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Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya

Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
1 of 12Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
Holiday Rental House -
5 Bedrooms , 4 Bathrooms , Sleeps 12
Lamu Island, Coast Province
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 o...
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Listing #FKN3161973
About the Owner
Isabelle S
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:80%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:September 2013
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Katy G
Reviewed 6 September 2018

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

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Reviewed 7 August 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

Thank Akosua A
  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Boat Available
  • Books
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cooker
  • Cots:(2)
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (12)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (4)
  • Game Room
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • King Beds:(4)
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (20)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Ocean Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Private Garden
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Single Beds:(3)
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Sofa Beds:(2)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Waterfront
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking allowed
    Check in: 3:00 PM
    Check out: 11:00 AM
    4 Full baths
    3 Twins
    2 Cribs
    4 Kings
    2 Sofas
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About the neighbourhood
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 Africa...
Car not needed
How to get there
Airport: Lamu/Manda airport: 1.6 km
Ferry: Mokowe Jetty: 1.6 km
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 Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 0.0 km.
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