Luxury Beach Front Villa, Shela

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5% discount

from $450

per night

Response rate

74%

Response time

within a few hours

Reviews

7

Pinned 21 times
Beach Family Luxury
  • 15% resident discount
  • Pay later available
  • Discounts on 30 nights or more
  • Verified listing
  • Best price guaranteed

***SPECIAL OFFERS: PAY 2 STAY 3 or PAY 5 STAY 7!! Offers valid until July 2015***

Direct on the beach, this is the ideal place to relax, be lulled by the lapping waves and cooled by the gentle sea breeze. This beautiful beach house is stunningly located and is a perfect venue for both peaceful and active holidays.

It can easily house 10 adults, 2 or 3 families of up to 13 people. It’s also of a perfect villa for weddings or honeymoons.

Four staff, among them a very good cook, are here to take care of all your needs, do your shopping, prepare your meals, assist you and help organise activities and local excursions, clean and straighten bedrooms and the house.

The sophisticated dining terrace, a large lounge alongside the pool, different areas to take it easy in, and the garden, all offer varied possibilities for relaxing.

For your entertainment and your kids, the house is fitted with a DVD projector, Hi Fi and IPod docks. Several DVDs are already there but you can come with your owns. For music you will just have to plug your IPod in Hi Fi system in main lounge or dock it in the room of your choice. Books and games are also provided – see in the library at 1st floor.

Massage table, baby cots and baby chairs available

The location of this beautiful house is truly stunning, right on Shella Beach, with 270-degree views of the Indian Ocean. From the terraces of the 1st and 2nd floors, you overlook the whole channel and you view the whole of the Lamu archipelago.

Built in authentic Swahili style with the best craftsmen on Lamu Island, Ali Skanda, the famous carpenter, has done the whole furniture and the teak carved main entrance door. Mr Mbwara and his niru artists’ team made all friezes, niches, which ornate each room of the house. They also designed the big Swahili star above traditional Swahili bed on the ground floor.

Hand-woven rugs, light curtains, antique coffee-tables and old chests furnish the house. The design features zidaka plasterwork and niches, carved and painted beams, daka porch, Arab arches and carpentry work at its finest. The management wanted it as a joyful celebration of Lamu craftsmen's ancestral talent. The quality finishes make this beautiful beach house one of the finest modern architectural achievement on Lamu Island.

The house is white, with arches which frame sea views, sky at day or night, and sails sliding silently. Always magic! Palm trees, ylang-ylangs, frangipanes, bougainvilleas add some colours and scents around.

From the main lounge bordered by the garden you head to the 10m corridor pool, or step directly on the front terrace, which towers above the pristine beach. The gallery at ground floor leads to an exquisitely decorated dining terrace.

Numerous shady terraces, welcoming daybeds, lounging areas will allow you to enjoy the peace of Lamu and excellent service of Forodhani.

The cook will suggest menus and cook very good international cuisine as well as fresh seafood, sushis or Swahili dishes. For breakfast, the staff makes everyday fresh home bread, prepares pancakes, bacon and eggs, served with juices of the day, fresh fruits, tea, coffee and chocolate as well.

Contact us for early bird specials and resident rates.

Features

In your room
  • Ocean view
  • Garden view
  • Pool view
  • Shower
  • En-suite
  • Hot water
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioning
  • Fan
  • WIFI internet
  • Balcony
  • Veranda
  • Beachfront
  • Private sundeck
  • Lockable safe
  • Washer
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Projector
  • Speakers for MP3 player
  • DVD player
  • DVD collection
  • Book collection
  • Board games
  • Playing cards
Around the place
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach chairs
  • Family friendly
  • Front desk safe
  • Room service
  • Towel and linen service
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Gardener
  • Housekeeper
  • Security guard
  • Suitable for elderly
  • Suitable for events
  • Hot water
  • Internet
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Hot tub
  • Pool

Reviews

Accuracy Value Cleanliness Location Service Check-in
Superb!
7 reviews
5 7
Rima Kenya
We stayed 5 nights at Forodhani House, it is my second stay here. We had again a great time and can thoroughly recommend this place. The rooms are great and very spacious. it is fanatastic to wake up tp sound of the Indian Ocean waves. The staff is very friendly. The food was great as well, especially the very fresh seafood options. Forodhani House offers also good activities, such as snorkeling, water-sports and excursions. Babu is a great guide and we had a lot of fun. We enjoyed our daily trip to Manda beach and the peaceful walks along the beach in Shela. Overall we felt very well taken care of and can recommend this place for everyone who likes to relax in a beautiful setting. I would recommend to stay a bit longer if possible.
Stayed with host as a big group in November 2013
Marion France
Beautiful Holiday House, we warmly recommend it for its incredible location and service. The team was amazing, the cook very good. We enjoyed so much going for sunset sail just from the feet of the house. You have all there for great and relaxing holidays: a long pool where you can swim, or rest on the pool deck under the acacia, a small but cool garden, a big lounge very spacious and airy, bright rooms with beautiful bathrooms, the sand at your feet, and really spectacular views. We loved it!
Stayed with host as a family in November 2013
Barbara France
We stayed here as a treat to break up our 2 weeks trip through Kenya, we were joining friends there. A great decision. We really had a wonderful time at Forodhani House. The management, the service and staff were excellent, faultless in their welcome and attentiveness to your needs. The location on the beach is scenic, the house is very clean, and the whole place surrounded by flora and even fauna such as fishes, turtles and birds. Beautiful house right on the beach, spacious, clean, well decorated. Walking on Shella Beach, at our feet, every early morning, and swimming, snorkeling after our morning walk, was definitely a must. We couldn't recommend this place highly enough.
Stayed with host as a family in October 2013
Margot England
Amazing House in Lamu, on the beach. Total relaxation. Fabulous views. Great service & food. Be prepared to relax and do nothing. A great place to stay if you want to fully chill out and just dream.
Stayed with host as a small group in October 2013
Vero Kenya
We booked Forodhani House to finish up a safari in Kenya. We arrived tired from a quite long journey but after a warm welcome at Mokowe (where we left our car) by the charming guests relation manager, and with complimentary fresh fruit juices and an introduction to Lamu, we were shown the whole house. It sits just along the beach and was perfect. The Villa is large, very well decorated, clean, with lots of little touches to make our stay comfortable. We could feel the aches and pains drift away already. I chose Forodhani House for its stunning location beach and sea-views but here this does not mean going without luxury. All showers are spacious with copious warm water and the beds had fresh crisp linen. The food cooked by our Chef, Amos, was always delicious and well presented with ample choice. Best of all was the friendly staff from the house to the water sports staff around and to the sweet lady who gave me one of the best massage in Africa.
Stayed with host as a big group in September 2013
Manal Kenya
Best December Holidays ever... waterskiing, sailing. It was worth it especially the great views from the house ... Thank you for your hospitality :-)
Stayed with host as a small group in January 2012
Michele France
We enjoyed so much our stay in Forodhani House, excellent food and service, stunning location! We spent 10 days there and had a wonderful time: relaxed, stunning views, a very good chef who cooked each meal deliciously and differently. The staff are sweet and efficient. We enjoyed Lamu Town, the beach much also, and dhow cruisings, looking at them from the House as well as going in board to sunset cruise ourselves too. We'll come back and recommend it for sure !
Stayed with host as a big group in November 2011
5% discount

from $450

per night

Response rate

74%

Response time

within a few hours

Reviews

7

Pinned 21 times
Beach Family Luxury
  • 15% resident discount
  • Pay later available
  • Discounts on 30 nights or more
  • Verified listing
  • Best price guaranteed
Location Forodhani House – Shela Village
Space offered House
Includes Entire place to yourselves
Sleeps 10 up to 13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 4
Beds 4 × King bed
3 × Single bed
2 × Sofa bed
Check in 15:00
Check out 12:00
Meal plans Self catering
Living space 300 m2
Conditions Cancellation

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