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Banana House & Wellness Centre

Plot 318, Lamu Island, Kenya
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Ranked #7 of 25 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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23 - 31 Aug 2014 We have just returned from 8 nights on Lamu Island - we were staying at the fabulous Banana House in Shela (where all the good beaches are - a short distance away from Lamu town). It is absolute PARADISE and it is SAFE. Many tourists had cancelled their trips and we were so SO happy... More

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Kabul
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a beautiful hotel with staff who are amazingly friendly. The room we stayed in was georgeous. I had great yoga sessions with Monika every day. The food that we had there was delicious. The island itself was deserted of tourists though because of the recent travel warnings. It was great for us as we got to enjoy quiet beaches... More

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Geneva
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5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wished we could have stayed longer. Lamu is a very special and peaceful place and Banana House encompasses the hospitality and relaxation of the island. We had a great stay and hope more people get to discover this piece of paradise.

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, thank you for your review. We are happy that you had a splendid wedding on Lamu Island. Lamu Island is such a beautiful and peaceful and SAFE destination. More

New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had a very pleasant stay in this unfortunately too quiet a corner of paradise (although very nice for us) - with the current insecurity on the nearby mainland of late. All we can say is that Lamu and Shella are somewhat needlessly suffering as a result of the travel warnings - and we could not have felt safer or... More

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, thank you so much to write on Tripadvisor that you had a wonderful time in Lamu, in Shela and in Banana House! As it is so true what you write, we are all perfectly fine, Lamu ISLAND has always been peaceful and is also now very very peaceful. We have had NO INCIDENTS at the island! We do... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My sister daughter and I stayed at banana house at the beginning of June 2014. It is the rainy season and we all became ill and needed a doctor. The local nurse told us there was a diarrhea epidemic in lamu and shela and she tried to treat us but what we really needed was proper medical advice. I was... More

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I'm terribly sorry for you that you have been sick for 8 days. I would like to reflect on your review about our house. The day you arrived, as you travelled by road, one of you was already feeling sick. Therefore you have not fallen sick because of the service of Banana House. Our manager Patricia had just... More

Khartoum, Sudan
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Title says it all - there are rats living in the grass roof of the hotel. Not a comfortable discovery. I would therefore suggest you check that this problem is eradicated before booking any of the top rooms -even if they do have the nicest wiew....

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, we have read your review and we feel sorry for you that you have come across nature in our house. Rats or mice are never nice to see, specially not in your room. As we already had explained to you while you where at Banana House, our house is open, we have thatched roofs and we are in... More

San Salvador Department, El Salvador
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We stayed here twice in 2014 and both stays were very nice. Lamu is wonderful and is not to be missed-the best place on the Kenyan coast by far. Banana House is nicely decorated, comfortable and well located near the beach. The food is very good and the staff very attentive. The salt water pool is great and there are... More

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, we are happy to hear you have come back and enjoyed Banana House again. We are a place home away from home and we love it when people can truly relax and enjoy the simple yet tasteful style and life of Shela and our house. We are pleased to hear that you just ask the staff if there... More

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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Really lovely place to stay. Very welcoming, rooms are very clean and are turned down every evening. Chill out areas with hammocks outside your room. Food is lovely and if you catch anything on a days fishing the chefs will prepare a delicious feast for you.

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, thank you for writing a review . We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the house, the staff and the food. Despite some rain you clearly know how to enjoy Lamu and Banana House.! More

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I came from a couple of days in Lamu House so it was a bit of a climb down. It felt like I was in a lower middle class home - with its unkempt corners and cheap facilities. It was not very clean and pool area (with sea water) is unkempt. But staff were great - great crab, got a... More

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for taking your time to write a review about out house. We regret that you where disappointed in our house. People have different opinions and different moods which we respect. May I inform you that our swimmingpool is indeed salt water, but not sea water. We do not want to work with chlorine as it is... More

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Went on holiday with a friend. Received great recommendations from friends. We had a lovely room and a lovely lounge area with swinging beds and a communal dinning area. Breakfasts were a bit small, but good. They make their own bread. Dinners were up to you to order and were all very delicious. You can have beer or ask for... More

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, thank you very much for taking your time to write a review about our house. I’m pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and felt so relaxed! We will give back feedback to our kitchen about breakfast, as in fact we have a choice next to the standard breakfast we give of fresh bread, fresh juice, lots... More

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Address: Plot 318, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Banana House & Wellness Centre is small and cozy, yet spacious enough to let you enjoy its rarity. Retreat to Banana House, a very cool, elegant private guesthouse and the wellness centre offering yoga, retreats and massages. It has great views on the sea, the dunes and the village. The house is simply and tastefully furnished in Swahili style, with many different sitting areas, daybeds and hammocks. You will feel the love that Monika and Banana have put into the house to give it a homely and welcoming atmosphere. ... more   less 
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