Forodhani House, Shela, Lamu

From $775 / night


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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • House

It was love at first sight, Isabelle Simon was immediately captured by the Swahili culture and rich mix of traditions. She fell for the Lamu Archipelago and its communities instantly and, with the inhabitants of Shela Village, decided to build Forodhani House. She wanted the house to reflect the architecture of the island, so, with the best local craftsmen they started to design this masterpiece. Three years on the house was completed and it is everything that sje ever dreamed of, a joyful celebration of Lamu’s heritage and ancestry.

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Forodhani House, Shela, Lamu
Lamu, Kenya

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Additional Location Information

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 African coastline, with its almost pure white sand, traditional dhows, and clean appearance. It makes a sharp contrast to Lamu town (directly opposite the airstrip on Manda) which lacks a beach and functions as a relatively busy port.

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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Ocean, Village

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Last updated on December 05, 2012
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Rates

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Rental fees

  • Damage deposit | $77

Amenities

General
  • Linens Provided
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Private Chef
  • Towels Provided
  • Local Guides/Maps
Phone / Internet
  • Wireless Internet
Pool / Spa
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sunbed
  • Private Pool
Property Features
  • Ocean Views
Kitchen
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Gas Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Stove or Oven
  • Gas Grill
Entertainment
  • Books
  • Board Games
Outdoor
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Balcony or terrace
Onsite Equipment
  • Beach Towels
Suitability
  • Pet friendly - no
  • Smoking allowed - ask
  • Suitable for children - yes
  • Suitable for the elderly - no
  • Wheelchair accessible - no

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