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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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Holiday Rental House -
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Lamu Island, Coast Province

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Emma W
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
2 reviews
“Family”
Reviewed 22 March 2016 for a stay in October 2015

This perfectly situated house is not only idillic but filled with excellent staff, fantastic contacts for all the fun things to do and the most amazing corners to relax in for all whom stay. Thank you to them ALL for our perfect stay and for those yet to book- don't hesitate!!

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Management Response
25 Mar 2016
THANK YOU :-) Much much much... xxx
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Kim M
Nairobi, Kenya
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“I'll Be Back!!”
Reviewed 22 March 2016 for a stay in October 2015

We visited Forodhani with friends and family including young children. Our stay was nothing short of perfect. We had the most amazing time. The house is in a fantastic location with all amenities either nearby or easy to access. The community around the area are friendly and accommodating. Best of all is the service within Forodhani. We were never lacking for amazing food from Amos the chef, laughs from the rest of the staff, advice and local knowledge. We felt very welcome and very much at home. Leaving was very very difficult and we shall definitely be back.

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Liked best: The location, house and staff.
Liked least: The group before us......were a bit late checking out.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Mar 2016
It's your Home here, really it is :-) Much welcome anytime.
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1972Sylvi...
Nairobi Region, Kenya
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A place in heaven!”
Reviewed 22 March 2016 for a stay in January 2016

We travelled as a group of 7 (two couples, 2 teenagers and a 7 year old) and could not be more happy with our Lamu experience at Isabelle's Forodhani House. We booked directly with the owner via the website and she was extremely responsive. We discussed our beverage needs - which were in the fridge as we arrived! The menu was discussed every morning and it did not disappoint! The house is well and tastefully appointed with all of the modern requirements one may expect. It even has a projector which we hooked up to a laptop for movie evenings for the kids! The house team is great and the chef is fantastic - Ask for his home made lime ice cream pie...we still long it! The house is centrally located close to the shops and the famous Peponi Hotel for drinks. During our stay we were even blessed by the arrival of the President of Kenya right at our door steps on the pier which gave us a chance to demonstrate that a house full of Canadian, Bolivian and Venezuelan did not fear coming to Lamu - but rather embraced it. The location entails that beach-goers will need to walk down Shella for a few 100 meters to get the peace and quiet beach stretch, but this is all welcome as the place is wonderful. The activities, such as sundowners were very welcome - enabling us to "chill" at sea. The only "bemol" I would give to this property is that it can be rather busy (loud) in the morning or late at night as boats and people congregate at the bottom of the pier which can be annoying to some. We had a 3am discussion below our window and after making them notice that the house was occupied they gently moved their animated discussion away. The rooms situated at the back or on higher floors were not bothered by this. All in All would certainly return to Lamu - it has a "je ne sais quoi" feel that will not be find in any other Coastal resort in Kenya!

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Liked best: The view when sitting in the lamu terrace chairs while sipping wine or coffee!
Liked least: The noise from passerby
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Mar 2016
Merci :-) Much much much. Karibu tena anytime, Sylvie!
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villemus
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A whole new experience”
Reviewed 27 January 2016 for a stay in July 2015

A wonderful stay, love the deco love the service love everything about the place!

Don't forget to check out the turtle reserve (organise with the hotel next door).

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Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
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shose o
Nairobi
1 review
“An Absolutely Amazing Experience”
Reviewed 5 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Forodhani House was a magical setting for our holiday. The owner (Isabelle) responded to all our queries big and small before our arrival and ensured that we had activities to indulge in during the weekend. The execution was seamless and the people handling all our details on the ground (dhow sailing, snorkeling, town tour) were knowledgeable and friendly .

The house is as beautiful as the pictures and the staff are very hospitable and the food is totally amazing. We could not wait for the next meal!

The overall experience was totally wonderful and we will surely return.

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Liked best: The overall organisationa and willingness to accomodate our requests
Travelling group: Friends
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Recommended for:
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ShelinaAl...
Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
“Sublime bliss!”
Reviewed 28 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015

I cannot recommend Forodhani House enough. I wish it could remain my private secret hideaway, but this would be incredibly selfish and so I can but only recommend and urge my fellow travelers and those looking for somewhere idyllic to stay in Lamu, Shela, to visit Forodhani House and experience sublime bliss.

The owner of Forodhani House, the location, the house its magnificent views, the amazing team of staff on the ground (Babu who meets you at the airport, the water sports team, the Dhow Captain) as well as those who work inside the house are utterly faultless. Amos is by far one of the best chefs I have ever come across and possibly the man with the nicest, largest smile in Africa!

Go and see for yourselves!

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Liked best: All of it
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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karachi28
Karachi, Pakistan
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Slice Of Heaven”
Reviewed 27 August 2015 for a stay in May 2015

I stayed at the Fordhani house with a group of 8 people from both Kenya and overseas. We had a magical time in Lamu. The house is perfectly located on Shela Beach right at the jetty. So you will always see people hanging out and trying to sell you samosas when you are siting on the terrace. However, that is not disruptive and adds to you feeling like one in the community. I felt very safe in the house and we cherished our evenings sitting on the terrace with our gin and tonics and feeling the cool ocean breeze.

The house is beautifully decorated with a lot of space. We spent a lot of time in the house and also on the beach right next to the house. It did rain heavily once and we had to retreat to the inside area that is covered (there is not a lot of cover in the house so when it rains, you have to retreat to a room!). The staff is simply amazing there and they really take care of you. Amos, the cook, Francois and others are just great. We had fantastic meals every day. Who does not want to wake up and be asked what we'd like for breakfast? Truly spoiled.

The only reason I did not give the house 5 stars is because I think the maintenance can be better. We found holes in the mosquito nets over the beds, and general maintenance and upkeep can be improved.

Having said that, this is the best house in Shela!

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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