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About the Villa

Four Twenty South is named for its latitude – it is almost exactly 4 degrees and 20 minutes south of the equator – and the Martin family used these bearings to find the property in the days when the area was forest and the beach was dotted with Big Cat pug marks. The business has been run by the family since the 1960s; Hilary took it over from her parents in 2007.  She lives on the property with her son Alexander and daughter Isabella and is helped by a wonderful team of staff who all work together to ensure Four Twenty South’s guests are well looked after.

Beach Cottages

Escape to the embrace of a gentler era…

FourTwenty South comprises six colonial cottages surrounded by three acres of beautiful tropica l gardens. The houses are all a stone’s throw away from the dazzling white beach and turquoise lagoon of Kenya’s Indian Ocean, protected by the living coral reef which stretches from the Red Sea to Mozambique. The cottages range from two to five bedrooms and each comes with a personal chef and maid who are professionals and whose aim is to make your stay as relaxing as possible.  They will work around you, taking care of cooking, cleaning and laundry, and are even happy to shop for you, although with fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables being sold door to door by local traders, you may not find that such a chore.

The cottages are fully equipped, down to beach towels and a starter pack of basic provisions such as toilet paper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spices, tea, coffee and sugar are in the house for your convenience.  There are overhead and standing fans (no air-conditioning) and a sea breeze to cool you.  The sandy lagoon is suitable for swimming at any time and the white beach is so fine that you can walk on it barefoot at midday.  Playing cards, Chess, Backgammon, Scrabble and the local game of Bao are provided.  A local mobile telephone and a 3G dongle for internet connection are available on request.

During Your Stay


The staff arrive at 8am but please feel free to work out a timetable which suits you.  The maid will clean the house, make the beds and do the laundry – just leave dirty clothes in the laundry baskets provided.  The cook will discuss menus with you and write shopping lists or even do the shopping for you. The staff are professionals.  Their aim is to make your holiday as stress free as possible and they take pride in their work.


Fishermen bring fresh fish and seafood to the door from the landing site next door. You can buy the day’s catch or make a special order. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are also brought to the door.

There is a supermarket at the top of the road, a few minutes walk away, which stocks basics.  A short drive or taxi ride away there are a number of shopping centres along the Diani Beach Road with supermarkets, banks,  ATM machines, gift shops and travel agents.

Start-up provisions are provided in the cottage when you arrive:  Tea (Kericho Gold), Ground Coffee (Arabica), Sea Salt, Black Pepper corns, Sugar, Cooking Oil, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Selection of Spices, 2 Rolls Lavatory Paper, 2 tablets of Soap, Soap Powder, Dishwashing Liquid, Lavatory Cleaner, Doom Insect Spray, 2 bottles boiled well water for drinking, candles.

Additional Items:

Bring beach shoes for walking on the reef as there are sea urchins.  Goggling masks and flippers can be borrowed.


The East African coast is a malarial area and prophylactics are required. As with all holiday destinations, medical advice from your doctor and medical insurance are advised. A doctor is on 24-hour call at a small well-equipped private hospital.


Email and local mobile telephone are available by request


Children are welcome. The services of an ayah (nanny) can be arranged.

Things To Do

Relax and unwind!

You can go to the reef with Juma in his ngalawa (dug out canoe) and snorkel in the spectacular coral gardens.  You can go kite surfing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, play golf. You can explore the Coral Rag Forest (one of three remaining in the world) with Colobus Trust or with Kaya Kinondo (one of the sacred forests of the local Digo people) Have beauty treatments or massage with Njeri in the privacy of your cottage. You can also plan excursions to swim with dolphins, get close to the elephants, see the rare Sable Antelope.  For those wanting to combine the beach with a safari, there are daily scheduled flights to the world renowned Masai Mara Game Park or take a trip by road to Tsavo East or West.

The houses have a selection of board games including: Scrabble, Chess, Backgammon, the local game Bao and playing cards.

Internet access is available via a 3G dongle and also use of a local mobile phone if required.

If you are interested in the history or culture of the region we can suggest places of interest for you to visit or put together an itinerary for you.

Price will be advised at the time of booking for clarity reasons.


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