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“Paradise in Africa”
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Shella Royal House
Ranked #18 of 32 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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“Paradise in Africa”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Stayed in Lamu Old town for 3 nights and then onto Shella Royal House. My friend and I had been disapointed with Subira house, although the owner was quiet charming. Moving further down to Shella was a delight. We were met off our dhow and walked about 5 minutes through the narrow lanes to our base for the next 3 nights.
The Somali Pirate problems have put a lot of people off Lamu and so we had the entire quest house to ourselves. The staff were attentive but discreet and could not do enough for us.
The Chef made the most amazing swahili food for us and compared to a very pricey meal at Peponi's it was fresh seafood prepared simply with great salads and fresh fruit. Do hope he pirates off the coast do not spoil this amazing Island just off the Kenya coast.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Three of us stumbled upon this beautiful guesthouse house whilst looking for accommodation in Shella and couldn't believe our luck. The guesthouse is beautifully laid out and furnished, and is immaculately clean. There are also fantastic views and a much appreciated sea breeze. The food was amazing and the hotel manager and staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The price was a bargain too - extremely good value for money! We had a wonderfully relaxing two-night stay here and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the place to anyone. BIG THUMBS UP!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Shella Royal House
Address: Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
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Ranked #18 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Lamu Island
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Number of rooms: 2
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