banda’s down by the beach, will remind you when your meals is ready.
With the proximity to Vipingo Ridge guests can go Golfing, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding.
You can also go Snorkeling, Stand up Paddle Board in Kuruwitu Marine Association you can learn about the efforts of replanting coral and also volunteer their time to cleaning coral gardens listen to talks available about conservation. You can also experience a sunset Sundowner Dhow Cruise.
If you aren’t staying in at the hotel you can experience a Sundowner on The Tower. Although outside guests can pay to experience this with dinner afterwards.
It is a bit on the expensive side and depends on the season you decided to travel. You can book on Full Board with all inclusive meaning these are the things that are included accommodation meals, bottled water, tea & coffee, soft drinks, house wines, beers and non-luxury spirits, laundry, beach breakfasts/dinners, transfers, excursions.
Half Board accommodation meals, bottled water, tea & coffee, a glass of wine with dinner
The price ranges from $600-$275 (again depending on the season, dollar rate and how many people)
How To Get There
You can either take a flight to the Vipingo Ridge Air Strip, or Malindi Airport. Cardamom House Staff can pick you up from the airport. (You can also land in Moi International Airport but I would advise against it cause of the traffic and hustle and bustle of the Mombasa city).
You can also use the SGR Train, they can also pick you up from the station.
From Mombasa you can drive towards Vipingo, here is the address 58 Cardamom House, Kuruwitu Estate Vipingo , Kibaoni, Kenya Vipingo.
Price : 5/5
Staff : 5/5
How To Book
If you would like to stay in Cardamom House contact:
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