Lamu

 

Lamu is the main town on Lamu Island, located in the Lamu Archipelago off the eastern coast of Kenya.

The islands are known for their relaxed pace of life, the quiet punctuated by the occasional braying of donkeys or the call to prayer from the many mosques on the island.

The area is known for “dhow sailing” – renting a local boat and sailing to islands and historic ruins, snorkeling, etc.

Lamu Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. The town is characterized by narrow streets and magnificent stone buildings with impressive curved doors, influenced by unique fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Sweet Banana House

Offering a barbecue and terrace, Sweet Banana House is located in Shela. Some units feature a seating area for your convenience. Some rooms have views of the sea or garden. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Average score from 45 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$90

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Jannat House

Offering an outdoor pool, garden and a restaurant, Jannat House is located in Lamu Old Town. It is situated a short walk away from the Waterfront and the Main Road. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Average score from 34 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$25

 
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Shella Royal House

Shella Royal House offers accommodation in Lamu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$80

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Subira House

This historical Arabian-style building is located in the UNESCO-listed town of Lamu. It is less than 300 metres from the seafront and 3 km from the white sandy beach. Average score from 32 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$50 - $145

 
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Stopover Guest House - Lamu town

Situated in Lamu in the Coast Region Region, 200 metres from Gallery Baraka, Stopover Guest House - Lamu town features a barbecue and terrace. Each room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a bath. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$36

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Jua House

Jua House

Offering a sun terrace and water sports facilities, Jua House is located in Shela in the Coast Region Region, 2.9 km from Lamu. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. JUA HOUSE features free WiFi throughout the property. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$55

 
$559.6
Banana House and Wellness Centre

Banana House and Wellness Centre

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and views of the sea, Banana House and Wellness Centre is located in Lamu, 100 metres from Shella Primary School. Average score from 45 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$80

 
$809.4
Subira House

Subira House

This historical Arabian-style building is located in the UNESCO-listed town of Lamu. It is less than 300 metres from the seafront and 3 km from the white sandy beach. Average score from 32 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$50 - $145

 
$509.1
Petley's Inn

Petley's Inn

Located in Lamu in the Coast Region Region, 100 metres from Lamu Fort Museum, Petley's Inn features a year-round outdoor pool and water sports facilities. The hotel has a sun terrace and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Average score from 34 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$60

$609.1
Stopover Guest House and Restaurant

Stopover Guest House and Restaurant

Situated in Lamu in the Coast Region Region, 100 metres from Water well, Stopover Guest House and Restaurant features a barbecue and terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$50

$509.0
Shella Royal House

Shella Royal House

Shella Royal House offers accommodation in Lamu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$80

$808.9
Fatumas Tower

Fatumas Tower

Situated just a 5-minute walk from Shela Beach, Fatumas Tower features an outdoor plunge pool, yoga hall, and spa and wellness services. It also offers an indigenous garden and thatched-roof library. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$76

$768.1
Madakani House

Madakani House

Madakani House is a villa set in Shela, 3.6 km from Lamu. Guests benefit from terrace and a sun terrace. The unit equipped with a kitchen with an oven and toaster. Towels and bed linen are provided in this self-catering accommodation. Average score from 32 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$77

$777.9

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. The town is characterized by narrow streets and magnificent stone buildings with impressive curved doors, influenced by unique fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors.
Combination
Boat Tours

Dhow sailing

Dhows are traditional Arab sailing vessels with one or more lateen sails. Dhow sailing off of Lamu Island is perhaps most popular outdoor activity around Lamu. Trips range from short sunset cruises to full-day excursions, which combine historical ruins and snorkeling, to overnight excursions of different kinds, including exploring the Lamu archipelago. It is even possible, in luxury dhow, to sleep overnight onboard.

The best place to make arrangements is in Lamu Town, where dhows are an essential part of the economy.
Also of Interest:
Natural
Beaches
Snorkeling

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