Private Villas in Shela
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shela lamu


basic (self catering) rate
for up to 6 guests at
Shela Garden House

Low Season from US$320
High Season from US$360
Peak Season from US$640

Full Board Option
ADD US$75 pp / per day



Return airport / boat transfers from Manda Airstrip.

self catering option:

Guests supply funds to the house cook, who will then do all the shopping and cooking. Personal laundry service is extra.

full board option:

Includes all meals, but excludes drinks. Laundry is included.

Children under 12 pay 50%

Low (min. 3 nights)
26 April - 11 July
High (min. 3 nights)
11 January - 25 April
12 July - 19 December
Peak (min. 14 nights)
20 December - 9 January



shela garden house, lamu

Shela Garden House is ideal for a couple or small family, and can accommodate up to 6 guests. This beautiful private villa in Shela is situated on the edge of the village, alongside the dunes that fringe the long stretch of Shela beach.

The house stands in a lush little garden full of palm trees and is screened by large neem trees full of birds. It has a ground floor dining and seating area and a shaded rooftop baraza (traditional sitting area) with an open terrace and sun beds.

On two floors there are two doubles and one twin bedroom, suitable for children.

From the rooftop in front of the master bedroom you can enjoy the view into the garden. For your convenience, there is a fridge upstairs for your drinks.

Sitting under palm trees is great for dining or reading a book, and the kids will love this walled and private space as a playground!

catering optons

There are 2 different catering options available:

  • 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 in from Nairobi. Fish, lobster, crab and fresh oysters can be ordered.

  • self catering
    If you choose this 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. The kitchen is well equipped with gas cooker, fridge, deep-freeze, bottle cooler, icemaker, icecream machine and liquidiser. Sodas, beer and wine can be bought locally, but spirits should be brought along with you.


Shela Garden House has 3 staff - two stewards and a cook. A maid can be available to help with children at an extra cost. The resident manager will help to ensure you have everything you need, assist you with menus and also help organise local excursions.


Complimentary Internet facilities are available in Shela Garden House. Phone, computer and printing services can also be arranged.

linen & laundry

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


  • Boat hire: Dhows, speedboats, ski boats and deep sea fishing boats can be hired for short and long trips.
  • Scuba diving is available between November and March.
  • A daily ferry service into Lamu town leaves at 9am and returns at 12pm.
  • 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


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Shela Garden House

Bedroom in Shela Garden House

Shela Garden House Butler

Shela Garden House loungers

Shela Garden House - bar area

indoor dining area Shela Garden House

Shela Garden House lounge

dining at Shela Garden House

bedroom at Shela Garden House

Shela Garden House doorway

Shela Garden House living area

Shela Garden House chez lounges

Entrance to Shela Garden House

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