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Are you tired of hotel stay? Try a holiday home instead

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Catering for yourself allows you to enjoy home cooked  food  and you can hire a cook to do all your cooking as you enjoy your vacation. FOTOSEARCH

Catering for yourself allows you to enjoy home cooked food and you can hire a cook to do all your cooking as you enjoy your vacation. FOTOSEARCH  

By EVELYN SITUMA

Posted  Thursday, December 27  2012 at  16:02

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  • Staying in a self-catering home or villa is a great way to spend time together as a family or as friends away from the usual hotel fare. The best option would be to get a self-catering establishment and the hire a cook to come in everyday or chose an establishment where meals are inclusive in the cost.

Thinking of a vacation spot in the new year? It is not too late to get a holiday home for the family. Many people who travelled out of town for the Christmas holidays have gone back leaving space for those who opted for the new year celebrations out of town.

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Staying in a self-catering home or villa is a great way to spend time together as a family or as friends away from the usual hotel fare. The best option would be to get a self-catering establishment and the hire a cook to come in everyday or chose an establishment where meals are inclusive in the cost.

This gives you the opportunity to go out and explore the region you are visiting without worrying about coming back home to slave over a stove. Below are some of the homes still available throughout the country.

Mombasa
Kola Beach Resort in Malindi
Charges: Sh30,400 a night
Located in Malindi at Mamburui, Kola Beach Resort is the ideal location for those too lazy to get out of their cosy beds. The resort has well set luxury villas built to blend with nature. It is not just a blue environment one sets their eyes on while having dinner in the restaurant overlooking the ocean; But the green breath-taking surroundings of swaying palm tree branches and bougainvillea.

The villas are spacious with an extensive verandah, balcony, dining hall, bedroom as well as furnished kitchen for those energetic enough to cook. However, breakfast, lunch and dinner can be brought right to your door step upon request.

Swahili Beach in Diani
Charges: Sh30,500 per night
Spending time at Swahili Beach is like reliving the ancient Arabian and Persian times. This five star resort has the most impressive architectural design that borrows its designs from India, Zanzibar and the East Africa coast among other locations.

If you have never spent a holiday in the South Coast, then Swahili Beach should give you the best option.  There is a range of accommodation to choose from - executive suites, superior rooms and standard rooms. Among the available facilities is a restaurant, bar and lounge and water sporting.

Moringa House in Diani
Charges: Sh43,750 a night
The South Coast is never short of great holiday spots. Moringa House is one accommodation facility which adds to the range of selection holiday makers can choose from. The house has four bedrooms and is part of an aquamarine retreat with plenty of water sports to keep your weight in check. It is situated near Diani beach giving you a chance to enjoy the ocean.

Executive Diani Beach Villa
Charges: Sh20,000 per night
This is a great place to spend an intimate holiday with your loved one. Located in Diani, the villa is a two-storey facility set on half an acre. Executive villa can accommodate four people in each of the two-bedroom apartments. Occupants have access to the beach and golf course at Galu.

Le Marelle, Manda Island
Charges: Sh67,500 a night

Le Marelle is a three-bedroom serviced beach house in Manda Island. The house is ideal for groups seeking time away from the busy city life. The adventure at this pristine location is a trip on a wooden boat. There is also a chef to take care of food and shopping, a cleaner and a night guard for your safety.

Ol Talet Cottage, Kajiado
Charges: Sh22,000 a night
Ol Talet cottage is located 40km from Nairobi and a view away from Olepolos - the popular Nyama Choma eatery on Magadi road. The cottage is a three-bedroom holiday home on a hill top with great panoramic view of the whole of Ngong and the hills beyond and the valleys below. It is fully furnished with a plunge pool to cool off from the scorching sun. Ol Talet is ideal for nature lovers and the adventurous.

Mombasa Holiday Apartment, Nyali

Charges: Sh40,000 a night 

Located in an area full of activities, Mombasa holiday apartments welcome guests to a mix of relaxation and time out in the streets and adjacent pubs like Bob’s. The facility, located right behind Nakumatt Nyali offers en-suite accommodations at Sh40,000 a night. 

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