Zahir House, Shela, Lamu

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Entire residential home hosted by Chantal

9 guests, 5 bedrooms, 6 beds, 5.5 baths
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Zahir House is a beautiful 5 bedroomed house located in Shela, on the historic Swahili island of Lamu.
Spread over 5 floors the house is influenced by both Swahili and Arab architecture - with a modern twist. Enjoy views of the ocean and sand dunes.

The space
Zahir House

Zahir House is a beautiful 5 bedroomed house located in Shela, on the historic Swahili island of Lamu.

A short boat ride from the Lamu/Manda airstrip takes you to Shela where you will be welcomed by our staff and taken on a 5 minute walk to the house.

Spread over 5 floors, the house has 3 spacious double bedrooms, 1 twin room and 1 single bedroom – all ensuite, and can comfortably fit up to 9 people. All the lower rooms are fitted with air conditioning and fans, while the double bedroom that occupies the top floor enjoys the natural breeze (with an additional fan). Inspired by both traditional Swahili and Arabic architecture, Zahir House embodies both cultures with a modern twist! Guests can enjoy marvelous views of both the ocean and the famous sand dunes from the top-most floor, while also having the opportunity to cool down on the hotter days in the large plunge pool on the ground floor. From the third floor, guests can enjoy their meals in the sea breeze; the space is also fit with a small lounge, bar/kitchenette and a fountain

The house is staffed with a cook and room stewards – all are there to make your stay as relaxed as possible. We will send you information on how you can book dhow trips across the Lamu archipelago (with fresh seafood prepared on the boat), snorkeling trips (with the chance of seeing dolphins and whales – season permitting), waterskiing/wakeboarding, tours through both Shela and Old Lamu town with an experienced guide, massages at the house and several other activities. Or why not stay near the house? With 7 miles of white pristine beach a short walk away, or watch the fisherman come in with the mornings catch 1 minutes walk from the house.

Rate includes:
- 1 Return airport transfer from Lamu/Manda airport
-Cook and room stewards

Kindly note that our house cannot accommodate more than 9 people.

Over Christmas and New year we have a 5-night stay minimum.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Pool
Washer
Air conditioning
Bathtub
Patio or balcony
Pack ’n Play/travel crib
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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4.74 out of 5 stars from 67 reviews

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Where you’ll be

Shela, Lamu, Kenya

The house is located in the historic village of Shela, the majority of the residents are Muslim and traditional.

Hosted by Chantal

Joined in July 2015
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I was raised in Kenya and consider it my home. I work for a global conservation organization, which allows me to follow my passion for both travel and community conservation.

During your stay

The staff will assist you with everything during your stay.

Chantal is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with building staff
No pets
No parties or events
Smoking is allowed

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm not reported Show more
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Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock

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