We stayed at in the Banana Penthouse for the final 5 nights of our honeymoon and it was the perfect end to our trip. The managers were very patient in dealing with not knowing when we would be able to arrive (due to problems caused by the Nairobi airport fire) and gave us additional information over the phone when were trying to arrange transport.
The boat was sent at short notice to collect us from the airstrip late in the day, and on arrival we received complimentary shoulder massages as a much needed welcome. The penthouse was stunning and the whole atmosphere felt more like staying in someones home than in an impersonal hotel. Food was excellent, particularly the fish, and we were blown away by a Swahili banquet hosted by Monika and prepared by local women from Shela village.
We did very little in terms of activities, preferring to mooch and explore Lamu and Shela, but Banana House made sure we knew exactly what was on offer throughout our stay. A late afternoon dhow ride to the Takwa ruins was a real experience ending in a stunning sunset on the water.
Staff were a joy, and made a huge effort to ensure our stay was enjoyable. We shall miss the banana pancakes for breakfast! We will be back for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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