Fatuma's Tower is a fantastic place, and great fun -- a huge restored Swahili house set in a tropical garden, tucked away in the beautiful village of Shela. Extremely quiet and atmospheric, quite beautiful, and an easy 5-minute stroll through the town down to the harbor and the incredible Lamu beach. (Or even better, just climb over the sand dunes behind the hotel and go directly to the beach.)
We stayed for a week in the "top apartment" which was two bedrooms, two full baths, a private balcony with two couches, another private balcony at roof level, and yet another private balcony attached to one of the rooms. (Yes --- that's THREE balconies just for us.)
So if you're looking for a quiet getaway, it's pretty hard to beat. Spacious, open, and a great great deal. We got all that space for less than half of what we would have paid for just one little room at Shela's fancier and more famous hotel. Daily laundry service was so inexpensive it was practically free. Dinners ran about $10 a night per person and were quite nicely done -- you tell them what you want in the morning, and they make it up for you that night.
The owner is a likable Englishman named Gillies who gives daily yoga classes in his studio there, and will fill you in on crop circles, extra-terrestrials, the Mayan prediction, and other new age-y subjects, as well as personally arranging boat trips, camel rides and anything else you need.
Highly recommended. It's very relaxed there, though, and the service is very friendly but rather disorganized, so if you need military precision when on vacation you might find it too casual.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carefully restored and modified in 1998 the historic Tower has five double bedrooms and a large yoga hall. Included behind the same compound wall is the Sand Castle with it's ground floor family apartment of three double rooms. In the surrounding gardens, the Garden Cottage has two double rooms both with bathrooms. The ten double rooms are all furnished with local antiques and fabrics in a simple yet elegant style to recreate the atmosphere of a fine Swahili house. No two rooms are the same and the cool, airy spaces retain an informal feel while several shaded balconies provide comfortable areas for avoiding too much sun and generally enjoying the peace and fresh air. The peaceful gardens have been recently " enlivened" by the refreshing sound of a fountain splashing over coral rocks into a small plunge pool. All rooms have solar powered hot water, fans and mosquito nets. ... more less
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