Funzi Keys: A Kenyan Oasis

 

Funzi Beachfront

Funzi Beachfront

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To say that the Torriani family of Funzi Keys Resort got it right is an understatement. They are an example of living the dream, together, as a family.

Enter Allesandro, of Swiss Italian descent born in Africa and Claudia, the Kenyan/Columbian Ambassador’s daughter; both who met and fell in love in Nairobi. Together they built a mini coffee empire in Nairobi and then a seafood business in Mombasa, on the southeast coast of Kenya while raising four beautiful children.

Funzi Lodge

Funzi Lodge

What started as a family weekend island home 1.5 hours down the coast from Mombasa became a 5* resort, a jewel in the tropics of the Indian Ocean surrounded by turquoise waters, mangroves and sandbanks. A genius with his hands, Allesandro, built this getaway over a three-year period from scratch with his own two hands plus the help of hundreds of local tradesmen. Claudia, with her impeccable design eye decorated every nook and cranny in such a way that it takes days to take each magnificent detail in.

Our Room At Funzi Keys

Our Room At Funzi Keys

Funzi Keys Treehouse

Funzi Keys Treehouse

One can’t help but be inspired by this family; the family that works together and plays together. The Torrianis embrace life, prioritizing giving back, paying it forward and living and laughing while they work. Encompassed by their love you leave Funzi Keys feeling optimistic about the future and motivated to put your best foot forward every day. As travel/photo bloggers, contemplating the work/family/travel balance there couldn’t have been anything more inspiring for us. Our stay at Funzi Keys propelled us forward and I thank them for opening their arms to us.

If the Torriani family dynamics weren’t enough you can revel in the self -dependence of this 5* resort; every food item served is organic, grown on the farm located behind the resort. The pastoralist Masaai tend their cattle and the wiser beyond his twenty something years, Alessandro Jr – the Operations Manager of the resort, looks after the chickens, goats, pigs and produce. Don’t be surprised to enjoy Italian basil Genovase or Angus beef because their Italian heritage and Swiss hotelier education brings a refinement to the Kenyan coast. The Torriani family supports the island’s community and employs more than 80 of the islanders. They have built a police station/room, post office and are currently constructing a church.

Funzi's cows with Masaai Staff

Funzi’s cows with Masaai Staff

One of our favourite days was spent on an excursion with Charlie’s Claws. It was a quick drive to Shimoni where we grabbed the boat. My partner Matt and I scuba dived while others snorkelled and the water was a breathtaking turquoise and provided ideal conditions for Matt’s first dive. Blue spotted rays, moray eels, octopus, lion fish, varied fish life and bright corals photographed beautifully. Wasini Island, where we ate a delicious lunch was enjoyable and we spent some time walking through the village talking to locals. It is an excursion that I would highly recommend when in the area and is a perfect break from the lazy days at Funzi Keys.

Charlie's Claw Boat

Charlie’s Claw Boat

Wasini Island House

Wasini Island House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for action and excitement than Funzi Keys is not the place, however, if you’re looking for romance, relaxation and serenity that you’ve found a hidden jewel. The resort itself is a feast for the eyes, the rooms are impeccable and the family size suites are true to size, one even has a child’s tree-house attached.

Funzi Sunset

Funzi Sunset

Some of our highlights were:

  • Our walk and guide through the farm with Allesandro Jr. Little John isn’t so little and he’s very curious! 😉
  • Our champagne brunch served on the private sandbar seconds from the Funzi Key jetty.
  • The fantastic, fresh and delicious food.
  • A very inviting and comfortable common space complete with WIFI and an inclusive bar (non-premium).
  • The deck area and large pool built by Allesandro himself; such a joy to swim in each day.
  • An excursion out on the ocean hosted by Charlie’s Claws. It was a memorable day scuba diving and visiting Wasini Island.
Champagne Brunch

Champagne Brunch

We hope to be back someday with children and make use of the wonderful treehouse. We think of you often Funzi Keys and we so miss little Poopa!

Poopa

Poopa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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