Shela, Lamu, Kenya Accommodations

Accommodations in Shela

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9br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Swimming Pool
The SpaceBe Fortified and Lamunized! The Fort is located on 14km Shella Beach on the Island of Lamu - off the Kenyan North Coast. You get here by travelling to Nairobi from where you take a connecting domestic flight to Lamu. The flight takes about 1.5 hours and you will land on neighboring Manda Island where one of our friendly local boat captains will be waiting for you to bring you over to Lamu and Shela. The Fort offers complete tranquility while it is just a 10 minutes beach walk away from the "hustle and bustle" of Shela Village and about a 20 minutes boat ride from Lamu Town. Lamu is a World Heritage Site and is famous for it's well preserved Swahili Culture. This is the place where time has stopped! The center piece of the Fort is the Court Yard and Pool. When entering the Fort you will find the Living Area and Kitchen on your left hand side and the downstairs Dining Area and Conference Room on your right hand side. On the 1st floor you will get to the upper Dining Area which overlooks the beach and the sea. From here you also reach 2 of the total of 9 bedrooms, which come all with ensuite bathrooms and their own stair cases. Hot water is provided by water heaters and electricity from Kenya Power. It still can happen in this part of the world that we have occasional power cuts, but usually they don't take longer than 6 hours. We have a permanent staff of 6 that will pamper you and will look after your every need. Internet is available in some areas of the house. Due to the surrounding dunes phone reception varies and signal is caught best on the roof terrace and on the beach. There are plenty of "things to do" while staying at the Fort: take a day Dhow Trip for Snorkelling at "Kinikwa" or "Manda Toto" (little Manda), having lunch on the boat - visit one of the neighboring islands - take a Yoga class or pamper yourself with a Massage - visit the "Takwa Ruins" - see the Turtles hatch on Manda island - have a day trip of Deep Sea Fishing with captain Nils, owner of "Little Toot" - do a Cultural Tour of Lamu Town with one of our guides, or simply visit for a shopping spree - walk through the narrow alleys of charming Shela village and visit it's lovely shops - take a day out for a Flying Safari to "Amu Ranch" with Nick, the pilot of the "Lamu Conservation Trust", the fees you are charged go directly to the animals! - walk the whole of Shela Beach upto Kipungani, have your lunch there and get back by boat - visit Frank's Beach Bar on Manda island - enjoy the famous Peponi Bar & Restaurant watching the Dhows sailing by while you are sipping your "Old Pal" - or simply Chill, Relax and Enjoy the Beauty of our Paradise! The Fort is the ideal venue for: Weddings & Honeymooners, Parties & Celebrations, all kinds of Reunions, Coporate Events & small Conferences, Film & Photo Shoots, or simply to enjoy a wonderfully relaxed Holiday! For more pictures visit (URL HIDDEN) and for news and updates visit (URL HIDDEN) Guest AccessGuest have access to the entire house. Interaction with GuestsMost of the times I am staying in house to take care of all your needs. I have a passion for cooking and so I am basically found in the kitchen preparing your delicious meals. The NeighborhoodThe Fort is located on Shella Beach which is 14 km long towards Kipungani on it's western tip and 1 km to Shella village towards North-East. Getting AroundOur means of transpotation are motor boats - fast and slow ones, or sailing dhows, donkeys and our feet! Other Things to NoteThe shown rates are based on an occupancy of 6 persons and are on self catering. As the Fort can accommodate up to 18 guests +++ the rates are calculated according to each individual group size. They include the airport transfer, cleaning, laundry and cook's service (we are famous for our yummy cuisine!). Room rentals are possible, but are subject to availability.
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6br Home/Apartment
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
The Spacewe discovered Lamu 25 years ago and fell in love with this magical and unique island. Family and friends keep on coming in the house without getting tired of the beauty and sweetness of life in Lamu. In a garden in the village of Shela, spacious house with sea view, 5 bedrooms: 2 with double bed, 2 with 2 single beds, 1 with a single bed. 4 bathrooms, several living rooms, large terrace. A cottage in the garden: 1 livingroom, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom / dressing room and terrace. Personnel: Alfred, very good cook, Tyson gardener, and Justin manager plus one night watchman. Bustani square is a house full of charm and personality, a mixture of Swahili and Indian architecture, built in the '70s by Bunny Allen. You can stay there as a group or a couple, each of which can maintain its independence and privacy in the various lounges and terraces in the shade or in the sun. Unconstrained cooking, and other daily duties that allows maximum rest. The house is located 5 minutes walk from the huge Shela beach facing the Indian Ocean. No cars in Lamu, you will go by boat around the island or on foot in the streets of the village. Easy Internet with a 3G local sim card, no tv. Change of scenery, in multicultural environments, we live to the rhythm of the village, the sound of donkeys, calls to prayer mosques. You can enjoy a drink at the hotel bar Peponi, go to lunch at Frank's Manda beach club, make beautiful walks on the beach at sunset, get lost in the streets of Lamu town makes you travel in another century. Take Dhows (sailing Swahili boats) to go from island to island lunch on the boat, and snorkeling. You can practice windsurfing and yoga in Shela village. Rates: The main house 340 € / night Cottage for only 95 € / night For the entire 400 € / night -10% For 1 week or more. Christmas, New Year's Day contact us
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3br Home/Apartment
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Swimming Pool
The SpaceFull Moon house in Shella was named by nocturnal fishermen for its guiding glow. It has a pool and three double rooms with en suite bathroom. The house has a great sea view and few steps away from Shella Beach. Our homes are privately owned. They are built is pure Swahili Style and furnished with antiques. Our cooks, stewards, and managres are entirely devoted to your service. Your cook is trained to do all food errands and prepare all meals for you. You can select your meals from our guideline menu and you will be served in your rpivate dining area. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts. Included in your stay: -Airport Transfert, -Cook and room steward -On-location manager who can assist you to organize local activities -Laundry service Kindly note that our rates are seasonal and depend on the number of guests. The price indicated is the lowest price. (Possibility to rent per double room)
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4br Bedroom
  • Smoking Allowed
The SpaceLAMU ISLAND is one of a string of remote islands on the western fringe of the Indian Ocean. It has a colorful history going back to the days of the Arab Spice and Slave trades. and the traditions of the coastal Swahili cultures who have existed here for centuries. Life here moves at walking pace or donkey ride, up to the speed of a lateen sail, for there are no vehicles on the Island. Kisimani House is located on the seaward fringe of Shela village & a 5 min walk to the beach. Kisimani in Swahili means 'the place of the well' and to this day relies on it's own source of artesian water. Originally built in the days of the Caliphate,18thC Kisimani house is the only surviving example of ancient Swahili architecture in Shela. Complete with massive stone walls, carved archways and central courtyards that open up to the big blue sky. The ancients knew what they were doing of course, creating an inner source of light , shade, air and privacy throughout the interior. This sense of space continues on up throughout all four levels of the house with each level comprising a self contained double en-suite and private terrace area. An open stairway allows free movement between all floors without trespass. The house is therefore perfect fox a family (or two) with children, or up to four couples or (singles) with space for toddlers if needed. On the first floor there is a communal terrace with cushioned seating area to lounge in under the shade of pink bougainvillea in the centre of it all stands the dining table with the kitchen discretely adjacent. At the very roof of the house there is a moon-deck terrace. With enormous views over Shela village, out towards Manda island and the shining sea beyond., a perfect place for a sunrise smoothie or a sunset cocktail. RATES for the whole house @ US$300 per day. Rooms may also be rented individually on a special Bed & Breakfast offer from US$50 per person per day. the kitchen discretely adjacent. Shela Village has a number of small Restaurants and Boutique shops as well as the famous Peponi Hotel. A wonderful base for a range of activities :- Yoga Kite surfing, Fishing, deep sea and creek Water skiing or doughnutting in the creek Donkey riding Swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing Swimming with Dolphins Dhow trips to other islands, historical ruins and sunset cruises. Massages and Henna decoration ... Guest AccessInternet available in Shela village, many interesting shops, Peponi Hotel, restaurants, yoga classes, beauty treatments and massage all within walking distance from the house. Interaction with GuestsWe live in Karen, Nairobi most of the year. We do visit Lamu, Shela and we could be staying in one of the rooms at Kisimani House when you are there. We also have Fred who runs the house for us and is delighted to help with any questions you might have. The NeighborhoodShela is a small Swahili fishing village located right at the start of the islands long (12km) (beautiful)or(dune-fringed) beach. It is very peaceful. Getting AroundThere are no cars on the island sailing dhows tinga tinga (diesel engine)& speed boats. Otherwise donkeys and walking.
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2 reviews
5br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
The Spaceeach room has an individual private terrace overlooking beautiful sand dunes and trees full of birds Guest Accessmany local restaurants, an 8 mile unspoilt beach, UNESCO heritage historical site. sailing trips on traditional dhows (boats), water sport activities, local food markets in lamu town, but most of all peace and tranquility in a carless village and guaranteed sunshine. Interaction with Guestsi will not see the guests but we have an in house cook/ manager, masseuse (who can also babysit) and handy man. The Neighborhoodpeaceful tranquil pace of life as there are no cars. very friendly locals that you can trust. your children or teenagers are always safe. Getting Aroundeverything is within walking distance or a short boat ride. Other Things to Notecost of living is extremely reasonable, local fish and sea food caught daily at reasonable prices. excellent cook and manager
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3br Home/Apartment
  • Breakfast
The SpaceThe house contains three bedrooms, each with a large double bed (185 x 195 cm), a mosquito net and a ceiling fan. One of the bedrooms overlooks the small charming garden with a coconut palm. Each bedroom is connected via an outside terrace - look up once there to admire a ceiling of bougainvillea flowers! There is one bathroom with a shower and toilet. The living room is unpretentious and homey, furnished with a wooden dining table and chairs, wicker armchairs, a sofa and above all a beautifully preserved Lamu wall that is hundreds of years old and gives the room an historical feel. The rooftop of the house offers relaxing days under the banana fibre ceiling, or on lounge chairs. Above all it offers stargazing at the wondrous Lamu night sky, unpolluted from surrounding light and with crystal clear views over the stars. Eddie is the caretaker and cook of Bougainvillea House on Lamu and will prepare exquisite seafood including crab, prawns, lobster and fish, locally caught the very same morning. His coconut rice is the perfect complement. Some of the best mangoes and papayas in the world will be served as desert. He will of course accommodate to any dietary restrictions and requests by you. You can write a list of things you want Eddie to buy, and inform him about what you would like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He will prepare and serve the dishes unless you feel like doing so yourself. Discuss what you would like to eat for each meal, for example one day in advance, so that he has time to buy ingredients. If you feel like buying your own sea food you can go to the fish market in the early morning to buy the catch of the day, fresh off the hook! Guest AccessYou have access to the whole house. However please be aware of that we have one bathroom for all guests in the house. Interaction with GuestsIf there are any problems during your stay you can always speak to Eddie who can try to help you. Otherwise you are welcome to contact us via a message here on Airbnb. Once this is done an SMS is sent to our mobile phone in Sweden, which informs us that there is a message pending on the website. The NeighborhoodWhile on your vacation in Lamu why not take a fishing trip on a Dhow boat or just sail along the coast to discover the beautiful scenery. You can take long strolls on the beach and go for a swim in the Indian Ocean. The water is warm and clear, and the beach is inviting. For the more adventurous-minded you can scuba dive, surf, snorkel, deep sea fish or why not take a donkey ride along the beach? Lamu Old Town is a recommended site to explore while on your vacation on Lamu. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and according to UNESCO “the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa”. It is similar to Shela with its labyrinth of narrow alleyways that invite for exploration. The architecture of Lamu Old Town is a unique mixture of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles. The Lamu Fort is another interesting site to visit. Built in the 1800s it was initially a point from which control over the East African coast was held. During the British colonial era the fort was used as a prison. Today it contains a museum and a library. If you want to try something new, we recommend that you visit the donkey sanctuary. Donkeys are until recently the only mode of transportation on Lamu, apart from walking of course. An estimated 2 200 donkeys reside on Lamu and are used for transporting heavy loads through the narrow alleyways. The sanctuary has a veterinarian that provides treatment to donkeys free of charge. Fishing is an important part of life for Lamu islanders and there are many opportunities for you to take part in this lifestyle as well. You can for example catch bream along the channel, or go deep sea fishing further out to the ocean to catch bigger fish. Don’t forget your sunscreen, water and a hat! Getting AroundA number of airlines fly regularly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. From there you need to take a flight to Lamu's neighbouring island, Manda with JamboJet, Fly540, Air Kenya or Safarilink. These flights leave either from Kenyatta or from Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Upon arrival to Manda Airport, Eddie will meet you to help you with your luggage and assist you in taking a boat across the straight between Manda and Lamu, and all the way to Bougainvillea House. The boat ride takes about 20 minutes, and the walk from Lamu harbour to the house is about 4 minutes. The boat ride costs about 1200 KES for a return trip. That is the cost for Eddie to take the boat from Lamu to Manda, and then back again with you. Please be sure to have cash with you for the boat trip. Other Things to NotePLEASE READ THROUGH SPECIFICALLY THIS SECTION Upon your arrival, Eddie will meet you at the airport on Manda island with a sign. He will have rented a boat from Lamu island to take you back. The cost of this boat is 1200 KES which is to be paid by you as guests. There is no internet access in the house however Peponi Hotel is around the corner and offers wifi access. Should there be a power cut we have a backup generator. There is no heated water in the house however water from shower and taps is warmed naturally by the sun in a tank on the roof. We are looking into installing heated water, however this is not in place yet. If your party consists of 5 or more, we will hire a second staff during your stay so that we can better accommodate your needs. The extra cost for this is automatically regulated via Airbnb. No food is included in the pricing. Eddie can however purchase and cook your meals. You can choose to give him the money for this before or after he has done the shopping, in any case discuss with him about what suits you best. Alternatively you can buy food yourselves and Eddie can prepare them for you. My best tip is to communicate with him. Before your arrival, Eddie will have bought food in preparation for lunch or dinner depending on what time you arrive. He will give the receipt to you and you will then have pay him the equivalent amount. Neither Eddie nor us charge any extra for this and he is trustworthy so please do not worry about this. Food costs between (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) KES for three meals, per person, per day. The price varies depending on the food you want. No drinks included in that estimation. Eddie is the best source of this information. Your first day is usually more expensive. Extra things need to be bought that last for the duration of your stay such as butter, oil and milk. Coconut and lime are very cheap but seafood prices vary of course depending on what you order from Eddie. I generally suggest you tell Eddie to buy a certain fish/seafood according to you budget. If you do not want Eddie to buy anything before your arrival I suggest Peponi hotel for your first meal. Please just inform me about this in beforehand so that I can inform Eddie not to buy anything. Eddie lives far from our house. His trip home is dangerous if its too late in the evening. Therefore please be informed that dinner is served between 6 - 6:30 PM. Eddie will have to leave at the latest 7:30-7:45 PM to make it home with the regular transportation. If you want him to stay later he can do so but then please communicate this with him in beforehand. It will also imply a cost of 1000 KES for you as he needs to go home with the alternative buses, taxis and boats that are more expensive. This money has to be given to him in cash. However if he leaves the regular time it will not cost you anything extra. Eddie works hard and is at your service every day of your stay. He is without a doubt trustworthy and has worked for us for over fifteen years. As a token of your appreciation, he as well as the eventual second staff will be happy to receive any tips at your discretion.
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5br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Swimming Pool
Beach House is the last house on the sea front before the sand dunes start. A large, cool house with five rooms – all ensuite with spectacular sea view. Raised above beach level, there is a stunning, edgeless, fresh water swimming pool with bar area
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  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
The SpaceMkoko House is situated on the edge of the mangroves in a quiet and peaceful setting on Manda Island. The house built on nearly one acre of land set 5 minutes walk from Manda beach was built in a characteristic Lamu coastal style. GETTING AROUND There are no cars on either Lamu or Manda Island leaving donkeys and boats as the main form of transportation by locals and tourists alike. From Manda Beach it takes 5 minutes or less to travel across the channel to Shela village and beach, 15 minutes to Lamu Old Town and 20 minutes to Lamu Airport which is located on the other end of Manda Island and is also reached by boat. You can hire a boat with a captain for the duration of your stay or use a boat for individual trips when you need to. Boat trips (and Dhow trips) can easily be arranged from Mkoko House on request. There are three en-suite double bedrooms with mosquito nets draped over the beds and fixed ontothe shutters to keep the mosquitoes and other annoyances at bay. As you walk towards the house you are greeted by an outside baraza (seating area) on your right which is shaded by a ceiling of crawling plants. The entrance of the house is a simple but large arch which carries you into the ground floor dining area. To the right is the first en-suite double bedroom (Nyota –Stars- room) and to the left is a living area with a baraza covered in cushions and pillows to relax on. Off this living area, you will find the second en-suite double bedroom (Mbuyu- Baobab- room) with a terrace looking onto the back garden. The kitchen, also on the ground floor, is fully equipped and opens onto an outside cooking area which can also be used for preparing meals. The stairs take you up onto a large open floor (walls built only to one’s hip) with views of the mangroves and the garden. The entire floor is covered by a large Makuti roof (the single most common characteristic of coastal architecture). This open floor is the main living area of the house. There are hammocks, seating corners, a Lamu bed to nap on, and another dining table to enjoy your meals with the splendid views. There is also a separate bathroom off this room for anyone who wishes to sleep in this room. Situated on this floor is the third and largest en-suite bedroom (Mkoko- Mangrove- room) which one enters through a carved wooden antique Lamu door. Outside the room, one finds another baraza with cushions. This particular area is roofless and so is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the incredible Manda night skies filled with stars. A second flight of stairs will take you up into the Makuti roof to the final floor – another open floor with hammocks, mattresses, and cushions organised exclusively for relaxation. This floor offers the best views in the house and allows one to look across the island’s extensive mangrove ecosystem, the sea, and the plains of acacia and baobab trees. The price mentioned is per person per night, please contact us if you would like to rent the whole house. The rate includes a housekeeper who cleans the house on a daily basis, changes sheets and towels, and attends to the garden. A cook is also available so you can enjoy an array of meals cooked to your personal taste. A variety of seafood is available (fish, crabs, prawns, lobster, octopus, etc) depending on the season. Airport pick-up and drop-off can be arranged on request and cost usually less than 10 euro/boat. Rates during the peak season (15 December-15 January) are available on request.
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2br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Swimming Pool
The SpaceThe 18th Century ruin was last lived in by a Swhaili noble woman over an hundred years ago and was then left deserted and fell into ruin. We restored it with modern ‘improvements’, included a yoga hall and built ourselves an ajoining house (the Sand Castle) and also a Garden Cottage. It might sound crowded but all fits together in harmony and leaves us lots of garden space. We added a small and very popular plunge pool some years ago. Most of the year guests take meals in the garden which is full of palms and greenery, we left natural sand on the ground which is moistened and racked daily. As one guest remarked with delight “probably only the Emporer of Japan and I are breakfasting in a garden such as this”. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkies. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5.
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3br Home/Apartment
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
The SpaceThe 18th Century ruin was last lived in by a Swahili noble woman over an hundred years ago and was then left deserted and fell into ruin. We restored it with modern ‘improvements’, included a yoga hall and built ourselves an adjoining house (the Sand Castle) and also a Garden Cottage. It might sound crowded but all fits together in harmony and leaves us lots of garden space. We added a small and very popular plunge pool some years ago. Most of the year guests take meals in the garden which is full of palms and greenery, we left natural sand on the ground which is moistened and racked daily. As one guest remarked with delight “probably only the Emperor of Japan and I are breakfasting in a garden such as this”. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkeys. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5.
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Bedroom
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Swimming Pool
The SpaceThe 18th Century ruin was last lived in by a Swhaili noble woman over an hundred years ago and was then left deserted and fell into ruin. We restored it with modern ‘improvements’, included a yoga hall and built ourselves an ajoining house (the Sand Castle) and also a Garden Cottage. It might sound crowded but all fits together in harmony and leaves us lots of garden space. We added a small and very popular plunge pool some years ago. Most of the year guests take meals in the garden which is full of palms and greenery, we left natural sand on the ground which is moistened and racked daily. As one guest remarked with delight “probably only the Emporer of Japan and I are breakfasting in a garden such as this”. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkies. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5.
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Bedroom
    The SpaceThe 18th Century ruin was last lived in by a Swhaili noble woman over an hundred years ago and was then left deserted and fell into ruin. We restored it with modern ‘improvements’, included a yoga hall and built ourselves an ajoining house (the Sand Castle) and also a Garden Cottage. It might sound crowded but all fits together in harmony and leaves us lots of garden space. We added a small and very popular plunge pool some years ago. Most of the year guests take meals in the garden which is full of palms and greenery, we left natural sand on the ground which is moistened and racked daily. As one guest remarked with delight “probably only the Emporer of Japan and I are breakfasting in a garden such as this”. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkies. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5.
    Bedroom
    Bedroom
    • Wifi
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    • Breakfast
    • Swimming Pool
    The SpaceThe 18th Century ruin was last lived in by a Swhaili noble woman over an hundred years ago and was then left deserted and fell into ruin. We restored it with modern ‘improvements’, included a yoga hall and built ourselves an ajoining house (the Sand Castle) and also a Garden Cottage. It might sound crowded but all fits together in harmony and leaves us lots of garden space. We added a small and very popular plunge pool some years ago. Most of the year guests take meals in the garden which is full of palms and greenery, we left natural sand on the ground which is moistened and racked daily. As one guest remarked with delight “probably only the Emporer of Japan and I are breakfasting in a garden such as this”. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkies. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5.
    Bedroom
    Bedroom
    • Wifi
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    • Breakfast
    • Swimming Pool
    The SpaceThe 18th Century ruin was last lived in by a Swhaili noble woman over an hundred years ago and was then left deserted and fell into ruin. We restored it with modern ‘improvements’, included a yoga hall and built ourselves an ajoining house (the Sand Castle) and also a Garden Cottage. It might sound crowded but all fits together in harmony and leaves us lots of garden space. We added a small and very popular plunge pool some years ago. Most of the year guests take meals in the garden which is full of palms and greenery, we left natural sand on the ground which is moistened and racked daily. As one guest remarked with delight “probably only the Emporer of Japan and I are breakfasting in a garden such as this”. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkies. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5.
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    Good
    9 reviews
    3br Home/Apartment
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    The SpaceThe main house ground level offers a lovely verandah, a large sitting room, a bathroom/shower and a kitchen. On the second floor there are two bedrooms, the master bedroom and a second bedroom, divided by a bathroom/shower. Both bedrooms open up to a spacious balcony which oversees the garden. The third floor, with its “Makuti” thatched rooftop is a beautiful lounging area, offering a magnificent panoramic view of the ocean. The studio is located opposite the main house. It is divided into a sitting room, a bedroom and a shower/bathroom. Guest AccessThis is a whole house only booking, so whole house will be your's (including the studio) whether you want to use it or not! There are 2 staff members, a cook and a housekeeper, you can provide them a float in order to buy groceries for your meals if you wish. The NeighborhoodLamu town is a living throwback to the Swahili culture that once dominated the entire Indian Ocean coast. The winding streets, carved woods and traditional houses evoke the everyday sights and sounds of another age, and Lamu’s World Heritage listing is entirely justified, recognised by as the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Shela Village is less than an hour’s stroll from Lamu Town but very different. The only thing you're dodging down the narrow lanes are donkeys and bare-footed kids. A tangle of narrow sandy lanes, tall stone houses, some smaller thatched dwellings, mosques, ruins and a spacious square fringed by a few market stalls, small shops and a telephone booth. Getting AroundGuests usually arrive by plane to the airport on Manda, its a short speedboat journey to the house (should cost about 500 /-). All travel around the area is either walking or speedboat/dhow or donkey in some cases, no cars whatsoever! Other Things to NoteThere is a mosque opposite the house with a PA that points straight into the garden, there are a few "calls to prayer" each day which can be a bit alarming at first. Make sure to bring your favourite drinks and delicacies as you are unlikely to find your favourite wines, champagne and cheeses in Lamu. Depending on the season, all sorts of fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, lobster, crab, prawns and oysters can be ordered and brought to the door.
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    4br Home/Apartment
    • Wifi
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Swimming Pool
    The SpaceMnarani House initially build in 1989 - underwent a complete and major renovation in 2014. The House is situated uniquely next to the Friday Mosque with a beautiful sea view from all floors, bordering a green garden behind the house and the Shela village to the left of the house Guests will have sole access to the entire house with all its amenities and swimming pool area. There are no off limits Our house staff Raphael and Lucas (Cook) will look and ensure all your needs are catered for during your stay. Raphael has been with us since 2008 and manages the house on day to day basis. Lucas has been our Cook for the past 20 years and can cook anything from traditional Swahili Dishes to everyday Sea Food. He also arranges for the supply of fresh fish, lobster, Crab, Calamari and Prawns. Shela Village is a lovely quiet place - just about 800 people live in the village and after a short period you will feel part of the community. The community is primarily muslim, therefore we encourage our guests to respect their ways of living as well as the day to day traditions. You need to experience walking about in the village, there are no real roads so everything is on foot in small valleys - We recommend our guests to spend time on both Manda and Shela beaches, a Lamu Town Visit, Dhow Sundowner trip, fishing trips, a trip to the Takwa ruins You will as part of the package be collected from the Airport by Mr. Balala, he will take you and your luggage by boat to our house (20 min). Boat transfers and porter charges are payable separately. Shela village has no major roads and getting around is on foot or by boat. Guest AccessYou will have access to the entire house and have private use of the same. We discourage our guests from inviting outsiders onto the premises. Interaction with GuestsRaphael the House keeper will look after you and the house Lucas our Cook will create the most amazing dishes for you. The NeighborhoodShela is a small village of the North East Cost of Kenya (Lamu Island) It is a muslim community and very traditional. Visitors are very welcome and we remind our guests to respect local traditions. Getting AroundEverything in Shela is on foot or by boat. There exist no cars or any other forms of transport, apart from donkeys!
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    • Wifi
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Breakfast
    The SpaceOn the beach front of Manda island this is the perfect place to relax for days or weeks. Airy traditional style bandas, all en-suite with a chill out library area with swing chairs. Guest AccessThe restaurant and bar overlook the beach front and serve a variety of fresh seafood, salads and our famous pizza's, desserts and great cocktails. Interaction with GuestsI am around 95% of the time, I live on site and am always at hand. The NeighborhoodThe beach is empty, no hassle and perfect for swimming. Your room is a 30 second walk to the ocean. Easy access to Lamu and Shela for a bit of village life but its always great to get back to the beach and relax at the bar under the stars. Getting AroundWe have 1 boat for transfers to the airport and to Lamu and Shela. There are usually boats available on the beach to rent to take you around as well.
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    1br Home/Apartment
    • Wifi
    The villa on the waterfront is surrounded by 1.5acres of beautiffully gardens. An authentic example of classic Lamu architecture with swahili decorations 6 bedrooms and bathrooms, private terraces with views on to the sea or the garden,
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    2br Home/Apartment
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Breakfast
    The SpaceSituated in the heart of the old town, Mwenye Amin house once belonged to the Al-Bakry family, one of Lamu’s influential lineages. The house is thought to be over 250 years old. It is named after the late Mzee Mwenye Amin, a well respected elder and devout Muslim. Though the house was in a poor state of repair when we found it, its charm and character were unmistakable. Three years of renovations later, keeping to the original design and using mostly local materials, the house has retained still its “harmonious irregularity” and much of its old character. Its massive coral walls, high ceilings, inner courtyards and large open galleries make the house, cool, light and airy, a true oasis, a place to dream about days gone by. The simple design of the house is enriched by carved wooden doors and ornamental niches. The bathrooms are little jewels, each of them a unique blend of old and new. The furnishing is the creation of a local artist, recycling old dhow wood. The house is available for rent, and the first floor and rooftop are the living quarters which sleep up to 4 adults and 2 children: There are two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and dressing areas, one overlooking a unique garden, the other one overlooking the courtyard. There is a third sleeping area which is ideal for children as it is close to the master bedroom. From the dining area on the first floor one can catch a glimpse of Lamu street life below. As in the old days, the rooftop is where the kitchen is located as well as a terrace overlooking Lamu town, ideal for afternoon tea with a good book or to enjoy a nice breeze. In the evening, the roof terrace becomes the favorite place for candle lit dinners and star gazing.
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    • Smoking Allowed
    The SpaceYour room has direct access to a large open living room and dining. With comfortable build-in benches and a swing bed, great views on garden. Guest AccessYou can explore the whole Banana House, except for the penthouses as they can be rented separately. Interaction with GuestsWe will personally welcome you, we live at the property and are always available for any suggestions and questions you might have. The NeighborhoodShela is a wonderful peaceful village with only 3000 people, we live 5 minutes walk along the waterfront to the large 12 km long unspoiled beach. We are surrounded by gardens and have great views, so you feel immediately relaxed when you step into our house. Getting AroundYou can arrive by plane to Manda Airport, Lamu, where we will welcome you and bring you by boat to our house. Other Things to NoteWe will welcome you at the airport and our boat captain will bring you to our house.
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    Bedroom
    • Wifi
    The SpaceKizingo is far, far away from this stereotype. In so many ways it is the antidote to 21st century life. Kizingo is a beach and coastal wilderness. Nature, completely untouched, has been left to her own devices. You’ll share the beach with native birds, driftwood and scuttling crabs. There you’ll find a true sense of the infinity of time; and the timelessness of an old Africa. As one guest put it, life at Kizingo is “dangerously relaxed”. You’ll eat deliciously fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and home-made bread. You’ll gather in the early evening for drinks around the bar. Dressing for dinner means, at most, a clean shirt and kikoy, never a tie or shoes (“no news, no shoes” to quote another guest). Kizingo is, for many, a life-changing experience. Kizingo does not have: television, video, dvd, computer games, jet skis, jet lag, telephones, a conference centre, retail display cabinets in Reception (in fact, it doesn’t even have a Reception), newspapers, a swimming pool, hassle, hurly-burly, hairdryers, quad bikes, loud or piped music, people who sell things on the beach, minibars, air conditioning, a single pretension, inflated prices, much of a profit motive, anything artificial… Kizingo does have: wild, untouched beaches; sand that’s talcum powder fine; dry, equatorial heat made luxurious by whispering wind; sunsets so breathtaking they stretch credulity; a blessed near-total absence of mosquitoes; calmness but not stillness, because everything sways and dances to nature; wonderful local staff; a happy, hospitable atmosphere; the eclectic and often eccentric company of people you won’t meet at home; the divine freedom to do little or nothing, or to swim with dolphins, to witness a turtle laying her eggs, to do heroic battle with serious fish, to potter, to explore, to water-ski, to kite surf… Kizingo is: exquisite simplicity, not pseudo-sophistication; always natural, never synthetic; real, not contrived; timeless, not transitory; deep tissue massage for the soul and spirit; nourishment for the mind; man as nature’s junior partner; life as it should be. Interaction with GuestsWe love to hang out with our guests and we are also just as happy letting people enjoy the place alone if they prefer. We also have a team of great and friendly staff who are around when when you need them. The NeighborhoodI love the 9 miles of unspoilt beach to walk along, swimming with Dolphines just off our coast line, living on a little but diverse island, the ancient town of Lamu and its friendly People Getting AroundLamu has no Roads and only one Car! You can get around by Boat, on Foot Donkey and Camel
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      The SpaceThe house has a great sea view and few steps away from Shella Beach. Kiwandani house is located in Shela village, it shares a pool with Full Moon house and neighbors Garden House. It has three double rooms en suite. Our homes are privately owned. They are built is pure Swahili Style and furnished with antiques. Our cooks, stewards, and managres are entirely devoted to your service. Your cook is trained to do all food errands and prepare all meals for you. You can select your meals from our guideline menu and you will be served in your rpivate dining area. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts. Included in your stay: -Airport Transfert, -Cook and room steward -On-location manager who can assist you to organize local activities -Laundry service Kindly note that our rates are seasonal and depend on the number of guests. The price indicated is the lowest price. (Possibility to rent per room)
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      Bedroom
      • Wifi
      • Smoking Allowed
      • Swimming Pool
      The SpaceAccording to our clients, Betty's suite is a "treat"... Infinity pool on your own private terrace, amazing sea view and its famous bath tub (published in Condé Nast Traveler). It is the absolute location for honeymoon couple!! The house has a great sea view and few steps away from Shella Beach. Our homes are privately owned. They are built is pure Swahili Style and furnished with antiques. Our cooks, stewards, and managres are entirely devoted to your service. Your cook is trained to do all food errands and prepare all meals for you. You can select your meals from our guideline menu and you will be served in your rpivate dining area. Food is charged at cost and recorded in a book of accounts. Included in your stay: -Airport Transfert, -Cook and room steward -On-location manager who can assist you to organize local activities -Laundry service - Wifi
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      5br Home/Apartment
      • Wifi
      • Gym
      • Smoking Allowed
      • Pets Allowed
      • Breakfast
      • Swimming Pool
      The SpaceYou enjoy a stunning location really, maybe the best in Lamu : you are on the beach, some meters only from Shella Village and Peponi Terrace, with stunning 270° sea-views on Indian Ocean. It's 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. Here you will relax fully, get lulled by the lapping waves, pamper yourself with good cooking, massages and yoga, enjoy the 12kms long pristine white sand beach and its activities… sailing, swimming, snorkelling, running, 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 5 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (sleeps 10-12 guests), lots of different terraces, lounging areas to take it easy, a 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 5 professional, friendly staff, among them an excellent cook. Included in your stay: -Airport Transfert, from/to Lamu/Manda airport -Cook, room stewards, watchman, laundry -On-location manager who can assist you to organize all activities -Internet wifi access -A dhow sunset cruise, always magic ! Just enjoyyyy ! Guest AccessThe whole Forodhani House is for you, it's a private home, fully staffed, with a pool, a garden and all. Interaction with GuestsI will be very happy to help you on any matter, whether before you travel or while you'll be here. With great pleasure. The NeighborhoodLamu Archipelago lies 2 degrees below the Equator along Kenya's coast. We are located in Shela Village, right on Shella Beach, in Lamu island. The mix of Nature and Culture is amazing here. Your holidays will be both relaxing and interesting. So, if you are a Nature lover, who likes to have fun with people and friends around, discover and learn about another culture, a bit addicted to pristine beaches and warm seas, widlife caring, looking for peace, good cooking, relaxation and massages… slow time… Karibu saana (much welcome) with family or friends to Forodhani House, on Shella Beach, in Lamu Island, just off the Kenyan Coast :-) ! Getting AroundBy road: Mombasa - Malindi, 120 Km all tarmac, Malindi-Mokowe 216 Km the last 78 Km untarmac, Secure Parking in Mokowe. Mokowe-Lamu Island 20 minutes by speedboat. By air: 3 Daily flights from Nairobi, more from Mombasa and Malindi also. Other Things to Noteyou'll discover when here :-)
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      • Breakfast
      • Swimming Pool
      The Spaceif you are looking to take a vacation where you can get rid of all these worries by spending some nice time in a calm environment then, Shela Village in Lamu is the answer, Leave the cell phone and laptop behind because Shela Village is a place to chill out and relax, warm temperatures, clear waters and eight miles of unspoiled, sandy shoreline that draws beach lovers to the Kenya island of Lamu located off of Kenya’s north coast. Shela beach on the north end of Lamu is a beautiful stretch of white sand and tiny bits of sea shells. Snorkelers and divers can explore the diverse Indian Ocean reefs up close, while those who don’t want to get wet can enjoy the unique experience of sailing in a dhow. Enjoy the unparalleled luxury to walk past gently shelving white sands or swim with dolphins and turtles in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Easy beach life is a daily need, together with water skiing or even surfing. If you wish our staff will deliver your picnic to the beach A unique crowd of locals, expats and visitors meet at the Peponi terrace every day for their sundowners. Here it is nearly impossible not to make friends and become part of the bright Shela community. Explore Shela along its placid alleyways with their houses surrounded by palm trees and bougainvillea and forget the world beyond Guest AccessEnjoy the unparalleled luxury to walk past gently shelving white sands or swim with dolphins and turtles in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Easy beach life is a daily need, together with water skiing or even surfing. If you wish our staff will deliver your picnic to the beach The NeighborhoodA unique crowd of locals, expats and visitors meet at the Peponi terrace every day for their sundowners. Here it is nearly impossible not to make friends and become part of the bright Shela community. Explore Shela along its placid alleyways with their houses surrounded by palm trees and bougainvillea and forget the world beyond
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      3br Home/Apartment
      • Wifi
      • Breakfast
      • Swimming Pool
      The SpaceBanana House is a boutique hotel in Shela, Lamu Island. It has all the charms of a quietly elegant private home situated in a magnificent tropical garden. Although just a few minutes’ stroll to the pure white sands of Shela Beach, we are totally isolated from the world outside the grounds. You will immediately feel the love that Monika and Banana have put into the House to give it a warm and homely atmosphere. So…welcome to Sweet Banana House. Welcome home! With its remarkable views of the sea, the dunes and our own beautifully tended gardens, Sweet Banana House is simply and tastefully furnished in traditional Swahili style. Sitting areas, day beds and hammocks are located throughout. A swimming pool is situated in an area of the garden abundant with exotic bird life. What sets Banana House apart from even the most luxurious five-star hotel or resort is that we have created an atmosphere wholly conducive to our stated aim of being a Wellness Centre. In addition to the totally relaxed atmosphere, the heavenly tropical environment, super-friendly staff, delicious meals, drinks and snacks, Banana House offers twice-daily yoga classes in our hall, as well as private massage, tuition in meditation and mindpower, and various holistic wellness treatments.
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      Excellent
      3 reviews
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      • Wifi
      • Smoking Allowed
      • Pets Allowed
      • Breakfast
      • Swimming Pool
      The SpaceThe 18th Century ruin was last lived in by a Swhaili noble woman over an hundred years ago and was then left deserted and fell into ruin. We restored it with modern ‘improvements’, included a yoga hall and built ourselves an ajoining house (the Sand Castle) and also a Garden Cottage. It might sound crowded but all fits together in harmony and leaves us lots of garden space. We added a small and very popular plunge pool some years ago. Most of the year guests take meals in the garden which is full of palms and greenery, we left natural sand on the ground which is moistened and racked daily. As one guest remarked with delight “probably only the Emporer of Japan and I are breakfasting in a garden such as this”. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkies. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5.
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      Excellent
      3 reviews
      3br house
        Baobab House is the perfect beachfront property for a peaceful vacation surrounded by nature. Wake up to the sound of African bird songs; swim in the warm Indian Ocean; walk on miles of sandy beach, where you will rarely encounter people. Relax under the baobabs and watch the sun setting over the dunes.Previous guests have raved about the quality of the staff including Bernard's excellent cooking. This private house is on an acre of beachfront property with five large ancient baobab trees. The Baobab tree is indigenous, some of them more than 500 years old, with many beautiful stories, and they give a peaceful atmosphere throughout the whole property. Alongside the Baobabs, there are also several acacias, another indigenous tree, providing shady areas when you have had enough sun on the beach. There is a large open veranda that runs across the front of the house with cushioned seating, hanging swing beds and dining under a thatched palm (makuti) roof. The house is decorated with Swahili chairs, local kikoi's are used for pillow covers and the whole house breathes a simple, elegant, beach atmosphere. The ground floor has two double bedrooms with ocean views and ensuite bathrooms. One of the bedrooms has a veranda off the back which opens into the back garden with a large shaded sitting area more hanging swing beds. The kitchen and store are also on the ground floor. The second floor has a large open space, most of which is covered by a makuti roof. On the terrace are built-in benches where you can gaze at the stars at night. There is a third double bedroom, which is open on all sides to the breeze and views. There is also a third bathroom on this floor as well as areas which can be used as additional outdoor sleeping space. All the beds have mosquito netting. Internet available five minute walk away at Diamond Beach Village for less than two Euros per day (200 Kenyan Shillings,1.7 Euro) Baobab House is set in a secluded garden dominated by five giant Baobab trees. The house comes fully staffed with a cook and fisherman often show up at the door with their fresh catch. You can walk right onto the long, practically empty, beach, from the front doorstep, or take a walk into the island interior from the garden in the back. Down the beach to the left is the casual Blue Moon bar and restaurant with pizza oven and to the right you will find the five star bar and restaurant at The Majlis. Close to all the activities of the area and secluded in your own private house and garden, you have the best of all there is to offer. " ... speechless ... " Tom "I have travelled a lot and seen many beautiful places ... none compare to here. I absolutely fell in love with Manda beach and the Baobab House. A little paradise. Till next time!" Hanna the one thing that make a place like this perfect is the caretaking team. Bernard & his team kept amazing us
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        Excellent
        1 review
        5br apt. / condo
        • Pets Allowed
        Waridi House is located in the village of Shela on the island of Lamu on the Kenyan coastline. The house is available for rent by room or as a whole. There are 5 large rooms each with spacious en-suites, balconies, lounge areas and beautiful views onto the sand-dunes and surrounding gardens. The house can comfortably sleep 10 adults and 5 children. With over 10 years of experience running Waridi house, the staff are on hand to ensure that guests have a truly memorable stay. Waridi House is A Home Away From Home.We run the house with solar power,it is self reliant,this is due to power shortages,while at Waridi your stay will NOT be interrupted by power cut offs.It is an oasis of peace and tranquility. We have full time Chef,Room steward and a Waiter,with all their services included in the rates.
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        6br b&b
          Blues & Chutney Boutique Bed & Breakfast is a charming six bed room property located in Arusha Tanzania. It introduces a fresh’ Town Inn’ Concept in Arusha . Six individual cozy twin or double rooms located on the first floor of the Inn , decorated refreshingly different , with handmade linens, artful touches and private bathrooms.The personal touch of the attentive team , comforting soul food with just that right mixture of Art and Décor make this choice of accomodation stand out from others. It is conveniently located in Arusha between the Arusha and the Kilimanjaro International Airport, in a quiet town lane, but only a few minutes away from the bustling center of Arusha Prices are quoted per room. Blues & Chutney is located in a quiet neighborhood in a quiet town lane A small shopping mall and cinemas are close by with a supermarket , chemist several restaurant and bars . Several gyms are available in the neighborhood as well. Taxis are easily called to the property and the nearest public road is a 10 minute walk.
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          5br house
          • Pets Allowed
          Beautiful Beachfront House, with stunning beach and ocean views, in Shella, Lamu, Kenya. Forodhani House is designed in authentic swahili style, has 5 spacious, elegantly furnished bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms and terraces, sofas in different areas to relax a bit more privately too. It can accommodate with all comfort 10 guests, even 13 guests with kids. Its location and finishes are truly stunning : at the beginning of Shella Beach, with 270째 sea views, as you could see on the pictures, truly magic when you sit on the terraces or rest here ! 4 staff, among them a good cook, are here to pamper you, take care of all so that you can fully relax and enjoy your holidays. Forodhani House is rented on a Self-Catering basis, because it is the most cost-efficient way to do it for our guests, as the food is really not expensive. Of course our/your cook will do all shopping, cooking, waitering for you. And, maybe you know it already but maybe not, there is a lot to do in Shella and Lamu really : You have all sea and beach activities (sailing, surfing, kite, windsurf, waterskiing, snorkeling, swimming, walking on the beach, scuba diving, fishing even deep sea fishing, sunset or day cruising..), plus lamu old town world heritage site and cultural visits to discover the rich Swahili culture and history, plus lots of services like yoga, massage, music, dvds... at home. Also nature which is truly at its best here with stunning views, turtles clutch watching, swimming with dolphins, even whales watching on season at the corner... And fun/parties, good spots to have a drink, relax, talk with friendly people, have fun, dance too if wished, on the beach or in 2 or 3 really trendy and cool places ! For sure you can really have a fantastic time and we will make sure of this ! Karibu sana for peaceful and wonderful holidays :-) Shela is a village about 2 miles from Lamu Town. The origin of the village is unknown, but according to tradition it was settled by people from nearby Manda Island. In 1813 the elite of Pate Island, allied with the Mazrui clan from Oman, attempted to subjugate Lamu in the Battle of Shela. This attempt failed totally, and the defeat of Pate at Shela signalled the rise of Lamu as the leading power in the archipelago. Shela's golden age was from 1829 to 1857, when 5 of its 6 mosques were constructed. It is especially known for the Friday mosque. Shela is now a centre for tourism on the island, with several guest houses feature by the coast. Shela is also home to the most spectacular beaches on Lamu island. The appearance of the area is much more in keeping with the imagined East African coastline, with its almost pure white sand, traditional dhows, and clean appearance. It makes a sharp contrast to Lamu town (directly opposite the airstrip on Manda) which lacks a beach and functions as a relatively busy port.
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          1br b&b
          • Pets Allowed
          Barefoot Boutique Accommodation & Yoga Retreat in Shela | Lamu Island, Kenya. The Top apartment has 2 Spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms and a verandah and access to the roof top. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkeys. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5. The rooms and suites all come with a terrace and Swahili-style furnishings. Each en-suite bathroom fitted with shower. Guests can enjoy an inclusive breakfast in the dining room. The restaurant serves a variety of Italian and Swahili cuisine. Guests can also relax with a massage or treatment in the therapy room. Fatumas Tower is located 40 minutes' walk from Lamu's town centre. Manda Airport is 3 km away, and the Takwa Prehistoric Ruins are 10 km away. Fatuma's Tower guest house is located in Shela Village, Lamu Island. We are located behind Barracuda Restaurant and opposite the Shela Primary school. To get here you either take the bus or flight. AirKenya, Safarilink, Fly sax and Fly 540 fly from Nairobi's Wilson/JKIA to Lamu every day.
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          1br b&b
            Named after its pale ochre walls and informal atmosphere, the Sand Castle is a spacious ground floor apartment. Three bedrooms are arranged around a central living room and an open dining room. A small courtyard shaded by an acacia tree funnels in plenty of breeze and on the front side there is a garden pergola. The kitchen is beyond the courtyard. The Sand Castle has one twin and two doubles (all ensuite) and is available either on a self-catering basis or as separate rooms. Behind us are the sand dunes covered in greenery and full of birds and monkeys. To get to the beach you have a five minute walk through the village past all the traditional local shops and their friendly owners or there is a spectacular 15 minute walk out of our front entrance and over the dunes. We do it at sun rise every day and it refreshes the soul. I also give a daily afternoon one hour yoga class open to all costing $5. The rooms and suites all come with a terrace and Swahili-style furnishings. Each en-suite bathroom includes a shower and complimentary toiletries. Guests can enjoy an inclusive breakfast in the dining room. The restaurant serves a variety of Italian and Swahili cuisine. Guests can also relax with a massage or treatment in the therapy room. Fatumas Tower is located 40 minutes' walk from Lamu's town centre. Manda Airport is 3 km away, and the Takwa Prehistoric Ruins are 10 km away. Fatumas Tower is located 40 minutes’ walk from Lamu’s town centre. Manda Airport is 3 km away, and the Takwa Prehistoric Ruins are 10 km away.
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            1br b&b
              Situated just a 5-minute walk from Shela Beach, Fatumas Tower features an outdoor plunge pool, yoga hall, and spa and wellness services. It also offers an indigenous garden and thatched-roof library. This room has a double bed en-suite bathroom with shower, and also features a seating area with an outside garden and outdoors plunge pool. Situated just a 5-minute walk from Shela Beach, Fatumas Tower features an outdoor plunge pool, yoga hall, and spa and wellness services. It also offers an indigenous garden and thatched-roof library. The rooms and suites all come with a terrace and Swahili-style furnishings. Each en-suite bathroom includes a shower and complimentary toiletries. Guests can enjoy an inclusive breakfast in the dining room. The restaurant serves a variety of Italian and Swahili cuisine. Guests can also relax with a massage or treatment in the therapy room. Fatumas Tower is located 40 minutes' walk from Lamu's town centre. Manda Airport is 3 km away, and the Takwa Prehistoric Ruins are 10 km away. Fatumas Tower is located 40 minutes’ walk from Lamu’s town centre. Manda Airport is 3 km away, and the Takwa Prehistoric Ruins are 10 km away.
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              1br b&b
                Fatuma's Tower is a Barefoot Boutique Accommodation & Yoga Retreat in Shela | Lamu Island, Kenya. The Acacia suite is a spacious suite with en-suite bathroom. The rooftop has a covered verandah and sun deck as well as a thatched roof. Situated just a 5-minute walk from Shela Beach, Fatumas Tower features an outdoor plunge pool, yoga hall, and spa and wellness services. It also offers an indigenous garden and thatched-roof library. The rooms and suites all come with a terrace and Swahili-style furnishings. Each en-suite bathroom includes a shower and complimentary toiletries. The apartment has a well-equipped kitchen. Guests can enjoy an inclusive breakfast in the dining room. The restaurant serves a variety of Italian and Swahili cuisine. Guests can also relax with a massage or treatment in the therapy room. Fatumas Tower is located 40 minutes' walk from Lamu's town centre. Manda Airport is 3 km away, and the Takwa Prehistoric Ruins are 10 km away. Fatuma's Tower is a garden paradise; a place to slow down and feel safe to let go. Only a 10-minute scenic stroll from Shela's pristine 12km beach, the historic tower and quiet gardens overlook the picturesque Shela sand dunes. Yoga Retreats Fatuma's Tower is the ideal environment for your Kenya Yoga & Wellness holiday. You can choose a personal yoga program, join a group yoga retreat or simply join our afternoon classes. Al Fresco Dining During your stay you'll enjoy an abundance of sweet tropical fruits, farm-fresh produce and home-cooked italian, seafood and vegetarian dishes served in our spacious antique gardens. Our cooks are at your disposal for the duration of your stay which makes self-catering both affordable and delicious! Read More.
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                1br b&b
                  Featuring a terrace with an open sun deck, this thatched room is on the first floor. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and includes free toiletries. Situated just a 5-minute walk from Shela Beach, Fatumas Tower features an outdoor plunge pool, yoga hall, and spa and wellness services. It also offers an indigenous garden and thatched-roof library. Fatumas Tower is located 40 minutes’ walk from Lamu’s town centre. Manda Airport is 3 km away, and the Takwa Prehistoric Ruins are 10 km away.
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                  1br b&b
                    The Bamboo room has a verandah, and includes a kitchen, small dining area. This room has its own bathroom combining colorful elements of Arabic architecture and traditional cushioned seated areas, known locally as barazza. Situated just a 5-minute walk from Shela Beach, Fatumas Tower features an outdoor plunge pool, yoga hall, and spa and wellness services. It also offers an indigenous garden and thatched-roof library. The rooms and suites all come with a terrace and Swahili-style furnishings. Each en-suite bathroom includes a shower and complimentary toiletries. Guests can enjoy an inclusive breakfast in the dining room. The restaurant serves a variety of Italian and Swahili cuisine. Guests can also relax with a massage or treatment in the therapy room. Fatumas Tower is located 40 minutes' walk from Lamu's town centre. Manda Airport is 3 km away, and the Takwa Prehistoric Ruins are 10 km away. Situated just a 5-minute walk from Shela Beach, Fatuma's Tower features an outdoor plunge pool, yoga hall, and spa and wellness services. It also offers an indigenous garden and thatched-roof library. The rooms and suites all come with a terrace and Swahili-style furnishings. Each en-suite bathroom includes a shower and complimentary toiletries. The apartment has a well-equipped kitchen. Guests can enjoy an inclusive breakfast in the dining room. The restaurant serves a variety of Italian and Swahili cuisine. Guests can also relax with a massage or treatment in the therapy room.
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                    4br apt. / condo
                    • Pets Allowed
                    The vision behind Waridi House was to create a home which was an integral part of the village of Shella. An environment that is welcomed by the villagers, where visitors can experience the unique flavor of community life, feeling being a part of the community, combined with absolute privacy, in an oasis of calm and tranquility. Shella is an exotic village in the kenyan coast,boasting warm and clean beaches.Seafood meals here are prepared with fresh catch everyday. Services:In house chef,room steward and a waiter all included in the rates. Pool: We have a plunge pool. Power:The only house in the village powered by solar. Hot Shower available. Two boat transfers. Bed and breakfast. Baby sitter on request. In house massag Waridi House is A Home Away From Home.As you step in the house our staff will take over to serve you
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                    4br Home/Apartment
                    • Wifi
                    • Smoking Allowed
                    • Pets Allowed
                    • Swimming Pool
                    Waridi House is located in the village of Shela on the island of Lamu on the Kenyan coastline. There are 4 large rooms each with spacious en-suites, balconies, lounge areas and beautiful views