Lamu, Lamu, Kenya Accommodations

Accommodations in Lamu

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3br Home/Apartment
  • Smoking Allowed
The SpaceAmber House is an oasis situated in the heart of the magnificent and captivating Lamu Old Town. Restored to its former glory with a contemporary edge Amber House comes fully staffed and easily accommodates 6 people in true Lamu comfort on a self catering basis. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the courtyard, plunge into the pool or laze on the rooftop terrace with its spectacular view over the Old Town to the water, you deserve this authentic Lamu experience. If you feel like leaving the tranquility of Amber House now and then we have many recommendations for you to truly immerse yourself in Lamu culture. Swimming Pool Private Chef Self Catering 3 Self Contained Rooms Sleeps 6+ Linen & Cleaning included
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2br Home/Apartment
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
The SpaceYou can find huge, magnificent, luxuriously renovated houses in Lamu or Shela. SHUWARI is simple and modest. Only one ground floor and roof terrace, but cosy. A small but lush garden. No breathtaking view, but the breeze cools the roof top terrace and makes it a nice place to rest or chill. You could hope being near the beach. But after dawn, you can easily walk to the sea front, walk along the busy streets, mingle with the very friendly Lamu people. Enjoy sophisticated of (delicious) local Swahili food. SHUWARI allows you to enjoy the whole of Lamu life. Guest AccessShuwari is at a few hundred meters from the jetty, in a quiet area of Lamu town. The beach starts from Shela, 3 km from the town. A nice 20mn walk along the sea shore. But you can also take a boat, many are available. I also own a sailing dhow, ZEITUN. On request, Captain Shee can take you to a fishing trip, or sunset sailing, or to visit places like Takwa ruins, Matondoni or Manda Toto. Or more special programs. Interaction with GuestsI wont be around during your stay. But Ngema will take a good care of you. He's been working in SHUWARI for many year, He learnt with my wife how to cook delicious food, how to find for you good fish or sea food in the market. Talk with him, he will just be happy to please you. The NeighborhoodAs a house in town, Shuwari is ideally situated. Right in the middle of Mkomani, the old Stone Town where most houses made in coral stones date back to XVIIIthe Century, The area is much more quiet than the busy and popular Langoni area, or the sea front. It is a mixture of posh renovated mansions, houses of local people, guest houses, gardens.. You find shops nearby, From a distance, the muezzin of a dozen of mosks mingle their calls to prayer, but none next door. But within minutes, you are shopping in the main street or bargaining your dhow trip with the beach boys in front of Hapa Hapa. Getting AroundYou may reach Lamu by air from Nairobi, Malindi or Mombasa. Several flights a day. If you prefer cheaper transport, you may travel by bus. From Mombasa through Malindi. Several companies. They usually leave Mombasa by 7am, 12am or even night bus at 8pm. Both plane and bus will leave you on the other side of the channel. You'll then have to take a boat to cross to Lamu town for a KSH100 fare or more if you prefer speed boat. Everything wil be made possible so that someone welcomes you on arrival at the jetty, or even at airport. Other Things to NoteOn request, a bed for a young child can be made available.
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  • Swimming Pool
The SpaceHouse can be rented in full or per room. Current listing price reflects per suite price. Guest AccessFully staffed house which will be cleaned daily. The staff are wonderful cooks and all meals can be prepared if requested Interaction with GuestsWe will not typically be present when guests are around, but reachable as needed The NeighborhoodUNESCO protected Lamu town is full of charm. There are no vehicles in this town of narrow streets. Plenty of beaches are accessible on foot or by taking a short boat ride to other parts of the island or to Manda island accross Getting AroundBoats are the only form of organized transit. There is no need for any other short of transportation once in Lamu Other Things to NotePlenty of activities in Lamu including kite surfing, sailing, scuba and snorkel, turtle hatch watching and general beach chill out
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1br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
The SpaceTucked just off Lamu's historic seafront in a private secret garden is our two bedroom hideaway guest house. Built in traditional Lamu style with beautiful carved Lamu door is MIJI ROOM, our one bedroom garden level room, with large double bed, mosquito net and ceiling fan and clothes storage and hanging rail, en-suite shower room and private garden with small verandah. We provide free wifi for our guests. We provide a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities and a baby cot is also available on request. Close enough to the 'action' and on the doorstep of all Lamu's amenities, but hidden away from sight, this place is the perfect place to stay in and from which to explore Lamu. Come and stay with us and enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning in our cafe next door. Guest AccessGuests will have access to their own private room and bathroom and the verandah and garden. They will also be able to access the free wifi. A baby cot is also available on request. Interaction with GuestsWe are pretty much always on-site The NeighborhoodWe are right in the centre of Lamu, probably the most central of places and yet tucked away off the main street it a quiet, peaceful place to stay. Less than a minute from the lovely town square with it's imposing fort and only minutes from the jetties, museum and shops and markets. Getting AroundYou won't need public transport around Lamu as it is so compact and pedestrian friendly. There are no cars on the island and everything is carried by either humans or donkeys!! If you wish to visit the beach at Shela there are public boats available to catch.
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The SpaceRecently refurbished 15th century building in the heart of Lamu town. Several rooms available. Guest AccessAs a guest you can make use of kitchen facilities. Breakfast can be served on request, for an additional $2 per day, per person. Interaction with GuestsU have all the privacy you want, but we are happy to tell you about Lamu or to help you find things or make arrangements. The NeighborhoodIn the heart of Lamu, close the fort and even closer to the market. Getting AroundLamu town is not big and it is difficult to get lost. But if you do, simply ask for the way to the fort. From there it is easy to find Nyuma Gereza.
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2br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Swimming Pool
This property was deactivated by the owner. We have found several other available options for your stay.
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The SpaceMsafini hotel is situated in such location it gives a complete view of the whole village as well as clear scenery of the Indian Ocean and other islands making up the Lamu archipelago and you can enjoy a silent environment . it is also have a swimming pool. Guest Accessfree swimming pool, free internet access Getting Aroundwe provide boat transferred from the air port go & return Other Things to NoteMsafini hotel can also be booked for private functions either as wedding, seminars and etc. it is also provide several excursions as it has its own boat and sailing dhow for trips eg snorkeling, fishing, sunset cruise, ruins tour , old town tour etc
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    The SpaceBeautifully restored property with all traditional features. There is a shaded courtyard garden and terrace on which to take breakfast. There are a number of roof terraces to enjoy exploit the breezes and enjoy views across town and over the activities of the waterfront. Guest AccessCourtyard garden, Lounge areas to upper levels and roof terraces. If you rent the master bedroom - small suppliment - private terrace and starbath/pool Interaction with GuestsHousestaff are available at the property. Additional meals by arrangement The NeighborhoodSited in the heart of Lamu Old Town UNESCO world heritage rated site, overlooking the waterfront. A culturally rich and interesting location. All facilities are at hand, interesting markets, shops, and eating places. Getting AroundTransport around the Island is by Dhow, Donkey or on foot. Our staff are happy to arrange Dhow cruises to go fishing or snorkeling if required. Other Things to NoteThe House is available for whole house rental with staff if required. We have links with Fly 540 to get reduced cost flights from Nairobi to Lamu.
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    1br Home/Apartment
    • Wifi
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    • Breakfast
    • Swimming Pool
    This property was deactivated by the owner. We have found several other available options for your stay.
    Home/Apartment
    Good
    35 reviews
    3br Home/Apartment
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    The SpaceShamba Viking – unique setting with tranquillity and space! Among gently rolling sand dunes of acacias and tropical fruit and nut trees, our Shamba offers 2.5 ha of rare tranquillity. It gives you personal space in the fantastic Lamu Island setting - a place with sun and shade, and a cooling Ocean breeze. The night is starlit with soothing sounds from the foliage of palm trees and - when the wind is from a southerly direction - waves on Shela Beach. The lodge is purpose-designed to be climate adapted and eco-friendly. We invite you to enjoy the uniqueness of our Shamba Lodge. Shamba Viking – a different stage for a different experience. Halfway between Lamu Town and Shela Village, on Lamu Island in the Indian Ocean, Shamba La Familia Ya Viking – or just Shamba Viking - is found. ‘Shamba' means ‘farmstead' or ‘small plantation' in Swahili, and our Shamba is part of a landscape of tropical fruit and nut trees in an old Lamu plantation landscape with gently rolling sand dunes, culminating at greater height along Shela Beach in the south. We have trees of coconut, mango, tamarind and cashew to enjoy the fresh fruits of, season permitting. In this rare setting, Shamba Viking is a different experience. It provides space to take it all in. During the day of most of the year, there is your choice of sun or shade. Lamu is hot and humid, yet on the raised eastern part of the Shamba where our Lodge is located, a cooling breeze is almost always present. Shamba Viking is reached by foot or donkey: 10 minutes from the Ocean; 20 minutes from Lamu Town; 25 minutes from Shela Village; and, 30-40 minutes from Shela Beach. By foot and boat, time to and from Shela is around 15 minutes. Njumba (house) Viking – climate adapted, energy saving and eco-friendly. Perched on a 'hillock' at Shamba Viking's eastern end, is our climate adapted ‘Njumba' or Lodge. Providing views over the Shamba and surrounding landscape, its elongated shape cross-ventilates for comfort. The Lodge is also located, orientated and constructed to minimise solar gain - irrespectively of whether the Monsoon is from the southwest or north-east. Purpose-designed to optimise between privacy and transparency – the lattice walls of the Shamba Lodge let the Ocean breeze reach all its parts. The voluminous, ventilated, roof space and elevated floors – on columns above the ground - assist in cooling. The only heat adsorbing walls, floors and ceilings are in the bathrooms. They allow for privacy, yet they enable air circulation and cooling through specially designed air-cooling wall openings and ceiling funnels. In the coastal climate context, the house is likely to contribute to the discussion on energy saving climate control. In harmony with nature. The Lodge is constructed from low energy building materials, has solar powered lighting and warning water systems, complimented by a grey-water system that returns used water with its nutrients to the land. As part of a Lamu ecological sanitation project, we only use waterless, non-polluting but nutrients recycling, state of the art separation toilets ((website hidden). Uniquely designed and built, the Shamba Viking Lodge has three parts: 2 double/twin bedrooms with shared bathroom and lobby in between – the easternmost bedroom has a roofed wooden deck towards the East and its gentle morning sunrise; 1 double/twin bedroom and 1 kitchen with bathroom and lobby in between – the bedroom has a large, roofed, wooden deck towards the West and its spectacular evening sunset; and, 1 roofed wooden deck for living and dining in between the two other parts - this space may be used as a studio. The bedrooms have single beds that may be placed singly or together with mosquito nets to fit either choice. Thin wooden strips wall matting protects against rain and gives privacy, but allows air though. Curtains for privacy are there. There is also a ceiling fan in each bedroom, and each bedroom has a safety box. The kitchen – with openable panels for contact with the dining/living space - has ample worktop and shelving surfaces, electric hob and oven, micro oven, double basin sink with hot and cold water, two fridges, freezer and washing machine. Each bathroom has warm and cool water. The washbasin - carved out of a coconut tree trunk - is set in ample shelving. There is a shower and toilet. The bathroom is reached through a ventilated lobby. The breezy lounge has open walls towards two sides to let you take in the greenery and undulating landscape. Elevated off the ground, the lounge is great for up to 8-10 people to dine and relax. A pavilion next to the main house provides for breezy conference space for ten - around purpose-designed round table with chairs. Electricity is there. Internet access may be provided on the Shamba through a local telephone operator modem attached to your laptop at nominal cost, or though an Internet café in Lamu town. (website hidden) Renting one, two or three rooms in the main house, you will have access to the dining/sitting room and kitchen - also free mango, tamarind and juice of coconut, season permitting. If you rent a room towards the sunset, you will have your own spacious deck, shower/toilet room with lobby. If you rent a room towards the sunrise, you will have your own deck and own entry access. Shower/toilet room with lobby may be shared with a maximum of two persons. If you rent a room towards the dining/sitting room, you will share shower/toilet room with lobby with a maximum of two persons. As your host(s), I and my family will seek to interact with our guests only on their terms. In trying to give our guests maximum privacy and freedom of access to our Shamba Lodge, we as hosts try to plan our times on Shamba so as not to co-inside with those of our guests. Should we be on Shamba at the same time as our guests, we will prioritise to stay in our cottages away from the main house. Only in exceptional cases would we stay in the main house if it would not be full, and only should guests expressly so wish. The tranquility and space of the lightly undulating sand dune landscape is a treat. Yet it is only a short walk by foot and or trip by boat to Lamu town - which is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site - and Shela Village, near fantastic swimming and bathing at untouched, kilometres long, Shela Beach. At night the sky is star lit through the foliage of the palm trees - this scene is sublime when the moon is out! Our contacts will provide you with boat transport, only a few minutes' walk from the Shamba Viking Lodge. You may choose between different boat types - a faster one for the Manda Island airstrip, Lamu town or Shela Village, or, a wide hulled and comfortable Mozambique Dhow for swimming, bathing, fishing and/or sun downer. Lamu Museum and the Fort in Lamu Town, as well as Thakwa ruins on Manda Island are interesting places to see. Also Lamu town and Shela Village! You may enjoy sailing around Lamu Island with lunch prepared by our friends after swiming and bathing! You may sail to Manda Toto (Small Manda) for children's bathing, swimming and snorkeling - lunch cooked for you! Our Staff will only be too happy to advise you on a variety of shops, cafés and restaurants, and they will also be happy to organise a donkey for you to ride! You will be met at Manda airstrip by one of our contacts who will take you at a nominal cost to the nearest jetty on Lamu Island to Shamba Viking. There our Staff will meet you. Usually a donkey or two will carry your luggage to/from the Lodge from/to nearest jetty on Lamu Island from/to airstrip - this is included in the rent. It is fun to stroll in the cosy lanes in Lamu Town or Shela Village. People are friendly and helpful. They will also appreciate your respecting their simple to follow dress code. Guest AccessRenting one room towards sunset with deck and en suite shower/toilet room in the main house, you will have access to the dining/sitting room and kitchen - also free mango, tamarind and juice of coconut, season permitting. Whereas you will need assistance to get to house if you need a wheelchair, house itself is wheelchair accessible. Interaction with GuestsAs your hosts, I, my family and Caretaker will seek to interact with our guests only on their terms. In trying to give our guests maximum privacy and freedom of access to our Shamba Lodge, we as hosts plan our times on Shamba so as not to co-inside with those of our guests. The NeighborhoodThe tranquility and space of the lightly undulating sand dune landscape is a treat. Yet it is only a short walk by foot and or trip by boat to Lamu town - which is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site - and Shela Village, near fantastic swimming and bathing at untouched, kilometres long, Shela Beach. At night the sky is star lit through the foliage of the palm trees - this scene is sublime when the moon is out! Getting AroundOur Caretaker will advise and assist you on boat transport available only a few minutes' walk from the Lodge. You may choose between different boat types - a faster one for the Manda Island airport, Lamu town or Shela Village, or, a wide hulled and comfortable Mozambique Dhow (Same design as a Viking sailboat!) for swimming, bathing, fishing and/or sun downer. Lamu Museum and the Fort in Lamu Town, as well as Thakwa ruins on Manda Island are interesting places to see. Also Lamu town and Shela Village! You may enjoy sailing around Lamu Island with lunch prepared for you after swiming and bathing! You may sail to Manda Toto (Small Manda) for children's bathing, swimming and snorkeling - lunch cooked for you! Our Caretaker will only be too happy to advise you on a variety of shops, cafés and restaurants, and he will also be happy to organise a donkey for you to ride! Other Things to NoteIt is fun to stroll in the cosy lanes in Lamu Town or Shela Village. People are friendly and helpful. They will also appreciate your respecting their simple to follow dress code. Our Caretaker will assist you in securing a good deal for boating or other service.
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    Excellent
    7 reviews
    4br Home/Apartment
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    The SpaceTtunu is one of Lamu’s loveliest and most characterful houses – its English owner, an accomplished interior designer, has restored, decorated and furnished it with great taste and ‘shabby chic’ style. All the walls are finished in a very attractive honey-coloured niru plaster, with an antique ‘stippled’ effect throughout. Originally dating back to the early 1800s, Ttunu was completely renovated and extended five years ago, and guests always comment on its very special, peaceful atmosphere and wonderful ‘vibes’. Guest AccessTtunu’s spacious ground floor, which includes entrance hall, courtyard, kitchen, pantry, dining gallery and reception galleries, have particularly high ceilings and lovely turquoise-painted cross beams. They look out onto the large and private walled garden - planted with palm trees, red & white hibiscus and white frangipani – to name just a few of its flourishing plants and flowers. A raised pergola terrace smothered in pink and white bougainvillea, with expansive baraza seating is a nice, quiet and shady place to dine or to relax. On the first floor is an airy dining terrace overlooking the garden, and a secluded courtyard living area open to the sky and lined with baraza bench seats – a perfect space for entertaining and stargazing. Adjoining the courtyard are a charming, intimate sitting room with relaxing baraza sofa area, and two single bedrooms with antique Swahili four poster beds. Each room has an en-suite bathroom. On the second floor is the master bedroom – large and l-shaped with a spacious en-suite bathroom. It is quietly situated to the rear of the house, looking out over Ttunu’s and other neighbouring gardens. Running the entire length of the front of the house is a generous terrace – partly covered with a bougainvillea and jasmine-clad pergola, and partly makuti-thatched. Outside the second bedroom (again with ensuite bathroom) is a nice, private seating area with baraza seating. The third floor makuti-thatched roof terrace is a lovely place to relax and enjoy panoramic views across rooftops and gardens to the Lamu Channel and Manda Island. Interaction with GuestsAny questions prior to or during your stay can be directed to the owner (based in Nairobi) via email or phone call. Any concerns can be voiced and do not hesitate to ask for further advice! The NeighborhoodIt's incredibly quiet, with the mosque situated next door for interludes of call to prayer, adding to the magical atmosphere. The house is situated in the midst of the Old Town, with caring neighbours and the utmost privacy for all. It is a five minute walk from the Lamu Fort/town square and among some of the oldest houses in the settlement. Getting AroundDonkeys? Dhows? Who needs cars? Walking around is enough of an experience to soak up the atmosphere. Besides, there are only two cars on the island! Other Things to NoteWhile Lamu town is one of the safest places in Kenya, be aware of people (mostly washed up rastas) begging for money for food - additionally, be prepared to bargain for almost anything, otherwise you will get ripped off!
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    1br Home/Apartment
    • Wifi
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    • Breakfast
    The SpaceBright, breezy, with great views and fantastic location. Come and find your home from home in Lamu. Although the bedroom sleeps only 2, and this booking is only for two, there is another bed on the roof terrace suitable for a third guest, if required. Please contact us for further details. We provide free wifi for our guests and a baby cot is available on request. The private roof terrace comes with a kitchen and is a great place to relax. Guest AccessThe room comes with a gorgeous big wooden bed. There is storage, a small desk and seating on the balcony and on the riootop where you can also relax on the daybed, enjoying views of the sea. Our kitchenette is equipped to allow you to cook your own meals if you prefer and comes with fridge, cookings rings and all utensils. Interaction with GuestsWe are always on hand to help at our on-site cafe but rather knock on your door every five minutes to check if everything is ok, we leave our guests in peace and quiet to enjoy the tranquility but let them know we are always here for them if needed. The NeighborhoodLamu is a wonderful friendly town with plenty to see and do but also the best place to relax. The slow pace of life will inspire you to slow down and unwind. Getting AroundLamu is a small, compact town. Everything you could want to see or do is within easy walking distance. Lamu was built in the time before cars and the narrow streets are wide enough only for people and donkeys. If you want to visit other villages on the island then sailing boat is your transport!!
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    The SpaceFantastic garden with pool, terraces etc available for all guests. To relax, party, study or work. The private rooms are also spacy and comfortable. There are 16 differently styled rooms. Even if Airbnb indicate booked, don't hesitate to contact us. Special rates available for multiple rooms, groups etc. Interaction with GuestsWe are like a family here. Employees will go a long way to get your visit fantastic. The NeighborhoodLamu Old Town is something totally unique, a blend of 1000 years of culture, exciting adventures and easy going relations between people of a multitude of origins.
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    5br Home/Apartment
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Breakfast
    This property was deactivated by the owner. We have found several other available options for your stay.
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    1 review
    1br Home/Apartment
      The SpaceSwimming pool Receptionist + housekeeper on premises Guest AccessSwimming pool Interaction with GuestsReceptionist + housekeeper on premises
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      1br Home/Apartment
      • Wifi
      • Breakfast
      The SpaceWifi , restaurant, laundry, rooftop seating, lounge Guest AccessWifi , restaurant, laundry, rooftop seating, lounge
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      3br Home/Apartment
      • Smoking Allowed
      • Breakfast
      • Swimming Pool
      The SpaceAn oasis in Lamu. You will be delighted by the beautiful gardens, refreshing pool, and gorgeous swahili architecture of this home. Saidi who looks after the house is a fantastic chef who will look after you and (on request) cook you some delicious homemade Swahili meals. Many famous authors and artists have found inspiration while staying in this home over the years. Guest AccessThe house is actually two separate home connected by a private hallway over the street. You will have access to the entire home which is 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, 3 bathrooms, 2 rooftops, a dining room in the courtyard garden, and the pool. If you wish to have additional beds made up this can be possible. Interaction with GuestsWe are based in London but are available to speak and advise you at all times. Saidi looks after the house and will be there to welcome you and cook you breakfast and meals on request. Other Things to NoteWe are happy to help you organize activities such as dow-rides, yoga, henna, and waterskiing.
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      3br Home/Apartment
      • Smoking Allowed
      • Pets Allowed
      The Spacehet huis is groot genoeg voor 8 mensen. Er zijn twee slaapkamers beneden en een op het dakterras. Al deze kamers hebben een tweepersoonsbed en een eigen badkamer. Bent u met twee personen meer, dan is er een bed op de eerste verdieping en een hangbed op het dakterras. het slaapt zeer comfortabel, u moet alleen gebruik maken van een van de andere badkamers. Guest AccessU heeft toegang tot het hele huis, u kunt gebruik maken van de keuken, waar alles aanwezig is om te koken. Wilt u toch graag dat wij uw ontbijt verzorgen, dan kan dat in overleg, hiervoor rekenen wij een kleine vergoeding. Interaction with GuestsVoor vragen en advies kunt u altijd bij ons terecht. We helpen u graag. Getting AroundHet enige openbaar vervoer in Lamu zijn onze ezels en boten (dhows) gasten die aankomen op het eiland begroeten we op het vliegveld of wanneer u met de bus komt bij de aanlegsteiger. Other Things to NoteIn het late voorjaar (april tot en met juni) is het regentijd. U kunt dan met heftige buien te maken krijgen, ondanks dat het lekker warm blijft.
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      5br b&b
        Owned by a local family Pwani has 5 spacious rooms all with private toilet and birth rooms starting from the 1st flr. There are 3 rooms on the 1st flr (one room with twin beds two rooms with king size bed in each) 2 rooms on the 2nd flr (Room No. 1 with 3 beds and room No. 2 with 2 beds). Pwani is a bed and breakfast guest house but you can organize with the chef for lunches and dinner meals. Breakfast is normal served on the 2nd flr between 7:00AM – 10:00AM. The guest house has 3 staff sharing responsibilities. The guest house is located just 2 meters behind the famous Peponi hotel. You can get to Lamu either by road or air depending on your budget and preference. When you arrive by road you stop at Mokowe and then take a boat to Lamu Island. Pwani guest house is in Shela village near the beach. By air you will land at Manda airstrip and still need a boat to Lamu Island. We provide pickups too at a reasonable cost
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        Makubwa House, A Classic Lamu House for Rent for Your Vacation on the Exotic Island of Lamu This Stately Patrician Home is in the middle of the Lamu Stone Town, a labyrinth of narrow streets just wide enough for two donkeys to pass each other. Lamu Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beach in Shela is 10 minutes away by speedboat. Services of Ali Maulidi the Houseman are included. Ali's apartment is behind two big doors on the same floor as the pool area. He will invite you to go to market with him. Expense for food will usually not exceed $10 a day. He will make you breakfast and an authentic Swahili dinner with freshly squeezed juices every evening. There are two separate bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king size bed and its own air conditioning unit. The guestroom has a queen size bed. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. There are five bathrooms in total. There are two additional single beds for children. And near the swimming pool on the main floor there is a double size bed. If you require additional beds, we can try and arrange for that. Daily rate for the complete house is euro â‚Ź 200 We will pick you up at the air strip on Manda and bring you to the house. Porter charges also included. We will arrange for wifi in the house at the regular local charge. Daily rate for the complete house is euro â‚Ź 200 WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT LAMU. Cast into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, the island and town of Lamu is heir to a distinctive tradition over a thousand years old. The Swahili culture and style of Lamu are a mix of East African, Omani, Yemeni, Indian, and some Portuguese and Victorian influences. Of all the old Swahili towns of East Africa, Lamu is one of the very few remaining substantially intact. It is the humidity; It is the heat; it is the aroma of the town; the scent of the tropics; the donkeys and their droppings; the bui-bui's of the women; the kanzu's and kikoi's of the men; the intense brilliance of the midday sky, demanding a nap; the glare of the whitewashed stone houses; the strong winds blowing off the ocean, rustling the strands of the makuti roofs, stripping the stone houses of their lime-whitewash and ruining your CD-player; the Portuguese cannons on the waterfront; the absence of cars; the narrowness of the streets which shades the heat and barely allows two donkeys to pass each other; the majestic architecture of the galleries and harem rooms of the patrician Stone Houses; the mix of Arabic, Indian and African tongues and cultures, lovingly called Swahili
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        ACCOMODATION - areas are approximate - FIRST FLOOR SUITE 1: 700 sq ft / 65 sq m SUITE 2: 650 sq ft / 60 sq m SECOND FLOOR SUITE 3: 710 sq ft / 66 sq m SUITE 2: 650 sq ft / 60 sq m The entire TOP FLOOR APPARTMENT (not suitable for small children) is a single unit of 1400 sq ft. It has an upper viewing panoramic gallery and is an excellent venue for sundowners. A whole housse rental can include ior exclude this appartment.
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        3br house
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        La Marelle House is a see front colonial style villa on Manda beach in Lamu Kenya. The house sleep six people and comes with the staff a chef a house boy and a boat captain for kinyika a wooden boat at guest disposal. Perfect for families with kids
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        3br house
          Apendalo-House is located in 2nd line to the seafront, overlooking the channel between Lamu and Manda Island as well as the buildings around and is within the UNESCO World Heritage Site (the old Lamu). Easy to reach restaurants, shops, the market, boats and beaches. An attractive and spacious new townhouse, recently built in traditional Lamu style, Apendalo sits just back from the seafront in a quiet area of Lamu Town. The interiors are roomy and beautifully-finished, and furnished with attractive, newly-built traditional furniture including chairs, tables, sofas, four-poster beds, planters chairs and even a magnificent Zanzibar chest. The house was built by a highly experienced local contractor and features strong, best-quality mwangati hardwood beams throughout. Thick walls downstairs and open aspects on all sides on the upper floors ensure that the house is particularly cool and breezy throughout. The accommodation includes a high-ceilinged entrance hall, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, large kitchen (fully equipped) and dining room with terrace, spacious living room with traditional Pili Pili bed and balcony with sea view and the large makuti-thatched rooftop with built-in baraza bed. The house enjoys far-reaching views across both the town and the waterfront, and the open third-floor roof terrace is a lovely, romantic place on which to relax, enjoy the sea breezes and watch the passing parade of dhows in the Lamu Channel. All beds are provided with a mosquito net and ceiling fan. Sheets and towels are included. (Please bring your own beachtowels) Airport transfer upon request. Incl. houekeeper for daily cleaning and security. More staff can easely be hired such as a chef cook or childcare. Please do not hesitate to ask for "LAST MINUTE" or "LONG TERM" offers or ROOM (s) only. Lamu is a declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. Exploring the town on foot is the best way to soak up the living, breathing history of Lamu. (There are no cars on the island anyway!) Visit the Lamu Museum and Lamu House Museum, the Fort...The local market offers a large variety of fresh vegetables, fruits and seafood. Use the provided blender to fix your own delicious juices such as mango, papaya, pineapple, banana...or mix it all together! For those who do not enjoy cooking: Along the seafront you will find various restaurants for dining out.
          b&b
          1br b&b
            Tucked just off Lamu's historic seafront in a private secret garden is our one bedroom hideaway guest house. Built in traditional Lamu style with beautiful carved Lamu door is our one bedroom guesthouse with large double bed, mosquito net and ceiling fan and clothes storage and hanging rail, en-suite shower room and private garden with small verandah. We provide a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Close enough to the 'action' and on the doorstep of all Lamu's amenities, but hidden away from sight, this place is the perfect place to stay in and from which to explore Lamu. FREE WIFI IS AVAILABLE FOR OUR GUESTS. A baby cot is also available on request. Come and stay with us and enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning in our cafe next door
            guest house
            5br guest house
            This property was deactivated by the owner. We have found several other available options for your stay.
            Home/Apartment
            3br Home/Apartment
            • Smoking Allowed
            The SpaceSituated in a particularly peaceful and unspoilt area of Lamu’s historic Stone Town, Maridhiya House has been comprehensively renovated with great skill, care and attention to detail. The result is a beautiful, comfortable and very ‘livable’ house, and one which retains its many historic Swahili decorative features and authentic atmosphere. Maridhiya is entered from a traditional daka entrance porch which leads into a small internal courtyard with palm tree. The impressive ground floor reception gallery and kitchen have 13ft (4 metre) high ceilings and a wealth of meticulously restored decorative plasterwork and ornate zidaka wall niches. The large and airy first floor living and dining area also features high ceilings, traditional Islamic masharabya window screens from Egypt, a generous dining table and expansive built-in baraza sofas. Also on the first floor is a double bedroom with four poster bed, en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and generous wardrobe & cupboard space. The second floor master bedroom is approached from a breezy roof terrace, part open and part makuti-thatched and with comfortable and shady baraza seats and tables. From here, and from the third floor open-air terrace above, there are attractive and uninterrupted views across neighbouring gardens and rooftops to the Lamu channel and Manda island. The spacious master bedroom runs the entire width of the house and features a king size four poster bed, ceiling fan, ample wardrobe & storage space and a large en-suite bathroom. On the ground floor there is an additional sizeable bedroom with single four-poster bed and adjoining bathroom. We’re happy to recommend Maridhiya as perhaps the nicest medium-sized house to rent in Lamu Town – it is ideal for one or two couples or a small family and is always very popular. What our guests say - “My stay at Maridhiya House was excellent. The third floor bedroom had the nicest breeze and view and I was treated to great food prepared by Kahindi. It was very relaxing and enjoyable and I am sure I will be returning for a longer vacation next time. Thanks to all the staff who made my visit so welcoming.” Melinda, USA, February 2015 “Asante sana Andrew, Kahindi and Dickson for a lovely stay at beautiful Maridhiya House in Lamu Town. It was great experience for the family to stay in the heart of Stone Town. Back now in Nairobi it seems like a whole world away…” Sally, Nairobi, March 2015 “I just spent the last 4 days at this beautiful house and Lamu and highly recommend it. A beautiful house with excellent, attentive staff. Lamu is a special gem to visit – friendly people, very cultural and I felt totally safe. I would definitely go back to visit.” Michael, USA, February 2014 Guest AccessGuests have exclusive access to the whole house. Interaction with GuestsMaridhiya House is ably looked after by Kahindi and Dixon who will do all they can to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. They can meet you at the airport and will be pleased to shop, cook and clean for you - and to show you around the town and help to arrange excursions and dhow sailing trips. They live next door to Maridhiya House and are always on hand to help out. The NeighborhoodThe house is situated close to Lamu’s historic ‘Kinoni’ whetstone where swords and weapons were sharpened in past centuries – and which gives its name to the surrounding neighbourhood. Also nearby is the charming small ‘Tambuni’ Mosque – named after the many small betel nut plantations which still exist in the area. The neighbourhood's narrow streets and alleyways are quiet and shady and one of the greatest pleasures of a stay in Lamu is wandering around and exploring the byways of this historic town. Getting AroundThere are no cars on Lamu and the house is close to the seafront from where dhows or motorboats can take you around the islands and to the beaches.
            Home/Apartment
            5br Home/Apartment
            • Wifi
            • Smoking Allowed
            • Swimming Pool
            The SpaceJahazi House "Oh no, time to go. I hope for a massive rainstorm so we have to stay longer! You’ve looked after us so well. Thank you so much. See you next time." Ewan McGregor and family. Jahazi House, named after the historical sailing dhows that brought Lamu its trading wealth, stands right on the edge of the Indian Ocean in a large garden of frangipani, fruit trees and shrubs. From the expansive, first floor makuti-covered veranda you can watch the dhows come and go, collecting sand and delivering fish. The house is designed along traditional lines around an inner courtyard, which holds a very private swimming pool, cooling the public rooms and bedrooms. On arrival by boat, it's just a few steps up the beach to the house, past 2 giant cycads and footbaths with floating frangipani flowers, onto the welcome shade of the wrap-around terrace. When you enter the house, you can see right through it, across the internal courtyard and pool with its fragrant frangipani tree into the garden beyond. The entry hall has a baraza area, a large cushioned day sofa and a dining area, leading into the inner courtyard with its beautiful deep clear pool. The four ground-floor guest bedrooms are all accessed from the inner courtyard and are stylishly furnished with ensuite shower rooms and their own private verandas. The verandas feature writing desks, occasional tables, chairs and a traditional Lamu day bed. There is a covered baraza area behind the pool that can also be used for sleeping. It leads through an ancient carved door onto a wooden deck with two swinging beds overlooking the garden. The roof is one huge terrace, partially covered with makuti to provide a shaded bar, eating and sitting area. Here, overlooking simply everything, including the beach and sea views, is a wonderfully cool and spacious master wing, with its private library and bedroom, ensuite dressing room and bathroom area. The kitchen and staff area is separate and holds staff bedrooms, seating areas, washrooms and storerooms. Frangipani, jasmine and lime trees have been planted in abundance around the house, which comes fully staffed with a cook, room/table steward, laundress, boat captain and gardener. Double Bedrooms ensuite: 4 Twin bedrooms ensuite: 1 Dining areas: 3 Baraza areas: 3 Guest cloakroom: 1 Swinging beds: 2 Pool 10m. 8'4" deep. Fully-equipped separate kitchen Large planted garden Laundry room Beach shower Powered by solar panels Solar hot water Guest AccessThe house and garden is yours to explore. Walk out of the house, onto the beach and turn left. You can walk for 3 hours to Shela town and not meet a soul. Turn to the right and you will make it to the local Kipungani village, where Ali the house manager and Boat Captain comes from. So does Salma the room stewardess. Kizingo eco camp is an easy walk away if company is needed, and a drink in the private makuti built bar is a must. Interaction with GuestsAli is there for you if you want to use the boat or learn information. He will meet you on arrival at the airport and will bring you to the house by boat. Safari the cook is also there for you and will help choose the best fish, crab or lobster and advise on the price to pay local fisherman. If you need me, delighted to take your call. Mike on +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Tom on +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). The NeighborhoodThis is not a 'sit in a chair for the week' holiday. You will be busy, doing nothing, from the start to the finish. It's relaxation but with a little something else, that is Africa. Getting AroundLand at Manda, picked up by Ali. Shop if desired in Lamu. Visit Shela or see the Ancient Takwa Swahili town ruins. But it will all be by boat. At Jahazi House there are no beach boys, no beach sellers, just private time. Other Things to NoteThere are no cars and there are no roads. Donkey trail or walking along the beach is about it. So no one is on the beach other than guests and the very occasional local or house staff. Shela and Lamu towns are but a boat ride away. Kilindini the 38 ft Dhow is available to hire for sundowners, lunch on a beach or day trip and can be arranged by Ali.
            Hotel
            3-star Hotel
            This lodge is by the ocean, nestled on a beach in Lamu within easy reach of scuba diving and snorkeling. Regional attractions also include Shela Beach and Lamu Fort.
            guest house
            5br guest house
              Clean, spacious and affordable accommodation on Lamu island in a recently refurbished 15th century building in the heart of Lamu town, close to the fort. Home away from home. As a guest you can make use of kitchen facilities. Breakfast can be served on request, for an additional $2 per day, per person. All rooms have mosquito nets, ceiling fans and power sockets. U have all the privacy you want, but we are happy to tell you about Lamu or to help you find things or make arrangements. Nyuma Gereza is situated In the heart of Lamu, close the fort and even closer to the market. Lamu town is not big and it is difficult to get lost. But if you do, simply ask for the way to the fort. From there it is easy to find Nyuma Gereza.
              resorts
              resorts
              • Breakfast
              • Swimming Pool
              With a stay at Kipungani Explorer in Lamu, you'll be on the beach and within the region of Shela Beach and Lamu Fort. This beach lodge is within the region of Manda Beach. Make yourself at home in one of the 12 individually decorated guestrooms. Have private balconies. Bathrooms with showers are provided. Amenities Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as an outdoor pool. This Art Deco lodge also features gift shops/newsstands, wedding services, and a picnic area. Getting to the surf and sand is a breeze with the complimentary beach shuttle. Grab a bite to eat at the lodge's beachfront restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily. Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and laundry facilities. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times.
              Home/Apartment
              1br Home/Apartment
              • Swimming Pool
              The SpaceWell ventilated, 2 beds, open-plan, shared swimming pool, unique set up, daily cleaning, Next to seafront, next to main boat landing jetty. Swimming pool Guests can contact me anytime, always available 3 banks/ATM/restaurants/bar/supermarket/museum/shops/ nearby, airport 10min away, next to seafront, next to main boat landing jetty. Any extra activities can be arranged in lamu at reasonable cost, boat rides, donkey rides, town tour, snorkelling, visits to nearby islands and much more Guest AccessShared Swimming pool Interaction with GuestsGuests can contact me anytime, always available The Neighborhood3 banks/ATM/restaurants/bar/supermarket/museum/shops/ nearby, airport 10min away, next to seafront, next to main boat landing jetty. Other Things to NoteAny extra activities can be arranged in lamu at reasonable cost, boat rides, donkey rides, town tour, snorkelling, visits to nearby islands and much more
              Home/Apartment
              3br Home/Apartment
              • Smoking Allowed
              • Breakfast
              The SpaceColonial Style Villa immerse in a baobab garden facing the Indian Ocean with superb sunset view Guest AccessWe organize Dhow Safaris, fishing, snorkeling, canoe, kite surfing, wind surfing and water skiing. La Marelle offer location manager services for photo shoot video shoot and movies. We also organize weddings, parties and shows. Interaction with GuestsThe house comes with two staff. Our Chef that is the best in cooking sea food and the house boy that is taking care of all guest's requests. The NeighborhoodThere are very nice houses near by the Villa all hidden under giant Baobab. Very nice atmosphere quite and relaxing Getting AroundLamu has no cars this is one of the main reasons is so unique. La Marelle managment provide transport with its own boat a wooden canoe named Kinyika Other Things to NoteLamu has no cars so all transport are provided by Kinyika and our captain Shido
              Home/Apartment
              5br Home/Apartment
              • Wifi
              • Swimming Pool
              The SpaceCastle-like in size and appearance with monk-like solitude and all the comforts an abundance of friendly staff provides. One of the many enjoyable features is a 100-foot swimming pool which hugs the front of the entire house. You can step into it from your ground floor bedroom, or come down from the tower for a swim. An eco-friendly, health-oriented diet is provided with a world-class chef and two modern cooks (serving a variety of cuisines including local flavors, vegetarian options, California-style summer fare, Italian, low cholesterol, organic). In fact, we have 3-acres of gardens to pull from. Some of the best cooking in Kenya is done on site! We are next door neighbor to Peponi Hotel, on the hilltop of Shela Village which is home to world heritage site the Mosque of Shela. And if you book a stay at our home, you will have a private beach at your disposal (perfect for jogging and swimming) and a variety of boats for recreation. Interaction with GuestsStaff of 12 every day of the year: House manager – Sammy Baya 4 Askari on duty 24/7 – available to run errands and travel on day trips 2 cooks Sailing captain and mate Speedboat captain Travel coordinator Nairobi driver – Michael Kabuka Getting AroundArrangements for travel outside of Lamu and the surrounding areas can be made on site, and we have a Nairobi driver available for pickup/drop off at airport, hotels, etc. There are no cars in Lamu but an 18-foot Quicksilver Mariner 555 speedboat (with speedboat captain and mate) that seats 7-8 people or dhow is available for day trips to neighboring Kipughani and Manda Toto and to Kiniku for coral reef snorkeling!
              Home/Apartment
              4br Home/Apartment
              • Breakfast
              • Swimming Pool
              The SpaceThe house is a 25-minute ride in the Kizingoni House boat from the airport and Lamu town. One RT included in price. Please contact owners for more information. Guest AccessGuests have full use of the whole house and boat. Charges may apply for extra use of boat. Interaction with GuestsThe house is managed by a wonderful person "Mo" and the great chef Kithi. The NeighborhoodWonderful remote beach with few people to help ensure a special private stay. Getting AroundMiles of beach for walks. Use of boat for travel to Lamu (charges) or other sites. Other Things to NoteNote that the basic quoted price is for 2 people staying at least 2 nights. Additional charges for more people and over the Christmas holiday period.
              Bed & Breakfast
              1br Bed & Breakfast
              • Wifi
              • Breakfast
              JUA HOUSE is a newly rebuilt Bed & Breakfast located in the middle of the traditional Swahili village Shela on Lamu island. There are all together four double rooms and a roof top suite available for our guests. Each floor has chill-out areas.
              Home/Apartment
              3br Home/Apartment
              • Smoking Allowed
              • Pets Allowed
              • Breakfast
              • Swimming Pool
              The SpaceThe house has has three spacious en suite bedrooms. The master bedroom comes with its own large private terrace overlooking Lamu Old town and the creek.Two of the rooms are king size beds and the third bedroom has three large single beds. There is also a rooftop bed with mosquito net. All in all the house comfortably sleeps 6-8 people. The NeighborhoodWhether you want to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the courtyard, plunge into the pool or laze on the rooftop terrace with its spectacular view over the Old Town to the water, you deserve this authentic Lamu experience.If you feel like leaving the tranquility of Amber House now and then we have many recommendations for you to truly immerse yourself in Lamu culture.
              Home/Apartment
              3br Home/Apartment
              • Smoking Allowed
              • Pets Allowed
              • Breakfast
              A quintessentially swahili home, featuring traditional hand-finished woodwork. It is fully furnished and all cleaning and lifestyle equipment newly installed. We have a resident caretaker who will prepare all meals and cleaning