Lamu Island Accommodation

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Forodhani House

4 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Forodhani House is a beautiful beachfront Holiday House located on Shella Beach, at the very spot where decades ago a watch-post stood...
Forodhani House is a beautiful beachfront Holiday House located on Shella Beach, at the very spot where decades ago a watch-post stood (Forodhani means watch-post in Kiswahili) controlling the to and fro of boats entering and leaving Lamu Island.

That’s the first thing which will make your stay here so special: you are on the beach, some meters only from Shella Village and Peponi Terrace, with stunning 270° sea-views on Indian Ocean.

Here you will relax fully, get lulled by the lapping waves, pamper yourself with good cooking, massages and yoga, enjoy the 12 km long pristine white sand beach and its activities… sailing, swimming, snorkelling, kite, windsurf, wakeboard or waterski, fishing… you can also explore, discover Lamu Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and Shella Village, experience the rich Swahili culture and its very welcoming atmosphere... And take the most of Nature, which is truly at its best.

The house is white, with round or Arabic arches which frame sea views, sky at day or night.
It features five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, lots of different terraces, lounging areas to take it easy, an airy and spacy main lounge, a garden, a pool. And from Forodhani House, because of its so particular location, the show is always there: you are having breakfast and you happen suddenly to see school of sardines jumping, trying to escape barracudas, or dolphins swimming up the Channel, or a fisherman’s dhow sliding from one arch to the other, coming from the open seas with load of tunas.

Forodhani House comes with five professional, friendly staff, among them an excellent cook. We want to make sure your holidays here, whether with family or friends, are both relaxing and interesting. And a bit magic too!
from R8881

Betty's Suite

Sleeps 2 in 1 room

The Betty's Suite is located in Shela Village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The suite offers luxury accommodation...
The Betty's Suite is located in Shela Village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The suite offers luxury accommodation for two people. All your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.

This large suite is located on the rooftop of the Garden House and has its own private infinity pool with amazing views to the ocean and a covered dining area. The suite has a private entrance and its own staff to cater for you. Your cook is trained to run all errands and prepares all your meals. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts.

We will ensure that you are met at the Manda/Lamu airport by one of our staff members who will escort you to the traditional boat and take you to Shela. From here you will be escorted to the house.

Lamu Island offers a variety of festivals throughout the year and has many activities to keep you busy. Guests can snorkel on the reefs or swim with the dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply explore the island. All activities can be arranged through the house manager. Enjoy the epitome of luxury in this piece of paradise.
from R3935

Fisherman House

Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Fisherman House is located in Shela Village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for...
Fisherman House is located in Shela Village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for up to four people.

The house features two large bedrooms and is fully equipped for self-catering. Guests can enjoy the true island feel in the large garden and relax on the rooftop, with its magnificent sea views, while the comfortable dining room is the ideal place to enjoy meals prepared in the kitchen.

The house is strictly self-catering, which means that apart from a supply of the basic necessities such as sugar, olive oils and spices, we do not provide food. However, the cooks and stewards will do all the shopping, cooking and serving for you, and will show you a guideline menu from which you can select your meals. To be more care-free when you arrive, you can also select your meals before arrival and we can have the shopping done in advance. We will ensure that you are met at the Manda/Lamu airport by one of our staff members who will escort you to the traditional boat and take you to Shela. From here you will also be escorted to the house.

Lamu Island offers a variety of festivals throughout the year and has many activities to keep you busy. Guests can snorkel on the reefs or swim with the dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply explore the island. All activities can be arranged through the house manager on your request.
from R4460

Kiwandani House

Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Kiwandaniu House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation...
Kiwandaniu House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for up to six people, and all your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.

The house features three bedrooms and is fully staffed with chefs, stewards, laundry ladies, captains, and managers for your convenience. Your cook is trained to run all errands and prepares all meals for you. You can select your meals from our guideline menu and will be served in a private dining area. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts.

The house offers a true island feel, with a large courtyard, as well as a swimming pool shared with one of our sister houses. We will ensure that you are met at the Manda/Luma airport by one of our staff members who will escort you to the traditional boat and drive you to Shela. From here you will also be escorted to the house.

Luma Island offers a variety of festivals throughout the year and has many activities to keep you busy. Guests can snorkel on the reefs or swim with the dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply explore the island. All activities can be arranged through the house manager on your request.
from R7214

New Moon House

Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

New Moon House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for...
New Moon House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for up to six people in three large bedrooms and is fully equipped for self-catering. Guests can enjoy the true island feel in the large garden and relax on the rooftop with its magnificent sea views, while the comfortable dining room is the ideal place to enjoy meals prepared in the kitchen.

The house is strictly self-catering, meaning that apart from a supply of the basic necessities such as sugar, olive oils and spices, we do not provide food. However, the cooks and stewards will do all the shopping, cooking and serving for you, and will show you a guideline menu from which you can select your meals. To be more care-free when you arrive, you can also select your meals before arrival and we can have the shopping done in advance. We will ensure that you are met at the Manda/Lamu airport by one of our staff members who will escort you to the traditional boat and take you to Shela. From here you will also be escorted to the house.

Lamu Island offers a variety of festivals throughout the year and has many activities to keep you busy. Guests can snorkel on the reefs or swim with the dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply explore the island. All activities can be arranged through the house manager on your request.
from R6558

Full Moon House

Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Full Moon House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for...
Full Moon House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for up to six people, and all your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.

The house features three bedrooms and is fully staffed with chefs, stewards, laundry ladies, captains, and managers for your convenience. Your cook is trained to run all errands and prepares all meals for you. You can select your meals from our guideline menu and will be served in a private dining area. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts.

The house offers a true island feel, with a large balcony to enjoy the sunset, as well as a swimming pool shared with one of our sister houses. We will ensure that you are met at the Manda/Luma airport by one of our staff members who will escort you to the traditional boat and drive you to Shela. From here you will also be escorted to the house.

Luma Island offers a variety of festivals throughout the year and offers many activities to keep you busy. Guests can snorkel on the reefs or swim with the dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply explore the island. All activities can be arranged through the house manager on your request.
from R7739

The Garden House

Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

The Garden House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation...
The Garden House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for up to four people, and all your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.

The house features two large bedrooms and is fully staffed with chefs, stewards, laundry ladies, captains, and managers for your convenience. Your cook is trained to run all errands and prepares all meals for you. You can select your meals from our guideline menu and will be served in a private dining area. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts.

The house offers a true island feel with a large garden and amazing views to the ocean. We will ensure that you are met at the Manda/Luma airport by one of our staff members who will escort you to the traditional boat and drive you to Shela. From here you will also be escorted to the house.

Luma Island offers a variety of festivals throughout the year and has many activities to keep you busy. Guests can snorkel on the reefs or swim with the dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply explore the island. All activities can be arranged through the house manager on your request.
from R8526

Mama Daktari

Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

The Mama Daktari House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury...
The Mama Daktari House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for four people. All your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.

The house has two large suites and is fully staffed with a chef, a steward, laundry ladies, a captain, and a manager for your convenience. Your cook is trained to run all errands and prepares all meals for you. You can select your meals from our guideline menu and you will be served in a private dining area. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts.

The house offers a true island feel with a large garden and amazing views of the ocean. We will ensure that you are met at the Manda/Lamu airport by one of our staff members who will escort you to the traditional boat and take you to Shela. From here you will also be escorted to the house.

Lamu Island offers a variety of festivals throughout the year and has many activities to keep you busy. Guests can snorkel on the reefs or swim with the dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply explore the island. All activities can be arranged through the house manager on your request.
from R5640

Darini

Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

The Darini house is located in Lamu on Lamu Island off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for four...
The Darini house is located in Lamu on Lamu Island off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for four people. All your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.

Darini is an old renovated Swahili house. The majestic old stone house now has a private garden with a pool amidst the traditional red beams and vidakas, decorative shelves in the thick stone walls.

The house has three large bedrooms and is fully staffed with a chef, stewards, laundry ladies, a captain, and a manager for your convenience. Your cook is trained to run all errands and prepares all meals for you. You can select your meals from our guideline menu and you will be served in a private dining area. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts.

We will ensure that you are met at the Manda/Lamu airport by one of our staff members who will escort you to the traditional boat and take you to Shela. From here you will be escorted to the house.

Lamu Island offers a variety of festivals throughout the year and has many activities to keep you busy. Guests can snorkel on the reefs or swim with the dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise or simply explore the island. All activities can be arranged through the house manager on your request.
from R25185

Fatumas Tower Guest House

Sleeps 20 in 0 rooms

Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Lamu, Fatumas Tower Guest House promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. The hotel offers a...
Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Lamu, Fatumas Tower Guest House promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Bar, meeting facilities, library, pets allowed, tours are just some of the facilities on offer. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's recreational facilities, including fishing, outdoor pool, pool (kids), garden, massage. A welcoming atmosphere and excellent service are what you can expect during your stay at Fatumas Tower Guest House.

Lamu-Island Villa

4 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Located on the shores of East Africa, in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya, Lamu is a town, an island, and an archipelago. There,...
Located on the shores of East Africa, in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya, Lamu is a town, an island, and an archipelago. There, time seems to have stopped somewhere in the XVIII or XIX century, and life is still much what it used to be at the time of the Sultanates of Pate and Zanzibar. Alternating endless beaches and mysterious mangroves, old historical buildings and untouched nature, fishing trips and barbecue, Lamu can fulfill all holiday’s dreams.

The house is located between Lamu Town and Shela village, in a 1/4 acre secluded garden, remote and peaceful, 200 metres from the sea. With 200, square meters, three bedrooms, two terraces, living room, equipped kitchen and toilet/bathroom. The house can comfortably sleep six people. Spare mattresses in the attic, terraces and balconies, not to mention tents in the garden, have in the past allowed catering for more than 12 people.

Facilities include a caretaker and a guard on-site. Motorboat hire, sailing boat and cook can be arranged. Airport/bus-stop meets and greet. Our extensive knowledge of the island assures you that any request for fun-time, whatever incongruous, can be fulfilled.
from R787

Kijani Hotel

Sleeps 20 in 10 rooms

Kijani Hotel offers unique accommodation situated in the village of Shela, on the island of Lamu. The hotel is set in a tropical garden,...
Kijani Hotel offers unique accommodation situated in the village of Shela, on the island of Lamu. The hotel is set in a tropical garden, located directly on the seafront with two fresh-water swimming pools.

We offer 10 rooms spread throughout the garden into three separate traditional Swahili buildings, which were formerly private homes. True to the atmosphere of a Swahili house, Kijani’s rooms and central areas emphasize the aesthetics of privacy and space. Each room has a private veranda shaded from sight by archways and trees. A canopied Swahili bed stands beside antique cupboards and tables, coloured with hand-painted Indian tiles and painted glass. The bathrooms have intricately carved mirrors and lovely shutters with light filtering through.

Small tables and beach chairs lie in the shade of different species of palm trees, and the beautiful yellow Oleanders branch out over the large terraces that face the ocean. Our restaurant offer delicious breakfast.We bake our own bread and produce marmalade and yogurt every day. Our small farm on the island produces eggs and honey. Our guest can also order dinner from our daily a la carte menu. We can serve them delicious pasta and fresh grilled fish.


Life in Lamu has a distinctly Arab-oriental flavour and in the evenings the aroma of thick Turkishlike coffee permeates the atmosphere. Kijani Hotel revives the tradition of stone Swahili houses, creating an authentic retreat for visitors looking to experience Lamu’s past.
from R2738
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Waridi House

Sleeps 14 in 4 rooms

Special Deal   Wardi House is located in Shela Village. The house offers a quite retreat ideal for a family or groups. The house is available on a room...
Wardi House is located in Shela Village. The house offers a quite retreat ideal for a family or groups. The house is available on a room only basis or the entire house can be booked for one group. It sleeps ten adults and five children.

There are five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a private Verandah and a plunge pool. The house comes complete with a team of staff to assist with all your needs. There is a waiter, housekeeper, gardener and the house manager who will also serve as the cook. You will need to purchase your own food and the cook with prepare your meals for you.

The rates include two boat transfers from the airport to the house on arrival and from the house to the airport on the departure day.
from R1110

Peponi Hotel Lamu

Sleeps 58 in 27 rooms

Peponi is a small hotel situated on the exotic island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. Peponi is run by the Korschen family, who opened...
Peponi is a small hotel situated on the exotic island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. Peponi is run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and still retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a holiday from modern life.

The hotel offers a variety of rooms which are divided into Suites, Superior and Standard Rooms. All the rooms have ocean views. The Suites and the Superior Rooms are differentiated by their location, size and private outside area with swing beds. The rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms with showers, fresh flowers and personal safes.

Enjoy some lunch on the roof terrace, and dine under the stars or in the more formal dining room. There are fresh seafood and sushi or traditional Swahili-style cooking available in our restaurant. Peponi’s legendary bar is a favourite watering hole for guests and Shela village locals alike. Enjoy our famous house cocktail or a fresh juice on the veranda as the dhows sail by.

Peponi’s gardens have been integral part of the hotel and Shela village for over 40 years, boasting one of the largest and most varied collections of tropical palms on the Kenyan coast. Swing hammocks under the shade of coconut trees or take a dip in the swimming pool.

Peponi has a range of water sports for all age groups and levels of experience. Lamu archipelago offers some of Kenya’s best snorkelling waters, with favourable conditions between October and April. The reefs at Manda Toto and Kiniyka have an abudance of reef fish and live coral, even the chance of seeing and swimming with turtles and dolphins. After snorkelling guests can enjoy a picnic breakfast or lunch on the beach.
from R3345
Banana House and Wellness Centre on Lamu Island welcomes you wholeheartedly and invites you to...
Banana House and Wellness Centre on Lamu Island welcomes you wholeheartedly and invites you to visit us for an unforgettable holiday experience. Shela is a small village on Lamu Island, 45 minutes' walk from Lamu Town and situated at the point of the island. Here the white sanded beach and the dunes stretch out for hours of undisturbed walking and pure bliss.

The house is simply and tastefully furnished in Swahili style, with many different sitting areas, daybeds and hammocks. Guests have a choice of six comfortably furnished double rooms or the penthouse, all of which are air-conditioned. Banana House offers a well equipped kitchen with an excellent cook and friendly staff and gives their guests the opportunity to prepare lunch or dinner on request. Vegetarian meals are also available. Airport transfers are provided for two guests at no extra costs.

The Banana House wellness centre is situated on the ground floor around a large acacia tree. The rooftop of the wellness centre is unique in Shela; a meditation room built out of bottles, with views of the sea and Manda Island and beautiful sunsets over the dunes.

Guests can enjoy a variety of activities in the area, including sailing, dinner on a traditional dhow, traditional Swahili dinners, evenings of Swahili drumming, deep-sea fishing, and turtle or dolphin watching. Guests can also indulge in a daily yoga class. At Banana House and Wellness Centre you will feel the love that Monika and Banana have put into the house to give it a homely and welcoming atmosphere.
from R2204

Samaki House

Sleeps 16 in 6 rooms

Samaki House a 300yr Old Swahili Mansion is a unique experience in the heart of the old town overlooking the waterfront. The property has...
Samaki House a 300yr Old Swahili Mansion is a unique experience in the heart of the old town overlooking the waterfront. The property has wonderful Boriti Poled ceilings, traditional Lamu decorations and arabesque plasterwork niches, Inset tiled work and beautiful roof terraces. This 380 sqm Arab traders Mansion is furnished with antiques and artefacts, and presents the ideal place to observe the rich Swahili culture of this unique setting. Its architecture and layout offer a unique exotic experience in luxury and comfort to its privileged guests.

Lamu is essentially a car free zone where transportation is by foot power, Donkey or sail power and life takes on another more humane pace. Enjoy the terraces of the shaded courtyard garden and profit from the fruits of the Guava and Star fruit trees when in season. Two staff ensures that you have everything you need. A sailing Dhow or motorboat can be arranged from the harbour for you for a daily trip to Shela Beach, which is a 15 minutes boat ride away from Lamu town.

The property is fully equipped to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. All rooms have traditional ceiling fans. A laundry service is provided by the staff, you get all the comforts of staying in a hotel whilst enjoying the space and privacy of your own home in Lamu. There is Rooftop bar complete with fridge, fully equipped terraces for breakfasting or sun-dowers, a chilled mineral water system, and an extensive range of cookbooks to select menus from. Hot water is provided by Solar panels and the House is equipped with an electrical inverter system to minimize power-outs. There are spacious living and entertaining areas which are all comfortably furnished. The dining room overlooks the seafront and comfortably seats ten.
from R984

Lamu Palace Hotel

Sleeps 46 in 23 rooms

Built in the early 90’s by a Swiss entrepreneur, the Lamu Palace Hotel resembles a royal palace with it's large open spaces and tall...
Built in the early 90’s by a Swiss entrepreneur, the Lamu Palace Hotel resembles a royal palace with it's large open spaces and tall handsome pillars.

Located on the seafront, there is always a cool sea breeze that our guests will enjoy, complemented by city and sea views, accommodation offers fine coastal living.

The house has a total of 22 rooms and suites, all with en-suite bathrooms and a variety of modern amenities. Each room is furnished and decorated in a traditional Lamu style.

The Palace Restaurant offers a wide variety of African and international cuisine. It is the only restaurant in Lamu that serves Japanese Tepanyaki and Italian pizza. Its grand terrace overlooks the Indian Ocean, and it’s lounge bar offers a relaxing ambiance; ideal for after dinner drinks, watching news or football.

Hotel facilities include a massage parlor, laundry service, shuttle bus service, internet service, boat hire and an on call doctor.
from R1417

La Joya House

Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Located in Shela Village, La Joya House is a traditional coastal Swahili house, built using lime and coral and has a total of five double...
Located in Shela Village, La Joya House is a traditional coastal Swahili house, built using lime and coral and has a total of five double bedrooms. The house is available for rent on an exclusive basis, or you can rent a room on a bed and breakfast basis.

The first floor of the house consists of the main kitchen, a dining room and two bedrooms. On the second floor, there is a secondary kitchen, dining/living room area and two bedrooms. The rooftop pent-house bedroom has its own bathroom and living room area. The house is very tastefully decorated to create a comfortable, homely setting for its guests.

Staff are available for cleaning and serving breakfast. There is also a very good chef at the house who is at the guests' disposal to prepare delicious Swahili dishes, seafood and fish dishes with fresh local produce.

The famous Shela Beach is a five minutes’ walk away from La Joya House.
from R1758

Marino House

Sleeps 9 in 4 rooms

Marino House is a large villa situated in the quite seaside village of Shela, on Lamu Island. The house offers accommodation for nine...
Marino House is a large villa situated in the quite seaside village of Shela, on Lamu Island. The house offers accommodation for nine people and is only 30 meters from the beach. The house comes complete with staff to assist with cooking, cleaning and security.

There are four spacious bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, mosquito netting and ceiling fans. The main bedroom has a large veranda with views of the garden and swimming pool. There is one bedroom in the house and two rooms in a separate wing with views of the garden. The living space comprises a dining/living room and a kitchen. The kitchen is fitted with two fridges, a large cooker and table-top grill, toaster and a food processor.

Outside guests will find a large swimming pool and garden where guest can enjoy being outdoors. The garden leads towards the beach which is only 30 meters away.
from R4591

Petleys Inn Hotel

Sleeps 24 in 12 rooms

Petleys Inn is the oldest hotel in east Africa, dating back some 170 years. Due to the rich history, we have tried to preserve the...
Petleys Inn is the oldest hotel in east Africa, dating back some 170 years. Due to the rich history, we have tried to preserve the original ancient feeling of the place. Petleys is situated at the main jetty on the seafront as you disembark from the dhows, with a fantastic view of the sea to the Lamu pre-historic site.

Petley’s bar is allocated on the rooftop and offers fantastic views over the old port of Lamu Channel. This where people come and meet and talk about the day, while relaxing with variety of entertainment and house cocktails. We also have a VIP wine bar offering over one thousand types of wine.

In addition, Petleys Inn is the only hotel in Lamu Town boasting a swimming pool. This is a refreshing feature after a long day in Lamu’s glorious sunshine. The romantic ambience of Petleys has a natural attraction for honeymooners and lovers alike.
from R1469
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