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The basics

kenya, lamu island
Price range
From £700 to £1850 per night

The background

lamu island beach house is the last house on the sea front before the sand dunes start. a large, cool house with four double and one dormitory style bedrooms - all ensuite and with spectacular sea views.


on the first floor, raised above beach level, there is a stunning fresh water infinity swimming pool which has a bar area and low comfortable baraza seating.
up the first flight of stairs is a large dining and living room, leading out onto an alfresco terrace, shaded by huge entwined acacia and baobab trees. another door leads onto the wood deck over the pool -perfect for dining - and to two double bedrooms with their own private terraces. The third floor comprises three bedrooms and an open terrace. from the rooftop you can enjoy panoramic views of the whole Lamu channel - relaxing on the barazas, with a fully equipped bar to hand, you can watch the fishing dhows return, dolphins pass and the moon rise.


the house has four staff - two stewards, a cook and a pool attendant. a maid can be available to help with children at an extra cost. a resident manager will help to ensure you have everything you need, assist you with menus and also help organise local excursions.

bed linen, mosquito nets, house towels and beach towels are supplied. in case of a self-catering booking laundry is charged to the guest, if the house is rented on a full-board basis the laundry service is included.

full board is recommended however if you wish to go self catering that's fine too!

full board

the house cook will do all your catering. he will bake bread, suggest menus and cook excellent swahili fish dishes. basic foodstuffs, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit are available in the local lamu market, while other supplies are flown down from nairobi. fish, lobster, crab and fresh oysters come to the door or can be ordered.

the house staff are there to ensure you have everything you need, when you need it. full board is an additional euro 50 per person, per day and euro 25 for children under 12 years. alcoholic beverages are not included.

self catering

if you choose self catering, the cook will still do all your shopping and keep a record of your expenditure for every meal he prepares for you. please bring luxury food items and condiments with you. fresh dairy products, meat and chicken are difficult to find in lamu.

the kitchen is well equipped with gas cooker, fridge, deep-freeze, bottle cooler, icemaker, ice-cream machine and liquidiser. sodas and beer can be bought locally, wine is locally available or we can help with an order from a nairobi wine supplier. spirits should be brought along with you.

telephone, fax, email and internet facilities are available. wireless connections for your laptop are also available on a daily charge. technical requirements are usb port or card slot and 10mb of free space on the computer.

Things to do

  • dhow trip to the takwa ruins, former home to the shela village people
  • snorkel on the coral reefs off manda toto island
  • catch fresh fish from a dhow, which your crew will grill for you on the beach
  • windsurf, bodysurf, sail and waterski
  • walk along deserted beaches with extraordinary driftwood and sightings of dolphins offshore
  • watch a local football game
  • explore the narrow streets of lamu town with its ancient fort, its wood carvers, juice bars and donkeys
  • lunch visit to kipungani
  • discover the island's history at the lamu museum
  • visit the donkey sanctuary and the lamu animal welfare clinic 

there are a number of domestic airlines that operate daily flights to lamu from nairobi, mombasa and malindi. on arrival at the manda airstrip, you will be met by an arrivals and departures manager. he will help collect your baggage, provide a porter and cart to carry it to the manda jetty and escort you by boat to the shela jetty. the house staff will meet you there and escort you to your house.

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