This historical Arabian-style building is located in the UNESCO-listed town of Lamu. It is less than 1,000 feet from the seafront and 1.9 mi from the white sandy beach.

The bright rooms at Subira House have either a patio or a balcony and some have sea views and free Wi-Fi. Every room has a fan, a seating area, and a dining area.

Guests can enjoy a free buffet breakfast each day at the restaurant. The restaurant serves a range of healthy organic cuisine, with packed lunches and room service available upon request.

This eco-friendly property has a library and a garden with sunny terrace, and offers massages and babysitting services. Activities in the area include diving, hiking, and canoeing.

The Lamu Airport is less than 1.9 mi from the property, but can only be accessed by boat.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

Subira House has been welcoming guests since Apr 5, 2012

ATM: Need cash? This property has an ATM on site.

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Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.7)

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Hosted by Swedish Christina and Dutch Paul Aarts are owners since 1990.

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Swedish Christina and Dutch Paul Aarts are owners since 1990.
The property is a magnificent grade one historical building from 1880 of high architectural interest in Lamu's UNESCO listed Stonetown. You find Subira right behind the Lamu Fort in the middle of the Old Town .We have added two Top Terraces with a sea view. Spacious terraces, courtyards and gardens make Subira House very special. Eco certified since 2011.
Paul and I met in 1975 in Lamu. 1990 we came back from Sweden with our children on a holiday and bought this magnificent building, the former "Liwali's House". We restored the old walls and ceilings in a traditional way. In 2006 we moved to Lamu after selling our Dala- FlodaHotel Restaurant in Sweden which we restored and run for 30 years. Sweden's first Slow Food Restaurant!
Subira House is located behind the big Lamu Fort not far from the magic Mkunguni, Lamu Square. No cars only hand carts and donkeys help distributing the incoming goods from the busy sea front .You will stay in a World Cultural Heritage Site. Lamu Town dates back to the 11 th Century. Life is slow and peaceful and time has gone by here much like today. To go to the beach you easily catch a boat from the nearby jetty. You have Shela Beach on the southern part and Manda Beach across the channel. Unspoilt and beautiful. If you wish to make a nice walk we let you come along to our "shamba", a three acres piece of land where we practice Permaculture. 3 km walk to get there. We show you our work, you rest on the terrace in the winds from the Ocean. We serve a simple shamba lunch with organcfood that grows there. Towards afternoon we help you find the way across the sand dunes to the sea. You walk another 6 km to Shela Village. Back to Lamu maybe by boat. A lovely interesting day out much appreciated by our guests. A Sunset Sail Tour is a must. Our captain comes by to pick you up to take you by a big "Kassa|" Dhow out to sail along the Mangrove boarded shores to watch the setting sun.
Languages spoken: German,English,French,Dutch,Norwegian,Swedish,Swahili
What's nearby
  • Lamu Fort
    0 miles
  • Gallery Baraka
    0.1 miles
  • Riyadha Mosque
    0.1 miles
  • Lamu Museum
    0.1 miles
  • 18th Century Swahili House Museum
    0.2 miles
  • Mnarani House
    2 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Cafe/Bar Whispers Coffee
    0.2 miles
  • Restaurant Moonrise Restaurant
    0.4 miles
Natural Beauty
  • Mountain Lamu Fort
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  • Ocean/Sea Indian Ocean
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  • Mountain Lamu Donkey Sanktuary
    0.1 miles
  • Mountain Lamu museum
    0.1 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Shela Beach
    1.9 miles
  • Manda Beach
    2.1 miles
  • Takwa Beach
    4.6 miles
  • Manda Bay Beach
    6 miles
  • Manda Toto Beach
    6 miles
How to get to Subira House from Lamu Airport
    Private shuttle
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1 Restaurant On Site

    Karkadeh Restaurant

    Food: Local

Amenities of Subira House
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Extra long beds (> 6.5 ft)
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Dining table
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Live music/Performance
  • Tour or class about local culture Additional charge
  • Themed dinners Additional charge
  • Walking tours
  • Temporary art galleries
  • Locker rooms
  • Personal trainer
  • Yoga classes
  • Massage chair
  • Hairstyling
  • Beauty services
  • Water sports facilities on site Additional charge
  • Snorkeling Additional charge
  • Diving Additional charge
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing Additional charge
  • Windsurfing Additional charge
  • Massage Additional charge
  • Fishing Additional charge
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Sofa
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruit Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne Additional charge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kids' meals Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in some hotel rooms and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Airport drop-off Additional charge
  • Airport pickup Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
Front Desk Services
  • Lockers
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
  • ATM on site
  • Baggage storage
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Baby safety gates
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Babysitting/Child services Additional charge
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service Additional charge
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying Additional charge
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Mosquito net
  • Wake-up service
  • Packed lunches
  • Fan
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
  • Room service
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Swahili
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 13 and above are considered adults at this property.

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Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Crib by request

Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

The maximum number of cribs allowed depends on the room you choose. Double-check the maximum capacity for the room you selected.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

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Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 9:00 PM and 8:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Please note that the island of Lamu is only accessible by boat. Flights arrive at Lamu Airport on Manda Island and buses arrive at Mokowe.

In order for Subira House to arrange boat transport, please inform them in advance of your flight or bus arrival details. Associated costs must be paid in advance. Contact details are provided in the booking confirmation email.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Please inform Subira House of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Karkadeh Restaurant: Closed from Wed, Oct 20, 2021 until Fri, Sept 30, 2022

Karkadeh Restaurant: Closed from Wed, Oct 20, 2021 until Fri, Sept 30, 2022

FAQs about Subira House

  • Guests staying at Subira House can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.8).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Vegetarian
    • À la carte

  • Check-in at Subira House is from 11:00 AM, and check-out is until 4:00 PM.

  • Subira House offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Massage
    • Hiking
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Windsurfing
    • Personal trainer
    • Themed dinners
    • Hairstyling
    • Water sports facilities on site
    • Beauty services
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Yoga classes
    • Walking tours
    • Massage chair
    • Live music/Performance
    • Locker rooms
    • Temporary art galleries

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Subira House by:

    • Airport shuttle (arranged by property) 15min

  • Subira House has 3 restaurants:

    • Karkadeh Restaurant
    • Karkadeh Restaurant
    • Karkadeh Restaurant

  • Subira House is 800 feet from the center of Lamu.

  • The prices at Subira House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Room options at Subira House include:

    • Twin
    • Family
    • Double