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Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya

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Forodhani from the sea, on the beach.
Forodhani swimming pool
The front entrance.
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Overview
5 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
12 guests
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Rental Home
Beautiful Beachfront House, with stunning beach and ocean views, in Shella, Lamu, Kenya. Forodhani House is designed in authentic swahili style, has 5 spacious, elegantly furnished bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms and terraces, sofas in different areas to relax a bit more privately too. It can accommodate with all comfort 10 guests, even 13 guests with kids. Its location and finishes are truly stunning : at the beginning of Shella Beach, with 270° sea views, as you could see on the pictures, truly magic when you sit on the terraces or rest here ! 4 staff, among them a good cook, are here to pamper you, take care of all so that you can fully relax and enjoy your holidays. Forodhani House is rented on a Self-Catering basis, because it is the most cost-efficient way to do it for our guests...Beautiful Beachfront House, with stunning beach and ocean views, in Shella, Lamu, Kenya. Forodhani House is designed in authentic swahili style, has 5 spacious, elegantly furnished bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms and terraces, sofas in different areas to relax a bit more privately too. It can accommodate with all comfort 10 guests, even 13 guests with kids. Its location and finishes are truly stunning : at the beginning of Shella Beach, with 270° sea views, as you could see on the pictures, truly magic when you sit on the terraces or rest here ! 4 staff, among them a good cook, are here to pamper you, take care of all so that you can fully relax and enjoy your holidays. Forodhani House is rented on a Self-Catering basis, because it is the most cost-efficient way to do it for our guests, as the food is really not expensive. Of course our/your cook will do all shopping, cooking, waitering for you. And, maybe you know it already but maybe not, there is a lot to do in Shella and Lamu really : You have all sea and beach activities (sailing, surfing, kite, windsurf, waterskiing, snorkeling, swimming, walking on the beach, scuba diving, fishing even deep sea fishing, sunset or day cruising..), plus lamu old town world heritage site and cultural visits to discover the rich Swahili culture and history, plus lots of services like yoga, massage, music, dvds... at home. Also nature which is truly at its best here with stunning views, turtles clutch watching, swimming with dolphins, even whales watching on season at the corner... And fun/parties, good spots to have a drink, relax, talk with friendly people, have fun, dance too if wished, on the beach or in 2 or 3 really trendy and cool places ! For sure you can really have a fantastic time and we will make sure of this ! Karibu sana for peaceful and wonderful holidays :-)More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
4 Full baths
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Meet the host
Isabelle S
Hosting since September 2013
Languages spoken: English, French
Response Rate: 80%
Response Time: Within a few hours
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Reviews (65)
Jean E
Jean E
1 contribution
Superb
Very beautiful house, we had a lovely time there. All the staff were really nice and competent (special props to the chef!). We look forward to coming back.
Visited March 2023
Written March 17, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Muthoni M
Muthoni M
2 contributions
Great place, please improve on cleanliness
We really enjoyed the stay together with my friends, the house is beautiful and the staff are friendly. Though of all the days we were there we didn't have lights in our room, we were using the table lamp. At the dining room there were so many flies, please do something about this. The swimming pool is not children friendly. Lastly , the white towels, bedding and mosquito net have stains, maybe some jik would help. Looking forward to coming back.
Visited May 2022
Written May 30, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Maryam B
Maryam B
3 contributions
The best!
Beautiful house with breathtaking views! Isabelle and her team were fantastic, always responsive and attentive. The chef Silas made the most delicious meals and the service was excellent. It was a perfect holiday. We had a great time and can’t wait to come back!
Visited December 2021
Written December 8, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
isabsimon
isabsimon
Thank you so much, it’s such a joy to know you enjoyed your stay fully. Karibu tena anytime, it’s your home now :)
Written December 25, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

parisienne20
parisienne20
11 contributions
Sublime
Le paradis, la maison est magnifique une équipe d’une gentillesse incroyable, l’hôtesse est au petit soin, relation et échanges fluides. Merciiiii à tous
Visited November 2021
Written December 2, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
isabsimon
isabsimon
Merci beaucoup pour ces gentils mots. Nous espérons vous revoir bien sûr ;)
Written December 25, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

marionnette
marionnette
Paris, France4 contributions
One of the best ever stayings I've ever had in the world
Thank you Forodhani House for making me definitely fall in love with Lamu. My stay was a pure bliss. This is I believe the true luxury we are today looking for. The house, which benefits from an astonishing view on the Indian Ocean, is located at the heart of the village, which makes it so charming and authentic. You can enjoy quietness but as well feel part of Lamu's life: donkeys, wind, birds, dhows, heat, moon and stars, palm treas, bare foot, people. Unforgettable experience. It is located at 2 steps from everything, nice restaurants and shops, beach, sea activities. The house itself is designed with such taste: local, arty and cosy. Il allows you to gather if you wish and be quiet if you need, thanks to its vast living room, comfortable rooms, several teraces, rooftop and pool. The team which is incredibly helpful, efficient, discreet and smiling, makes all for you to feel as if you were at home, while providing premium service, amazing food, and extra top service advice (massage, yoga at home). I loved my stay in your house Isabelle and I have only one word to thank you : grateful. I could feel how much you love Lamu and how much Lamu loves you.
Visited November 2021
Written November 24, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
isabsimon
isabsimon
Wow ! Thank you more than much Marion. Our team will be so happy to read this. Welcome back anytime, Lamu loves you too, it’s your home now :)
Written November 25, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rima
Rima
New York City, NY1 contribution
Home away from home
A real gem with sweeping views of beach and the surrounding water. Rooma are spacious and airy. Understated elegance, beachy colors, impeccable service and delicious food. And the views are incomparable. We always come back for more.
Visited November 2018
Written July 21, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
isabsimon
isabsimon
And we are so happy to have you here each time you come :-) Thank you Rima.
Written July 26, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

parisienne20
parisienne20
11 contributions
Amazing
beautiful, quiet, the beaches’re superb, and the welcome is warm La maison est décorée avec goût, les repas délicieux, un coin de paradis.
Visited May 2019
Written June 8, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
isabsimon
isabsimon
Thank you so much ! You're welcome anytime :-)
Written June 10, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Margot S
Margot S
Paris, France1 contribution
We loved it !
The house is on the beach and you feel like being on a boat a bit as it’s so close to the ocean. The gentle breeze, the sound of the waves, the seaviews, the smiles of Forodhani team and whole Shella village… made our stay here fantastic. We felt fully rested. Thank you very much.
Visited April 2019
Written June 2, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
isabsimon
isabsimon
Assante saana Margot for taking that time to give us your feedback. The team loved you too :)
Written June 3, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Second a
Second a
1 contribution
Sublime!
The location, the house and its magnificent views, the amazing team of staff, the delicious food Silas cooked… I can’t recommend Forodhani House enough. All was a sublime bliss!
Visited April 2019
Written June 2, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
isabsimon
isabsimon
Thank you so much ! We are happy you were happy :)
Written June 3, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Matt T
Matt T
2 contributions
Incredible house on the beach in Shela
This is one of the best houses in Shela available to rent. The spaces are beautifully designed and combine Swahili aesthetics with modern conveniences. The food is fantastic and the team at the house looks after guests extremely well.
Visited August 2018
Written June 2, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
isabsimon
isabsimon
Thank you so much Matt ! Really much. Our team will be happy to read this :)
Written June 4, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony
  • Grill
  • Boat Available
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Deck
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Game Room
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Ocean Views
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Private Yard
  • Safe
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Waterfront
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Watersports Nearby
  • Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
Shela is a village about 2 miles from Lamu Town. The origin of the village is unknown, but according to tradition it was settled by people from nearby Manda Island. In 1813 the elite of Pate Island, allied with the Mazrui clan from Oman, attempted to subjugate Lamu in the Battle of Shela. This attempt failed totally, and the defeat of Pate at Shela signalled the rise of Lamu as the leading power in the archipelago. Shela's golden age was from 1829 to 1857, when 5 of its 6 mosques were constructed. It is especially known for the Friday mosque. Shela is now a centre for tourism on the island, with several guest houses feature by the coast. Shela is also home to the most spectacular beaches on Lamu island. The appearance of the area is much more in keeping with the imagined East African coastline, with its almost pure white sand, traditional dhows, and clean appearance. It makes a sharp contrast to Lamu town (directly opposite the airstrip on Manda) which lacks a beach and functions as a relatively busy port.
Access
Car not needed
How to get there
There is 3 daily flights to Lamu from Nairobi, and several coming from Mombassa or Malindi too. You land at Lamu/Manda Airport. You could also drive to Mokowe jetty, by car or by bus. We come and pick you either at Lamu/Manda Airport or at Mokowe Jetty... and drive you home... holidays !!
Activities nearby
Fishing NearbyWatersports Nearby
Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya

Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya is able to accommodate up to 12 guests. See all property details.

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