We would go back in a blink if we could. The Banana House is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Lamu to the fullest. We stayed for 5 nights in the tastfully decorated Penthouse, an open plan space with one bedroom ensuite, large verandah style living and dining with a swingbed and two balconies with built-in cushioned daybeds in colourful kikoi designs. Do watch out for the mozzies when they come out before sundown so bring plenty of deet.
The food at the Banana House is simple but very tasty as the cook knows how to use spices like cumin, anise seeds and ginger. The first night we had mouthwatering Kingfish fillet with coconut rice, mixed vegetables and a salad. Also a must are the prawns with garlic sauce and the crab. Try also their fishcakes and samosas. For a change, one night we opted for the Swahili dinner: a sumptuous three course meal for less than 20 euro showcasing the best that Lamu has to offer. All proceeds go back to the village women that cook the meal. It is the Banana House way that the local people also benefit from the Banana House.
Activities wise we would recommend the dhow fishing and sailing trip. Nothing beats eating your own freshly caught fish straight from the barbeque and if you're lucky, you might be able to see baby turtles hatching like we did. The privilege of watching 110 baby green turtles dashing for the Indian Ocean is just too precious. For the complete "Robinson Crusoe experience" go for a walk in the unspoilt dunes. We walked for nearly two hours without meeting another soul and felt completely free. Back in civilisation, Mercy, the beauty therapist, gave us an expert deep tissue massage and she gave us some tips on where to get the best Lamu buys. Don't miss out on one of Ali Lamu's hand bags made out of recycled dhow sails for a truly unique souvenir that you won't regret buying, just like staying at the Banana House.
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- Banana House & Wellness Centre is small and cozy, yet spacious enough to let you enjoy its rarity. Retreat to Banana House, a very cool, elegant private guesthouse and the wellness centre offering yoga, retreats and massages. It has great views on the sea, the dunes and the village. The house is simply and tastefully furnished in Swahili style, with many different sitting areas, daybeds and hammocks. You will feel the love that Monika and Banana have put into the house to give it a homely and welcoming atmosphere. ... more less
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