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    Fishbone House Shela Village Lamu Island Kenya and Lamu Beach Villas for Rental

    Towering sand dunes edge Shela, a picturesque village on Lamu island that, until a few years ago, was a fisherman’s village, filled with makuti-thatched huts (dried palm leaves used for thatching) and a few stone houses belonging to the Arab and Swahili nobles.

     

    This idyllic village was at the height of its glory between 1829 and 1857 when five mosques were built, including the famous Friday mosque built in 1829. It’s still in use and is unique because unlike most other mosques along the coast, it supports a minaret.

     

    Fishbone House is a newly built rental home which features the beautiful Swahili architecture with its minimalistic elements of design and is decorated with some unique pieces of nature like whale bones & drift wood and artifacts such as paintings and assemblages or rudders of old dhows. The house has a small courtyard with palm trees and white sandy ground. Covered by shady palm leaves during daytime and moon-lighted at night, the courtyard of Fishbone House is a magic place in this spiritual Lamu world. In the heart of Shela Village, very close to Jaha House, stands Fishbone House. Shela is one of the loveliest small villages of Africa’s East Coast. Fish bone House is located a few minutes off the seven mile stretch of Shela beach and the renowned Peponi Hotel.

     

    A few footsteps from the house take you down to fishermen beach where the ancient dhow building is still active. The cosy four-bedroom house is ideal for two couples or a group up to 8 persons. Fishbone House is a newly built rental home which will become a Shela landmark soon. The whole house is covered by coral stones. It features the beautiful Swahili architecture with its minimalistic elements of design and is decorated with some unique pieces of nature like whale bones & drift wood and artifacts such as paintings and assemblages or rudders of old dhows. All fabrics are tailored from used stone washed sail clothes which give a nonchalant touch to cushions and covers. The Fishbone House Lamu has a small courtyard with palm trees and white sandy ground. Covered by shady palm leaves during daytime and moon-lighted at night, the courtyard of Fishbone House is a magic place in this spiritual Lamu world. The living room, dining and kitchen look onto the courtyard and another small side garden with a fountain made from coral stones. The living, covered by a huge Makuti roof, has Swahili beds for relaxation and gathering. The dining area is located next to the living room under a separate Makuti shelter with a dining table that takes eight and more guests. The kitchen, situated is fully equipped with a cooker, fridge/freezer and all necessary kitchen utensils. On first and second floor there are two bedrooms bedroom on each floor both featured with ensuite bathrooms.

     

    The bedrooms are furnished with Lamu four poster beds, reading lights, mosquito nets, dressing tables and ceiling fans. All bathrooms are adapted to please the savour of upmarket travellers. All the rooms are built with the magnificient details of Swahili architecture like stucco borders, Mangati hardwood beams with carvings, wonderful Boriti mangrove beam ceilings and in-wall niches known as Vidakas. On the Makuti rooftop there are spacious areas with mattresses and cushions as a lounging where you can gaze out at the sea, the surroundings or the starry night sky. Guests: Max total 8 in Fishbone House. Transfer: One Manda airstrip return transfer by boat is included in the rental.

     

    Fish Bone House Accommodation

     

    On first and second floor there is one bedroom on each floor both ensuite rooms. The bedrooms are furnished with Lamu four poster beds, reading lights, mosquito nets and dressing tables and ceiling fans. All bathrooms are adapted to please the savour of upmarket travellers. All the rooms are built with the magnificient details of Swahili architecture like stucco borders, Mangati hardwood beams with carvings, wonderful Boriti mangrove beam ceilings and in-wall niches known as Vidakas. On the Makuti rooftop there is an additional area with matresses and cushions as a lounging where you can gaze out at the sea, the surroundings or the starry night sky. It could also be used as a double bed, which makes the house sleep six with shared bathroom.

     

    Fish Bone House Meals

     

    The dining and kitchen look onto the courtyard and another small side garden with a fountain made from coral stones. The dining area is located next to the living room under a separate Makuti shelter with a dining table that takes eight and more guests. The kitchen, situated is fully equipped with a cooker, fridge/freezer and all necessary kitchen utensils.

     

    Lamu Island Information

     

    Lamu is a town, an island and an archipelago. If you visit, you should try to visit all three. The Lamu archipelago is a chain of seven islands and a multitude of islets, separated from the mainland at its narrowest part by a channel just a few meters wide. Dense mangrove forests fringe the mainland and the inland sides of the islands, while the seaward sides are protected by reefs and lined with dunes. Throughout the Lamu archipelago, there are numerous historical sites; visible and tangible evidence of ten centuries of a colorful and often rich cultural past. Most of these settlements are Arab in origin and started as small trading stations. As these small colonies grew, they absorbed much from the local people and a distinct Afro-Arab culture emerged. This culture, which came to be known as Swahili, today, dominates not only Lamu but also the urban centers of Mombasa and Malindi, and its language has become the principal Lingua Franca of East and Central Africa. The beach on Lamu Island is 12 kilometers of empty sands backing on to an ocean unprotected by a reef, and therefore livelier and more powerful than you find elsewhere in Kenya. But no one comes to Lamu only for the beach. The town is now well known, a delightful anachronism carrying on its daily life as it has done for centuries so that the visitor has a science fiction experience of being transported back through time. Settlement dates back to the 14th century and by the 19th century Lamu was a flourishing trading community. But labor emigration and a fall in the value of its exports brought, in the early days of the 20th century, an end to its heyday.

     

    There are still many manifestations of the elegant, refined life led by the richer folk in past eras. If you can be shown the interiors of some of the grander mansions, from the outside appearing both formidable and similar, you will find enormously intricate plasterwork unknown in the rest of Islam. The architecture is admirably suited to the climate - a series of open plan galleries almost always without doors, and interior courtyards open to the sky, which ensure shade and calm against the tropical sun. The town is crowded with houses and people, the streets so narrow that you can shake hands with your neighbor in the house opposite. The main street, Ndia Kuu, is lined on either side with shops and workshops, each no more than a room stretching from the street to the living areas behind. Here you will find carpenters and herbalists, jewelers and grocers, coffee houses and cooks preparing the local equivalent of Turkish Delight called halva - stirred in huge copper cauldrons, and even a factory, using Dickesian machines, which makes local spaghetti, known as tambi, and coconut oil used for cooking by the townsfolk and for sun tanning by visitors. In the center of town stands the fort. Built for Omani invaders around 1812 it later became a prison, and is now a cultural center operated through the museum. The Lamu museum itself is on the waterfront, occupying a house once the home and office of colonial district commissioners. Before that, it had housed Queen Victoria's consul - one Captain Jack Haggard, brother of the more celebrated author of King Solomon's Mines. This museum is a small gem, housing a collection of Swahili artifacts, jewelry and crafts unequalled anywhere else. The two most important items in its collection are the Siwa - ceremonial horns; one, made of ivory, belonged to a former sultan of Pate (an island in the archipelago) the other is from Lamu itself. As befits a maritime community the museum houses a collection of sea going vessels and marine tackle and there is a wonderful model of the rope sewn vessel known as mtepe. A 45-minute walk from the town (or 15 minutes by motor boat) brings you to the sleepy village of Shela. This is where the beach begins and the complexities of life end. Even the beach is simple, just a 12 kilometers swathe of shining sand lapped by a balmy sea. To sail the archipelago is to discover. Beautiful beaches, glorious seascapes, ancient ruins, fishing and scuba refuges. For Desert Island lovers there are remote hideaways at Kiwayu Island and on Manda Island which are the ultimate in getting away 'from it all. From these havens it is possible to visit the wildlife sanctuary at Dodori or the beautiful Kiunga Marine National Reserve.

     

    What is there to do?

     

    Lamu is such a totally laid-back place that your natural instinct is to do nothing at all, but the town is steeped in history and there are lots of sights to see. The Lamu Museum gives an excellent introduction to local culture, and might inspire you to visit the 19th-century fort, check the town's 23 mosques, seek out traditional Swahili "stone houses", or eye up the crustaceans in the crab and lobster market. After that, haggle like mad for a dhow trip to one of the outlying islands, or to sail serenely past the mangroves in search of a prime snorkelling spot. The local dish par excellence is lobster (actually crayfish), which goes for a song at cheap waterfront restaurants like the New Star or the Hapa Hapa. Because of its Islamic culture, drinking isn't big in Lamu Town, but the Peponi Hotel in Shela (+254 724348088 ;) is a wonderful spot for a single-malt sundowner on the terrace. You can get to Lamu by bus and ferry (eight hours from Mombasa, six and a half from Malindi), but the easiest way is to fly from Malindi, or straight from Nairobi, to neighbouring Manda island and take a boat across to Lamu itself.

     

     

    Lamu Island Beaches

     

    Lamu’s beaches are ? beautiful mass ?f rolling sand dunes ?nd sun-baked waters that exude the natural appeal of ? serene tropical island. The Lamu Beaches guide offers visitors information on the beach scene and best beaches to visit an this coastal paradise. There is no doubt but the fact that people visit Lamu to “switch off” by basking ?n the glory ?f ?ts gallant medieval past ?nd ancient Islamic culture. However the biggest draw ?f the region ?re ?ts pristine coastal waters ?nd golden-hued sands th?t emit ? moist aroma ?nd entice visitors with their palpable tranquility. There ?re several ?ther islands th?t comprise the Lamu archipelago ?nd visitors can discover them ?t the?r own pace ?r book guided day tours f?r ? more informed sightseeing experience. The best w?y t? explore the beaches of Lamu ?re by taking ?n inexpensive dhow( ? small sailing vessel w?th lateen sails) trip along the pristine and attractive Manda Island, Matondoni Kiwayu, ?nd the Takws ruins. There ?re ? few eco-tourism trip companies l?ke Nature + Culture th?t entwine beach trips w?th sightseeing sessions ?f the adjoining coastal villages.

     

    Lamu Beach ?nd Shela Beach The closest and most popular beach ?f the main Lamu Town ?s the Lamu beach, ? calm spot surrounded by lush mangroves ?nd palm trees. Another great haunt ?s the Shela Beach-located ?n ? small ?nd charming medieval village ?f the island. ?t takes approximately 15 minutes t? arrive here ?n ? dhow ?r 45 minutes by foot. The walk ?s extremely pleasant ?nd enjoyable ?nd lets y?u discover the small pleasures th?t m?ke the culture ?f Lamu highly enduring despite several attempts t? ?t dilute w?th ?ther ethnic influences. The beach ?s charmingly secluded ?nd has several restaurants nestled ?n the neighborhood th?t serve lip-smacking sea food. Manda island has several sparsely populated beaches th?t c?n be accessed from Lamu City conveniently by ? dhow. Visitor’s c?n feast ?n delicious potato croquettes ?r samosas th?t ?re sold here by innumerable pesky but friendly hawkers. The Manda Toto, ?ust outside Manda island houses ? lovely exotic beach w?th ?ts quirky shells ?nd cerulean waters. Th?s place ?s fantastic f?r sunbathing. ? trip t? the opposite side ?f Lamu w?ll t?ke y?u t? Kipungani th?t has ? superb array ?f eateries. Lamu ?s ?ne ?f those few off-beat destinations th?t ?re blessed w?th both abundant pristine coastal wonders ?nd ? culturally endowed identity. The best thing ?b?ut the island ?s th?t ?ts beaches ?re virtually empty ?ll ye?r round ?nd provide genuine vacation relaxation amidst peaceful settings.

     

    Lamu Island Beach Villas for Rental

     

    As Lamu Island experts, will make that dream come true, we specialize in Lamu Island Beach villas, 100% of the time. It is our passion and we love what we do. We are experts on travel to Lamu and we are here to help you plan the perfect independent trip to Lamu Island. From the Spice Island to the beaches of Manda, we personally select each beach villa to assure your comfort when booking a vacation rental located thousands of miles away. Since we live in Lamu Island, we inspect and revisit each beach home to assure your physical comfort as well. We thump the pillows, check the water pressure, and sleep in the beds. We know each property intimately and are happy to help you choose the one that best suits your desires. And we don't stop there! Our frequent inspection trips in Lamu have garnered many friends and enable us to recommend and arrange a variety special requests including surprise birthdays and anniversaries, all pre-approved by us so that you can book with confidence. We have selected many holiday rental villas in Lamu Island; to give you the maximum amount of choices we have included self catering Lamu villas, Lamu apartments, Lamu cottages and castles in our list of great offerings. You can check the availability of our villas in Lamu in 'real time' and make a reservation online with confidence, using our secure booking process. If you are looking for a smaller sized group, or looking to save some money a Lamu apartment might be the right choice for you.

     

    We have plenty of apartments in Lamu; we are dedicated to finding a perfect villa for your vacation. Our customer service representatives are here to help you in whatever capacity you may need them: searching for a villa to meet your needs, finding out more information about a particular villa, all the way through the booking process and beyond. Our selection of holiday rentals Lamu Archipelago, Coast Province, Kenya offer great value for money and are much sort after, please make your enquiry early to avoid disappointment. Why not Register as a user so that you can create a favourites list of holiday accommodation Lamu Archipelago, Coast Province , Kenya properties and browse them later at your leisure. If the following holiday accommodation Lamu Archipelago, Coast Province , Kenya search results are not what you are looking for please use the Advanced Search page. (Whilst we make every effort to ensure that our holiday accommodation Lamu Archipelago, Coast Province, Kenya calendars are up to date, this activity is the responsibility of the holiday rentals Lamu Archipelago, Coast Province, Kenya property owner or their representative.)

     

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