I spent 9 fantastic days at Baytil Ajayib and it was truly magical. Malik was such a wonderful host always making sure all expectations were met and often exceeded. The location was perfect, just a short little walk from the waterfront thru the intriguing walkways in the old town of Lamu. No cars, buses, or taxis and only the braying of donkeys or the call to Prayer at the many mosques were the sounds of the village.
The old house was so tastefully decorated with care and love, and it was fun to have Malik recap the hard work that went into creating this wonderful house, almost one that could have time traveled back from days of the Arabian Nights. The furnishings were all so authentic and honest, and Malik had many books scattered about recapping the history of the architecture of the area was well as discussing the antiques that made it such a living museum.
His staff were always on, smiling and willing to help as needed, and the Maasi askari at night guarding the front gate gave an aura of safety. Never once did I feel in the least at risk as to personal well being.
The locals were very proud of their village and were always asking if you needed help and how you liked Lamu. It was a hard place not to like.
I cannot say enough nice things about this B and B. It is something you will have to experience yourself.
Thanks again Malik for such a wonderful visit.
Jim from Minnesota
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Baytil Ajaib was restored for the sole purpose of preserving what's left of the true Swahili architecture and offering the client a climps into the wonderful and secretive life that prevailed.Artifacts and antiques that help forge the Swahili Culture have been collected to authenicate the archtectural beauty that dominates this structure with only the necessary hints of modernisation for present day convience. Baytil Ajaib is solely for the discerning traveller!!! ... more less