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Fatuma's Tower

Shela Beach | PO Box 323, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
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Ranked #4 of 30 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joyce K Washington DC, District of Columbia
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are in the middle of a one-week holiday on the island of Lamu, site of the oldest city in Kenya. The two towns on the island – Lamu Town and Shela, the location of Fatuma’s Tower, are medieval Arabian, consisting of tiny twisting alleys. Transportation is by foot or donkey. The entire archipelago is Swahili – mixing Arabian, Kenyan,... More 

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Gillies T, Manager at Fatuma's Tower, responded to this review

Thank you very much for an awesome review Joyce! It was a pleasure having you here and we look forward to hosting you again!! Greeting from all of us! More 

Trinidad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Fatuma's Tower is simply a wonderful place to stay in Shela on the island of Lamu. It is situated in the village, set back from the seafront, which is only a short walk. Fatuma's Tower as it says on the website is about "peace, space and tranquility". It is all that with delicious breakfast with fresh juices and fruits and... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This was our third visit to Fatuma's Tower and we will definitely be back again! We stayed in the Acacia Suite this time and it is our favourite room so far, especially with the terrace and hammock bed. We spent 6 nights, relaxing, eating the amazing meals of fresh seafood prepared by Fatuma's own cook and spending time on the... More 

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Colombo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I stayed at Fatuma's Tower 3 or 4 times in 2013/14 and absolutely loved it. When you step into the shady garden, with the sound of the water in the plunge pool, you relax immediately. The buildings retain their original charm, with traditional Lamu-style furniture, while also being clean, fresh and welcoming. The white sheets are good quality and there... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I visited Fatuma's Tower with my husband in January 2015 after our safari, and we cannot say enough about all of the staff. Joseph made sure we were taken care of, and everyone helped us whenever we needed to find our way somewhere in town or any other way they could assist. Our room was the top floor with a... More 

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Windhoek, Namibia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Fatuma's is more beautiful and spacious than any of the photos I have seen. The house staff are very attentive, and adapted when I let them know that being treated as a colonial queen is not really my style. I chose Fatuma's to do yoga, but actually did yoga classes twice a day 5 minutes walk away in Banana House... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

lush graden, absolute privacy,100%authentic, here you can be yourself. The entire staff is taking care of your needs, done in a loving, attentive, sensitive way. The yoga hall is palace to center your meditative mind even when the heat is eating up all your life energy, the open Yoga Class at five in the afternoon with Gilles is releasing all... More 

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Gillies T, General Manager at Fatuma's Tower, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the lovely review, we will put more effort's so that next time we make you your time here even better.! Hopefully when you join us for next years Lamu Yoga Festival! It was a pleasure to have you stay here, From all the staff. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

What a unique, relaxing introduction to Lamu Island! Fatuma's Tower deserves its name. We were unfortunately the only guests, but I don't doubt we would have received the same premier service had the hotel been entirely booked. Samuel took such good care of us, including walking with us to the center of Lamu town and acting as our guide. You... More 

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Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I have stayed at Fatuma's Tower twice and I plan on including it each time I go to Lamu island! In the midst of Shela Village, Fatuma's Tower offers a peaceful oasis retreat where you will be surrounded by beautiful garden areas! Each room feels private and you may even feel like you have the whole place to yourself! There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

As a islander,from Sardinia, the idea of lounging on white-sand beach, wearing bikini and kikoi,walking barefoot all day, eating fresh food sounded like an ideal way to spend my holiday and drop out of my own paradise to discover a new different one . As a inn proprietor I know the importance of the attention to detail and the welcome... More 

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