Located in the marine conservation area of Kuruwitu, Cardamom House is an elegant Swahili-influenced gem, perched atop a coral outcrop that overlooks its private sandy cove. Coconut palms frame that, creating the feel of a perfectly preserved coastal wilderness.
This bright coastal lodge has direct access to that white-sand beach, past its lawns and hammocks, and to the kaleidoscope of blue and green waters below. There’s also a pool built into those natural coral walls, while all nine rooms deliver spectacular sea views. Outside the airy house is a large, lovely veranda complete with Swahili-style day beds for lazing.
After a thrilling safari that you’ll never forget, this is the place for quiet, rejuvenative downtime: for swimming, sifting through thousands of photos or absorbing the conservation lessons you’ve learnt on your trip. That said, Vipingo Ridge’s PGA-accredited golf course is close by and the Kuruwitu sanctuary often receives whales and dolphins. You could also walk to the local fishing village or drive half an hour to Mombasa for some shopping.