Nine individual tented cottages set along the beach, cooled by soft ocean breezes and shaded by casherina trees. The Classic bandas are light and airy with cosy day beds on the verandas for afternoon siestas or nights sleeping almost under the stars.
Cottages are twin or double with swathes of sail cloth adorning the ceilings, large romantic Zanzibar style nets and locally carved furniture. Each room has an ensuite bathroom with solar-heated shower and flush lavatory, livened up by sand floors, shell mosaics and the odd fist of driftwood. You also have a full-length veranda, with unrestricted sea views. Double classic rooms have a day-bed on the veranda which can be made up if you fancy sleeping al fresco under the star-splashed skies; twin rooms have a couch.
The word ‘Maridadi’ means elegant in Swahili and refers to the organic design of these new suites. The collection is made up of three individual and one conjoined (family) suites. The five new Maridadi suites have been constructed using grass collected in the local village and give a wonderful ambiance and light to the spacious interiors.
Inside, under a thick thatch roof, is a more contemporary-looking double bed of chunky dhow wood, with nets and vibrant red cushions/runner; there's a desk, a sitting area and an indoor shower with solar hot water as well as an outdoor courtyard shower room.
En-suite facilities are common for all with twin vanity units and private balconies to drink in the colours, textures and smells of Africa at it’s best. The courtyard showers allow guests to shower in complete privacy and enjoy the stars at night.
Built especially for honeymooners and romantics is the newer Siri Suite, meaning 'secret' in Swahili. Reached by a private walkway over a dry river, the Siri suite provides the luxuries of ultimate privacy and minimal disturbance.
It comes with its own swimming pool, solar powered shower and an al fresco shower, a kitchen with chef, a bar and a personal butler. A boat will collect you from your private beach to take you to the Wami river and the small coral garden at the end of the sand bank; or a vehicle will wait for you at the end of the pier to take you on a private safari.
Set on a sand dune, the Siri suite provides both the spectacle of the sun rising over the Indian Ocean and the contemplative sight of sunset over the African bush in perfect solitude. With awesome views of the Indian ocean and National Park, the suite was designed with the sun in mind, tracking it as it passes through the day.