Lavish and Luxe: Fashion High Tea 2019

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It’s mid week and I’m here still recovering from the fashion fusion that went down last weekend. The hottest fashion event in Nairobi happened and Fashion High Tea 2019 was nothing but all lavish and glamour. After so many years of stalking and dreaming of this event, I finally had a chance to be part of this gracious scenario and I can confirm that it is ‘the most anticipated fashion event in Nairobi’.

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Fashion High Tea is an annual high fashion event hosted by Zen Garden to celebrate the fashion industry in Kenya. Zen Garden lives up to its name and brings together the zen in a fashion scene that is graced by the popular stylish personas in the city. Now I understand all the fashion hype that goes on in Nairobi every February.

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Karibuni Villas Getaway – Malindi, Kenya

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KARIBUNI is Swahili name for ”Welcome All” in English.

LOCATION

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Karibuni Villas is a classic beachfront villa in Mambrui consisting of 150 private beach villas and a resort which can accommodate about 200 guests; approximately 12 KM North of Malindi town (20 minutes drive) past Sabaki bridge near oldest Mambrui Village. You can easily access the villa by car/ taxi/ shuttle/ tuktuk from Malindi Town. Moreover, Karibuni Villas provides shuttle services for guests starting from a minimum of  5 guests KES 600/- each or 10 guests KES 300/- each. If you need a quiet and peaceful place to stay away from the city hubbub, Karibuni Villas is for you!

ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN

Karibuni Villas was the perfect getaway for me last week, hence, I am honored to give you an insider’s peek of the spectacular villa.

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Entrance to the Villa after a tight security pass at the main gate, Karibuni Villas has a grand compound with ample and secure parking space, a roundabout leading to the reception with an attractive fountain that is mounted on its perfectly trimmed star-shaped lush grass and sand filling the spaces. Eight country flags (Kenya included) are aligned at the entrance of the villa. A Concierge carried my luggage while ushering me into the villa’s opulent 24-hour Reception for my 12:00 p.m. check-in (check-in is at 12:00 p.m. and check-out at 10:00 a.m.).

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The high ceiling and lobby space creates a welcoming atmosphere mirroring the true meaning of the Villa’s name, KARIBUNI, as it boasts a Maasai statute whereas a plush period sitting area is popped by quality white furnishings and Maasai wall paintings appreciating African culture.

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The receptionist warmly welcomed me as he handed over to me my villa key with full information of the available facilities and activities time & location. Excitedly, I strolled to the large outdoor swimming pool centered between Chui and Tembo restaurant as directed by the receptionist since it is visible from the reception lobby.

SWIMMING POOL AREA

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That has got to be the main attraction of Karibuni Villas because of its unique creative style with two pairs of enormous white elephant tusks similar to the famous aluminum elephant tusks boasted in Moi Avenue of Mombasa town which is one of the town’s attractive landmarks. It intrigues a sense of being in my hometown, Mombasa, as the elephant tusks were initially commissioned to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 1956 when Kenya was still part of the British Empire!

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I would recommend that you come and have a dip into their refreshingly clean swimming pool as you get the feeling of Mombasa right here in Karibuni Villas for amazing pictures of their incredible elephant tusks. Also, to confuse people a little in this hideout.

TEMBO RESTAURANT

Karibuni009Karibuni010Right ahead of the stunning swimming pool, is a huge amphitheater that leads you directly to Tembo Restaurant of which is also marked by two gorgeous white elephant tusks on its entrance. The creativity of the restaurant’s name, Tembo, is quite impressive as Tembo Swahili meaning of elephant tusks is synonymous to alcohol.  Moreover, Tembo restaurant bar is designed to serve a range of drinks and beverages; both alcoholic and non-alcoholic served with potato/cassava crisps. Also, tea is served in here  everyday at 5:00 p.m. with snacks.

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Tembo restaurant next to the large amphitheater.

In addition, this restaurant offers A LA CARTE menu to all guests the opportunity to choose from a menu of meat cooked on the grill and the best of the Indian Ocean can offer: lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans presented in choreographic preparations.

Nevertheless, guests can lounge in the spacious restaurant completed with high-quality white furnishings and a flat screen TV to kick back and relax while watching your favorite series and movies. Bookworms are not discriminated either as there’s a small book shelf strategically placed next to the TV with a wide selection of novels.

CHUI RESTAURANT

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Stunning Cheetah painting representing Chui Restaurant. Chui is Swahili name for Cheetah. The wall painting is located between the ladies and gents toilets in the restaurant.

Chui restaurant is located on the left side of the pool.

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The Chui Restaurant’s buffet services will tempt you with Italian & exotic specialties with a wide selection of mouth-watering appetizers, good Italian and international dishes, meat and fish accompanied by rich side dishes of fresh vegetables and other specialties. Desserts include cakes, fresh vegetables and tropical fruits such as papaya, mango, pineapple, cakes, espresso or tea and a wide range of fine Italian and South African wines. Once a week special Swahili dinner such as samosas, mchicha, chapatis, ugali and many other specialties. KARIBUNI!

Amazingly, Chui Restaurant is very spacious in that you can host wedding lunches or events as it can accommodate a lot of people. I love how the white furnishings and leaves décor pops the restaurant.

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FOOD

Among the meals that I ate are healthy portions of fish sauce pasta & pineapple juice, chips & fish, ugali with chicken & kachumbari and rice with fish (tomato curry on the side), as I still try more meals; a taste of different cuisines. Prices are affordable ranging from KES 500/- to 3000/-

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Fish-sauce pasta with pineapple juice

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Ugali and 1/4 chicken

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Rice and fish + tomato curry

RESORT

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Karibuni Villas Resort’s guest rooms are each equipped with a functioning A/C & fan – NEEDS! – a flat screen TV with satellite reception, a mini fridge to store your refreshments, kettle complete with a double bed, spacious closets an en-suite bathroom. It’s a decent size for a couple/friends/bachelor/bachelorette. The resort rates are pocket-friendly with single guest rooms ranging from KES 4,000/- to 6,000/- and double KES 7,000/- to 11,000/- depending on the meal plan you choose. Laundry services are provided at an additional cost.

Furthermore, some rooms are equipped with a chilling area.

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BEACH VILLAS

The beach villas consist of one or two bedrooms of your choice, a bathroom and a comfortably, furnished living room which is combined with a kitchen corner. Self-catering facilities are provided in the kitchen corner complete with cooking utensils and crockery at affordable rates; KES 6,000/- for a one bedroom and KES 8,000/- for a two bedroom. Laundry services are provided at an additional cost.

FACILITIES

Boutique: There is a small boutique with a selection of high quality handmade African clothes, sandals and accessories which many guests buy as souvenirs.

One of the most unique facilities offered at Karibuni Villas, is a prayer room (near the tennis court) readily availed for us Muslims to help us not to miss any of our Fardh (compulsory) prayers and read Qur’an.

Outdoor Facilities: In addition, Karibuni Villas outdoor activities is also included in your stay; Boccia game, Tennis Court, and a fully equipped & functioning gym to maintain that sexy summer body.

More so, the open space with good ventilation and fans in the gym room despite the hot outdoor temperatures attracted me to work out!

Needless to say, it is one of Karibuni Villas strategies to get younger people to come and enjoy their all-inclusive outdoor facilities.

ACTIVITIES

For Karibuni Villas, they utilize their Pizzeria by hosting Pizza night every Sundays from 8:30 p.m. That Sunday night, I witnessed their talented chefs in the open kitchen pizzeria making a wide assortments of pizzas from scratch from their eco-friendly oven served hot! It was yummilicious!!!!!!!

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Karibuni Villas utilize their amphitheater space to host movie night and parties respectively.

Sea and Land excursions are also offered at Karibuni Villas on booking. Get adventurous and feed your eyes and soul with divine views of the Kenyan Coast!

Not to mention, valentines day (yesterday) was a ball. After a delicious buffet dinner, we watched Italian guests acting drama scenes and dancing at the amphitheater and of course, we joined the fun!

BEACH

Karibuni Villas beach has a stunning private beach carpeted with sparkly brown sand dunes and blessed with clear blue water, secure from beach boys. Grab yourself a book or a relaxing playlist as you peacefully chill in their sunbeds under a makuti shade attaining full tranquillity!

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To be honest, Karibuni Villas is a great choice for families or groups of friends wishing to enjoy beach holidays. Also, perfect for weddings, Organization/club meetings, parties e.t.c. simply because Karibuni Villas offers the best space, atmosphere and facilities.

Contact +254724215418 for bookings.

KARIBUNI!

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Tamu Beach & Fusion Restaurant – Let’s Surf and Turf!

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Tamu Restaurant in Watamu, was birthed by Italian entrepreneur Roberto Lenzi who is also the owner of Crystal Bay, 7 Islands Resort and the beach bar restaurant Papa Remo in Watamu. Tamu restaurant beach club is perfectly located on the most beautiful serene beach of Watamu. The name Tamu is derived from Swahili language meaning Sweet; I concur!

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“We decided to keep that name because we would love people to experience a sweet time as our customers. It’s an invitation to live a moment of pleasure-seeking and of beauty for the senses, not only for the food.” ~ Cecilia, Manager at Tamu Restaurant.

Tamu’s contemporary and cutting-edge style offers a classy and romantic ambience achieved by dim lights, slow classic music, natural wood and sleek white furniture which contrasts with the azure & green color of the sky horizon and of the Indian Ocean.  Moreover, its discreet location makes the restaurant a preferred Celebration and Special Occasion venue like birthdays and weddings.

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What makes Tamu restaurant different from others in Watamu, is their bone fide creative culinary proposal of fusion cuisine. Technically, the fusion cuisine is an assortment of Mediterranean cuisines starting from Africa, embracing China, Japan, passing through Hawaii, to return to their origins, in the Mediterranean sea and to Italy. As a result, a variety of fresh meals, using the local food products to get an eclectic, intercultural wanderlusting experience to customers! Also, to promote the local food business.

The Head Chef, Diego, is the mastermind behind the aphrodisiac fusion cuisine.

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Chef Diego professionally grew in Milan, and has worked as a food consultant globally which makes him a connoisseur of food; a food alchemist. To Diego, food has been a passion to him since he was a child inspired by his mother’s cooking.

“I like to think that a chef is like a senses alchemist that can make people feel good” says Diego Tosi.

According to Cecilia (Tamu’s Manager), Diego developed a very personal taste in the plates composition, that brings them into his preparations; a combination of his love for travels, people and the cultural melting pop. After a long experience in events, catering and working as executive chef in Milan, he was chosen by the entrepreneur Roberto Lenzi for Tamu, with the purpose of creating a creative and cosmopolitan cuisine experience in Watamu.

Cecilia also owns a Catering in Milan, Italy, which makes her the perfect Manager for Tamu Restaurant due to her expertise. What a strong team I must say!

My Tamu Experience

With special thanks to Roberto Lenzi, Cecilia and Diego, I had the pleasure of testing one of their fusion cuisines.

Tamu’s hot and cold mezze menu offers a variety of starters to kick start your appetite. A fine range of drinks and foods to suit all sorts of palates.

“Our proposal is enriched by a long list of international cocktail, both alcoholic and not, a good wine list, most of all from Italy (Casale del Giglio) and of course the cocktail drinks and shakes.” ~ Cecilia.

The fusion fare mezze included:

Starters

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Truffle Crostini, Tomatoes Brushetta, Hummus, Fried Dumplings (Gnocco Fritto) and cucumber with spicy mayo.

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Tropical Cocktail. Tamu has the best cocktails in town!

Main Meal

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Octopus Carpaccio, Zucchini Crudites, Tapenade of sun dried tomatoes, citronette, and fresh rocket cream in healthy portions. Exotic sashimi of coral grouper, with leche de tigre with mango,maracuja, and fleur de lis flowers. Black rice uramaki with crab salad, cucumber, avocado, green curry paste and cashew nuts grain. Gyoza Japanese Ravioli with white fish and ginger with teriyaki sauce and wasabi sesame seeds.

PS: The Wasabi was Ho-Ho-HOootttTT!

Desserts

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1. Pistachio chocolate salami and salted caramel ice-cream. 2. Marinated pineapple with quenelle of vanilla, ginger and cinnamon ice-cream, crumble biscuit, amaretti and fresh mint. 3. Maracuja sorbet basil, ginger caviar and drops of liquorice.

To my delight, the food was mouth-watering. Starting from starters to dessert, including their tropical cocktail. My taste buds were instantly aroused by their desserts which were oh! so foodgasmic, melting in my mouth. Needless to say, each dessert had its own magic! You must try one at least!

So, Peaches, my clumsy self tried using chopsticks for the first time to blend into the Japanese culture, but food went south, literally!

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Diego, however, tried his luck of giving me a mini tutorial on how to hold chopsticks but as his student, I failed terribly.

Regardless, I congratulate myself for finally getting some food in my mouth using the chopsticks.  Shortly after the chopsticks hustle, I switched to my fork and knife eating like a proper adult. Grazie for the chopsticks tutorial Diego!

Tamu therefore will forever be memorable to me!

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Cecilia, Tamu’s Manager (right) and Eunice, Tamu’s waitress (left)

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Diego, Tamu’s Head Chef (left), Me (middle), Cecilia (right)

I would like to commend the whole Tamu team for a truly great dining experience; exquisite food quality, outstanding services and warm hospitality. The team conveys the grandeur and glory of the restaurant perfectly.

SURF AND TURF

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Surf and Turf is a night grill on Tamu beach, every Saturdays from 6:30 p.m with music, and specialty cocktails. In Watamu, surfing and kite surfing are popular watersports and since there is a large European community, Surf and Turf is perfect for Aperetifs! Not to mention, JC Kitehouse is the best Kitesurfing School in town so expect the Kite Champions to be representing at Surf and Turf.

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The “Surf and Turf” word expression comes from Los Angeles in the 70s and symbolizes the typical mixed plate of the wealthy American middle class. The original one, the “classic” one, is composed by lobster tail and beef fillet. So why not combine a little bit of Californian surfin’ spirit with the magnificent local fish and meat?” Exclaims Cecilia.

Tamu’s fusion plate comes with beef fillet, jumbo prawns, pork belly and buffalo chicken wings. They also offer the traditional Surf and Turf plate with lobster and beef fillet.

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Tamu’s Surf and Turf setting has that Hawaiian theme with JC Kitehouse kiteboard and leis of plumeria flowers. The vibrant colors of the flowers pops the place giving it a tropical paradisiacal Hawaiian look and beats that gets you on a hula groove.

I would definitely recommend Tamu restaurant for those looking for pleasant moments  that will leave a mark in your taste buds and fun too! Aloha!

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Lakshmi Sparadise

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Lakshmi Spa is a magical wellness spa in Watamu that gives you a sweet taste of paradise. Owned by Lara Abagni; Italian lady who loves nature hence designed her spa to fit into the concept of nature as she specifically uses natural products; tea from Turkey, oils and skin care products for body treatments including aloe vera, coconut and avocado  of which are rich in vitamins that are good for the skin. Named after Indian goddess Lakshmi connected with the belief of well-being.

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Spa Lakshmi was born from the passion for this job and love for this Earth. The choice of this name comes from the Goddess Lakshmi. Divinity venerated also in Buddhism and protector of Well-being.’’ ~ Lara Abagni 

Lately, I have been on an eco-friendly lifestyle haul, hence, Lakshmi Spa was IT for me.

My 1 hour massage appointment was on Monday afternoon at 1400 hours. If you follow my social media accounts, you already know that I have been kitesurf training at JC Kitehouse in Garoda Beach Resort, Watamu. Therefore, that was a much needed massage.

From Garoda Beach Resort to Lakshmi Spa, it took me about twenty minutes to arrive just next to Crystal Bay.

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Lakshmi Spa’s entrance door already gives a vintage statement with a handcrafted vintage doorbell which once I pulled the bell handle, not one minute passed, the door was opened by one of Lakshmi Spa’s staff, Dorothy. They’re a lovely family altogether!

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Rita (left), Lara (middle), Dorothy (right) and Ice (chilling😎).

Entering Lakshmi spa, my eyes were sparkled by a lush green garden trimmed to perfection. I was welcomed by the sweetest dog called Ice, as I greeted Lara with hugs and kisses. Not to mention, she is a lovely soul. Lara then introduced me to her other staff, Rita, who was going to be my masseuse for that hour. Rita ushered me into the lovely spa giving me a little tour for more eye candy.

Inside Lakshmi Spa, there is a guest waiting area with comfortable seating and a table with updated beauty and skincare magazines to keep yourself updated on beauty trends and skincare tips.

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Located along the right side of the waiting area is a small boutique with tailored dresses, sandals and accessories from Afrosphere Design. While on the left side is a well equipped aesthetic room with a sophisticated light table stand for manicures and a wooden pedicure seat. Open built-in shelves on each room’s walls are used to store nail polishes and their natural beauty products on display.

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Next to the aesthetic room is a massage room on your left which has twin massage beds for either couples or single massage.

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Lakshmi Spa has two bathrooms; One is next to the massage room for guests and the other one is inside the massage room for clients to shower before and after their massage.

More so, among the services offered are manicure, pedicure, acrylics and lash extensions services. Waxing whether it is bikini, legs, arms, armpits, facial, chest and back. Also, face and body treatments; facial cleansing, facial scrub, specific facial treatment, body scrub and aloe body. Additionally, hydrotherapy, ayurveda, Kalari, lymph drainage legs, body stretching, back and reflexology services are offered for therapeutic muscle relaxant massages. Check out Lakshmi Spa Website for all the above mentioned services’ prices.

Down a small hallway you will find an open-concept massage room on your left, a relaxing area with sunbeds for sunbathing and outdoor grooming. The most amazing thing about Lakshmi Spa is that you can choose to have your massages and body treatments outside in their beautiful garden as you enjoy the paradisiacal nature views with melodic sounds from their windchimes.

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Lakshmi Spa’s enchanting hydro pool for hydrotherapy massage with an outside shower adds on to the spa’s exquisiteness! You can choose to stay in the hydro pool for half an hour or more to your satisfaction.

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Hydro Pool

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Hydro Pool

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Outdoor Shower

I have to commend Lakshmi spa for an amazing ambience and having a squeaky clean spa. Bedsheets and towels are spotless.

I was excited to experience an outdoor massage in the outside massage room. It has an exquisite view with natural ventilation. As I laid on the massage bed in my towel, Rita got some natural massaging oil in an artistic bowl and massaged my body literally from head to toe. That massage was amazing!

Without much realization, my body actually needed massage therapy. I felt super light after the heavenly massage. It was too good that I looked intoxicated. Therapeutic indeed!

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Sadly, my time was up, therefore, I could not dip into the hydro pool but my hands felt amazing during a one minute hydromassage test earlier. It’s definitely a plan for another day!

In a nutshell, it was a day spectacularly  spent at one of the most enchanting spas in Watamu. Lakshmi Spa is your beauty, body and muscles plug Peaches. Also, perfect for bonding sessions with friends, spouse or family. Most definitely a unisex spa. Do snap fabulous pics and tag me when you go!

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Needless to say, Lakshmi Spa’s staff are total sweethearts. Rita served me well whereas Dorothy assisted me a lot with filming and photography. You are rest assured to get the best services from these two sweet ladies.

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Have a lovely and relaxing day Peaches! Cheers!

Courtesy of Lara ~  Lakshmi Spa.

Thank you!

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Hello 2019: Taking Stock 2018

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Happy New Year Peaches! 2019! I am thankful for the gift of life and health from the Almighty granting us all access to 2019.

2018 has been a hell of a rollercoaster. Revelatory to say the least. To be fair though, I’ve had some great moments and met phenomenal people hence I appreciate it. All I’m trying to do right now is focus on the good and positive things that 2018 blessed me with but not dismissing the bad moments either. Those are the ones that have shaped me into who I am today. Not bitter at all, but better, composed, stronger and wiser. ‘Never a failure, always a lesson.’

2018 adventures and events:

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Zip lining. One of the most thrilling adventures in 2018!

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I made new friends. Cool fun people to be around.

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Laughter and good vibes

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I attended candid conversations and met my all time favorite Kenyan Lifestyle Blogger ~ ThisisEss!

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At the Candid Conversations event, I met phenomenal women who made me feel empowered.

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I got the luxury to stay at Watamu Treehouse. One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in Watamu. Made me realize that I love nature and art.

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I did yoga for the first time at Watamu Treehouse. It was a new elevating and therapeutic experience.

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First time seeing a whale with my naked eyes! I went whale watching at Hemingways in Watamu. Such humongous creatures. I wish I could swim with them.

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The bubble Suit at Rock and Sea in Watamu totally wowed me! The interior, set up, nature views! I was lucky to be there in the hidden gem thanks to Stephano who is the Manager. Also, one of the nicest people I have met in Watamu.

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Rock and Sea bubble Suit. Eye candy

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Attended Breast Cancer Awareness walk. It gives me joy to make a difference in someone’s life. I am also happy to have been a part of Rotaract Club Malindi. Very enlightening!

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Attended Youth Innovation event at United Nations in Nairobi through Rotaract Club Malindi – I met brilliant youths that were an inspiration.

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I attended the historic Sustainable Blue Economy Conference as a delegate at KICC in Nairobi, Kenya. It was educational and it was a privilege to be in the same room with very prominent persons. I am loooking forward to conserve our country’s Blue Economy!

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When I see women in power, it gives me joy and hope in changing the narrative of women in power. We need more women in power for a better future for the girl child.

 

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Collaborated with Aaliya (Imakeuplikethis) and Shahista (makeupbyshahista). It was a first Halloween make up for me and I totally enjoyed it!

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My girl Farhana launched her clothline and I will always support my friends so it is also the highlight of my year, because I love seeing my friends winning and I am always here for it. So proud of her!

 

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Attended Farhana’s pop up shop to support my girl. She has an amazing collection!

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I partnered with Watamu Transfer Tours and Safaris (still do). Through them, I am learning a lot especially when it comes to our wildlife Conservation and the Tourism Industry. Hence why I want to learn more languages. Through them also, I found my passion and for that I am grateful!

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The first people I met through Watamu Transfer Tours and Safaris. Such beautiful and talented souls!

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Watched dolphins for the 3rd time. It was one of the best dolphin views with a whole pod of dolphins swimming, diving, and jumping with joy. I’m still yet to swim with them. 2019 goal!

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I did snorkeling for the umpteenth time. Swimming while enjoying views of beautiful fish, corals, and all that’s glittery underwater is one of my favorite things to do

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Breakfast at the beach. It should be a lifestyle! Amazing views

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I met such wonderful people at Watamu Treehouse. Barbara is a total sweetheart!

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I learned a new water sports. Stand up paddling at Mida Creek in Watamu. It was intense work out in the scorching sun but totally worth it. Of watersports adventures!

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Mida Creek Adventures

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SUP sundowners! Amazing!

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One of the best most therapeutic experiences in my life was yoga meditation on water. I came out feeling brand new and healed. My mind is clearer than ever. Worked like magic.

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Shamsa got engaged! She’s more of a sister than a friend. Words cannot explain how happy I am. May Allah bless your union as we wait for the big day!

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And I slayed!! Favorite outfit of 2018. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!

A few important lessons I learned the hard way in 2018.

  1. Observe not absorb.  Being empathetic makes me question if it is a curse or a blessing because I can get sucked up into people’s energy and moods. I get so concerned with hurting peoples feelings more than I do care about mine. That has to change because it’s suffocating.
  2. It is okay to be selfish. A hard one and a bold one too. I came to the realization that you can lay down for people and they will still say your back is not flat enough. Favorite quote because it summarizes everything I have to say about it.
  3. Create boundaries. Walk away from disrespect. It is always so hard to walk away from people we love regardless of how they treat us sometimes. But there’s always a limit. We should stop making excuses for people’s ill behavior, unfiltered words, cheaters, liars, pretenders and back stabbers. Speak up, confront where need be and do not entertain anyone’s disrespectful behaviors towards you. We have to accept that some people will never respect you because they don’t respect themselves. Save yourself from such people.
  4. Financial independence is empowering. So is emotional independence. If you manage to achieve those two, you will live  a more peaceful life. Be your own sugar dad
  5. Empowering women and conservation initiatives are vital in the world for better livelihood.
  6. Follow your passion. Life is too short to work in a field you are not interested in, a waste rather. Also, I learned that it is never always about the money, but what gets your creativity wheel spinning!

Incase you didn’t notice, I took a long break from social media sometime in February 2018. As dramatic as it sounds, I was about to lose it! I could not focus. My mind was all over the place. My brains were about to fall out. I had to take a break. I could not form a sentence let alone think right or through things. I cannot really explain what I was going through because wild events were happening in my life back to back like the devil was on a mission to end me. I had to quit so many things and people dear to me to get my peace of mind; to save myself. Shockingly, I took a bolder step by moving  to a totally new place where I knew literally nobody – Watamu. Honestly, I needed some quality time alone to regain my sanity. Luckily, I got a job at Watamu Treehouse and ever since, Watamu has become my new founded home. Proudly, I can say that I have found inner peace. It’s not about the people, rather, the place itself; A hidden gem. Exploring and more.

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Here I am, today I can think somewhat clearly with no background noises of what if’s n whys. It’s peaceful in my head. However, I am still working on sharpening my listening skills. I am still adjusting my focus. I am still trying to find a way to forgive people completely and forgive myself for hurting people in the process. All I can say is, I don’t have it all figured out. I am a work in progress just like you and I. I might look like I have it all figured out but I’m far from that. Which is why I had to speak out when I was breaking silently for people to understand that I am only but human needing support just like I would support people who needed me. But I work everyday to improve on myself and learning to love myself and people I care about more fiercely. Most importantly, I am trying to work on stabilizing my emotions.

I hope 2019 is going to be a fruitful and prosperous year for everyone. Make everyday count and never lose hope.

To more adventures, new ideas, successful businesses, investments, travel destinations and healthier relationships.

Happy 2019 Peaches!

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Do You Know About Rock and Sea Bubble Resort? Yes, This Is Kenya!

Rock and Sea Bubble Resort is an eco-friendly hidden gem in Watamu. You have to cross Mida Creek by boat to get there as it is not easily accessible by road. Also, because it is one year old since it started operations therefore not so many people are aware of this gem. However, we have social media for that and that was how I knew about it on Instagram. The Italian manager, Stefano, was so kind to accept my request for my Sunday morning booking as he offered to send me a boat to be picked from Short Beach. Short Beach is located just next to Kobe Resort before Garoda in Watamu. I was picked by boat at 11:00 a.m. on a sunny Sunday from Short Beach with two other guests, enjoying stunning crystal blue water views.

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Approximately, the boat ride to the resort was 5 minutes from Short Beach. First thing I spotted was the striking Makuti Rock and Sea restaurant built on a high rock, hence the name. On arrival, Stefano was standing at the entrance looking sharp welcoming us with a warm friendly smile. We were offered hot wet hand towels each and served with a glass of passion juice as a courteous welcome drink.

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Stefano ushered us into the exquisite  Rock and Sea restaurant with a 360 degrees panoramic view of the mida creek. Their menu is diverse offering Kenyan, Asian, Italian, Vegeterian, Vegan and Kids meals menu. The choice is yours! In addition, a sea excursions menu is offered.

Sitting at the perfect restaurant spot where I got a perfect sea view, I ordered a stoney (weirdly enough that’s my favorite soft drink) from their main menu and grilled lobster which was served with chips. The ambience is soothing with a background sound of slow music which made me feel sleepy after being stuffed by the delish meal. It put me on total relax mode.

After feeling so relaxed, I was ready for  a tour on the resort; “Save the best for the last.” Stefano took me round the resort showing me their bed bath tub made of wood derived from the African culture faced by a humongous Baobab tree. Hence called Baobab.

Rock and Sea Bubble Resort is an eco-friendly lodge that sustains natural environment by using products made from natural materials and sustainable focused initiatives to conserve nature.

For relaxation,  they offer hammocks, chilling spots,  massage therapy in their massage room with comfortable massage beds facing the sea. How revitalizing! They also have a pool table and fishing rods for when guests want to go for fishing games. Also, they have a grill for barbecues and a beautiful  swimming pool with a jacuzzi next to a fully equipped beach bar for those who like to get a little wasted. Down the beach bar is the beach connecting to the mida creek.

NB: Outside guests can have lunch at the resort, massages, sea excursions, and take a dip in their swimming pool & jacuzzi at a cost.

Then finally! The stunning Rock and Sea outdoor inflatable single tunnel bubble resort! Breathtaking!

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What makes the resort unique and attractive is its bold creativity of revamping bubble tents into a resort. In addition to its sophisticated design, white makes it elegant and stand out in a heavenly manner. There are 3 bubble resorts each secluded perfectly located in an enclosed hideout covered by nature due to its transparency, for guests’ privacy.

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Since it is white, Stefano kindly asked me to remove my shoes before going in as he also did. We left our shoes at the entrance as he ushered me into the tunnel bubble resort by opening the entrance curve door zipper without any hassle.

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I was enamored by the interior design of the bubble resort. Well furnished with uniform subtle brown natural wood furniture. A small quirky table with two chairs perfect for 2 people to have morning tea and meals and a double bed with a night stand. You have your own toilet too and a bathroom sink and a cool outdoor shower. Actually, it can give you a realm of possibilities in designing the interior if you have an eye for interior design. I like how simple yet sophisticated the bubble resort is set up. Stefano reckons that the interior decor was created to suit the resort’s natural theme since they practice sustainable tourism.

If you’re wondering how spacious it is inside, the bubble resort does not discriminate tall people. Also, it can accommodate a small family of three. Amazingly, the Rock and Sea Bubble Resort’s transparency gives you the luxury of enjoying views of lush green nature since it is transparent.  “It’s like living in the inside out!” Exclaimed Stefano. I concur!

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Initially, I have to admit that I was skeptical about ventilation because it was quite hot inside. However, there’s cross ventilation which offers optimal airflow and heat is distributed evenly because of its advanced system of air ventilation. The inside tarpaulin is made of high quality non toxic flame retardant PVC material which is weatherproof withstanding harsh sunlight on a hot day and the bubble resort feels structurally sturdy enough to withstand strong winds on a cold day.  Also, it literally keeps insects and bugs out especially at night when they’re on hunt mode.

Perfect for nature lovers to reconnect with nature and lovebirds to enjoy their personal space star gazing during romantic night time.

Incase you’re wondering, last time I checked, they charge Kshs. 26,000 per night for a double (2 people) bed and breakfast. Save up and treat yourself and your family/ lover/ friends to this beautiful bubble resort for your next vacation. Totally worth it Peaches!

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With Love,

Peaches.

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Watamu Treehouse: Heaven On Earth!

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Nestled in the forest and existing with wildlife, Watamu Treehouse in Watamu island has undoubtedly been one of my favorite places to visit in our beautiful Kenyan Coast. Just the perfect place to unwind, heal and connect with nature, away from toxins, junks and the hustle & bustle frenzy of the overcrowded city. Absolutely therapeutic! Perfect for beach bums, yogis, single traveling men & women, and romantic couples. Basically, anyone who loves nature, adventure, and a quiet peaceful environment.

How I found this heaven on earth, only God knows. Watamu Treehouse, like its name suggests, is built high in the trees decorated with natural wood, and a myriad of glass art. A hidden gem in Watamu surrounded by mangroves in the Mida Creek located on the Marine Park in Watamu on Turtle Bay road.

Watamu Treehouse Accommodation is quite  affordable. However, rooms are priced differently whereby the higher level rooms are more expensive ranging from Kshs. 13,500 – 28,500 as compared to the lower level rooms ranging from Kshs. 9,500 – 23,500.

My amazing short stay at Watamu Treehouse was  soul-satiating. I was so mesmerized and captured by the beauty and artistic architecture of the strategically built Tree house. So beautiful and unique. My eyes sparkled in amusement seeing the vertically erected snow-white tree house as the cab driver slowly drove closer to the entrance. Upon arrival, I was welcomed by an angelic face wearing a white shirt with a pink striped kikoi print on its finely folded arm and navy blue  trouser uniform. He introduced himself as Chipira, as he carried my hand luggage and lead me to the guest round table for a cold smoothie. Prior to the round table, is a stunning swimming pool on your left and right ahead, are stunning stained glass mosaic windows that stretch all the way up to the roof. Chipira then ushered me to my room; Moon & Stars.

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Watamu Treehouse has two towers: North Tower and South Tower joined by a mosaic bridge each sharing a stunning pool. There’s a guest book that guests get the opportunity to share their experience with colorful bolt pens and cute boards for their updated activity schedules that you can’t miss. A fully equipped office and kitchen with friendly staff that successfully runs the place.

Sleek wood curvature flirtatiously shapes the staircases. The staircases, snow-white walls and caramel cemented floors are engraved with glass art that has so much fun colors and varieties of shapes; triangles, squares, circles, crescent moon, stars, leaves, flowers and aquamarine creatures that charmingly pops the place. The blend of natural wood cladding, glass and metal art creates an appealing exterior facade. Adding into the art work is a naturally built cobweb. I think you really need to be here to really understand the level of amusement I am in. Because I feel that there are no words that can give justice to this heaven on earth. If at all, infinity. Almost like I’m in a fairy tale.

 

 

Everything about this eco-friendly place is so natural from healthy nutritious meals and smoothies to their hand made thyme shower products.

The Food

Since Watamu Treehouse practice health and wellness, they serve nutritious meals mostly vegetarian and vegan meals including amazing coconut meals and scrumptious desserts.

 

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My favorite is pumpkin soup that goes so well with their pumpkin seeds and brown rice with spiced sautéed broccoli. Breakfast coconut pancake topped with honey and banana is also my favorite. As for drinks, they offer detox teas, coconut juice, and their famous smoothies. For some of the main meals like beetroot burgers, they are very much an acquired taste.

I enjoyed eating in their quirky dining tables and later relaxing in cushioned launches with a novel; serene!

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The Rooms

Once you cross over the mosaic North Tower bridge, are three stunning rooms: Baobab, Honeymoon and the highest of all being Star Bed.

Baobab is small and cute facing a baobab tree with a stunning view of Watamu’s gorgeous sunset.

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Star Bed has a beautiful horizontal sea view and a refreshing open shower that has a direct sunrise view. Thanks to Paul Krystal, I had the luxury of staying in Moon & Stars and Star Bed.

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Visit [Watamu Treehouse Instagram Page or Watamu Treehouse website to view all the room pictures and bookings]

The bathrooms are squeaky clean like every corner of Watamu Treehouse with either aesthetically pleasing mirrors or an open view of the outside with a natural breeze. Their natural handmade bath products are refreshing including natural thyme hand made body wash, hand wash, shampoo and conditioner. I would chill all day long in my kikoy bathrobe as it is so comfy you’d want to stay in them all day.

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And an open hot shower with a sea view! It can’t get better than this! [View from Aqua Room]

I had the luxury of watching the sun rise every morning and sun sets every evening so effortlessly at Watamu Treehouse. Gentle beach waves, sea eagles, birds, and frog croaks were my morning alarm sounds. Moreover, the sun enhances Treehouse’s art with a stunning natural effect giving you a glimpse of heaven. What are filters? I mean.. look.at.that!

I could live here forever.😍 Wouldn’t you?

Yoga

Later in the evening, Paul invited me for a yoga session in the yoga room at 5:00 p.m. Watamu Treehouse mission foster healing, peace and tranquility with a devotion to spread positivity and good health hence yoga perfectly aligns with its mission. The spacious yoga room has a 360 degree panorama view of the Mida Creek.

A recycled flip flop art hanged in the yoga room. Amazing right? It was created by Paul’s daughter, Aja. Watamu Treehouse family are also conservationists as they have conservation activities like of the flip flop art, beach cleaning routines every Thursdays and more.

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Stretching during yoga is not as easy as it looks. Yoga is intense almost like mini planks and meditation. I felt as light as a feather.

 

Activities

Not only does Watamu Treehouse offer yoga as part of their recreational activities, but also offer massage therapy, snorkeling trips, eco-walks and nature expeditions on stand-up paddle-boards or kayaks depending on the tide. I had so much fun going for Stand Up Paddling and  floating in the mangrove forest. Floating activity involves floating at the Mida Creek in between mangroves on a low tide as the water current in the mangroves flows you effortlessly into the sea. It was totally relaxing.

Also, I got the opportunity to learn how to use a stand up paddle which makes Watamu Treehouse forever stuck in my memory.

The Pool

The stunning swimming pool at Watamu Treehouse has a cute artificial waterfall spring, a swinging bed and hammock chair. The yin-yang is centrally curved beautifully to symbolize positive energy and hope. Chilling with a good book & smoothie and swimming by the swimming pool gets you on full relaxation mode.

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The Beach

A 3minute walk to the beach through the narrow sandy beach path leads you to the clean white pristine beach and clear crystal blue water that make such stunning waves. Very safe to walk on as it is secure away from Beach Boys. The flag to Treehouse guides you for direction from the beach. Blue symbolizes the sky, green the mangroves n white the sand.

Life Lesson: Ensure that everything you do or create in life has essence and meaning to it.

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Enjoy Watamu Treehouse! Detoxify and Recharge! Cheers!

Until next time Peaches!

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