We found Baitil Aman through LamuRetreats.com, and the place seemed very beautiful and, while we really had spent last 6 weeks traveling independently in the dusty and bumpy inland of East Africa, we wanted to find the best value for the money we still had left. Baitil Aman turned out to be exactly the perfect choice and much more than we could have imagined!
Transportation from the airfield on Manda island near Lamu island was organized with a boat and guys who helped us with luggage to the Shela town a couple of kilometers from Lamu town. The guest house manager himself accompanied us on the sturdy dhow boat used to carry passengers. Stewards helped us with luggage all the way to the airy penthouse apartment after we were refreshed with heavenly passion juice (decorated with fresh flowers) and hot towels.
The building itself is a very impressively renovated swahili palace built for a noble wife. There are plenty of spots where you can rest with nothing else for the stewards to do than pamper you the best they can. We really got the whole guest house to ourselves, which was especially nice in the dinnertime every night we spent sitting on pillows in the rooftop terrace enjoying great seafood, starheavy sky, totally car-less environment, listening to the wailing of donkeys, squeals of cats, and the sound of wind in the palmtree canopies.
Our two wonderful stewards, Kazungu and Amos were there for us at any instance we needed to know something were it information about the town, hotel, or just anything. In the downstairs office we could use the internet anytime we wished for a little charge.
The room was tidied twice a day as soon as we left the key at the reception. Fresh flowers were used to decorate our large bed every time. The room had a lofty high ceiling constructed the traditional way using timber and palmtree leaves. Bathroom was simple but spacious and perfectly clean. Hot water was something we had to wait for some time since the room was in the 4th floor.
The guest house wants to ensure customer satisfaction by also organizing daytrips, city walks, dhow cruises and activities by only the very good professional service providers. This is a very good opportunity to completely forget about the usual hustlers in the streets of Lamu, who offer to you anything for a seemingly low price. Prices of Baitil Aman appear fixed but negotiation might not be impossible considering time of year and seasonal changes you know to expect.
If you are only planning one visit to Lamu, check this coral palace. It's a lot more character and old time charm than a large hotel and it is located very short distance away from the 8 km long beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Baitil Aman is a spacious old palace that has been carefully renovated into a small luxurious guest house and restaurant. It is located in the center of Shela village on Lamu Island overlooking a beautiful garden. Dinner at the rooftop of the hotel under the stars is highly recommended. The beach is five minutes away. ... more less
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