Tijara is a small exclusive private retreat which is now our home. It is undoubtedly a true reflection of what the word “Tijara” means in one of the Asian dialects – “a place of happiness”. The idea of such a small exclusive private retreat was inspired by our own preferences and likes – we have always tried to avoid commercial destinations in favour of something small and unique.


We are often asked what made us create Tijara. Having worked for many years in the “corporate” world we felt the time was right for a change in lifestyle and sought peace and tranquillity away from the rat race. With Ian being born in Kenya and Larissa having lived here since the late 80-s, we could not think of a better place to make our new home than the beautiful Kenyan Coast on the Indian Ocean. We had spent more than a year looking for the perfect location away from “civilization” with large expanses combining both privacy and seclusion. Once found, we then spent nearly two more years creating the place we now call HOME! With no formalities of a hotel, Tijara has a unique home atmosphere combined with friendly service, delicious food and arguably the best views from every room. If you want to escape, Tijara is definitely the best escape from the world!


Tijara opened its doors in December 2007 and we hosted an array of wonderful people some of whom have now become friends who keep coming back bringing their own friends and families with them. We witnessed engagements, held weddings, hosted honeymooners and celebrated special anniversaries with our guests. Our engaged couples come here for their honeymoons, our honeymooners come back with their children, we started Tijara when we were just two of us and now we are  family of four – this has been an amazing journey for us!


If you want to know more about us, welcome to our blog!



Ian & Larissa Manson Hart