Amazing Places: Karibu


vanuatu luxury holiday homes Located at Angelfish Cove, on the Pango peninsula, on three acres of lush gardens and with 100 metres of private beach, this home is truly magnificent. Inspired by the owners’ Kenyan origins, Karibu means welcome in Swahili, and the African and Arabic influences can be felt all around.

The home took two years to build and was finished in 2011. It comprises four buildings, united by walkways and patios. The main building houses the living room and kitchen. Big beautiful doors open onto the expansive deck and the sparkling, calm, blue ocean, beckoning you only a few metres away. The kitchen is well equipped and fitted with big, stainless-steel benches, and the living room is massive, with lovely wooden floors, super high ceilings, imposing pieces of hard wood furniture and tasteful art on the walls.

karibuThe house was not originally built as a rentable holiday home, and it has only recently become available as such. The owners, who are retired, built it as their perfect holiday home and frequently visit and spend time in their Vanuatu island haven. You can feel the loving care that has been put into making every space beautiful and tranquil, with what appears to be no expense spared to achieve the look and feel they were after. The house is full of treasures, the carved African doors being one of them, and the dimensions of the buildings themselves and everything contained within are more than generous, with a four-metre wide deck at the front that has everything you need to enjoy that island holiday experience.

karibu vanuatuThe property has three huge king-size bedrooms, each with its own ensuite and views of the ocean.  Separate from the main living room for complete privacy, they are united by wide undercover patios and walkways reminiscent of Arab-influenced Andalucían houses. A fourth bedroom, also with its own bathroom, one queen bed and one single bed, can accommodate up to three children and is perfect for a couple of teenagers to share.

vanuatu luxury homesOn the amenities list, the house is equipped with TV, DVD, and WIFI, kayaks, snorkeling gear, SUPs, pushbikes, washing machine and dryer, two fridge/freezers, BBQ, cot, high-chair, and its own gardener/maintenance man and house keeping lady, Dudley and Valina, for three days a week.

If you think that so much luxury demands a high tab, you would be wrong. The full house can be rented for only AUD650 per night and sleeps up to eight. It obviously does book up well in advance, so if you know you want it, don’t leave it till the last minute! Karibu can be booked through Vanuatu Luxury Holiday Homes,