We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us ~ Anonymous.
Hello my friends! 😀 Are you looking for a different kind of holiday this Christmas season? Well, I am excited to share this hidden gem that I recently discovered in Diani: Villa Raymond.
When you travel, do you always opt to stay at a mainstream hotel? With my previous Boutique hotel experiences, I am starting to believe that there are better, more affordable options out there… This quest led me to discovering Villa Raymond, in Diani.
If you are looking for a private, personalized kind of holiday, then leasing a villa might just be for you! How does it work? In most occasions, a villa owner will rent out his entire villa to guests for a certain period, and may provide a chef on request. You then get access to the entire premises for your stay.
About a month ago, I got to go on my first trip to Diani, for a stay at Villa Raymond. I was a little more than curious to see what the trip would hold… Based on my online research, Villa Raymond seemed like a dream, so I simply had to see it myself… You could say that this trip was an answered prayer, right at my doorstep. 🙂
Exploring Villa Raymond Solo
As fate would have it, I got to travel to Villa Raymond ahead on my own, as Wanjiku Thuo was to join me the next day… I had a mixture of emotions as the cab made its way to the villa, on a rough road into the interior parts of Diani. It did not quite look or feel like the Coast… But as soon as we arrived, all my doubts washed away. There, in what felt like the middle of nowhere, lay a little paradise. 🙂
Boniface the manager, welcomed me with a warm smile, as I breathed in my home for the next 2 days!
The first thing you notice as you walk in, is the wide pool reflecting the clear blue skies. Then there is the green scenery of beautiful trees and plants…. It is hard to focus on any one thing at a time; it hits you all at once, in a cool, relaxing blow!
Signature Decor With a Difference
I was led to the lounge where, they had prepared a delicious smoothie. It was just as well because I was hungry and ready to devour anything at that point!
As I downed my smoothie, I could not help noticing the bright colors that surrounded me…
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: WANJIKU THUO
The bright colors blend in well with the surrounding scenery, giving off that calm, holiday feeling.
An Exquisite, Home Away From Home!
By this time I was sure that I had seen every amazing thing that the place had to offer… But boy was I wrong!! 😀
The super, mind-blowing moment came when I was shown to my room… Whoa!! In fact, the word ‘room’ feels wrong in this case! There are no words to describe such places…. Elegant barely scratches the surface.
You can tell that the various pieces in the suite were punctiliously chosen. I later learned that Anita, the owner of Villa Raymond designed it herself. Her taste is simply exceptional, to say the least.
Now for the most breathtaking part…. Wait for it……Boom!
haha, I just had to 😀
This open-plan bathroom, had my mouth agape for a few moments… Plus the high roof makes it all so airy and cool. 🙂
The most intriguing thing about this place is that you feel like you are at home, yet it’s luxurious enough to give you that ‘away’ feeling. They have a big guest suite, and a second room that can house at least two adults. Their guest capacity at any one time, is up to 4 adults, and 2 children (aged under 10). Housekeeping is included. 😊
Coastal Dining Experience
When you stay at the villa you can opt to make your own meals, or they can provide a private chef on request. I requested for us to have the chef.
because fighting with sufurias (pots and pans) does not spell holiday in any language. 😀
Having had the ‘presidential’ tour, I sat down with our chef to come up with a menu for our stay. I particularly liked the fact that he was full of ideas, making the process hustle free.
- Purchase the items (ingredients) for your meals on your way to the villa
- Request to have a private chef as they make the best coastal meals ever!
Relaxed and Breezy
I usually dread traveling to the Coastal parts of Kenya due to the hot temperatures. I was surprised by how breezy Villa Raymond was. You can relax at their gazebo, or on the many lounge areas.
Nothing beats that pool-view though, especially in the mornings before the sun gets hot. 🙂
It is the perfect getaway for everyone! Whether you looking for a family holiday, or a getaway for your group of friends. It’s probably best-suited for honeymooning couples who want all the privacy in the world… This place is even good for a solo-traveler, who is looking to unwind in tranquility and beauty.
- If you are traveling by plane, it is advisable to fly into the airstrip in Ukunda, which is 3.5km from the villa.
- The villa can easily organize your pick-up from the airstrip
- You can request for the villa to organize car-hire services for you in advance
- The beach is a short distance away from the villa, and they can make a beach tour possible for you on request.
Our time at Villa Raymond was unquestionably special. The thing that stood out most for me, was their personalized attention to guests. They make you feel valued and important, so much that you never want to leave! Many thanks to Anita and Simon for the uniquely excellent, coastal-villa hospitality. 🙂
Thank you for reading my dear friends! Did you enjoy the post? I love your feedback! 😀 Leave a comment and/or any questions you might have in the Comments’ section below-I will be sure to respond!
Have yourself a wonderful day, and stay safe this holiday season. 🙂
P.S. As Always, Stay Inspired. 🙂
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A wise man travels to discover himself~James Russell Lowell
MahigunnerApril 21, 2020 at 7:55 am
Great location, great ambiance. Wonderful hugs from this place…..you get here and it is not the end of your journey but just the beginning. This place takes you to that place you know where niceness explodes into real striking beauty….
Scrapbook JourneysApril 22, 2020 at 1:08 am
I am really glad you liked it! Villa Raymond is certainly a place worth writing about, and visiting!!
Thank you for reading! 🙂
minae wamweruApril 18, 2018 at 12:49 pm
damn…..just when I thought falling in love with this place more was impossible this happens, your display of this is amazing ..definitely checking it out
minae wamweruApril 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm
I literally have fallen in love deeper with this place after your amazing display I definitely am going this way
Scrapbook JourneysApril 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm
Hi Minae! This is awesome! I am happy to read you’ve fallen for Villa Raymond, it’s really amazing. Enjoy your visit! 😀
CheupeannMay 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm
Love love your articles…can’t wait to get home and go through all of them!
Scrapbook JourneysMay 5, 2017 at 11:11 pm
Hey! This is super exciting to read, wow, thank you! Happy reading, and be sure to Subscribe so that you never miss a post! Welcome to the Scrapbook Journeys’ Family! 😀
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MahigunnerApril 21, 2020 at 7:46 am
Great place to be…great location…great ambiance. The pieces were punctil…. chosen….
Thanks for letting us know…..
Scrapbook JourneysApril 22, 2020 at 1:09 am
It’s my pleasure to share! 😀 Yes, the pieces are amazing! Thank you for reading! 😀
AnnMarch 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm
wow really nice place to visit
Scrapbook JourneysMarch 9, 2017 at 1:38 pm
Thank you Ann for reading, and it sure is! Try it sometime! 😀
WayodiDecember 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm
Wah Marion, I was to go to Watamu for my birthday week with some friends, you have just brought confusion galore(thankyou!). What are the rates though? Great article! Keep going
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 22, 2016 at 11:45 am
Hi! This is super exciting to read Hey I like the confusion-more options to choose from right?
I can send you the rates on email. Please send me a note via my Contact form and I’ll write back…
ShyqohDecember 20, 2016 at 1:47 pm
Your words and the photos keep calling me to the place. A must visit. Well detailed, can almost feel it will be hustle free to get there.
NeshDecember 19, 2016 at 7:42 am
Amazing read and beautiful place to surely visit. One of my must places to visit for sure. Thanks for showing this gem through words and amazing pictures. I agree that can’t wait for the next destination we are reading about.
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 19, 2016 at 8:50 pm
Thank you dear!! I appreciate the read and comments
Yes, it is certainly a must-visit destination
Let’s keep exploring
EricDecember 17, 2016 at 9:36 pm
At some point I felt the breeze and tranquility while reading through the post. Great job Miss Marion.
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 19, 2016 at 8:31 pm
Always a pleasure to read your feedback! Thank you Erick Hope you can get to experience the breeze and tranquility in person too
neliusDecember 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm
next time i go to coast this is the place to be
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm
Wow Nelius! It’s good to read from you again! Welcome back Yes, I would most definitely recommend Villa Raymond, without a doubt
Wavinya KimeuDecember 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm
That bathroom is something else no doubt! I never think I’l actually see all these crazy, unique ideas on the internet made real in an actual space.
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm
I know right? Wow I completely agree, it felt like something out of a magazine! And in this case the real thing was even better Thanks for reading Wavinya!
JACKIEDecember 16, 2016 at 1:56 pm
WOW!Love it !Love it ! Love it! Thanks for sharing this Marion,just by reading and looking at the photos i feel like I’ve been there already.
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm
Welcome Jackie! It’s a real pleasure to share! I am glad you enjoyed it-let’s continue to discover our Kenya
PatriciaDecember 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm
I looove the place very attractive Wanjiku the photos are breathtaking
Marx great job
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm
Thanks dear!! Yes Miss Wanjiku did a great job on the pictures, capturing the true essence of Villa Raymond! Super appreciated!
DicieDecember 16, 2016 at 11:11 am
Villa Raymond has been well noted for exploration. Beautiful piece, beautiful photos…awesome
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm
Yes girl! This is a place you will want to visit
Stella NguuDecember 16, 2016 at 10:30 am
Very beautiful place. Pics always on point and confirm your story.
EnockDecember 16, 2016 at 9:38 am
Wow…so appealing and worth of spending in it…thanks marion for bringing it out nicely…villa Raymond..place to be
ClaudeDecember 16, 2016 at 9:32 am
WOW.. Ulala is the place to be .. Truly deserves the word “Magical” the design,colors, furniture, not to mention the shower, that bathtub and the cherry on top of the cake is ‘The Swimming Pool’
Thank you for keeping us on this ride of discovering those beautifull places. I wouldn’t finish without recognizing the contribution of Wanjiku for the amazing pictures..
Can’t wait and see where we going next..
vivianDecember 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm
Ulala Villa Raymone is truly an ideal place to holiday. Thank you for bringing it out to us. It’s worth a visit
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm
Karibu sana Viv! It is my pleasure to share these amazing gems in our magical Kenya Yes, totally worth a visit!
lornahDecember 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm
wow wow wow!!!! from your description and the photos!! I wouldn’t mind at all spending my money here, sooooo worth it!!! Great post as always 🙂
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm
I couldn’t agree more! This place totally gives value beyond the shilling Thanks for reading Lornah
Stom al-MadusiDecember 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm
I have heard of this before but not as detailed. Definitely a To-do thing.
It looks like some place I should go with a plus one
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm
Stom! Thanks for reading! Yes, it would certainly be well-enjoyed with a plus one but as I mentioned, even a solo traveler would have a nice time here It is just big enough so one does not feel lonely, yet there is enough space to let loose
WanjikuDecember 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm
The Villa Experience I can not write it all down!
Environment is calm
The scenery Beautiful.
The people are Welcoming .
The food is great.
The stay very memorable.
I loved it and Enjoyed every bit of it!
Scrapbook JourneysDecember 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm
I totally feel you. Thanks for reading!