My friends and I arrived in Shela at night after a pretty horrific 10 hour bus journey from Mombassa and arguements with beachboys to get a boat to the island. When we walked into Jannataan Hotel - where we were getting a double room for 4000 kenyan shillings, I really wasn't expecting to see a beautiful swimming pool in the hotel courtyard surrounded by palm trees and swahili chic furniture and kikoy cushions everywhere. Baye the lovely man in charge showed us to our beautiful rooms (four poster wooden beds with dressing tables, balconies etc), he brought us fresh juice and beach towels to go swimming in the pool. Every morning we had a great breakfast with fresh fruit, eggs, toast and chai masala or coffee on one of the several roof terraces overlooking Shela. It was so clean and beautiful and had the biggest pool of all the hotels I saw on Lamu (even bigger than the expensive hotels like Peponi, Kigani and Lamu House)
It really was lovely hotel, and such great value - I would most definitely recommend to others. The description given by the reviewer below sounds like a different hotel entirely so don't worry!
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