Palm House

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This stunning Swahili style house is designed around an open courtyard with a tall central Pemba Island palm tree.

The living and dining areas look onto the courtyard and another small tropical side garden with a royal palm and white thunbergia.

It is spacious, yet compact with two doubles and one triple bedroom on the first floor, all ensuite with private balconies.

The second floor with an open terrace and three sun beds, leads to a small covered baraza area in front of the fourth bedroom. This master bedroom has a Lamu four-poster bed and balconies on two sides.

Like all the Shela houses, there is a panoramic view from the covered rooftop, with a bar, sun beds and baraza lounging area.

The house is a two minute walk away from the seafront and a five minute walk away from Shela beach.

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.

If you choose on self catering option, 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. We have a small supply of goods not available on the island for sale in our store.

Our kitchens are 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 the staff will help with an order from a Nairobi wine supplier. Spirits should be brought along with you.


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  • Hot water


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