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Banana House & Wellness Centre

Plot 318, Lamu Island, Kenya
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Novato, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If your travels take you to Kenya do not miss staying at the Banana House in Shela on Lamu Island. This is a tropical wonderland washed with ocean breezes, and more local color than you can imagine. No cars! donkeys only on this sand island. The opportunity to watch baby turtles hatch on a nearby beach, and hospitality at every... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Banana House was exactly what i was looking for if not more. The rooms all corresponded exactly to the pictures on the website but were better when we arrived. Atmosphere, location, style of rooms: all very very good. The staff is very welcoming - helpful - gives suggestions if you want or ask, without being "pushy" into one or another... More

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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lamu is a truly nice place to relax with great. Banana house is close to Shela Beach and is a large and old house perfectly maintained. The owner is very friendly and gave us an upgrade as we arrived to a sublime room on the top. Banana house has a small pool and several places to relax. The owner is... 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 your review. We are pleased to read that you enjoy the yoga and that we are very reasonable priced! Our house is nearly 15 years old and we will celebrate it in 2015 with special offers! We always keep working on maintaining the house, while the sea, the sun, the... More

Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

was just in Lamu for a few nights - great time to visit and had a wonderful room at Banana House - Saadi was a great host - I did yoga every day and also had a couple of meals there - I can't recommend it enough --- if you are worried about Lamu, don't be - it's very safe... More

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

Dear guest, thank you for your recommendation and I'm also pleased to hear your satisfaction to Saadi as the host, as myself I was not in the office. I feel happy that our entire team works smooth together also when I'm not around. Hope to see you personally next time. Warm greetings, The Banana House team More

Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

4 weeks in Banana House. You can't imagine how relax we are. Monika, Banana and their staff are like family to us. We stayed at Banana in September 2014 and don't believe anything you read in the media! Lamu and Shela are the most peaceful places on earth. No kidnapping, no terrorism, no Shabab, no Jihad, just pure nature and... More

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

Dear friends, as that is what you really have become over the years! We are pleased to hear that Lamu and Banana House is still one of your most favorite places to spend 4 weeks in a year! THAT is a big compliment. Thank you, The Banana House Team. More

Arusha, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I went to Shela for the weekend to escape the city, and it turned out to be the best idea I've had in a long time... The island is so sleepy and peaceful that it's impossible not to be absorbed into the slow, gentle pace of life. Banana House harnesses the best of what the island has to offer: innately... More

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

Dear Guest, we are very happy that you find our place a real gem and wonderful spot! We are even more delighted that you enjoyed the yoga and that you wish to come back for the Lamu Yoga Festival in March! Karibu tena. Warm greetings , Banana House team More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Banana House on Lamu Island is one of the most wonderful places I have stayed in a lifetime of globe-trotting. It is a perfect tropical paradise. Situated just back from the ocean in Shela village, it consists of four separate houses, one lived in by Monika, the proprietor, and her family and the rest consisting of suites and individual rooms... More

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

Dear guest thank you very much for your wonderful description of our house and also of Shela Village. Above all we thank you for your encouragement to other travellers that you feel Shela and Lamu Island are special and very peaceful places to visit. More

Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Banana House and Wellness Centre on Lamu Island is very well located, beautifully appointed, professionally staffed, maintained and organized. It's an architectural show-piece in a town known for its architectural tradition. The owner Monika attended to our needs and interests, and organized activities and outings with her colleagues that really gave us a feeling for the Swahili culture and tradition,... More

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

Dear guest, we thank you for your time to write a review about our hotel. And we take it as a big compliment that you enjoyed the architecture of our house! We hope to welcome you again one day. More

Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

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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Address: Plot 318, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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