" We thought you might like an upgrade" is always a great way to greet arriving guests - especially when that means a rooftop penthouse with incredible views over the surrounding, unspoilt coastline. Arriving at Banana House by boat from the airstrip on nearby Manda island, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of tiny Shela village, just a few minutes from Lamu. The premises are perfectly planned, taking advantage of the cooling breezes to ventilate each simple but stunningly-decorated room. But what really takes your breath away is the warm, relaxed and above all genuine welcome - within minutes you're decompressing and settling into the laid-back island atmosphere. All the staff are friendly and accommodating in a completely natural way - no forced customer sevice training here! (We'd lost our luggage, and Lisa and her team could not have been more supportive in ensuring we recovered it promptly). Overall, I'd advise anyone planning a trip to Lamu to stay in Shela, and in Banana House - it's truly an oasis from which to explore the wonders of a magical region.
- 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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