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Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya

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5 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
12 guests
1 night minimum
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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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About the Owner
Isabelle S
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:75%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:September 2013
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Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Rimaalchikh
isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2019

And we are so happy to have you here each time you come :-) Thank you Rima.

Reviewed June 2, 2019

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...More

Date of stay: April 2019
Thank Margot S
isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2019

Assante saana Margot for taking that time to give us your feedback. The team loved you too :)

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Reviewed June 2, 2019

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!

Date of stay: April 2019
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isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2019

Thank you so much ! We are happy you were happy :)

Reviewed June 2, 2019

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.

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Matt T
isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2019

Thank you so much Matt ! Really much. Our team will be happy to read this :)

Reviewed May 20, 2019

The house is beautiful as the interior design was done really well to the smallest details such as the ornaments. Great for pictures! The views from the rooms are lovely.The staff are friendly and available, food by the chef is 🤤👌. We definitely gained a...More

Date of stay: May 2019
Thank Maryanne N
isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2019

Hi Maryanne, Happy you were happy with the location, house and team :-) The rains you experienced was totally unusual here and our houses, any of them, our niru floors, are for sure not made for this type of weather. Elders said they didn’t remember...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Alarm Clock
Balcony
Grill
Blender
Boat Available
Books
Ceiling Fans
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Game Room
Hairdryer
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Ocean Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Yard
Safe
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Stove
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
VCR
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Corporate Bookings
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Hiking Trips
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
A Winter Sun Getaway
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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 co...
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