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.
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