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Forodhani House

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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 R8949

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 R3971

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 R4500

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 R7280

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 R6618

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 R7809

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 R8604

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 R5692

Honeymoon House

Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

This architecturally "edgy" house is like no other in Lamu. Honeymoon House is an eye-catching house standing on over two acres of...
This architecturally "edgy" house is like no other in Lamu. Honeymoon House is an eye-catching house standing on over two acres of waterfront land, and includes a dhow and a speedboat in the quoted price . Features also include a media room, Wi-Fi and iPads for guests' use.

Honeymoon House can accommodate up to 10 guests comfortably and features five en-suite bedrooms with air-conditioning and fans. There are also a further two bathrooms for pool use and the guest sitting room area.

The 100-foot pool is the perfect place for guests to relax and soak up the sun. Honeymoon House has various staff members, including two world-class chefs who can offer Swahili specialities, wonderful fresh food and organic vegetables. Wi-Fi high speed Internet is available in all rooms and sitting areas, and there is also digital satellite television, iPods and CD players, while the media room houses a HD projector, Blue Ray and all region DVD.

Live performances are available to entertain guests at the house, including singing and dancing with the Masai and local Shela Swahili Band. Other activities include day trips to nearby islands, hiking, jogging, markets, and trips to historical Swahili Villages.

In addition, the 28-foot dhow has a captain that knows the waters north and south for 60 miles, as well as a first mate. Guests can go moonlight sailing and water-skiing, or explore the adjacent islands.
from R19240

Kilamawingu

Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Kilamawingu is a luxurious four-level oceanfront house that watches over the Indian Ocean from the top of one of Shela’s steepest slopes. ...
Kilamawingu is a luxurious four-level oceanfront house that watches over the Indian Ocean from the top of one of Shela’s steepest slopes. Have fun exploring the funky design that extends from the swimming pool through the house to the beautiful garden. Enjoy eating, drinking, resting or chatting by the pool, in the garden, on one of the balconies, in one of the barazas, or under one of the pergolas. Kilamawingu is an idyllic place to stay.

This luxury retreat offers healthy doses of charm and decadent elegance, as well as Indian fabrics that add bold infusions of colour. The door is from a sixteenth century palace, while the Mediterranenesque poolside pergola is designed to host many guests for an al fresco dining experience. There is also a rooftop baraza to retreat to in the evenings for drinks.

Kilamawingu is a six-bedroom house, sleeping between eight and 12 guests comfortably, and all of the rooms are en-suite and equipped with air-conditioning. The corner master bedroom opens on two sides to capture breezes coming off the channel and the bed was made by local Swahili artisans, as were most of the house’s pieces.

The house boasts one of Shela’s most spectacular views and possesses one of the island’s finest swimming pools. Enhancing its privacy and views, the large pool was fitted into a portion of the lot 30 feet above the activity of the adjacent beach.
from R15660

Fatuma's Tower Boutique Hotel

Sleeps 22 in 8 rooms

Fatuma's Tower Boutique Hotel offers a tranquil retreat in this quiet fisherman’s village on the...
Fatuma's Tower Boutique Hotel offers a tranquil retreat in this quiet fisherman’s village on the Island of Luma. The accommodation is provided in 11 double rooms ideal for couples and groups. Guests are invited to come and enjoy the peace and comfort of this tranquil space.

The historic towers have been renovated and modified to accommodate five bedrooms and a yoga hall. Behind the towers in the same compound is the Sand Castle with its three ground-floor rooms. In the garden you will find the garden cottage with two more rooms. These ten double rooms are all furnished with local antiques to create a simple and elegant design. No two rooms are the same. Several balconies provide an area to enjoy the fresh air.

The yoga hall offers daily practice with private sessions available on request. Breakfast is served daily. You can provide the in-house chef with the ingredients to prepare additional meals.
from R1566

The Fort at Shela Beach

Sleeps 18 in 9 rooms

Nestled along the sand dunes of Shela Beach, The Fort has been hailed as a monument to Omani architectural ingenuity. Built in 2001, the...
Nestled along the sand dunes of Shela Beach, The Fort has been hailed as a monument to Omani architectural ingenuity. Built in 2001, the Lamu Island landmark is the epitome of privacy and seclusion. Its architecture is truly unique and occupies an unrivalled position overlooking the Indian Ocean on the deserted 14 kilometre Shela beach.

Peaceful and tranquil in its setting, surrounded by natural dunes and breezy casuarina’s, The Fort is an elegant and unique sanctuary offering seclusion combined with personalised hospitality. Extremely private and secure, this oasis is just a ten minute walk along the beach to Shela Village.

The Fort is constructed of local coral stone and is enclosed by an imposing 50-foot high sandstone wall. The Omani-style heavy wooden entrance, decorated with iron studs, opens onto the main floor of the property, where large arches surround the central courtyard. The living area, dining area and lounge look onto the picturesque pool and garden.

From the upstairs formal dining area, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Indian Ocean as traditional dhows sail-by and donkeys and camels cruise the beach. Peering out at the pristine Shela beach one is reminded that time here has stopped. We can arrange day excursions to Lamu Town, neighboring islands, as well as fishing, snorkeling and diving trips.

The Fort has nine principle en-suite bedrooms of which seven overlook the courtyard. This outstanding beach property can accommodate 18 guests comfortably or as a private getaway. Arrangements can be made for groups of up to 24 guests. The Fort comes with a full staff to take care of all of your needs and desires. The Fort boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen serving up a variety of culinary delights. Guests can opt for full board or self-catering packages. Please note that customized rates are applicable for the various group sizes; hence we advise guests to request the appropriate tariffs.

Featuring the best in local produce and fresh seafood, our chefs tastefully combine local Swahili inspiration with Mediterranean influences. International ingredients can be flown in at your request and wine can be purchased from our exclusive wine list. Enjoy your evening in one of our two dining areas or choose sunset drinks on the beach followed by a private, romantic, candle lit dining experience under the stars.
from R10739
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