Tuesday, 24 January 2017


The perfect end to a day in Watamu is to relax and have a sundowner.   Where you are when you have your drink can make it even more special.  Here are our  #DiscoverWatamu choices for location along with a suggestion of the cocktail you might drink while your there.


Apart from being one of Watamu's favourite restaurants, the Pilipan is also a cocktail bar of note - with tiered seating looking out over Prawn Lake from where you get magnificent views of the sunset. Saturday from 5pm to 7pm is Happy Hour (or two, but who's counting?).  The Passion & Ginger Mojitos and the RasPilli cocktails are tried and tested and well worth downing when you are there.  Then if you are hungry after your cocktail?  Well, there's not to far to go to get a delicious meal.

(Ksh 18,000/- to Ksh 22,000/- per night - up to 9 pax)

One of #DiscoverWatamu's popular holiday rentals, The Sugar House is set over three floors on a public beach access road making it only a couple of minutes easy walk to Turtle Bay Beach and #Watamu Marine Park.  A feature on the upper floor of The Sugar House is a roof terrace with stunning views out over Prawn Lake and the mangrove beyond so is privy to the colourful sunset displays each evening.  It's name was inspired by sugar cubes and the Kitengela glass window also features these delicious sweets, so what other cocktail should you drink at The Sugar House but a Champagne Cocktail.

Recipe - Champagne Cocktail

  • 1 Sugar cube placed in the bottom of each glass with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters added for the sugar cube to dissolve into.
  • Add 1/3oz of Cognac and then gently add 3oz of chilled Champagne (or 'sham'pagne - depending on your budget)
  • Garnish with an orange peel, or slice and maybe a cocktail cherry


(Ksh 25,000/- to Ksh 30,000/- per night - up to 14 pax)

Moroccan inspired Dhow House is another of #DiscoverWatamu's #HolidayRental properties with 5 bedrooms and on a public beach access making it 5 minutes from the Indian Ocean.  The perfect holiday option for a large family or a group of friends.  The upper floors of Dhow House include a fabulous amount of seating and are ideally situated to watch the sun set from.  The house itself is the colour of sunset and it is the colour that has lead to our cocktail suggestion of an Old Fashioned.

Recipe - Whisky Old Fashioned

  • Place 1 Sugar cube in a tumbler and saturate it with Angostura bitters.
  • Add a dash of plain water and muddle until dissolved.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey
  • Garnish with an Orange slice and a cocktail cherry


From one Dhow to another, and no #Watamu Sundowner list would be complete without the entire experience of a Sundowner aboard the Turtle Bay Dhow.  Take a group of friends or meet some new ones as you cruise along with Mida Creek supplied with delicious bitings and as much of the bar as you can consume (adults only on that one!).  The ultimate cocktail to start your Turtle Bay Sundowner Cruise has to be the Dawa (available also as a Mocktail) and although there is a recipe below - it may not be exactly the same as Turtle Bay's and to experience the real thing you have to get on board!

Recipe - Dawa

  • Put cut limes and sugar into a tumbler - slightly crush the limes
  • Add ice and pour in vodka
  • Use a Dawa stick, twisted into runny honey and add the stick to the drink.
  • Muddle limes with the dawa stick to create the dawa to your taste
(Ksh 25,000/- to Ksh 45,000/- per night - up to 8 pax)

Jabali House is a more recent addition to the #DiscoverWatamu books and has been a very popular one.  More modern in design than a lot of our properties, it has a spectacular view out over the #WatamuMarinePark and from the cosy roof terrace you can spy the #DeepSeaFishing boats coming back from their hard day out at sea.  And whilst you do that, why not have a drink in your hand.  For Jabali House we thought something decadent and fresh - a Banana Daquiri.

Recipe - Banana Daquiri

  • In a blender add 
    • 1 banana
    • Half a cup of Coconut milk, 
    • the juice of half a lime
    • 1/4 cup of sugar
    • 3 cups of ice
    • 2oz rum (or not if you want a Mocktail)
  • Blend until smooth (about a minute)
  • Pour into your glass of choice and garnish with a cocktail cherry or slice of lime
(Ksh 23,000/- to Ksh 32,500/- per night - up to 6 pax)

A room with a view?  Naishi is a special #HolidayHome set high up on a ridge enabling some truly epic views across the #WatamuMarinePark - close enough to the hotels for convenience and yet far enough not to interfere with the peace you want from a private house.  With an infinity plunge pool and open terrace with seating alongside - it's the perfect place for your sundowner.  And for Naishi we chose the classic Rum Punch.

Recipe - Rum Punch

  • Mix the following for 2 glasses
    • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
    • 4 oz Orange Juice
    • 1.5 oz Dark Rum
    • 1.5 oz Light Rum
    •  A little Grenadine for colour
  • Pour over a glass of ice
  • Sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with an citrus slice.
(Ksh 18,000/- to Ksh 22,000/- per night - up to 6 pax)

Two views for the price of one come with renting the #DiscoverWatamu home, Burudani - set up on the headland North of Mida Creek, Burudani has views out over the Indian Ocean one way and into Mida Creek the other.  The spectacular roof terrace is the perfect location to sit back with a cocktail in hand, and we think that the ever-popular Margarita with it's salty edge reflects the Ocean Breeze that sweeps the Burudani roof terrace.

Recipe - Margarita

  • Add the following to a cocktail shaker
    • 0.75 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
    • 1 oz Cointreau, triple sec or another orange liqueur
    • 1.5 oz White Tequila
  • Add ice to the shaker and shake
  • Wet the rim of a glass with a lime and dip in salt enough to cover the rim.
  • Add fresh ice to the glass.
  • Strain the chilled cocktail over the ice and garnish with a slice of lime.
(Ksh 22,000/- to Ksh 26,000/- per night - up to 7 pax)

Another beautiful roof terrace looking deeper into Mida Creek can be found in the #DiscoverWatamu property, Amani Beach House.  Like Burudani, this is a family sized #HolidayHome that only rents out two of it's bedrooms and a cottage room at the back, so up to six guests get to hang out in the living space, pool etc. designed for many more people (the owners are not present when the house is rented) Just imagine sitting on this terrace with a glass in hand.  And what is in the glass did we think?  Well how about a Blue Lagoon?

Recipe - Blue Lagoon

  • Add the following to a cocktail shaker
    • 1 oz Vodka
    • 1 oz Blue Curacao
    • 2 cups Crushed Ice
  • Shake well
  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes, strain and pour prepared mix drink over the ice cubes.
  • Garnish with a cocktail umbrella and serve with a straw.
(Ksh 50,000/- to Ksh 80,000/- per night - up to 13 pax)

Paradise Found is a spectacular luxury 5 bedroom villa set in a two acre garden with stunning views out over the Indian Ocean and the #WatamuMarinePark.  Throughout the house are wonderful places to chill out and relax, including a magnificent roof terrace with bar.  With elements of a house in the Hamptons, we thought that the cocktail to suit Paradise Found would be a Long Island Iced Tea.

Recipe - Long Island Iced Tea

  • Add the following to a cocktail shaker
    • 2 cups ice cubes
    • 1 oz Vodka
    • 1 oz Gin
    • 1 oz White Rum
    • 1 oz Tequila
    • 0.5 oz Triple Sec
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • Shake well to combine and chill
  • Pour the mixture, including the ice, into 2 glasses and top off with Coca-cola
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.
(Ksh 22,000/- to Ksh 35,000/- per night - up to 8 pax)

The top terrace of Kusini House has to have one of the most magnificent views stretching out across the #WatamuMarinePark.  Set high on a cliff front close to the mouth of Mida Creek, Kusini has four bedrooms and a wonderful salt-water pool flanked with a gazebo.  The cocktail we chose for this view is the classic sweet cocktail, Pina Colada.

Recipe - Pina Colada

  • Add the following to a blender
    • 3 oz Pineapple Juice
    • 1 oz White Rum
    • 1 oz Coconut Cream
    • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Poured into a chilled glass
  • Garnish with a pineapple slice.


And when you stay with #DiscoverWatamu and want to make any of the cocktails - most, if not all of the ingredients can be found at Blue Marmalade - the local supermarket in #Watamu - you will be amazed at what they stock! #VisitWatamu #WondersofWatamu #MakeItKenya

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


This photograph, (yes photograph) was taken in Watamu in April 2013.  The drama of an African sky is not limited Up Country.  Artists take note - this is the perfect place to brush up on your skills (no pun intended).  It may be the Low Season in Watamu but it is nonetheless beautiful.

The rock pools are calling out for an oil painting - the patterns and colours are inspiring and then you look inside…

April 2014 produced these 2 photos and I personally can't wait to see what 2015 brings.

Whether an artist or someone who just wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few days.  Check out these DiscoverWatamu special offers for the Low Season and #VisitWatamu #DiscoverWatamu #LivingArt

Thursday, 19 April 2012

End of the Season?

Salty Sea Dog
It has been a very busy Season, and now that Easter has passed it should be winding up - no-one seems to have told the beach that and it is pulling out all the stops to look even more stunning than usual.   Take a look at these photos - all taken this month...
Some of the dawns this season have been spectacular - the colours just beyond belief.
'The Rock' - if you have ever stayed in Ocean Sports, Blue Bay, Turtle Bay Beach Club or Hemingways, you will be familiar with this rock. It is the rock that everyone walks there and back from in order to feel deserving of that next beer or next meal.
The clarity of the sky and the air, now that the winds have changed..
The return of the weed heralds the end of the season.

The southern end of Turtle Bay beach approaching the mouth of Mida Creek is so clean and free of weed right now.

More spectacular colours brought to us by Watamu and her winning ways.

Watamu Family Creek Fishing Competition - Easter 2012

The Mollers and the Taylors aboard 'Ali Tatti'

Holly Darnborough on 'Hoof Hearted'

Cameron and Rupert on 'King'

Hot Dogs on the go on the Pontoon

The McCrones pass by

Sean Darnbough and his 1.2kg Kole Kole

Sarah Looman wins Largest Fish.

Fishermen relax after a hard afternoon.
There were 7 entries - no limit on number of fishermen or rods off any boat.  The points were awarded as 1 point per 10g of fish caught, divided by the number of rods fished.  There had to be at least one under 16 year old per boat.

Lines out at 2pm, following hot dogs and sodas aboard Geoff Bell's pontoon in Mida Creek.  It was a pretty quiet day, fishing wise - 3 hours of fishing (lines in at 5pm) resulted in no fish for Sundance (last year's winners - the Engels and the Davies), King (Cameron Harries and Rupert) or  Ali Tati (5 kids aboard including the Taylors, Tiva Moller and Owen Ashley).  

The prize for Oldest Competitior went to Chris Venn, who fished with his family aboard 'Nduru', with his grandson, Joseph (aged 10) responsible for a 1.2kg Kole Kole and taking the most successful boy angler prize (photo attached).  'Nduru' came in fourth place with 4 points.

 The youngest male competitior went to Xander Curtis who fished aboard 'Hoof Hearted', skippered by Pete Darnborough and fished by Pete's family.  'Hoof Hearted' came third with 5.5 points, thanks largely to a 1kg Kole Kole from Sean Darnborough (aged 12).

The Scott Family, aboard 'Shika' came in second overall, having fished 2 rods and scoring a total  of 7.5 points.

The clear winners, though, were 'Triple S' on  11.1 points.  A number of prizes here, including a double prize for youngest girl competitor and most successful female junior going to two year old Sasha Looman, and largest fish going to her mother, Sarah Looman, for a 2.9kg Kole Kole.  'Triple S' was an all girl crew of Sarah Looman, Sasha Looman and Sandra Helier (photo attached.).

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Peace - it is a wonderful thing

This morning, when I took the dogs down to the beach, there was an amazing number of small fish leaping about in the sea. That and a few rather shiny, leathery, smiley Italian ladies paddling in amongst the fish - how do you not worry about getting a tan that dark?
Tanned women aside, it was one of those spectacular mornings where the air seemed cleaner than normal, the colours almost unreal, and the peace only interrupted by the lapping of the waves - utterly mesmerizing. Watamu - you ate something else!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sunday, Sunday

So, this morning was a late starter, as Sundays should be. Slightly hung over from a fantastic wedding party at Che Shale. The most I could do was a brief stint at the beach with the dogs. Oh I do so like a good, lazy Sunday!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Building up to half term

A strange morning, this morning - really overcast and even a spot of rain. I spotted this man with his tripod, his back to the beautiful sunrise - strange - I looked where he was looking and it was just trees.