Kuruwitu Beach, Vipingo
On a piece of wild untamed land fringed by the sea in the east and a jungle in the west stood a quaint old house with a few outbuildings. She was picturesque! Surrounded by beautiful old trees whose roots hug the soil and branches create a canopy of shade. We loved her – all who visited her loved her and the land too, however she was in need of some tender love and care (TLC). And so, began the caring processes of renovation, deconstruction and construction of both buildings and land.
Finding the right architect who could partner with us on this journey was key. It was essential that the philosophy of what we wanted to pursue be maintained. Living this ethos on a daily basis has been an exciting challenge – there was a master plan, but each day there were reviews & edits, inspirational “wows” and pushing boundaries as form and shapes were constructed and occasionally deconstructed. It has been a daily work in progress, “dreaming on the job”.
The newest addition to our Safari & Beach Hideaway Collection finally opened its doors this year offering a unique coastal lodge with 9 rooms, all with a spectacular sea view, a pool built into the coral and much more. Located in the marine conservation area of Kuruwitu, Cardamom House is an elegant Swahili-influenced gem, perched on a coral outcrop that overlooks its private beach cove, all hidden in-between coconut palms and preserved coastal wilderness. The House has direct access to the white sandy beach and the kaleidoscope of blue and green waters below. As you head to the beach, follow the original 1960’s galana steps down to the wild green lawns scattered with coconut palms, fragrant frangipani and wild jasmine. Leave your book and newspaper on one of the inviting hammocks or on a beach bed under a stylish shaded banda prepared just for you. While you take a refreshing dip or walk down the beach, your butler prepares your favourite crisp white wine that you had enjoyed during the wine-tasting in the cellar earlier that day…
At Cardamom House…. When you awake your eyes open to the sea and thus begins a new day…..
We look forward to hosting you! ….as we say in Swahili – Karibu!
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