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Kati Alaputto-Sandhu: Owner of the Serene Takawiri Island Resort in Lake Victoria

In Kenya, white sand beaches are synonymous with the Coast region, little known to many, a remote island in Mbita, Homa Bay County, is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Takawiri.

Lake Victoria is home to 19 islands, and Takawiri is adjacent to the famous Mfangano island. The hidden gem boasts long stretches of white sand beaches, tall palm trees, and clear blue water, embodying everything that would be found in Diani or Watamu.

To access Takawiri from the mainland, one has to take a ferry or water bus to Mfangano island, then to the pristine island. From Rusinga Island, Takawiri is an hour away by boat.

The island is home to the iconic Takawiri Island Resort which has contributed greatly to the location’s growing popularity.

Takawiri Island Resort. |Courtesy|
Takawiri Island Resort. |Courtesy|

Story behind ownership of the resort

The resort owned by British woman Kati Alaputto-Sandhu. She is said to have bought the island in memory of her late husband. According to reports, he proposed to her on the uniquely beautiful island and so she bought it as a memoir of their love.

Activities

Takawiri Island Resort is a private property and therefore patrons have to pay a Ksh500 entrance fee. The facility does not have a swimming pool, but the clear blue lake water offers the most ideal place to go for a dip.

Revellers can enjoy birdwatching, beach sports such as volleyball and football, and water sports such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, and windsurfing.

Visitors can also go sports fishing for those who want to enjoy their own tilapia, Nile perch or catfish.

Accommodation

The cottages cost above Ksh12,000 per person on full board. Those seeking cheaper options are encouraged to bring their own camping gear.

Takawiri Island Resort. |Courtesy|
Takawiri Island Resort. |Courtesy|

Takawiri island Resort offers Kenyan, Indian, and international delicacies on their hugely diversified menu.

The owner, Kati Alaputto-Sandhu also doubles as a chef at the resort.

Kati holds a diploma in Hotel Management from Ecole Hoteliere Hosta in Leysin, Swtzerland, and a degree in Language Interpretation and Translation from the University of Helsinki, Kouvola Campus.

Between 2006 and 2008, she was the manager and head chef at Kay’s Bar & Restaurant in Milimani area, Kisumu.

She has owned Takawiri Island Resort from 1998, and also owns a catering & kitchen staff training consultancy in Arusha, Tanzania which she founded in 2014.

Takawiri Island Resort. |Courtesy|
Takawiri Island Resort. |Courtesy|