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Banana House & Wellness Centre

318 Plot Shela, Mkunguni, Lamu Island 80500 Kenya
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Certificate of Excellence


#1 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Lamu Island
Certificate of Excellence
Banana House is a boutique hotel in Shela, Lamu Island. It has all the charms of a quietly elegant private home with 16 rooms spread over three houses situated in a magnificent tropical garden with swimming pool. True Wellbeing is experienced the minute you step through the door. Peaceful, warm welcome, organic food, fresh air, you immediately relax. Our social responsibility, yoga, massage and the love that Monika and Banana have put into the House to give it a warm and homely atmosphere makes Banana House unique. So…welcome to Banana House. Welcome home!
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Saltwater pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga room
Personal trainer
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Entertainment staff
Walking tours
Free airport transportation
Conference facilities
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Waxing services
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Dining area
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, French, Dutch, German and 1 more
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I absolutely loved my stay at Banana House where I stayed for 4 nights with my friend this March!! Warm, friendly, always helpful and professional staff, fresh, tasty healthy and locally produced food, inviting little swimming pool in a cosy garden and plenty of places to launch and hang out... If you like yoga, you will also love their open-style studio at their own wellness center. I am very much looking to return next year!!!
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Response from Monika Fauth, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre
Responded Mar 13, 2020
Hi Melina, Asante Sana for your kind words! We really enjoyed having you 3 here and especially lil S. Big hello's to you all and we hope to see you and your family soon. Warm Regards, Nimu
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Property's Favorite Review
Lamu is the kind of warm feeling that gets into your soul...hits you hard...and doesn't go away! And that feeling was born at Banana House from the moment we walked out of the sand into the front door and were greeted by lovely Nimu and team. The Penthouse Suite was our very own family paradise for 3 nights complete with candlelit dinners, delicious fresh breakfasts of fruit and homemade bread and days spent swinging on the day beds or languishing on colorful cushions. After morning sightseeing we returned to the comfort of the crystal green swimming pool and had grilled calamari, salads and rice! Love everything about this gem from the location to the amazing staff to the truly delicious food. Highly recommend!
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Response from Monika Fauth, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre
Responded Feb 26, 2020
🥰 Hi Ellen, It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and your beautiful family. I am so glad everyone at Banana House made your stay perfect. We hope to see you all again. I hope the weather at home isn't too brutal. Safari Njema and see you soon! Warm Regards, Nimu
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Friendly staff especially the ckeaners Really enjoyed the yoga I stayed at the back house as it was a single room. First I felt disappointed as it wasnt part of the main building. Bit then I enjoyed it more as it was more private and lots of space. Good breakfast. Great coffee
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Response from Monika Fauth, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Hi, Thank you for your review. Yes, Sweet Banana House is private, plus you get stunning Seaview views from the common area and dining area. We hope to see you again! Karibu sana.
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I had a great time staying at Banana House. The room, food, trips, garden & pool were perfect. Most of all the everyone who works here made my stay special. I wish Banana House were easier for me to get to because I would be back in a flash.
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Response from Monika Fauth, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Hi Sophie, Thank you so much for this review. You know you are always welcome here at Banana House!
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Banana house was everything I expected and so much more. The second you arrive on the island all stress flies away. The staff will carry your luggage up to the hotel, they will show you to your room and welcome you with a refreshing juice. While settling in, Monika, the owner, comes to personally welcome you. She was very informative on the trips you could book, the wellness centre and yoga facility, and the beautiful Lamu culture. She gave gentle tips on how to behave with respect towards the locals, something I find very important, so I really appreciated Monika took the time to explain this. You will most likely encounter Banana, Monika’s partner and owner of Banana House, as well. If you do, you must ask him to tell you a story about the island, he is an incredible story teller and true entertainer. During our stay, we felt very much at home, because the atmosphere is very laid back. The staff are all incredibly kind!! Like I’ve never seen before. We stayed in Banana Wellness, were Haro was responsible for our level at the time. Every morning he would bring our breakfast with a smile, and have a little chat with us. The food at Banana House is also the best I’ve experienced on the island. Their tuna carpaccio is amazing! As are their curries. I would highly recommend staying at Banana House!
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Response from Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre
Responded Jan 10, 2020
Hi Romy, We are glad that you both enjoyed your holiday with us at Banana House. We look forward to seeing you all again. Warm Regards, Nimu
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$89 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
KenyaCoast ProvinceLamu Island
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Frequently Asked Questions about Banana House & Wellness Centre
Which popular attractions are close to Banana House & Wellness Centre?
Nearby attractions include Lamu Old Town (1.9 miles), Lamu Museum (1.9 miles), and Lamu Mysteries (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Banana House & Wellness Centre?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Banana House & Wellness Centre?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Banana House & Wellness Centre?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Banana House & Wellness Centre?
Conveniently located restaurants include Peponi Hotel Restaurant, Whispers Coffeeshop, and The Majlis Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Banana House & Wellness Centre?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Banana House & Wellness Centre have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Banana House & Wellness Centre offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Banana House & Wellness Centre?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Banana House & Wellness Centre?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Banana House & Wellness Centre?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Lamu Old Town (1.9 miles).
Does Banana House & Wellness Centre have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.