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Located in Shela, 2 minutes' walk from Shela beach and a 10 minutes' boat ride from Lamu Town UNESCO Heritage Site, Msafini Hotel offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Free WiFi access is... LOVED our suite in the third floor with its HUGE TERRACE overlooking the area and over to the sea! Nice spacious washroom. Very forthcoming and skilled staff, going out of their way to make you feel special. And if you want tranquility, they'll completely leave you alone, keeping steadily ready in the background. Wifi was also good, important because we were working mobile with many video conferences in our schedule
Offering an outdoor pool, garden and a restaurant, Jannat House is located in Lamu Old Town. It is located a short walk away from the Waterfront and the Main Road. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Caroline is amazing. She is a great host. She came all the way to the ferry point to pick me up. The food here is really good. I especially loved their special Lamu Chai. They also have a nice swimming pool.
Located just 33 feet from the Lamu beachfront, Shella white house features a restaurant and a rooftop veranda with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Everything! Nyama is the most humble and most helpful person I know. He went over and above to make sure we got everything we wanted and then some. He cooked for us, booked our dhow for the full day Manda Toto cruise, showed us around, it was beyond exemplary service.. kudos!
Located within 0.7 mi of Manda Beach and 1.9 mi of Gallery Baraka in Lamu, Jua House features accommodations with free WiFi and seating area. I was on Lamu for 2 nights/1 day, and the best time I spent there was during my leisurely mornings at Jua House. The place is stunning, so well thought through, peaceful and comfortable. I wouldn’t have wanted to stay anywhere else from what I’ve seen on the island
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, Banana House and Wellness Center is located in Shela village, Lamu 1.7 mi from Gallery Baraka. The property is set 1.7 mi from Lamu Fort. It was the best time of my life to date !! The fact that we didn’t spend more time was a miss. Everyone had a blast! A very curated experience.
Diamond Beach Village offers traditional Swahili thatched roof huts located directly on a private beach. Each has a furnished patio with views of the Indian Ocean. I loved the staff, they were so friendly and so helpful, I have definitely made friends there. The views were to die for, the hotel was even better than I expected. I love the village concept where every room has its own area to relax and it’s literally like you’re in little house. I love that it’s an eco friendly hotel so everything is made from nature. I love loved loved it!
Located in Lamu, near Lamu Fort, Lamu Museum and 18th Century Swahili House Museum, JamboHouse Lamu features free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a terrace. Arnold is wonderful, his staff is great and the breakfast is filling & delicious! The hospitality here is really the best we experienced in all of Kenya. JamboHouse is spotless, and arranging excursions from here is easy. If you were to visit Lamu, JamboHouse is THE place to stay. We also made great friends with other guests here while having tea and playing board games on the terrace.
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We loved Lamu. The people are friendly and so proud of their town. We had a fantastic guide that took us through Lamu old town ( don't try this tour on your own- you'll get lost!). We were lucky to have seen turtles hatch, which isn't a commonly known activity but such a worthwhile one as they also have a little beach clean up included. So ask your hotel about it. We did a dhow trip- we went during poor snorkelling conditions, but we substituted that with the tour of the Ruins, and had a very delicious meal that they grilled right there on the boat, and we stayed on it through sunset. Definitely visit the floating bar- a unique experience for sure.
I stayed in Shela Island and loved it. Come here to relax or also not because there is a lot to do. People are kind and very pleasant, welcoming. Visit Shela and eat at Peponi restaurant. The service is great and it is the only place I have taken a great almond milk cappuccino. Their vegetable samosas are also tasty. They accommodate a vegetarian menu with a variety of meals. I loved the Pizza at Majlis resort. This is on the side of Manda. Beautiful beach resstaurant a nd great service by the staff. Ask for Safari when you get there. He is great at service and recommending what to eat and drink. Getting around the islands is mostly via boats. One can hire one by themselves or also share with others going the same route to make it cheaper. Walking is also common. One can walk from Shela to Lamu - about 30 minutes. To do: swim at the beach. There are no beach boys to disturb you. Water sports - ask at Pepeni restaurant, visit the Lamu old town, museum, Pizza and Movie night at Diamond beach, visit the local mnazi joints, walk along the sand dunes, there is just a lot to do etc. The architecture..okay I am tired. Just visit and see for yourself.
I would recommend a two part stay comprising the first in an atmospheric Swahili style hotel near the jetty such as the Sunsail Hotel in Lamu Town to imbibe the wonderful Medieval style atmosphere with donkeys, narrow passageways and a bustling community. In particular I recommend the small restaurant called Beachfront cafe which serves outstanding food cooked slowly and freshly with great passion at a fair price. The second part should comprise pampered luxury in a 5 star hotel in a quiet location in sharp contrast to the noise and bustle of Lamu Town.
I was only in Lamu for a weekend and that was enough to get an impression of the city and the life of the locals. What dims the joy a little are the beach boys and the high prices of boat guides. Everything is a matter of hard negotiation. Even if the prices don't seem too high for tourists, they are outrageous compared to official tourist companies in Lamu. I'll give you an example: I wanted to see the mangroves and a captain of a boat said he could take me there. It takes about 1 hour - there and back. All together for 3,000. In my hotel, I was told that you can get this tour for 500-700 and it is not possible at all at low tide. So be very attentive when it comes to such excursions and it is best to book everything through your hotel.
A historical city. Shela beach has all the activity. Peponi and Manjlis are places one should not miss out on. The sunset on the dhow, camppfire at Manjlis and easy afternoon at peponi leave wonderful memories
The Old Town is under UNESCO and is lovely to visit. The Baraka (Whispers) is a great place to escape the noise of people, donkeys, and boda-bodas (introduced about three years ago). Mangroove Restaurant had nice, affordable local food and it's located by the seafront. However, in parts of the town, there is a strong odor, it is dirty and there is a lot of harassment by men, boda boda drivers, or boat captains, in particular, if you are a solo woman traveler.
LOVED our suite in the third floor with its HUGE TERRACE overlooking the area and over to the sea! Nice spacious washroom. Very forthcoming and skilled staff, going out of their way to make you feel special. And if you want tranquility, they'll completely leave you alone, keeping steadily ready in the background. Wifi was also good, important because we were working mobile with many video conferences in our schedule
I loved the staff, they were so friendly and so helpful, I have definitely made friends there. The views were to die for, the hotel was even better than I expected. I love the village concept where every room has its own area to relax and it’s literally like you’re in little house. I love that it’s an eco friendly hotel so everything is made from nature. I love loved loved it!
Caroline is amazing. She is a great host. She came all the way to the ferry point to pick me up. The food here is really good. I especially loved their special Lamu Chai. They also have a nice swimming pool.
Amazing, friendly staff who made you feel at home; perfectly spacious beach houses equipped with everything you could need; the food...we ate like kings! All in all an amazing place.
It was the best time of my life to date !! The fact that we didn’t spend more time was a miss. Everyone had a blast! A very curated experience.
The staff were great at helping us curate our stay and activities. The resort is beautiful and well maintained.
Beautiful atmosphere and design paired with wonderful hospitality!