My husband and I stayed at Baitil Aman at the tail end of an extended stay in Kenya. We stayed at various places throughout Kenya and this was our favorite. Several friends had recommended we stay in Lamu but we were thrilled by our decision to stay in Shella - we wanted a more low-key, quiet experience. We researched various hotels on the island and, in our opinion, Baitil Aman is by far the best (especially for the price). Baitil Aman is a former Swahili royal house, which has been renovated and restored to an 8-room guest house. The owner and staff are warm and attentive (but not in your way) and the food is perhaps the best I had in Kenya. We had planned to eat out at various places throughout the island during our three-day stay but we often found ourselves back at Baitil Aman - the food was extremely fresh, creative, and delicious . Dinner was served on the top floor under the stars and breakfast was served either outside our room (in our own private seating area overlooking the white-washed buildings of Shella) or downstairs in the garden. We loved our room on the top floor, but all of the rooms are spacious and airy. We couldn't have been happier with our experience at Baitil Aman and recommend it without hesitation.
- 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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