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Places to stay in Manda Island

Places to stay in Manda Island
Well ventilated, 2 beds, open-plan, shared swimming pool, unique set up, cleaning on request, free pick up from the airport.
Well ventilated, 2 beds, open-plan, shared swimming pool, unique set up, cleaning on request, 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
3 banks/ATM/restaurants/bar/supermarket/museum/shops/ nearby, airport 10min away, next to seafront, next to main boat landing jetty.
  • A dream with a view and a pool ♥️

    Anisha2020-03-04T00:00:00Z
  • Nice relaxing place

    Sam2020-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • With Ivor’s places - what you see, YOU GET MORE! With the limitations of Lamu - this place is a hidden treasure, the caretakers were all very friendly and on hand to guide on each and every need we had. The place is very quiet, organized and unbelievably located in the center of town. For the rate that was charged - this was worth each single penny

    Max2020-02-12T00:00:00Z
  • Had a nice time from Point A-Z. Understanding listeners. Surely jump back there again soon! InshaAllah

    Hashim2020-02-05T00:00:00Z
  • We had an amazing stay. Both ivor, sulema and all the staff are super friendly and make you feel very comfortable. The room very comfortable and clean. I would choose them again without any doubt.

    Martin2020-01-16T00:00:00Z
  • Very spacious penthouse apartment with all the basic amenities one would need for their stay in paradise. Centrally located in Lamu Old town so you can locate the place as you get off the boat. Super responsive and invested host who goes all out for his guests - he's literally a text away. Also easy access for day trips around the neighbouring islands/beaches as well. Really liked the touch of organised airport transfers - would definitely come back here again.

    Xolisa2020-01-02T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful place! Great location, pool, very spacious bed. The staff was very friendly with excellent customer service. They even picked us up at the airport. Highly recommended!

    Eline2019-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • Staying here was like time traveling into the Swahili cultural universe- magical. This place is crazy convenient; they pick you up from the airstrip in a dhow. The place is less than a minute walk from the jetty. The views are spectacular;- I got to enjoy a beautiful sunrise. The authenticity is out of this world. My bed was crazy comfortable, I loved the Swahili cultural touches around the room. I loved that I could walk to every place I wanted to go. Boniface was a joy. Would definitely stay again.

    Adem2019-10-02T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Other


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

    My place is close to Friday Mosque, UNESCO historic sites, the beach and gift shops.. You’ll love my place because of the seafront atmosphere, the privacy, close proximity banks/ATMs, supermarkets, in-house chef and welcoming staff.. My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families (with kids).
    Faraha House provides guests with a secured apartment that comes with rooftop access, an ocean view balcony, one bathroom and an airy room with king sized bed and mosquito net. There is also an adjustable ceiling fan for humid days and nights.
    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
  • We really enjoyed our stay. Had the whole house to ourselves and a huge swahili bed! Nyama the housekeeper was very helpful. The kitchen could be cleaner and better organized (two rings instead of one) but it was all good. Amazing location and view - beautiful breeze!

    Donatella2020-01-12T00:00:00Z
  • Geat location

    Roberto2019-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing home in an amazing place. Short walk to the beach and all the restaurants. The caretaker is fantastic and went out of his way to make sure our stay was enjoyable. We really didn't want to leave. Book it - you won't regret it.

    Cal2019-09-17T00:00:00Z
  • Great place to stay. Nice views, comfortable bed. Robert cooked for us a delicious fish for an economic price. The Big terrace is super nice. Thanks!

    Karen2019-08-31T00:00:00Z
  • Value for money and enjoyable stay. Amazing food well done by the chef Nyama. Fresh Oyster from Haji and amazing experience.

    Daud2019-08-28T00:00:00Z
  • We overall spent a very nice week at furaha house. The room is small and simple but the terrasse on the roof top is amazing. Nyama prepared very nice breakfast and dinner for us and was helpful for organizational stuff. Only negative point : the mosquito net having several holes is not so effective anymore.

    Elodie2019-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • TL;DR: Highly recommended! The place was spectacular!!! It was more so because we hadn't really had Shela on our list and so the whole area surprised us pleasantly. We booked same day (within 2 hours of check-in) and had a quick turnaround of directions etc from Hamid. Nyama, who received us and showed us around, was great and prepared amazing meals for us! We didn't see many restaurants around so getting Nyama to cook was a tremendous value-add(disclaimer: we only stayed 1 day). I recommend Peponi Hotel next door for drinks and if you are into running, there's a Manda island Airbnb running Experience that allowed us to visit Manda island right before our flight back to city.

    Бенита2019-07-10T00:00:00Z
  • I highly recommend Furaha House. The room was neat and comfortable. The roof top patio was a beautiful place to hang out and eat delicious sea food! Nyama’s cooking was amazing. We were lucky to have the whole place to ourselves and loved every minute!

    Carly2019-06-19T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Shela, Lamu County, Kenya

    Get in touch to get your discount coupon!!!! Book now for an amazing discount - April!!! Due to the circumstances our property is regularly sanitized by professional cleaners and is perfect for isolation if you wish to do so. We are YourHost, a professional management company and our standards require the highest cleanliness at all times. All cleaners are required to clean all surfaces and handles with soap or sanitizer thoroughly after every single cleaning session. We will also provide sanitizing spray for every space With the support of our cleaners and full-time staff all areas are being sanitized regularly and hand sanitizers are available to our spaces.
    The Honeymoon Studio is the extension of Shela's beach architectural landmark, The Honeymoon House. With its own private entrance and access to the sandy beach, this guest suite is uniquely designed to offer only the best experience to our guests. Enjoy jaw-dropping views of the island while lying in bed, and the best cooking experience from our chef, Tony. Our guest manager, Jackson, is always around to make your stay memorable. Don't forget to arrange a of day sailing with our Mozambican Lamu Dhow boat, where you can enjoy sundowners and explore the Indian Ocean.
    The neighbourhood is part of a historical landmark and very safe to walk around. You can always ask for our askari at the main gate to accompany you should you like to walk by the secluded side of the beach evening hours.
  • This is no ordinary air bnb experience. The quality of the studio and the service were better than some 5 star hotels we have stayed in. The room itself is stunning with the biggest bed I’ve ever seen, and gorgeous interior design touches. We did experience power cuts but I would stress that these affect the whole island, it is not an issue with this house. While the power was off We swung open the windows and let the trade winds in, had bucket showers and dined by candlelight- it was dreamy. The house is managed impeccably and comes with a waiter/housekeeper and a chef who not only provided the best meals we have had in our 3 month trip (he called the fishermen direct from our breakfast table so we could have exactly the fresh seafood we wanted) but really provided 5 star service throughout. The house was cleaned every day so was spotless and our dining table was set beautifully for every meal in the gorgeous dunes just in front of the studio (the photos do not do this justice, it’s a magical setting) The beach is a 2 min walk down the dunes and the maze of Shela streets 2 mins in the other direction. It really was paradise and we would book again in a heartbeat

    Hannah2020-02-29T00:00:00Z
  • This AirBnB is an amazing find. It's quiet and off the beaten path. The bed is gigantic. There's A/C! And one of the best hangout spots, Peponi is only steps away. If you have the opportunity, have the staff cook prepare you a meal (you cover the cost of food, etc.). We had him prepare goat for us one night and seafood the next. Both were absolutely incredible. The outside dining area is beautiful and during the day you can watch birds fly about or even see a monkey or two (one even stole a banana from me!) :) One quick tip: If you like to have wine/beer/spirits with your meal it can be hard to find on the island as many of the residents are religious. That said, you can easily pack a few bottles from the mainland without issue, even if you're flying in. Our only issue was that the wifi was spotty at times (as it can be throughout Africa), but that didn't really affect us as we were too busy swimming/snorkeling/hanging on the beach. If you have the opportunity to stay here you won't regret it.

    Lee2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely

    Eli2019-11-25T00:00:00Z
  • Honeymoon studio is amazing! It has a great location on top of the dunes, but an easy walk to Peponi, town, and the beach. The studio is very comfortable with wonderful a/c, a huge bed, and everything you may need. When we stayed at the studio, no-one was staying in the house, so we were able to access the pool. The pool was amazing; large, clean, stylish, beach beds laid out, and a bathroom available. The best part of the stay, though, was the staff. I've stayed at many luxury hotels, camps, and villas in Kenya and this is the best service I've had in the country. Jackson and his team are incredible! Meals are ready right on time, someone is always around (but not intruding) to make sure you have everything you need, and they generally go above and beyond. We left a baby cot at the pool and when we returned in the evening, we saw it had magically been brought upstairs and put back in place. The chef also heard that our baby liked the mango, so the next day at breakfast he put an extra mango on the plate, just for her. I also recommend eating at the studio as the food as very reasonably priced and delicious. I can't praise the staff (and chef) enough! This was a very good place to book in Lamu for the cost. Highly recommend!

    Kie2019-11-18T00:00:00Z
  • great place. great location. fantastic team of people!

    Giovanni2019-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • Great place, in the best location with friendly staff and an outstanding cook

    Paul2019-10-26T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time staying here while in Lamu. Jackson and the entire team of staff were fantastic. They were able to advise on things to do and connect us with guides for various activities around Shela and Lamu town. Breakfast was delicious and we ended up utilizing the in-house chef for other meals -- they were all amazing. The beach is a 4 min walk from the house. I highly recommend staying here while visiting Shela and we plan to come back again!

    Aileen2019-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent experience

    Kaniaru2019-09-14T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Guesthouse


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    On the beach front of Manda island, 5 minutes from Shela. Traditional style banda accommodation, singles, doubles, family room and Treehouse and a library for relaxing. Full seafood restaurant serving fresh local dishes and fully stocked bar with wood fire pizza oven overlooking the beach.
    On 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 private swing bed set in the shade and chill out library area with swing chairs. We have pizza and film night every Friday which is a popular evening on the island. Yoga classes twice a week and a Sunday brunch. Only 5 minutes from Shela and 20 minutes from Lamu town.
    The 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.
  • Imagine waking up and seeing an unspoilt almost empty large white sanded beach with with a tempting clear sea lapping at its edge and a couple of small boats anchored nearby. That is what awaits you each morning if you stay here. The wooden huts you stay in are a great balance between feeling low-key, whilst still being quite luxurious with big warm showers, electricity and plugs. Plus the team do a great job of ensuring bugs are not an issue with a good mosquito net & a smoke addition each night. Only watch out is you wake up with the sun rise as there is natural light openings in the huts plus the sun is very intense in Lamu. I did struggle a bit through the middle of the day with the heat. But the shaded seats and bar that overlooks the beach meant sitting reading with a beer became the ideal activity until the heat cooled down in the afternoon.

    Laurence2019-11-21T00:00:00Z
  • It’s an absolutely amazing place. Great service and very warm staff. The sunsets are a bonus

    Kelvin2019-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • We had such a lovely stay at Diamond Beach Village. Eunice was consistently very helpful and always attentive. As far as orienting yourself, Diamond Beach is a private resort directly across the channel from Shela (swimmable at low tide) and about a 10-15 minute boat ride to Lamu. We recommend the full-day dhow ride, fishing, yoga, and a Sunday massage (extra costs but worth it, especially if other guests are interested in the water activities and you can split costs with them). The room, bed, and bathroom were even nicer and more comfortable than expected, and the outside bed hammock was an awesome touch. Wifi was not super strong, but who needs wifi when you’re in paradise?! As others have noted, food was delicious, especially the pizza (recommend seafood and Mexican pizza). We hope to return one day!

    Jacqui2019-10-28T00:00:00Z
  • Peaceful place to retreat!

    Nneka2019-10-05T00:00:00Z
  • We decided to end our trip through Kenya on the Lamu Archipelago. Based on everything we had read we were hoping to find a charming place on the beach to relax. Most travel blogs and travel guides were recommending to stay on Lamu Island, meaning either in Lamu town or in Shella. Lamu town being described as “lively” and Shella as “quite luxury with a beautiful beach”. Very little was said about Manda Island and Diamond Beach. When we first saw Diamond Beach Village we instantly loved the look of the place but we were not sure, whether it was practical to stay there. Since restaurants etc. are all on Lamu Island, we were not sure, whether we would feel too much cut off from everything. But all doubts turned out to be fully unnecessary. We could not have been happier about our stay on Manda Island and at Diamond Beach Village. Diamond beach village is a very authentic and eco-friendly accommodation, right on the beach and is run with great attention to detail. The place is peaceful, so is its whole surrounding. Since there is no town on Manda Island, especially in the morning, you can have the beach for yourself. Also during the day the beach, which is actually much more beautiful than Shella beach, feels almost private. And what we highly appreciated, is that no one approaches you to sell you things. It is very easy to visit the places around, and for us returning to Diamond Beach (Village) always felt relieving. The breakfast, and every food we ordered @ the own restaurant was super fresh and delicious. The whole experience was rounded up by Racheals hospitality, recommendations and bookings. This beautiful place wins with its simplicity without sacrificing comfort.

    Claire-Marie2019-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • We loved it. It’s a perfect spot to relax and eat well. The staff were very friendly. Manda Island is quiet and set apart but only a 5 minute boat ride from Shela and not far from Lamu town either. We would definitely return.

    Aaron2019-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • Great!

    Megan2019-08-18T00:00:00Z
  • Rachael's place is perfect for a quiet and relaxing time. It's right on the beach with beautiful views, esp. the sunset. The food is great. Ofcourse try out the pizza it's amazing. Friday movie night is a plus plus. I totally recommend it for anyone looking to take a break and just relax.

    Lilian2019-08-12T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Nature lodge


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Kenya

    Amu House is a fully restored 16th century Swahili house with 7 comfortable, self contained guest rooms each with its own veranda on the two upper floors. We serve a full breakfast downstairs in the historic original Swahili house, and have a beautiful breezy rooftop with a hammock and day beds for all our guests to enjoy. Conveniently located just a minute's walk from the jetty and the seafront, Amu House is perfectly situated. A quiet, private home in the middle of a historic paradise!
    Amu House on Lamu Island is located off the coast of Northern Kenya. The breezes of the Indian Ocean and the islands of the Lamu Archipelago offer many beautiful places to visit. Sailing is a big part of our culture, and we recommend that our guests explore the area by land as well as by sea. Perhaps a simple day trip to one of our incredible nearby beaches may be the perfect way to relax on your holiday. Or take a sailing trip to snorkel and/or fish with lunch included; enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise with drumming and singing on board, or take the time to explore the nearby islands as we can take you on a variety of exciting sea adventures! And if you prefer to stay on land, relaxing on the rooftop and enjoying the breezes in the hammock may be the perfect way to spend your afternoon after getting "lost" in the maze of Lamu's streets. With no cars or vehicles, only donkeys for transport, spend the morning winding through our historic town, stumbling across pieces of an ancient culture meeting the modern day. Lamu Town is a place history can come alive in your imagination. Feel the ancient times that passed by.
    Lamu Island is a historic trading center dating back to the 9th Century. Amu House is a traditional Swahili house dating from the 16th century, located in the heart of Old Town. Just a minute walk to the seafront, with channel views from the rooftop, Amu House provides a perfect place to start exploring this beautiful historic area. Come join us!
  • The place is located two blocks from the seafront. The room is very spacious with a high ceiling. Mohammed and Hussien are very friendly,kind and absolute pleasure to talk to. I recommend this place for anyone wanting to stay in Lamu.

    Bruk2020-03-15T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic bed and breakfast in Lamu town, only a few alleys back from the waterfront (easy to locate). The room was clean and comfortable, with a high powered ceiling fan that kept us cool at night even though the nets. This house has so many Swahili architectural touches! That alone is worth the stay. But the breakfast was fantastic! Our host offered either an English or Swahili breakfast--get the Swahili. It was plenty of delicious food. Finally, everyone was very friendly and helpful. I would gladly stay here again.

    Tina2020-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • Very kind staff Hotel in historic city Context very strong city Lamu .... for me to see The beaches can be reached comfortably with small boats. Accommodation is simple as described.

    Giuliana2020-02-01T00:00:00Z
  • I really enjoyed my stay at Amu house. I especially loved the Swahili breakfast and fresh juices served in the morning. I loved the cleanliness and eco friendliness of the place and how much thought was put into the overall decor of the house. Hammerton and Bakari were really helpful with information and errands and I don’t have any regrets booking Amu House. Well done!

    Emmanuel2019-12-17T00:00:00Z
  • Amu house is beautiful! Great location, the manager on staff was very friendly and the breakfast was great. Overall, a great place and a great value! As other reviewers said, it is close to a mosque so be prepared for that, and other noises in the alley, which is to be expected in Lamu. We had a problem on our first night in which the power went out which made it quite uncomfortable given the heat. The host had an electrician there the next morning, yet unfortunately it was not getting repaired in time so we had to switch Airbnbs. The host was communicating very quickly with us during the ordeal. This problem seemed to be isolated though, so should the opportunity arise, we would for sure consider this place again!

    Mark2019-12-06T00:00:00Z
  • great place, great location. Bakari was awesome

    Nelly2019-11-26T00:00:00Z
  • Great location and very comfortable

    Nick2019-09-08T00:00:00Z
  • My fiance and I absolutely loved our time at Amu House. Bakari and Hamilton were wonderful hosts, and the house is lovely. We live in Nairobi, and Lamu is such a nice escape from the bustle of Kasarani. Breakfast was lovely, the location perfect, the locals so friendly. It was a pleasure all around. We'll be back!

    Carla2019-08-29T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    16


    Bedrooms

    7

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    Island Hotel is sometimes called “The Twin Towers”, and on the top of each tower is a penthouse with its own rooftop. The rooms get a great breeze, and there’s nothing better than relaxing in the rooftop hammock, reading or just listening to the everyday village life down below. Two floors: room + rooftop 1 large double bed 1 single bed 2/3 rooftop single beds All beds have mosquito net Private bathroom with toilet and shower Towels and bedsheets available
    The Island hotel is located about 4 minutes walk to the beach just one building away from Fatuma's Tower which is popular for Yoga retreats. There is WiFi but no swimming pool. We provide airport transfers at an extra cost for those who want to be met at the airport. If you can find your way to Shela just ask for the Island Hotel, everyone in shela knows the place.
    The neighbor is Peponi Hotel which is the best hotel in Lamu Island. Peponi is privileged to have an alcohol bar and is the meeting place for most tourists visiting Shela
  • This is actually a review for the penthouse as we upgraded when we got there. Clinton helped arrange our boat transfers making it really easy to get there. The apartment is so lovely, airy and simple with everything you need. The rooftop is the real gem with a hammock and daybeds which we took advance of for afternoon naps. Note, only cold water but it's so hot it doesn't matter. We were really well taken care of. Thanks. Would definitely recommend.

    Tyler2020-01-28T00:00:00Z
  • Simple but authentic hotel with an amazing host. His recommendations were very helpful and he will provide you with a trustworthy captain/crew for trips around Lamu Island/pick-up from the airport. The breakfast is delicious. Would definitely book again.

    Leonie2019-12-27T00:00:00Z
  • This is a superb place to live with the beach close by. The host was very welcoming and he also showed me around with lots of activities that one could do while in the area. Kudos

    Nathaniel2019-12-19T00:00:00Z
  • Every single thing about this place is amazing from The food, to the space , hospitality etc .I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet place away from the city drama.

    Tafari2019-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shela, Lamu County, Kenya

    The 4 storied Bembea house reflects the fascinating charm of Swahili architecture mixed with electric furnishing and a personal touch of finest style and comfort. It's situated on the edge of the picturesque village Shela, alongside the dunes that fringe the long stretch of Shela Beach. Located only a few steps from the famous Peponi Hotel
    Bembea house is a self-catering house. It's a home away from home. The house sleeps 2 to 4 people in two double bedrooms. On the second floor there are 2 bedrooms they are furnished with four-poster beds, mosquito nets, ceiling fans and dressing tables. The en-suite bathrooms have hot water showers, the hot water is heated via solar panels. The entrance hall decorated with seashells in the beautiful niches and three large stone benches ideal for sitting and relaxing. The staircase leads up to the fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen has a dining area where your friends and family can sit and dine. Through the kitchen windows you can gaze at the birds in the palm trees and enjoy the view of the sand dunes. The third floor has a spacious dining area and an adjacent living room. Lastly, we have a magnificent rooftop with panoramic view of the Indian Ocean and Shela village. While relaxing in the baraza lounging area or sunbathing on the comfortable sun beds, you can feel the cool breeze from the dunes.
  • Bembea House is out of this world. Cecilia and her team are amazing and we could not have had a better stay in Shela. The house is in a great location just behind Peponi Hotel and a 2 minute walk from the beach. Sammy and Jackson were amazing hosts and cooked up the most amazing meals. Cecilia arranged our boat transfer from the airport to Shela and Nasir then helped us coordinate booking all our boat/snorkelling/sundowner activities. We’ll definitely be back and couldn’t recommend a stay here more highly.

    Harriet2020-02-26T00:00:00Z
  • In all aspects Bembea house is exquisite. In terms of location, it is within a stone's throw from anything you might need.. Restaurants, curio shops or the beach. It's also super easy to find in the maze of back alleys that make up Shela. The house itself is a stylish getaway, the absolute epitome of 'Swahili chic', with a curated personal touches. It's filled with beautiful art pieces and every amenity you would ever need. Sammy and Johnson prepared our lovely meals daily (optional) and were always available to give hints and tips to maximize your stay. This place is 100% recommended.

    Jessica2020-02-21T00:00:00Z
  • We thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully crafted and curated Lamu home . Johnson and Sammy made our stay a delight , many thanks to them ! We will be back

    Tulsi2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • This stay is an amazing find and value! I cannot get over how perfect this place is. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Pictures really do not do this place justice! Don't over think things just book it!

    Erik2020-01-22T00:00:00Z
  • Cecilia was an accommodating and responsive host, ready to assist even with last minute changes. The house is really great. Visiting Shela is always special but this was by far the best trip. While it is only a stone’s throw from Peponi, there was really no need to go so often as the living area was wonderful to spend the afternoon, and the rooftop terrace a great vista to enjoy sundowners. Most of all, I don’t think the hospitality and stay would have been the same without Sammy and Johnson. Highly recommended.

    Danie2020-01-11T00:00:00Z
  • This is a gorgeous house near the oceanfront. I would highly recommend staying here as the staff are very friendly, Johnson is a great cook, and you are well looked after. The house is very stylish, probably the most stylish that I have seen yet in Lamu and there are small touches around the house! Because it is not by the oceanfront, it can get hot--but that is Lamu Island! I would definitely come back here. Cecilia is a great hostess and immediately responded to all our requests. Thank you!

    Maha2019-12-16T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely, stylish house in a great location with very helpful staff. Without doubt Shela is the place to stay if visiting Lamu.

    Gareth2019-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • This place is amazing! Johnson and Sammy were great, the house breathtaking and the location perfect! Wonderful!

    Luise2019-11-24T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Shela, Lamu, Kenya

    The accomodation is in Lamu island old town, close to the seafront, it is well located near banks, market, museums, restaurants.
    Close to local restaurants, banks, market, museums, boats, shops, old town, local art shops, local jewellery shops, local kikoy clothings shop. Supermarket.
  • Superb! Ivor is lovely and respond super quickly, he always said yes with a smile and do everything so we can have a gorgeous stay in Lamu. The apartment had a beautiful Swahili architecture with incredible furnitures, we loved there like in a movie. It’s situated in the center of Lamu, close to everything, if you like cities, this is the place for you. Be aware that Lamu has 5 mosk that do the morning prayer. During our stay we were I’ll and we were taking care of. Ivor, and also Anderson, the most helpful person we find in our trip. They really help us to get better. Lamu is a must in a trip to Kenya, at least a couple of nights in Lamu old town is something unique. Then we move to others apartments of Ivor, one better than the other one. We really recommend staying in Lamu with Ivor and his whole team :)

    Agustín Alejandro2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Great place with friendly staff and great communication. For tips when getting around Lamu, Ivor will be able to direct you in the right direction. I would recommend this place for anyone looking for a place near the Sea-Front and in the heart of Lamu StoneTown.

    Wambui2020-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • We had an amazing stay on Lamu. Ivor is a very friendly and welcoming host. His place is beautiful and I can highly recommend to stay here

    Chiara2019-12-27T00:00:00Z
  • Nice place to explore Lamu, can recommend.

    Matthias2019-07-14T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing place in the heart of Lamu old town. Ivor was really helpful and made the stay very pleasant. 20m from the Port. Completely recommendable!

    Emre2019-04-04T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing accommodation in Lamu town ! Really felt in the at home and part of the town. Safe, secure and so comfortable! We will be back ! Thank you Ivor - incredible host !

    Eira2018-11-27T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

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    The place is a 2bedroom apartment in a Large Spacious Villa with 2 other apartments directly on Lamu island’s seafront, 10 minutes from the airport. On ground-floor, Swimming pool, garden, outdoor terrace, quiet space, basic kitchen. (2 bedrooms each with own toilet & shower), living room, terrace, small kitchen.
  • Equidistant from Sheela and Lamu Town, the structure was far above expectations. Huge spaces furnished with taste and style. Some criticism for cleanliness but justifiable from the place. A real well-equipped private villa (also with practically proven swimming pool) at our complete disposal.

    Piero2020-03-09T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect getaway in perfect location! Staff is extremely helpfull and chill athmosphere makes you feel really blessed! I highly recommend

    Merili2020-03-05T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing place roughly halfway between Lamu and Shela. The pool was great and the place was setup well. The only issue was the fan in the master bedroom overheats so we couldn’t run it at night which made it a bit warm. There was also to few kitchen amenities to be a truly self sufficient Airbnb. Overall a great place and location we’d happily stay at again!

    Nathan2020-01-02T00:00:00Z
  • Homely and good service. Ivor is very easy to communicate and always response very quickly. Caretakers(Safari and Daniel) in the compound are very nice. Swimming pool is great for children, easy walking to Lamu Town and Shela.Great for family vocation.

    Echo2019-12-28T00:00:00Z
  • Palm Park offers extremely good value for money. The apartment and grounds were well maintained and the staff very welcoming and friendly. Having the airport transfers arranged for us great and Safari and Bonface helped arrange water taxis for us on multiple occasions, as well as organising a dhow and fishing trip. Both Lamu and Shela are within walking distance, although its more pleasant to get a water taxi given the heat of the sun! Lamu Island as a whole is a fantastic, unspoiled destination. The people are welcoming and keen for visitors to enjoy their stay so that word will spread about it being a great place to stay. We really enjoyed our time there.

    Simon & Catherine2019-10-25T00:00:00Z
  • Good location.

    Lillian2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • Ivor and staff are wonderful and helped us navigate Lamu, provided helpful travel tips to get us there and away and even delivered us by boat arriving and departing! Safari helped us navigate Lamu town and get some necessary business completed. Safari a wonderful driver - had a fun ride into town. Beautiful inner breezy courtyard courtyard with gardens and lovely pool. Excellent central location on waterfront.

    Kathi2019-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • The host is very quick to respond to any communication.The place looks exactly as the pictures posted on the Airbnb profile.They have a very hospitable team at the villa.

    Evelyne2019-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    Andavelo House is a centuries old beautifully recently restored six-suite patrician house set in the old town of Lamu, Kenya. Andavelo House has nearly 800 m2 with beatifully appointed custom made furniture in all the suites and common areas.
    House can be rented in full or per room. Current listing price reflects per suite price. Each suite fits two people in a very large custom made super King bed size. Let us know if you have additional guests and we can discuss accommodation alternatives
    UNESCO 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
  • My stay at Andevelo House was fantastic. Safari, Johnson, and Abdul helped with everything we needed. It was a most relaxing end to an amazing trip to Kenya. Highly recommended.

    Kati2020-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • This place is so stylish, it is like being on a film set. Be aware that you have to request breakfast when you book otherwise you don’t get it. This toon me by surprise as before now I had always assumed that if I am paying over $50 then breakfast is included but this isn’t the case. We also didn’t find anywhere good to have breakfast either so make sure you have this conversation before booking. We also stayed in the hotel next door called Baytil Ajaib which is in the same style and I believe actually the same building. Overall David and Andre’s place is much better. Baytil Ajaib has a 10pm curfew, is less beautiful and I was at the receiving end of the owner’s mood swing.

    Clare2020-02-04T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect location if you’re looking for a quiet chilled environment within old town Lamu.

    Sonii2020-01-22T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great stay. The architecture is beautiful, and the roof terrace is calm and quiet and offers a beautiful view of the stars :) the breakfast everyday was a really high standard, and the staff went out of their way to help us with recommendations.

    Olivia2020-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • The best place ever from the decor to cleanliness to the staff. You will be extremely happy if you stay there.

    Renel2019-12-28T00:00:00Z
  • Unbelievable!! This place is second to none. Highly recommended!

    Modise2019-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • Words cannot describe this experience. Honestly the best Airbnb and hotel experience I have had, ever. Period. I was having a bad experience at another Airbnb, and I messaged the host (David, the owner) in desperation as our current Airbnb was without power in the dead heat. David responded within minutes agreeing to host us and sent Safari to get us within 30 minutes. With my wife and I now with all our luggage in a hotel with no heat, exhausted, and frustrated with our current situation, Safari showed up with a huge smile and was happy to grab our bags. We began the journey of a 3-4 minute walk. We were tired, sweaty, and just about out of gas when we arrived into this place. When we got in, within seconds Abhu came around the corner with ICE COLD face towels. They took our bags and told us to relax. As we sat with our faces now covered in this towel, Abhu comes back with coconuts filled with coconut water with straws and flowers. This blew us away and we knew we were in for a treat. They gave us a tour of the villa. It is a PALACE! STUNNING. HUGE rooms, LOTS of fans. Well ventilated. Quiet. Big bathrooms. Tons of windows, yet can close all of them if needed. A super comfortable bed. Amazing rooftop. We went down to the cold pool to relax. One of the owners, David, came to greet us and spent 30 minutes with us helping us, giving suggestions, and getting to know us as we relaxed in the cool pool that was PERFECT for a 95+ degree day. There are many highlights from our stay: Homemade breakfast that was essentially customized down to everything we wanted: fresh juice, eggs, pastries, coffee, fruit, toast, for an extremely reasonable price and made by Johnson, who was fantastic. Seems like every time we left the room, they came in the spruce up everything: turndown, more water, fresh towels, the works. On the second day of breakfast, David came and spoke to us for hours telling us about the history of the building, sharing how he acquired the property and it is clear he put a lot of passion into this. He even showed us pictures of the renovations. It was incredible to learn the history. At night when we were walking out and about, we even saw Safari taking other guests around to show them where to go. Our one of our last days, we also saw David and the team putting up a Christmas tree together. A super nice touch around the holidays. On our last morning, Safari took us to the airport and wished us well with a huge grin on his face with both of his arms waving goodbye to us as we crossed security. We will miss him, Abhu, and Johnson for sure. They are a complete delight and have incredible hospitality. This place may be a bit more dollars than other places in Lamu, yet I promise if you stay here, you will not be disappointed. It is worth it. This experienced helped make our trip one of the best, EVER! THANK YOU Safari, Abhu, Johnson, and David! I now know I will likely forever be disappointed in the future for not having an experience like they delivered to us.

    Mark2019-12-08T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful and clean space but above all, a FANTASTIC staff - Safari, Johnson and Abhu are wonderful and accommodating. You’ll want to eat breakfast and dinner there - we ate at a popular restaurant outside and paid tourist prices the first night. We then ate the same dish prepared by Abhu (Swahili crab) the second night and it was the best crab, much more delicious, and less expensive than the first night. We would have stayed another night just to eat another dinner there. Altogether, highly recommend staying here and in Lamu Old Town vs shella for tradition, culture and real local lifestyle.

    Elaine2019-10-02T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Boutique hotel


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

    Simple Top Floor with Sea View and terrace is a simple but lovely small apartment for 3 people; ideal for a couple, a group of friends or a small family. Located only a few minutes walk from the beach and the main restaurants of Shela, Lamu. If you are looking for simplicity, sea view and a terrace for a good price, this is the place for you. Send a message if you have any question. I reply fast.
    Simply furnished, this house belongs to my friend Abdillah. Ideal if you like simplicity and enjoy a sea view when you open your eyes in the morning. It has a great terrace to relax and take the breeze after a day at the beach or in town.
    The house is located a few minutes from the beach, in a little alley just behind the waterfront. It's the beginning of the lovely village of Shela, the best place to stay in Lamu to have a relaxed holiday by the sea. All shop and restaurants are walking distance from the house. A nice breeze blows from the sea directly on the terrace. It's quiet yet near everything. No cars on the island... You might hear a donkey or some chickens sometimes, but this is everywhere in the village ;-)
  • This apartment was wonderful! It had a beautiful view of the bay, was full of natural light, and was absolutely pristine. Rama is an excellent host and I will definitely stay here again next time I am in Shela!

    Andrew2019-11-28T00:00:00Z
  • This apartment is well located, as beautiful as described, a little paradise! Getting to know your way around the little streets of Shela is a pleasure, people are so welcoming, and the quietness and the view are priceless. A little home away from home! Thanks Rama and Stefania for the good communication and hospitality!

    Caroline2019-11-24T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay at Rama’s place. The space was beautiful and very clean. Rama was extremely helpful with local tips and went above and beyond to arrange our questions and requests. Plus, on our last day the owner carried our bags out for us. We love this place and would definitely recommend!

    Lauren2019-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • What a beautiful place to stay! The view from the terrace and the roof is stunning. Everyone was incredibly helpful and made our stay spectacular. The local cook made us a delicious meal and the building owner made sure everything was setup for us (even ran a generator when the power was out). When we forgot a hat in Lamu town, Hamisi even arranged to have it delivered later that day! It was an amazing place with amazing people. Staying in Shela was also the right choice for us, quieter and more peaceful than Lamu town. I'd highly recommend staying with Rama! Enjoy Shela!

    Kay2019-10-23T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing place to stay, very cosy and comfortable, easy to find and great host. Will definitely come back here my next weekend away to Lamu.

    Nina2019-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • We had a short two-night stay and the place was perfect for us! The views from the balcony are lovely, and you can get even higher by going up on the roof. Practically steps from the waterfront and all cafes, restaurants and shops, so very conveniently located. Beautiful furniture, good mosquito nets and a fan.

    Priscilla2019-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • This place is beautiful. I spent hours sitting on the veranda looking out at the ocean and reading. The apartment is simple but beautiful and was quiet at night (and well-vented, so it cooled off well). I wish I could have stayed longer. Rama is a very helpful and friendly host. He arranged transport to and from the airport and helped me set up a sunset dhow ride. Everything was great and so easy thanks to his help. He also offered to set up a cook to come to the place, which I wish I had made use of. Can’t recommend this place enough!

    Alec2019-08-20T00:00:00Z
  • Shela is a wonderful place and rama made sure that we get all the help needed

    Michael2019-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shela, Lamu County, Kenya

    Due to Corona restrictions we are blocking all reservations until August. During this time we'll add a new floor to separate eating and lounging areas. Me and my family stays here around two months a year. Two adults, one toddler and one four-year-old at the last visit. Kahindi takes care of laundry, shopping, cooking and more. He stays at the ground floor and has been helping out since the house was built.
    The main space on the 2nd floor almost always gets some breeze. This is where we spend most of our time, where we eat and relax on sofas or mattresses. This floor has a gate that can be closed for toddler security. Putting a few harder pillows together will also prevent toddlers from trying to get to the rooftop. The kitchen is just next to the dining area. It has a gas cooker, a fridge/ freezer, blender, toaster and all cooking utensils required. There is one bedroom on each floor and they are more or less identical. 6x7 feet bed, adjacent bathroom with shower, shelves and hangers. The main space on the first floor has a desk, two daybeds and an additional smaller bed suitable for older children or an adult. The rooftop is mainly used for drying of clothes but can also be used for stargazing. There are plenty of books (most in Swedish, some in English), children's toys and toddlers chair for eating. There is also a toddler bed that can be places under the mosquito net in any of the two bedrooms.
    Between Banana House and the Shela dispensary (free consultations and drugs; if needed ) and next door to a small shop with the basics.
  • The open air space proved perfect for sunset drinks, card games, and afternoon reading, but the true standout were the meals cooked for us by the caretaker. Everything felt taken care of, and the stay was incredible.

    Jake2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay. Kahindi is a great cook and cares a lot. Only the noisy neighbors are annoying at times.

    Maximilian2020-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • Had a wonderful stay. Jonas was very responsive and helpful with the booking and the house was immaculate and a lovely space. Kahindi was such a lovely man and really looked after us while we were there, every morning he provided us with a wonderful breakfast, the fresh fruit and fresh juice were particularly appreciated. The house is a short walk through the village to the beach but I personally particularly liked that as it meant you could absorb some of the village life and culture. The humdrum of the village in the morning and evening were for me a delight. Overall a wonderful stay and I will definitely be back again in the future! Thank you Jonas and Kahindi.....

    Lewis2020-02-12T00:00:00Z
  • one of the best Airbnb ever!!!

    Julian2020-01-15T00:00:00Z
  • Jonas’ home is beautiful! We met Kahindi at the dock to go to the place, we were so grateful to have him there to help us plan things and he also for a small fee made us breakfast each morning and a delicious dinner one night. Really pay attention to the path because there are so many winding paths and they all look the same, we got lost a lot but it always led to new discoveries so it wasn’t too bad. I would highly recommend this place.

    Cayla2020-01-12T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely house to relax in and perfectly situated in Lamu. Stayed here two adults and a toddler and it worked out great. Highly recommend it.

    Jeppe2020-01-02T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great time here! Amazing home with an even more amazing host and cook!!! Kahindi, the cook, is an absolute gem and took great care of our family, including our little baby. He happily provided a crib and high chair, clean up her mess after eating, entertained our little one and put up with having to step over/around child proof barriers. The food was absolutely incredible every single meal. Kahindi was discrete and made sure to keep the house sparkling clean. We highly recommend Jonas's place to anyone coming to Shella beach! Thanks again for a great stay!

    Erin2019-12-27T00:00:00Z
  • Jonas’s place is a perfect place to stay as you discover Lamu and Shella. Very close to the beach and other shops and restaurants. A peaceful place with a great cook available.

    Warren2019-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    5


    Bedrooms

    2

    Shela, Lamu County, Kenya

    Bilset House consists of a typical Lamu-style spacious main house and an adjacent studio, surrounded by a beautiful, large garden. Staff included are a chef and a housekeeper. Located approximately 10 meters from the seafront with the beach about 10 minutes walk along the seafront or through the village.
    The 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.
    Lamu 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.
  • The location is perfect, amazing views of the sea and a five minute walk from the center. The food was incredible and cosmas is full of local tips of where to go! Wonderful stay!

    Talash2020-03-09T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing rooftop terrace. Very spacious. Cosima cooked delicious seafood variations for us nearly every night. Caroline (off-site host) kindly arranged our transfer from airport. The boat captain (Nasir) then made all our water transport arrangements for us thereafter, including a snorkeling excursion on a splendid Dhow. All in all: highly recommended.

    Terry2020-02-24T00:00:00Z
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Bislet. A gastronomic experience to eat our meals here. We would like to come again.

    Thor 2020-02-12T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful weekend at Bislet House. The place itself wonderful, located at the seafront and with stunning views over the ocean and the island. Communication with hosts and staff went perfect, and Cosmas is a truly outstanding chef. We were lucky to be guests at this great place and will surely come back soon!

    Tilman2020-02-01T00:00:00Z
  • Great location, lovely place and outstanding cooking. Highly recommended.

    Richard2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Our family had a wonderful stay at the Bislet House. This was my third time to Lamu, but the first in 15 years. It's a magical place and still retains the charm I remembered. We enjoyed splitting time between Lamu Town and Shella. The Bislet House was lovely and we enjoyed hanging out on the roof, watching the sunrises and star-gazing at night. Cosmas prepared fantastic meals and Emmanuel provided excellent service. Shops and restaurants were within close walking distance. I would strongly recommend the Bislet House. I want to thank Caroline for the excellent communication as well. We hope to return again some day. Best wishes...

    Rob2020-01-16T00:00:00Z
  • The house, location and staff is a dream. We all loved Lamu and this was partly due to the wonderful place we had chosen and the delicious food we were served with. thanks for the attention to details and great communication beforehand. We loved our stay at Bisleti house and enjoyed the wonderful terraces. Asante Sana !!!

    Raphaelle2019-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely house and garden, super close to the sea

    Gabriel2019-11-24T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Shela, Lamu, Kenya

    This spacious and tranquil beach house, is set in a garden oasis 10 minutes walk from Peponi Hotel. Welcome to Brian's Beach House where you can relax away from the bustle of Shela Village. The 2 storey house is set on a rise just back from the shoreline. The Upstairs Apt has 2 ensuite rooms opening onto a veranda with sea views. Enjoy the sea breeze flowing through the garden in this quiet, cool & comfortable house where you'll have the perfect Lamu beach holiday.
    Brian's Beach House is perfect for friends and families to share. The Upstairs Apartment has an open-plan kitchen and dining area on the veranda, one double room with king-size bed and one room with two single beds. Both rooms have an ensuite, mosquito nets and ceiling fans. *The house can also be booked as a whole house that sleeps 8 or by the room. Please contact me for options.*
    Brian's Beach House is on the edge of Shela Village, and Shela is on the edge of what we all love about Lamu, the long beach, 12 kms of beach, skirted by sand dunes and almost deserted. Dhows (sailing boats) are the traditional mode of transport, great for fishing, snorkelling and especially for sailing as the sun sets - this is great fun, pack a few drinks and some snacks. Motorised boats plus windsurfing, kayaking, are available locally. Beach side restaurants and cafes dot the village, and you will find a fantastic bar and restaurant at Peponi Hotel or Kijani. Try some of the local fare of Mandazi from the morning street side bakeries for breakfast, chai in the afternoon at the cafe on the Sea Souk with a sweet treat of sim sim or labania. Shopping in the village is great, stop by Aman and visit all the other shops in the square. Pack a flash light as you might venture out at night and you will need it to get home.
  • This place was a great find! Situated on a lusciously green, quiet property, right on the water. It gives easy access to Lamu old town and Shela. The house is fitted with every amenity you could need, and Ali takes care of delicious (optional) meals at a minimal fee. We recommend Ali over most restaurants in town.

    Jessica2020-02-28T00:00:00Z
  • This is a wonderful house which is in a fantastic position... near enough the beachfront to be only a few minutes walk from the centre of Shela but also set back in a lush garden filled with birdsong which makes it quite and peaceful. Ali looked after us so well and is a wonderful cook. I thoroughly recommend Brian’s Beach House

    Cindy2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • This beach house is my favorite place I've stayed at in Lamu; I've been to Lamu something like 6-7 times but this was first ever time at Brian's Beach House. Perfect location, awesome communications/response times from both Charlie and Ali, the apartment is amazing, great view, really nice kitchen and very cool balcony to hang out on and to have your meals on. We accidentally destroyed a glass cover of a stove during our stay and Charlie and Ali could not have been more gracious and chill about it. Rooms and bathrooms are also lovely I should say - and Ali is a great cook. He also hooked us up with Farid who operates one of the boat taxis who was really wonderful and helped us as well when we wanted to do a Lamu town tour and a sunset dhow ride. Overall 6 out of 5 stars, you'll want to stay here if its available.

    Wade And Victoria2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • This is an amazing place! I had a great time here and can absolutely recommend it without qualifications.

    Marius2020-02-06T00:00:00Z
  • We had a fantastic stay at Charlie's place and couldn't recommend it more.

    Clara2020-02-01T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful house tucked inside a big forested plot. Staff were awesome! We'll be back

    Eoin2020-01-18T00:00:00Z
  • Our visit to Lamu confirmed our feelings that this is the very best place on earth to have a holiday - and Brian's Beach House was so much part of this . The house is charming, simple, comfortable and stylish - exactly what you want - set back in a lush and quite magical wild garden that provides shade and serenity. Walk down the path and through the red gate, and you're on the water - on the main path between Lamu and Shela. Turn right and in ten minutes you're at glorious Shela Beach, on the deck of Peponi's, or wandering through the alluring Shela village - a fascinating and ( to an outsider at least) successful experiment in co-existence between expatriates and locals; turn left and in thirty minutes (or ten on a boat, which you can get right outside) and you're in the bustling, ramshackle ancient city of Lamu. You couldn't be better positioned! And looked after! Ali is a perfect host, and a brilliant chef. Don't miss his grilled fish, his prawns curry, his chili calamari - all totally fresh! - and his fantastic vegetables: especially his coconut lentils and spinach, spinach, spinach like you've never eaten! All bought at the Lamu market. You can go with Ali and shop with him - he's a great guide to the town. Ali can also help you plan day-trips: don't miss going out on a dhow to a remote beach, for a grilled fish lunch on deck. Charlie, the owner, is in Australia - but is an excellent communicator. In short: we love Brian's beach house- and can't wait to return.

    Mark2020-01-09T00:00:00Z
  • We were four friends and had a lovely time at Charlie’s place. The house is just 5mins walk to Shela town, and a short boat ride to Lamu town. The upstairs had a lovely outdoor sitting area and the rooms were very comfortable. Ali the caretaker was an amazing cook and a really great person. It was very easy to communicate with Charlie over airbnb as well. Would love to stay here again!

    Astha2019-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Lamu, Kenya

    This is to the lovers of humanity that can walk through a village and up on to the sandy hills of Shela. To those that love children, plants, pets, food and sweaty hikes to the beach. Welcome to our cozy compound where we live in the clouds but have our feet solid on the ground. Your space is a cozy earthy 'banda' in the heart of Shela's iconic dunes (plus a game of boggle, scrabble, monopoly or taboo if you dare).
    Feel the peace of mother nature as intended by staying in this breezy local palm thatched house - forget five star, this is a million stars every night.
    What makes our neighbourhood special is the peace and quiet of sleeping under the stars***
    Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Hut


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    Situated in beautiful Shela Village, short walk from the ocean, fully equipped 2 double bed apartment, own entrance, price inclusive electricity, cooking gas, hot water. Wonderful beaches, plenty of activities.
  • Great gem in a lovely community

    Stephanie2020-02-02T00:00:00Z
  • This place is so nice and photos definitely don’t do it justice! It’s in a perfect location!

    Emma2020-01-24T00:00:00Z
  • Great apartment and location. Bigger than expected. Secure neighbourhood and friendly neighbours. Laundry and cleaning service available and provided by the hosts friend Jackie. Good value for money :)

    Celina2019-11-30T00:00:00Z
  • It is a beautiful and very practical apartment to spend a few days on the island of Lamu

    Unai2019-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • Chris' place is amazing. Near to the beach and shops. It caches all the cool breeze. It fulfills the island experience.

    Maija2019-10-20T00:00:00Z
  • Great affordable 2 bedroom apt in Shela town. Had a perfect short stay, and the price is unbeatable for a whole apt. Thanks Chris!

    Michael2019-09-15T00:00:00Z
  • If you want to spend a holiday in the island of Lamu, the accommodation provided by Chris is ideal to feel at home. The village of Shela is quiet, characteristic and has a beautiful beach, ideal for a relaxing holiday. The architectural style of the beautiful houses will make you fall in love with these places

    Massimo2019-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • Bring along an antiquated volume of 1001 Arabian Nights because you will feel right at home reading of adventures from millennia past. Chris's Shela home bristles with charm and authenticity. Snaking through narrow streets brings you to an unassuming door, but click the lock and you enter a place where you feel about immediately at ease. Clean and cozy with wonderful balcony views makes this a real treasure.

    Sam2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Shela Village, Lamu Island, Lamu, Kenya

    Andavelo House is a centuries old beautifully recently restored six-suite patrician house set in the old town of Lamu, Kenya. Andavelo House has nearly 800 m2 with beatifully appointed custom made furniture in all the suites and common areas. Our house is fully staffed. Daily cleaning and basic amenities are provided. Breakfast and meal cooking services are provided at a fee upon request. Our staff can assist you with booking a dhow or provide you information on any local attractions.
    We book individual suites that fit two persons. If additional guests come, they would need to book additional suites. All suites have their own fully equipped bathroom and have chill out areas and several of them sea view terraces. We have a swimming pool available for guests and an extensive common areas both by the pool and on the terrace over looking the town, sea and nearby Manda island
    Andavelo House is located in the center of historic UNESCO protected Lamu town. Our house is in a slightly elevated part of town which offers views of both town and sea. We are minutes away from Lamu Fort, sharing walls with the Swahili House museum and a few blocks away from the main shopping area of Lamu where all sorts of local artisans sells their crafts.
  • Most kind and helping people! Thank you ;)

    Merle2020-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • The highlight of our stay in Lamu was this house! Great location, beautiful design and kind hospitality. Will definitely be back!

    Niels2019-12-08T00:00:00Z
  • Andavelo House is a beautiful property in Lamu Town (~5 minute walk from the seafront) but away from the noise. A kind of oasis after a long day of doing all the things. Safari and Johnson were great and super hospitable. One of my highlights was a lovely Crab dinner that was cooked up for my friends and I on short notice. After seeing the place they actually decided to switch hotels and come stay there. Definitely recommend and hope to come back!

    Khadija2019-11-22T00:00:00Z
  • This is an absolute gem of a place if you want to stay in Old town of Lamu. It is not just the incredible building but the hospitality and small touches like the drinks on arrival and water always 'magically' being refilled in in your room. It really is an oasis within Lamu old town.

    Laurence2019-11-19T00:00:00Z
  • I had a great time in Lamu! The house was perfect, the room spacious. Safari, Abu and Johnson were welcoming and always available to help. David is reactive. And the breakfast was good :-) I highly recommend.

    Angelique2019-11-11T00:00:00Z
  • Andress and the other staff were great hosts. His place is located in the middle of the old town and you can reach everything within a 5-min walk. The place was very uniqe and had a peaceful atmosphere. We would really recommend!

    Michelle2019-11-06T00:00:00Z
  • The most beautiful house I have ever seen/stayed. My boyfriend and I were genuinely gasping as we were shown around as the photos do not do it justice. Our room was so incredible and the stay was divine. Safari and the team are so helpful. Would love to come back.

    Laura2019-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • The most beautiful house I have ever seen/stayed. My boyfriend and I were genuinely gasping as we were shown around as the photos do not do it justice. Our room was so incredible and the stay was divine. Safari and the team are so helpful. Would love to come back.

    Laura2019-11-05T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Boutique hotel


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    On the beach front of Manda island, 5 minutes from Shela. Traditional style banda accommodation, singles, doubles, family room and Treehouse and a library for relaxing. Full seafood restaurant serving fresh local dishes and fully stocked bar with wood fire pizza oven overlooking the beach.
    On 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 private swing bed set in the shade and chill out library area with swing chairs. We have pizza and film night every Friday which is a popular evening on the island. Yoga classes twice a week and a Sunday brunch. Only 5 minutes from Shela and 20 minutes from Lamu town.
    The 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.
  • This place is paradise! These three nights were amazingly peaceful and restful, the setting is beautiful. You have Shela and Lamu near, but it is difficult to leave the place while you are there, alternating from the beach, the hammocks, the couches with see view, the library or your own private garden! The staff is attentive, Eunice is there to help you in finding activities or simply make sure you feel like home. The food is excellent (the pizza is the best around and above). If you plan to go to Lamu County, it is a must! Just do not forget your sunscreen, mosquito repellent and your earplugs if you are sensitive to sound (these are bandas, after all!).

    Caroline2019-11-20T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful place to relax!

    Ilana2019-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • If empty beaches, wonderful sea, unbelievably friendly people, no cars, great food, lovely weather, back to nature no frills living, albeit with white wine and Wi-fi, then you would be hard pressed to find a better spot that Rachel’s banda village. Thank you to Rachel and her fabulous staff. I’ll be back.

    Barbara2019-09-24T00:00:00Z
  • Rachel was a very good host and always helpful especially when it came to the local activities that were to be done in Lamu. Secondly, the place was very lovely and eco friendly( my words cannot do justice to how beautiful the place is) Close proximity to the beach made our stay even more exciting . The restaurant did not disappoint either especially the pizzas (Tried most of them in the menu, if not all). Lastly, Rachel has very helpful and professional support staff who made our stay very easy, comfortable and amazing .Definitely a perfect getaway for relaxing and especially for couples. I will be sure to stay here again next year

    Michelle2019-08-11T00:00:00Z
  • I loved my stay here. The beach is so incredibly beautiful and the eco friendly vibe blends well to the environment. I simply loved everything about this place. Very serene and quiet. A perfect getaway with a loved one. Our host was super friendly and very helpful as well.

    Lilian2019-04-24T00:00:00Z
  • Exactly what it says on the tin. The location was beautiful and relaxing, only a short distance from the town by boat (if you decide you need to leave!). Rose was a great host with plenty of local advice. The bar and restaurant were also great, with a fresh menu daily. Highly recommended.

    Kyle2019-04-16T00:00:00Z
  • Rachael is a caring and professional hostess. The serene and tranquil facility with hospitable and well trained staff

    George2018-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Nature lodge


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Kenya

    Restored 300yr Old Arab Traders Mansion sited around shady courtyard in Lamu Old Town over looking the waterfront. Accommodation offered on B&B basis or whole house rental available on occassions. The property is tastefully furnished with antiques and artworks.
    Beautifully 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.
    Sited 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.
  • Outstanding home and the BEST hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The home is amazing and between Brian (the owner) and Moses (the caretaker) we were in the best of hands. Communication was excellent, check-in a breeze, the home is beautiful and Moses is the BEST. Highly recommend for anyone who stays to allow Moses to cook dinner for you. He is an outstanding chef! Many thanks for the life long memory on Lamu!

    Dan2020-01-02T00:00:00Z
  • Brilliant place to explore Lamu from, the roof terrace is wonderful!

    Harriet2019-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • Brians house is a gem! The interior is charming, elegant and very clean. We had 3 unforgettable days at the Samaki house especially because of Moses great service, delicious breakfast and a lovely view from the house. Thank you very much!

    Leonard2019-11-07T00:00:00Z
  • Brian's wonderful house is in the heart of lamu. Its a beautifully restored traditional lamu house, complete with a huge comfortable lamu bed in the master bedroom. Yes...the imam's call for prayer is at 5am, and somebody get that poor donkey a wife next door ;)....but for us it made us feel more connected. And lastly...Moses is a gem. And I will miss those mornings at breakfast where we shared laughs. We will def be baaaack.... :)

    Blain2019-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • We stayed in the double room and the space is just amazing. Big bedroom with a relaxing area, nice big bathroom and some outside space. The rest of of the communal areas of the house are just as impressive. And our host at the house, Moses, was just an absolute star: the most accommodating, helpful, polite and personable individual you could imagine. If you want to stay in Lamu old town as opposed to Shela (it’s worth researching this first) then I couldn’t recommend the place, and especially Moses, high enough.

    James2019-09-26T00:00:00Z
  • Great room in a historic building convenient for sightseeing in Lamu town. Easy access to other beaches in Shela/Manda etc. Excellent communication from our host

    Matthew2019-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • Brian's place is fantastic - we made good use of the large terraces overlooking the sea and the town. We also booked a dhow trip with a captain Moses knew and would definitely recommend him to others. The house is in a great location within lamu Town but offers an excellent place to escape the busy streets.

    Alice2019-08-21T00:00:00Z
  • This house was amazing. Very pretty and good value for money to stay in a swahili house. Moses was available and helpful.

    Baone2019-04-24T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

    On seafront, Studio apartment with private balcony/terrace, swimming pool available, quiet location, free pick up from the airport.
    Beautiful gardens with many relaxing beds and swimming pool, spacious studio apartment, spacious toilet with shower, on ground floor/no stairs, 15minute walk to the old town, located midway between Shella beach and the old town.
    On seafront
  • The room is very nice. Location wonderful just 15 minutes by walk from Lamu and Shela. Ivor was very welcome and available for all my questions. I highly recommend him.

    Alessandra2020-01-27T00:00:00Z
  • Ivor's place was really lovely, our room was super spacious with a huge balcony. The swimming pool was also a touch. The location - halfway between Shela and Lamu Town - is perfect because you can very easily walk between the two. Great value for money as well. Ivor is great at communicating, he responds quickly and kindly arranged airport drop off/pick up for us. Highly recommend this place!

    Louise2020-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • Great pool, room, kitchen, and sea breeze, everything you need. Safari and Denis went above and beyond. 20min walk to Lamu or Shella. Boats and motorbikes stop right outside.

    James2019-12-26T00:00:00Z
  • It's a great place to live in especially because it's between Shela and Lamu which offers great convince while touring the island. The swimming pool was a great highlight of our trip, I've never being a great advocate for swimming in the ocean, while hosted by Ivor, who's a great communicator. The staff are really polite and hospitable, always ready to offer tips on locations to visit during your stay and any upcoming events being held in the island. We were received from the airport by Ivor's friendly staff and he organized for our transport back which helped a great deal. A few things that could be worked on would be cleaning the apartment during one's stay. I will definitely be back to this place when visiting Lamu again.

    Kevin2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • My sister and I enjoyed our stay at this villa. Our room was very spacious, and decorated with flower petals when we arrived! The staff were wonderful, especially Boniface who helped connect us with a dhow captain. The location as other reviews have said is central to Lamu and Shela, which is perfect if you're new to the island like we were and want to explore both places. The only thing to improve for us is the kitchen, which can be better equipped. It wasn't very clean, some utensils were moldy, and there was no dishwashing liquid or sponge. Other than that, we enjoyed the privacy of the villa and the thoughtful staff.

    Miriam2019-10-21T00:00:00Z
  • This place is soo beautiful. You can walk to Lamu or Shela so it well positioned. The rooms are soo spacious and beautiful. The staff there are always ready to help. Don’t doubt this place when booking it , It’s the real deal. we had the best time here . Thank you sooo much

    Chris2019-08-05T00:00:00Z
  • Ivor’s place is a little oasis. Well placed for town and Shella. His staff are courteous and helpful. Thoroughly recommended.

    Rosalind2019-02-22T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very nice stay in this place. We enjoyed so much the swimming pool and the relaxing beds around it! The place is very quiet and safe. Thanks to the guys always around to take care of us. We will be back,

    Lucilio2019-02-07T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    Jasmine was built by a family in 1989 and has always rung with peals of children's laughter. It remains a family holiday home. Jasmine is one of the few houses in Shela with a garden and plunge pool.
    Jasmine House itself is split into two with a small courtyard between. On one side there are three bedrooms one on the second floor with a barazza and two hanging beds and a secondary seating area with views to Manda. On the first floor are two rooms with a sharing bathroom along with another setting area. The dining room, kitchen, sitting room and courtyard on the ground floor. On the other side of the courtyard is a two story building with an ensuite on each floor, the upper floor also benefitting from a seating area. In the garden there is a further barazza, pool and above the stores a final seating area which has occasionally been used for overflow visitors to sleep.
  • Jasmine House is now my favorite place to stay in Lamu. Its beautiful architecture pairs so well with the amazing hospitality from the staff. The cook is outstanding and the house manager- Babu is always willing to help arrange things outside of the house. I can't wait to come back.

    Rory2020-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • We came 7 familymembers from three generations and we all enjoyed the house very much. Especially to meet with friendly staff and the super fantastic chef Karissa! Best food!!

    Lottie2019-12-29T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at Jasmine House was incredible! The photos of the house don’t prepare you for how beautiful it actually is. It is so spacious and picturesque... everyone can have a lounge to themselves! We were treated so well by the entire team, James responded promptly, the transport was seamless, the staff at the house treated us so well, the house is clean, the food is delicious! It’s an easy walk to the boat dock, Peponi hotel and the beach too. I would stay here over and over again.

    Sharon2019-11-24T00:00:00Z
  • What a great place it was to stay. From the moment we were picked up from the airport we had a fantastic time with the dhow captain. The food prepared by Karisa was amazing. The house well located and the staff were incredible. I have nothing negative to say about my stay.

    Samuel2019-11-17T00:00:00Z
  • As always, one of the best place to stay in Shela. Karissa cooks the best food and Eric is the nicest. Highly recommend Jasmine House.

    Marc2019-11-02T00:00:00Z
  • What a find this place is. Not only is the house wonderful but the staff are even more wonderful. Best value Airbnb ever. Thank you James for sharing your home!

    Saritha2019-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • Shela, Lamu, is now one of our favourite destinations. So unique, fantastic food, the beach for ourselves and amazing people. Jasmine house has a great chef and house keeper. They made our stay perfect. And the kids loved the plunge pool. This is the place to stay in Shela!

    Oddgeir2019-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • We enjoyed a lovely stay at Jasmine House in Shela, thank you for the hospitality.

    Alexia2019-06-16T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Villa


    Accommodates

    10


    Bedrooms

    5

    Shela, Lamu, Kenya

    Our hotel is good for couples,adventurers, business travellers,groups,students and Backpackers. Our hotel has a huge Garden for you and your kids to play safely and enjoy the shade of different trees. Our hotel has free internet access, Wi-Fi but only in the public space like in the Restaurant, Garden and office.
    Our hotel is unique because we are between Lamu township and Shela beach and there fore very easy to visit both place in one day. We have very beautiful garden where you can sit and relax and get fresh air from the Indian Ocean. The staff are very friendly and ready to help you at any time. In our hotel we have four security dogs which are free only at night and locked early in the morning, but they are very friendly with our guest and therefore don't be afraid.
    Our neighborhood is very friendly and always ready to help you.
  • What was the most memorable things is the breakfast. Spanish omelet using organic eggs where kind of wild chicken walking around in the garden. It was only one night stay for business. While l can enjoy jogging to the beach in the morning and walking around both Lamu and other side of the island. This is a quite unique location while you can go by foot, riding motorcycle taxi and boat to many places in the island.

    Shinji2020-01-17T00:00:00Z
  • Nice

    Ahmed2019-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • I'm already planning my trip back to Lamu ❤️

    Wanelisa2019-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • Omar was an amazing host. He ensured that I had the best experience at Dudu Villas and in Lamu. He connected me to the right people that enriched my experience. The place is nicely located between Lamu and Shela. I highly recommend Dudu villas.

    Arielle2019-10-26T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful place to stay conveniently located in between Lamu Town and Shella Beach. It did feel a bit strange being the only guest on a large pemise but maybe not enough people know about it. Anyways, I'd recommend it to anyone traveling as a group as there is plenty of space! Omar is very helpful and responsive as well.

    Tojo2019-03-23T00:00:00Z
  • beautifuI place.

    Wassa2019-01-08T00:00:00Z
  • Really nice place! Lots of space around, beautiful trees and outside space for breakfast. Omar and his wife are nice, friendly people. Situated between Lamu town and Shela beach and I loved it!

    Elena2018-12-19T00:00:00Z
  • Great peaceful place with lots of trees and flowers. In the middle between Lamu town an shela beach. Recommend!

    Elena2018-12-17T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    16


    Bedrooms

    16

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    Get in touch to get your discount coupon!!!! Due to the circumstances our property is regularly sanitized by professional cleaners and is perfect for isolation if you wish to do so. We are YourHost, a professional management company and our standards require the highest cleanliness at all times. All cleaners are required to clean all surfaces and handles with soap or sanitizer thoroughly after every single cleaning session. We will also provide sanitizing spray for every space With the support of our cleaners and full-time staff all areas are being sanitized regularly and hand sanitizers are available to our spaces.
    Swahili Dreams is a bright and very stylish apartment built in accordance with the Swahili architecture, but offering all contemporary amenities to the guests. Enjoy jaw dropping views and relax while swimming in a truly unique indoor swimming pool. This contemporary apartment, is centrally located, situated right in the middle of Lamu Stone Town, one of UNESCO's architectural landmarks. This is one of the few houses in Lamu with Wifi : ) Lose yourselves in the city of Lamu while walking around the curved alleys with the coral buildings. The place is spacious, safe, perfect for families or couples who want to enjoy the sun, the see and the essence of the African - Arabic culture of the city.
    Located in Old Town Lamu, an area of deep cultural and historical heritage. Marvel at the amazing works of architecture all around one of Kenya's UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • The house is beautiful and very spacious. It has typical Lamu feel and it's very clean. Would book again.

    Théa2020-02-06T00:00:00Z
  • We loved staying at Swahili Dreams! Such a beautiful space in a beautiful building. The pool is very cool.

    Eliot2020-01-08T00:00:00Z
  • This is an absolutely amazing accommodation. It was beautiful, spacious and the pool area was quite breathtaking, so cool and refreshing after a day through the town. Only thing to note is that you will hear the mosque nearby in the early morning.

    Jeroen2019-12-29T00:00:00Z
  • The location is in a very conservative section of Lamu. One must keep this in mind as a visitor. If you want quick beach access then this site might not be for you. The location is for those with some adventure and quest for some local flavor. The beach is 15 min by boat or 40 by foot. David was great in helping arrange what we needed.

    Samuel2019-12-27T00:00:00Z
  • This is really a Swahili Dream come true. You will not be disappointed staying here! Wonderfully furnished and decorated, a super friendly host’s helper in David who helps out with all your questions and needs. I am filled with gratefulness!!

    Anna2019-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • It's value for money

    Yusuf2019-12-11T00:00:00Z
  • Swahili Dreams is a fantastic small hotel. we had the place mostly to ourselves, just before the high tourist season began. The location is fantastic, in the middle of Lamu town with quick access to restaurants and boats to take you around Lamu. We had a suite of sorts of with two rooms. Each room was beautiful and well decorated. We lounged about the sitting room for much of our first day. Lamu is quite warm so it was nice to just rest. I would highly recommend a stay here for anyone visiting Lamu.

    Abiosseh2019-11-11T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment was lovely. We had a flawless check-in, David was very hospitable and helped with our luggage too. The space was comfortable and it was easy access to where we wanted to visit. The shared pool was the highlight and absolutely perfect after a hot day walking around Lamu. We had a great stay! Thanks!

    Chandni2019-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    If you are looking for space, peace & tranquillity, you found it! Hi. My name is Rama, I am from Lamu & together with my friend Stefania we help our friends Gillis and Fiammetta to rent out their lovely cottage on this paradise island. It's a 2 bedroom cottage with big private garden, ideal for 2 couples or a small family, only 5mins walk to the beach. Transfer from/to airport will be arranged for a small fee (to be paid upon arrival cash). Cleaning and breakfast preparation are included.
    Space, peace and tranquillity: that's what makes this place unique! A lovely house with a big garden to enjoy breakfast (you only pay for the shopping, service and preparation are complimentary) in the shade of the majestic baobab that gives name to the cottage. And because it's a new listing and we need reviews, it is also very convenient!!! Did you check the price? For sure much less than what you get, I promise you! The cottage is located in a very quiet corner of the village of Shela, on Lamu island, just next to the dunes and surrounded by trees, plants and flowers. Here you can for sure find time for yourself and destress. In the nearby compound the owners have a little studio where guests can do yoga (teacher available upon request) or meditate. The cottage is on ground and first floor, with kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. There is a spacious and well maintained private garden just in front of the cottage; on the porch you can enjoy your breakfast prepared by the lovely Lilian. (NOTE: service and preparation of breakfast is included, but you pay for the shopping of whatever you eat. You give Lilian shopping money and tell her what you would like to eat. She’ll do the shopping, prepare breakfast for you, serve it and clean afterward. And will report to you how much she spent; then plan with you the breakfast for the day after. Upon request you can even hire a cook to prepare lunch and dinner for you, whenever you don't feel like going out or cooking. Or take meals from the nearby supper club/restaurant owned by the same owners. It's ideal for 2 couples or a small family, and it's only 5 mins walk from the beach. Hi. My name is Rama, I am from Lamu and together with my friend Stefania from Italy we would like to invite you to stay at this lovely cottage. It is owned by our dear friends Gillis and Fiammetta, who live just next to it and own a guest house right next to it. If you would like to come and invite more friends, just let us know. We can accommodate you all! We’ll make sure you and your group are picked up at the airport and taken to the cottage, you don't worry about your luggage, let us carry it for you. That's how things are done here on the island, no worries, hakuna matata! (Small fee applies for pick up - paid cash upon arrival). One of the best kept secrets of Africa, the island of Lamu, and in particular the village of Shela, is THE place to be if you want to relax or walk on the pristine beach, which is reachable within 5 minutes from the cottage.
    This quiet corner of Shela Village is just the perfect spot for those who are looking for space, peace and tranquillity. Far from the noise of the village but only 5mins walk from the beach and the famous bar and restaurants of the island, this area is perfect if you want to walk on the nearby dunes or just reach the shops and the rest of the village on foot in a few minutes. Advantage of this area is that you will not be disturbed during the night by the crazy sound of the donkeys ;-) And for the cars... There are no cars on the island!!! Enjoy ;-)
  • Fantastic Airbnb! One of the best I’ve stayed in.

    Tom2020-02-10T00:00:00Z
  • This is really a fairytale house! The garden and the area around fatumas tower is beautiful. Lilian helped us with everything and was always available if we needed something. It is just a short walk to the beach, through the lovely streets of Shella. We would definetly recommend it!

    Michelle2019-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • Totally worth it!

    Adaji2019-10-26T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect. Great location, amazing house with exquisite spaces, decorations and comforts, silence, security. Very, very close to the beach, perfect check-in process and airport boat pick-up; house attendant very supportive and kind, kitchen fully equipped and it is also very convenient to have a restaurant close-by to get drinks and food from. Just really very very good. Congratulations and thanks for these days with my parents.

    Simone2019-07-08T00:00:00Z
  • The Baobab Cottage was lovely. The house is beautiful, spacious, and in a great location. We had a great time in Shela, and the hosts were incredibly helpful. They helped to arrange a boat pick up, chef, etc. I would highly recommend staying here!

    Hailey2019-04-24T00:00:00Z
  • To get to the house you find yourself in the charming labyrinth that are the streets of Shela. The soul of the house is the baobab in the garden of the cottage. The house inside is tastefully decorated. There is AC in the bedrooms which is a must for the March season. Lilian prepared delicious breakfast every morning ! The whole team is incredibly welcoming and helpful with everything you may need. We had an absolutely amazing time in the Baobab Cottage and would recommend it to everyone !

    Zoe2019-03-09T00:00:00Z
  • Wonderful cottage in the most beautiful of gardens. The photos really do not do it justice - well worth a stay.

    Dom2019-03-03T00:00:00Z
  • “I have found my paradise on earth in the Baobab House- Thank you!”

    Dominique2019-01-05T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    2

    Shela, Lamu County, Kenya

    This is to the lovers of humanity that can walk through a village and up on to the sandy hills of Shela. To those that love children, plants, pets, food and sweaty hikes to the beach. Welcome to our cozy compound where we live in the clouds but have our feet solid on the ground. Your space is a cozy guest room - plus a game of boggle, scrabble, monopoly or taboo if you dare.
    Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Guest suite


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    Due to the circumstances our property is regularly sanitized by professional cleaners and is perfect for isolation if you wish to do so. We are YourHost, a professional management company and our standards require the highest cleanliness at all times. All cleaners are required to clean all surfaces and handles with soap or sanitizer thoroughly after every single cleaning session. We will also provide sanitizing spray for every space With the support of our cleaners and full-time staff all areas are being sanitized regularly and hand sanitizers are available to our spaces.
    This stunning 4 bedroom home with arabesque character is situated in the heart of Shela village, in a super friendly area. Close to the beach, with wonderful views of the ocean and a beautiful roof-top veranda, it is the perfect spot for relaxation and fun. Enjoy your drinks looking at the beautiful sunsets and alfresco meals prepared by our friendly and experienced staff. Walk around the narrow alleys of the village towards the beach and start a beautiful adventure in a home away from home. Our friendly and experienced staff will prepare your favourite meals and set the table on our veranda, where you can relax after your day at the beach, accompanied by the smell of exotic flowers.
  • The landlord and the housekeeper responded very promptly, the house conditions were very good, and the photo description was consistent. The washing machine dryer solved the big problem of passengers washing clothes, which is very good. The three servants at home are very good at health, safety, and service. Especially the chef’s craft is very good.

    Yihua2019-07-15T00:00:00Z
  • The hideaway home is a beautiful house, very well located just behind Peponi hotel - just a few minutes walk from the beach. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and cooked fantastic breakfasts and lunches for our group. We were very impressed by the quality of cooking. The bedrooms are breezy and cool, and communal areas great for relaxing as a group. We very much enjoyed our stay.

    Jane2018-11-25T00:00:00Z
  • The serice at the house is amazing! the house itself is very beautiful and the location is quite ideal. we would stay here again when we visit lamu.

    Mercy2018-06-25T00:00:00Z
  • The building is absolutely stunning and incredibly spacious! Ben the house keeper was amazing, and managed to organise us a private yoga session on the roof terrace which was an absolute treat. The food was also delicious and effortless, we requested crab and fish and had 2 of the best evening meals of our time in Kenya. Would definitely recommend this airbnb to any friends visiting Lamu.

    Benedict2018-05-14T00:00:00Z
  • The house was amazing and we couldn't have had a better week. Like others have said here before, the pictures don't do it justice at all.

    Laura2018-05-08T00:00:00Z
  • This villa is stunning. The pictures do it no justice at all.

    Obi2018-04-16T00:00:00Z
  • We had an amazing stay at this stunning Swahili style house. The house itself was beautifully decorated and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

    Joanna2018-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    7


    Bedrooms

    4

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

    These 2 bedrooms (4 ppl) are located on the first floor on the seafront of Shela beach. Each bedroom has its own balcony and private bathroom with shower and toilet. Breakfast is included, served either in the restaurant downstairs or at the shared dining area on the terrace. Beach is a few mins walking. Great sea view from your bedroom and from the shared terrace; plenty of space to relax when coming back from a full day at the beach. Wifi available. NOTE that,2guests will use only one bedroom
    Amazing sea view from these 2 front bedrooms. There is a large dining and lounge area with an open terrace (shared) with Swahili beds where you can relax after a full day at the beach or on a sailing trip. Breakfast is included in the price for all guests and is served either in the seafront restaurant downstairs or can be brought to your floor in the dining. Upon request, you can hire your private cook to prepare for you also lunches and dinners in the kitchen of the restaurant downstairs or you can just eat out. A lot of breeze coming from the sea onto the terrace - best location ever: near everything! All shops and restaurants are a few minutes walk from the house. The beach can be reached in just a few minutes walking. All boats and dhow arrive and depart just 1minute walk from the house. Yet it's quiet as there are no cars in Lamu ;-) Only the hustle and bustle of the people and boats passing by. It's actually a pleasure to enjoy the view of the sailing boats from the private balcony, especially during sunset. In the morning you can enjoy the sunrise from there.
    Very centrally located, just seafront and opposite the 'jetties', the point where all boats arrive and depart from: they take you to Lamu town, airport, Manda beach or to hop on a dhow for a sunset sail or other trips. All restaurants and shops are walking distance from the guest house (just a few minutes walk) and the beach and the famous Peponi bar restaurant are also a few minutes walk.
  • Location couldn’t be better. Gorgeous rooms and wonderful hospitality from the team. Would happily stay again

    Katie2020-02-15T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing location, delicious breakfast, huge and comfortable bed. I already want to go back, and definitely recommend this room to anyone traveling to Lamu!!

    Lauren2020-02-04T00:00:00Z
  • A very beautiful place with excellent picturesque views of Shela beach

    Francis2019-11-15T00:00:00Z
  • This place had everything you could want. Great baloney looking over the ocean, steps away from the beach, and a delicious kitchen! Stay included a phenomenal breakfast. Great value.

    Allanah2019-11-04T00:00:00Z
  • Rama was a good host. He made sure to communicate swiftly and responded positively to requests. The space was great. Cleaniness was at an acceptable level. Overall a wonderful stay!

    Elin2019-10-26T00:00:00Z
  • Rama's place is in an ideal location in Shela. It is pretty much where all the boats pick up and drop off passengers. I stayed in one of the front rooms and it had a wonderful view, directly overlooking the water. There was the identical view from the common area outside of the bedroom door (part of the same balcony, but separated by a closet like door. The breakfast was good and you can find nice conversations with various people, local and foreign, during breakfast and all hours of the day. Rama and his staff were also very friendly and willing to assist with anything needed. I would recommend a stay here. It is not necessarily a honeymoon place, but it is still good for a getaway with friends or your girlfriend/boyfriend/husband or wife.

    John2019-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shela, Lamu County, Kenya

    Build by ourselves, as we also live at Banana House property, our rooms have the charm of a private house, offering great kitchen, daily yoga and a swimming pool. Excellent organic food. We welcome you with a home made fresh juice. We have 5 double rooms available
    Your 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.
    Shela 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.
  • it's a beautiful guest house with brilliant staff

    Georgina2019-12-14T00:00:00Z
  • A weekend at Banana House was exactly what we needed to unwind and take a break from Nairobi - everything about our stay was perfect. The salt water pool immersed in the lunch vegetation was my personal favourite! We hope to be back!

    Lara2019-10-06T00:00:00Z
  • Banana House was a wonderful place to stay! So cozy and great spaces to lounge and relax. Can't wait to be back!

    Monica2019-03-24T00:00:00Z
  • Banana House is a great place to stay in Lamu. Run by a great bunch of people which make you feel at home the minute you arrive. Thanks Team, thanks Monika, till next time!

    Diederik2018-08-28T00:00:00Z
  • It was the BEST!

    Sheetal2018-05-24T00:00:00Z
  • We had a lovely stay at Banana House! The room was immaculate with spectacular views of the sea. Its a short walk to the beach and an easy boat ride to Lamu town. We enjoyed yummy meals, a welcoming staff, daily yoga classes (some were definitely better than others!) and enough quiet to really relax. Thanks Monika!

    Rachel2018-03-12T00:00:00Z
  • Peaceful and beautiful space to stay in Shela, with its location at the edge at a perfect walking distance to Lamu. We enjoyed the people and sounds of the mosque nearby and if you're wanting to eat in, a yummy dinner of fish curry brought to us on our balcony was a highlight. Enjoyed the room with its airiness and beautiful colour scheme a lot. Didn't get to enjoy the yoga on this occasion but perhaps on a future stay.

    Femke2018-02-28T00:00:00Z
  • Banana house is amazing place ! Well located, the place is beautifully furnished, and the staff very welcoming.

    Flora2018-02-18T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    10


    Bedrooms

    5

    Shela, Lamu, Kenya

    Island Hotel is sometimes called “The Twin Towers”, and on the top of each tower is a penthouse with its own rooftop. The rooms get a great breeze, and there’s nothing better than relaxing in the rooftop hammock, reading or just listening to the everyday village life down below. Two floors: room + rooftop 1 large double bed 1 single bed 2/3 rooftop single beds All beds have mosquito net Private bathroom with toilet and shower Towels and bedsheets available
    The Island hotel is located about 4 minutes walk to the beach just one building away from Fatuma's Tower which is popular for Yoga retreats. There is WiFi but no swimming pool. We provide airport transfers at an extra cost for those who want to be met at the airport. If you can find your way to Shela just ask for the Island Hotel, everyone in shela knows the place.
    The neighbor is Peponi Hotel which is the best hotel in Lamu Island. Peponi is privileged to have an alcohol bar and is the meeting place for most tourists visiting Shela
  • Lovely spot in Lamu, great value for money and very friendly and helpful staff. Spacious room, basic bathroom and a great private balcony overlooking Shella village. Would recommend

    Louisa2020-02-07T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay, such lovely and attentive hosts. We really enjoyed the roof terrace and the Dhow trips they organised for us.

    Harriet2019-12-24T00:00:00Z
  • We had a really good time here, Swalleh and the team made us feel so welcomed and at home. Just a few minutes from the ships and the beautiful beach of shella, lamu. Also the place being in the streets made us meet more locals and feel the town's spirit. Lamu was amazing and we highly reccomend this penthause suit.

    Liora2019-10-15T00:00:00Z
  • This place may be a hard to find at first, but nothing is in these maze-like streets of Shela village. The house is a magnificent example of traditional Lamu style, and the penthouse suite has an amazing roof area with 300 degree views from the fourth storey with complete with cool breeze, hammock, and a handful of beautiful Swahili beds. Downstairs there are 3 beds with nets so it can sleep up to 5 people, making this a ridiculous value if you bring all those people but even with just the two of us, the value is remarkable. Staying here makes you feel like royalty. The caretakers are extremely hospitable and friendly, and a grande breakfast is included. Finally, one unadvertized fact that we learned later is that this place is owned by a local! So many hotels and airbnbs are owned by Westerners which is a shame given the small tourist-centered economy of the area. It's refreshing to know that what we payed goes 100% to the lovely people of the island.

    Nick2019-10-01T00:00:00Z
  • Swaleh and his beautiful family made our stay very special. Sharing fantastic local knowledge, making sure we were looked after and happy at every moment and always greeting us with such an amazing bright and sunny attitude. Thank you!

    Katie2019-09-26T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay at this place was perfect. The penthouse is a gorgeous big space with two levels and a 360 degree view upstairs. But our experience was made even better by the amazing hospitality of Swaleh and his family who look after the place. They served us a delicious breakfast every morning, gave us local tips and were very friendly. I can't think of one fault to give the place except for maybe the cold shower, but even that could be pleasant on a warm Lamu day. I highly recommend this AirBnb!

    Ariana2019-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • We really enjoyed our stay! The space was clean and beautiful and the breakfast was great. We would stay here again.

    Micah2019-08-17T00:00:00Z
  • Shima, Swale, Clinton, Munib— all were very hospitable and quick to attention. It’s a lovely - if not overly complicated - place, easy to relax at and be based in Shela. Good value. Would go back!

    Conrad2019-07-11T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Lamu, Kenya

    Amu House is a fully restored 16th century Swahili house with 7 comfortable, self contained guest rooms each with its own veranda on the two upper floors. We serve a full breakfast downstairs in the historic original Swahili house, and have a beautiful breezy rooftop with a hammock and day beds for all our guests to enjoy. Conveniently located just a minute's walk from the jetty and the seafront, Amu House is perfectly situated. A quiet, private home in the middle of a historic paradise!
    Amu House on Lamu Island is located off the coast of Northern Kenya. The breezes of the Indian Ocean and the islands of the Lamu Archipelago offer many beautiful places to visit. Sailing is a big part of our culture, and we recommend that our guests explore the area by land as well as by sea. Perhaps a simple day trip to one of our incredible nearby beaches may be the perfect way to relax on your holiday. Or take a sailing trip to snorkel and/or fish with lunch included; enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise with drumming and singing on board, or take the time to explore the nearby islands as we can take you on a variety of exciting sea adventures! And if you prefer to stay on land, relaxing on the rooftop and enjoying the breezes in the hammock may be the perfect way to spend your afternoon after getting "lost" in the maze of Lamu's streets. With no cars or vehicles, only donkeys for transport, spend the morning winding through our historic town, stumbling across pieces of an ancient culture meeting the modern day. Lamu Town is a place history can come alive in your imagination. Feel the ancient times that passed by.
    Lamu Island is a historic trading center dating back to the 9th Century. Amu House is a traditional Swahili house dating from the 16th century, located in the heart of Old Town. Just a minute walk to the seafront, with ocean views from the rooftop, Amu House provides a perfect place to start exploring this beautiful historic area. Come join us!
  • Beautiful guest house in a convenient location with lovely staff who were so helpful and accommodating.

    Denise2019-11-28T00:00:00Z
  • What a lovely place for a relaxing stay. It's not posh, but is very local, with amazing hospitality. The Swahili breakfast is delicious and HUGE. The rooftop lounge area is the perfect place to read a book, socialize, or just enjoy the breeze. There's no hot showers, but you wouldn't want it anyway - the cool water is a refreshing break from the humidity. I would definitely stay here again!

    Janine2019-11-11T00:00:00Z
  • Amu House is a beautiful guesthouse in traditional Swahili style. The staff were incredible and I really enjoyed the delicious Swahili breakfast. Definitely ask for it if you get the chance. Hopefully I will have the chance to come here again!

    Joe2019-09-03T00:00:00Z
  • Amu house was fantastic, and so much more than we were expecting for the price. The housekeeper, Bakari, met us at Manda airport and brought us over to Lamu island on one of the public boats, gave us tips for eating, boat travel and places to visit, and was so unbelievably courteous and helpful. The included breakfast was a particularly convenient addition. The roof terrace is lovely and gives a beautiful view of the town and the sea. The ground floor of Amu house is an old Swahili building with the traditional carving and decoration, and the rest of the house is a very tasteful modern addition in the style. Comfortable beds, brilliant hospitality, and a fabulous location. We'll be sure to stay here when we come back!

    Jacob2019-08-31T00:00:00Z
  • Accurate to the photos and value for money. The building feels very much of the fabric of Lamu so staying there is lovely. Manager is knowledgeable and has connections to activities, food and transport should you need and responds reletively quickly. Would visit again

    Kizzy2019-08-23T00:00:00Z
  • We loved Amu House! Bakare was an incredible host. He made our stay very comfortable. The space was clean and beautiful. We would stay here again!

    Micah2019-08-15T00:00:00Z
  • We had a great day here, the guys, they are very nice, the owner is very eager to answer questions, very satisfied and happy

    Jay2019-08-02T00:00:00Z
  • I had a truly wonderful stay. I highly recommend it to anyone

    Patrick2019-07-14T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    16


    Bedrooms

    7

    Lamu, Kenya

    In Banana House we offer 1 budget room for those travellers who are easy going on a smaller budget but like to enjoy the atmosphere, service and quality of Banana House
    Banana House is set in a large tropical garden in a quiet corner of Shela, 150 mtrs from waterfront and a few minutes walk to the large 12 km beach
  • Lovely stay, thank you!

    Alethea2020-02-07T00:00:00Z
  • Banana house was lovely! I enjoyed my stay and would definitely stay here again! The staff is great and the hospitality is 100! Nimu, the house manager is also very friendly and accomodating. Definitely a 5 star this one! Thank you!

    Solange2019-01-16T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Hotel room


    Property Type

    Bed and breakfast


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Shela, Lamu County, Kenya

    Located on seafront with seawall, few minutes boat ride from airport, near banks, restaurants, supermarket, shops, old town, short 10-15minute boat ride to the beach. 2 bedrooms / 1 big bed+ 2 single beds, hot shower, kitchen with microwave/fridge/gas cooker , 43inch TV in living room and comfortable seating. Free WiFi
    The apartment is within a walking distance to Banks,many price friendly restaurants, seafront, museums and UNESCO world heritage old town
    Room Type

    Entire home/apt


    Property Type

    Apartment


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    2

    Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

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