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Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya

Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
49 reviews
Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
Forodhani from the sea, on the beach.
Forodhani swimming pool
The front entrance.
The main lounge, spacy.
View from all terraces.
Entrance to the dining room.
View from the dining room.
One of the double bedrooms.
The master bedroom.
Forodhani terrace on the beach
Sunset from the terrace.
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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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About the Owner, Isabelle S
Languages spoken: English, French
Response Rate: 80 %
Response Time: Within a day
Calendar Updated: 28 days ago
Listed since : Sep 2013
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 49 reviews and 1 property
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Albert N
Nairobi, Kenya
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2018 for a stay in February 2017

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, I was treated to a feast of clever design features including an outdoor entrance foyer...

Katrin E
1 review
Reviewed 15 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017

I just spent some amazing days at Forodhani House, and it was the best experience I could have ever wished for. Forodhani House is truly an amazing space, the food is fantastic, the entire property is exquisitely maintained and of very good taste, it has excellent service in and outside the house, an awesome range of activities, let alone the...

Yvonne M
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 for a stay in November 2016

If I had a choice I would stay at Forodhani forever!!! The house is very beautiful, spacious, divine and has the best interior decor ever!!!Perfection at it's best. The rooms are very spacious and clean and with the best views ever! You can catch the sunrise and sunset even without living the house. The staff are the most well mannered,...

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Mmmmm... You are very sweet, thank you so much ! Happy you enjoyed your stay, much happy, Karibu saana anytime for sure.


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  • 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
    2 Sofas
    4 Super Kings
    2 Cribs
    3 Twins
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R 6 030
R 6 030
R 42 209
€2 800
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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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