Private Villas in Lamu
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shela lamu


basic (self catering) rate
for up to 9 guests at
Shela House

Low Season from US$585
High Season from US$675
Peak Season from US$1350

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 house, lamu

Shela House is a restored colonial-era village house of great character that has accommodation for 9 to 11 people. It is well shaded with plants, and is built on 3 floors around an open courtyard and ancient gardenia.

Ancient Lamu doors open into an entrance hall and inner courtyard that is edged by a baraza sitting and eating area.


Two staircases lead to the 5 en-suite bedrooms - 3 double bedrooms, a room with two large single beds, and another smaller single bedroom.

There is also a nursery room with a cot and two childrens' beds, adjacent to the master bedroom.


A second floor dayroom and terrace provide additional lounging areas with a small library of books for all ages.

Relax on the 2 rooftops with hammocks and sun beds - or in the walled garden across the passageway. From here one has a view over Shela Village and the channel between Lamu and Manda Island. This is where you can relax, play cards, listen to music, have your sundowners... or just gaze out at the night sky.

Shela house is a two minute walk away from the beach.

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 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 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 House courtyard

Shela House master bedroom

Shela House dining area

Shela House rooftop

Shela House bedroom

Shela House bathroom

Shela House courtyard

Shela House table

Shela House front door

Shela House 3 floors

Shela House wardrobe

Shela House patio

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