Three bedrooms are located within the main house; two on the upper level and one on the ground floor. The fourth bedroom is a separate unit, located on the lower basement level, beneath the pool deck.
The three main bedrooms are of almost identical size, measuring around 6.3x4m (25sq.m.) including the bathroom. In addition, each bedroom has a 4x1.6m private covered balcony or terrace. They are almost identically furnished. The only material difference is that the master bedroom has a California King (72-inch) bed with four-poster surround, whilst one of the other rooms has a more conventional queen-sized bed and the third two single beds.
The beds are fitted with high quality firm mattresses and high quality linen. Each bedroom is furnished with bedside tables, a small table and a pair of rattan chairs with padded cushions. Attractive rattan roller blinds can be lowered over the windows.
All the bedrooms have modern split-unit air-conditioning units plus overhead fans. The heavyweight cotton sheets were great, but it can get surprisingly chilly in the early hours of the morning. So it was a slight disappointment not to find something like the light cellular blankets found at most properties.
An electric bug-matt mosquito deterrent is provided in each bedroom. We found the island remarkably bug-free this year and would be surprised, given the villa’s location, if Kapinjala ever had a problem in this regard.
The en-suite bathrooms are of comfortable size, rather than spacious. They are, however, well furnished, decorated and equipped. Attractive porcelain sinks are inset into sturdy vanity units, with lots of storage space, cupboards, drawers and shelves. Electric shaver sockets are provided, together with wall-mounted hairdryers. Each bathroom has a fully tiled walk-in shower enclosure with a 5-inch raindrop showerhead.
All three bedrooms feature built-in open wardrobes with one metre of three-quarter-length hanging space with lots of hangers, plus half a dozen deep storage shelves and four large drawers.
The fourth bedroom is a little different to the others, but furnished and equipped to the same high standard and in similar style. It is housed beneath the pool deck and accessed via a short flight of stairs from the main terrace. There is no direct access between this bedroom and the main body of the house. It would therefore be unsuitable for young children, but teenagers would probably welcome the separation from parents and older generations.
The fourth bedroom measures approximately 3.3x3.4m (11.2m2), excluding the small bathroom. Because of the nature of the room, it is of somewhat unusual shape and layout. Nevertheless, it is large enough for a double bed, side tables with lamps and a fully furnished bathroom. There is no hanging space, but there is lots of shelf space for clothing and other items. Both the bedroom and bathroom have south-facing windows looking over Arnos Vale bay and beach. Like the other bedrooms, the air-conditioner is supplemented by a large ceiling fan.
One of Kapinjala’s most interesting architectural features is that the house is built in tiered levels. No level interrupts the view of the level above. It resembles a theatre or auditorium, with the wide-screen panorama of hills and seascape representing the stage.
Three steps lead down from the living area to the 4-metre wide covered terrace. In fact, this should probably be called the living area because this is where most guests are likely to spend most of their time while in the villa.
A small breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the lounge. This is the only dining area within the house itself. Instead, a chunky large farmhouse table with bench seating takes pride of place in the centre of the covered terrace. There are also two circular all-weather tables and chairs, ideal for supplementary dining, playing cards or board games, or for just sitting around having a natter. There is direct access from the kitchen onto the terrace and an excellent three-burner bottled gas barbeque.
Aided by the high roof, dining on the terrace is as near al fresco as you can achieve without physically moving to the garden. In fact, the view from the dining table and terrace is just so stunning, both day and night, that frankly we were loath to leave it. We would normally have dined out a few nights during our stay, but in practise dined in every evening so as not to miss the view.
The terrace is furnished with the most comfortable seating area I have come across. Two seagrass settees and an armchair defy you to move, or stay awake, once you have settled into their superbly comfortable deep upholstery and mass of cushions. In total shade for all but the last few hours of the day, this spot is sure to become a favourite of every guest at Kapinjala.
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