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Forodhani House, on Shela Beach, in Lamu, Kenya

Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
49 reviews
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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5 Bedrooms , 4 Bathrooms , Sleeps 12
Lamu Island, Coast Province
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Ashley M
1 review
Reviewed 7 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

The staff at Forodhani were very professional and friendly and catered to all of our needs. Amos was such a brilliant chef. We almost wanted to take him back to Nairobi with us. Forodhani house is so gorgeous by the ocean providing such a scenic view. I would advise anyone staying here to catch the sunrise from the outside seating...

Management response:

We are happy you were happy :-) Thank you so much for your stay and for your feed-back here, Ashley, Karibu tena na saana and all the very best Lovely people.


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Reviewed 25 July 2016 for a stay in June 2015

We stayed for 4 nights with a group of 8 friends at the end of an African safari. We all loved the house and staff and enjoyed going for dhow sails, guided walks and unguided beach walks, as well as staying put in the villa and chilling out. The food cooked by our lovely staff was great and no need...

Management response:

Thank you, much :-). Good point, well noted, for the Movies, we'll organise more of these, more english language ones or with english subtitles ones. We'll be very happy to take great care of you Lovely people again, Karibu tena anytime!


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Reviewed 8 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

I am absolutely obsessed with this property! This was my second time going back and it was even more beautiful than I remembered. This beach front villa is perfect for those looking for a serene, intimate and tasteful experience. The rooms are pretty spacious with views of the ocean and the staff was incredibly kind and welcoming! And don't even...

Management response:

Thank you sooo much Sharon, we really Love to have you here each time you come, we might be a bit obsessed with you, us too :-) Very Happy you enjoyed your Stay. Karibu saana na tena anytime <3


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  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Boat Available
  • Books
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cooker
  • Cots:(2)
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (12)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (4)
  • Game Room
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (20)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Ocean Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Private Garden
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Single Beds:(3)
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Sofa Beds:(2)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • SuperKing Beds:(4)
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Waterfront
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking allowed
    4 Full baths
    4 Super Kings
    2 Cribs
    3 Twins
    2 Sofas
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About the neighbourhood
Shela is a village about 2 miles from Lamu Town. The origin of the village is unknown, but according to tradition it was settled by people from nearby Manda Island. In 1813 the elite of Pate Island, allied with the Mazrui clan from Oman, attempted to subjugate Lamu in the Battle of Shela. This attempt failed totally, and the defeat of Pate at Shela signalled the rise of Lamu as the leading power in the archipelago. Shela's golden age was from 1829 to 1857, when 5 of its 6 mosques were constructed. It is especially known for the Friday mosque.

Shela is now a centre for tourism on the island, with several guest houses feature by the coast. Shela is also home to the most spectacular beaches on Lamu island. The appearance of the area is much more in keeping with the imagined East Africa...
Car not needed
How to get there
Airport: Lamu/Manda airport: 1.6 km
Ferry: Mokowe Jetty: 1.6 km
There is 3 daily flights to Lamu from Nairobi, and several coming from Mombassa or Malindi too. You land at Lamu/Manda Airport.
You could also drive to Mokowe jetty, by car or by bus.
We come and pick you either at Lamu/Manda Airport or at Mokowe Jetty... and drive you home... holidays !!
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 0.0 km.
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