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Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya

53 reviews
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Overview
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
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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 December 16, 2018

My fourth time to come and stay at forodhani house : the best location in the heart of shella village, amazing welcome from the boys... we really feel like a family treat when we are there always, that’s why we keep on coming back to...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank 145anwarm
isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2018

Thank you so much Anwar, i’ll pass your feed-back to our team who will appreciate it for sure. Karibu tena saana :-)

Reviewed September 16, 2018

This place is no nicer than a hostel in cleanliness and noise from the jetty.. Be prepared for no privacy either with people all around watching your every move. There are better houses to rent in shela unless you're an exhibitionist and love noise and...More

Date of stay: September 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

Fantastic accommodations and staff! Beautiful location! Without a doubt a great place to stay in Lamu!! Thanks Isabelle!!!

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Ambassador642643
isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2018

Thank you - Assante saana - Merci - Gracias - very happy you are happy :-)

Reviewed August 7, 2018

Words and pictures don’t do this place justice. This place is just LIT! The service quality and professionalism of the staff, the awesomeness of the building and the hospitality of the people of Lamu Island and Shela is out of this world. Please don’t stop...More

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank Akosua A
isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2018

🙏 you are home here 😊 Karibu tena anytime.

Reviewed January 4, 2018

Forodhani even as a house cannot escape a comparison to Peponi Hotel located just steps away. During construction, I marveled at the gracious design endorsement by the owners to the immediate environment and neighboring Peponi Hotel. Upon my first visit among a group of friends,...More

Date of stay: February 2017
Thank Albert N
isabellesim0n, VR Owner at Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2018

You are very sweet, thank you so much. It’s our pleasure to have you enjoy your holidays to the max. Karibu tena saana :-)

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