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Forodhani from the sea, on the beach. Forodhani swimming pool
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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

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Vicky U
London, United Kingdom
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308 reviews
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“Beautiful house - but only sleeps 10 adults not 13 as advertised!”
Reviewed 1 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

I have been visiting Lamu since I was 8 years old - put another way, for well over 45 years! This trip was 18 months in the planning and I had been very clear the party comprised '11 adults - no kids', so I was appalled when the single bedroom (described as a 'little lounge/single bedroom') turned out to be no bigger than a butler's pantry, with no door, no ceiling fan, no windows and only a concrete bench for a bed (see photos). Nor was there any access to a bathroom except via another couple's bedroom, again something I had tried unsuccessfully to clarify.There was a fridge and small sink however! As leader of a group of adults who had all paid equally for the luxurious accommodation portrayed, and not accurately described, on the website, this simply would not do, so at extra expense we had to rent another room in a near-by house to fulfil my guests' expectations. After some wrangling the owner agreed to foot half the bill, but it was an extremely unpleasant start to an otherwise lovely holiday.

Forodhani house itself boasts 5 double bedrooms, although two share an ensuite, and the ground floor room is rather airless and dark, despite being big and beautiful. The master suite sits atop the building and is a delight, with a private terrace. The pool provides a welcome respite in the heat of the day, but the truly outstanding features of the house are its position on the sea front and the ability to watch the comings and goings of all the boats and passengers (though in the early hours of the morning it might not be so attractive to some as the locals are noisy!), and the simply first class complement of staff, led by masterchef Amos, who made every meal a gourmet occasion. We sampled local crab, prawns, calamari, red and white snapper - grilled, BBQ'd, in curries; local Swahili dishes; yummy salads; and melt-in-your-mouth ice creams and sorbets. Every morning we were treated to a sumptuous fruit plate, washed down with fresh passion and orange juice, and eggs to order. Fresh lime juice on tap all day. We learned that Amos used to cook for Princess Caroline of Monaco when she had a house in Shela, so it was a right royal feast every day!

Hot water was in short supply, which some people may find irritating. In hot weather it doesn't bother me, but I know some of my group minded.

To sum up, this is a gorgeous house, tastefully decorated and furnished Swahili-style,and provides excellent value for 10 adults, and perhaps one or two children (I'm not sure where the three extra beds are; I certainly wouldn't put anyone, adult or child, in a room with no door, no fan, nor window, to be shared with the local cats (we found cat hairs on the pillow when we arrived!).

We did enjoy our holiday immensely, thanks to the super staff and Babu British who helped us sort out of problems on arrival. And we hope to visit again!

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Liked best: Position and staff
Liked least: the single bedroom not as advertised
Travelling group: Friends
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Bolzano, Italy
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Reviewed 15 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed 20 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Liked best: la vue et le staff
Liked least: le temps passe trop vite
Travelling group: En famille avec jeune(s) enfant(s)
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