Shwari Villa, is situated within 3 acres of lush tropical gardens with stunning uncompromised views over Watamu beach, Kenya. The six bedroom uniquely designed property is a fusion of African, colonial and Lamu style. With high ceilings, open plan spaces, tall windows and hand crafted locally sourced furniture.
The English family that run this villa have a good base knowledge of social media and are using it effectively across both platforms. It was enjoyable helping them create images and explain the best way to take their own to maximise the space and show their location off to the best of their ability.
Each en suite bedroom provides comfort and privacy with views over the Indian ocean and a twist on contemporary African living. A strong botanical theme runs through out the property encompassing ferns, palms and succulents. The main open plan living space is a flora feast for the eyes decorated beautifully with greenery and organic prints featured on the upholstery as well is the pots. This contrasts the dark intricately designed wood furniture, a striking but bold balance between the outside and the inside.
Shwari means calm and tranquility in Swahili which is a fitting name for somewhere providing a peaceful environment for relaxation and recreation. With many secluded, private areas including the infinity pool with views over the beach, Shwari is also a place for socialising, dining and having fun with friends. Ideal for large family holidays, small weddings or to end your Safari with indulgence and luxury, the Villa is flexible and can be tailored to suit everyones needs.
With a large team of staff on hand your stay can be catered for with the finest cuisine, specialising in seafood and locally sourced ingredients or self catered for a more laid back option.
Watamu has many areas of outstanding natural beauty, including the Watamu Marine Reserve, sandy beaches and warm lagoons, the calm waters and mangroves of Mida Creek, and the unique ecosystem of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest.
We were lucky enough to stay here in December 2017 and capture the real essence of this beach haven. My room on the second floor opened onto a blissful balcony overlooking uninterrupted sands and aquamarine waters, with only the sound of birds to wake to. A true paradise and a clever twist on beach life luxury. We cannot wait to head back to Kenya and put our feet up by the pool!
Styling Charlotte @ www.thepalmtreeclub.com
Photography Rob @ www.xcvi.co.uk