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    Jannat House Lamu Island Kenya & Jannaat Guest House Lamu Island

    Jannat House is located in Lamu Town on Lamu Island on the northern coast of Kenya, This simple little place functions as a beach hotel, with front desk, restaurant and small pool on the ground floor, rooms up above. Jannataan Hotel is located at the centre of Shela village within easy reach of places for shopping and just about 2 minutes walk away from the fabulous beach and the famous Peponi Hotel. The Hotel consists of four buildings surrounding a courtyard with a spacious swimming pool. In 1986 Hans Freijd (Swedish) bought this 18th Century merchant’s beach house which was formerly owned by the famous Muawiya family, descendant from the uncle of the Prophet Mohammed.

     

    For many years the house was a private guest house for family and friends, it became a busy place and was finally commercialized and run as a small beach guest house hotel by its 3 Swedish owners. Jannat means paradise in Arabic; the beaches are not far from the property. The house dates from the 18th century and was originally built as a merchant’s house, although today it has modern style upper floors. Jannat budget hotel welcomes guests and offers a simple restaurant and a number of equally simple but charming rooms. Decorated in typical Swahili style, with antique furniture, the House is exceptionally peaceful. There is neither air conditioning nor glass in the windows - the House is cooled by the breeze. There are no telephones in the rooms.

     

    All this makes Jannat Guest House the perfect place for relaxation, rest and rejuvenation, the architects clearly had a field day designing the Jannat House Lamu Island; it's essentially two houses spliced together around a courtyard, with several levels and multiple terraces. Both the lower rooms and the upper levels are as nice as you'd hope for. Follow the signs from Kenyatta Rd - you'll need to keep looking up. Jannat House has 17 rooms, 5 terraces, an 'a la carte' restaurant and a small salt-water pool in an interior courtyard with a bar. Rooms are tastefully furnished with African Arabic antiques. It is built in original Swahili style with typical furniture's and situated in the old town of Lamu. Beaches are not far away. The hotel has no air-condition as the soothing wind from the Indian Ocean is quite effective. There is cold and warm water but no TV or telephones in the rooms, which contributes to the calm environment. Safe is available free in the office. Jannat House has 17 rooms and 35 beds mostly double rooms. It has a dining room, swimming pool, bar and five terraces some with an astonishing sea view. The chef cooks the most delicious dishes including Lamu seafood specialties such as fish, crab, shrimps and lobster. While staying at Jannaat House Lamu Island you will experience days of calm, rest and meditation while having the opportunity to discover the history, culture and surroundings of Lamu. Advance booking highly recommended. We provide Lamu Boat transfer service from the Manda airstrip Jetty or Mokowe Jetty across the sea to Jannat House located in Lamu Shella Village on Lamu Island. Please indicate if you require this convenient pre-booked Lamu speed boat or Arabic Dhow transfer service when booking your accommodation at Jannaatt House Lamu. A deposit of 50% towards your total bill for your stay at Jannat House Lamu is payable through VISA, AMEX or Mastercard Credit / Debit Card, Safaricom M-Pesa or direct bank deposit prior to booking being confirmed. The balance of 50% is payable 14 days prior to your check-in date. If booking is made with less than 14 days to date of check-in, then full payment is applicable to confirm your booking.

     

    However, the above criteria will not apply for bookings from 11th December 2012 to 8th January 2013 when full payment is required prior to confirmation of your accommodation. Upon receipt of your initial deposit, we will send you a Tentative Booking Confirmation Voucher, as an email attachment, which will also acknowledge receipt of your deposit and will show your check-in / check-out dates and room type booked. Upon receipt of your balance, we will send you a Booking Confirmation Voucher, as an e-mail attachment, and which you will present at the Jannat House Lamu Shella reception desk upon arrival. Jannat house is like an oasis in Lamu, It is built a kind like a Jaques Tati-house, with a lot of corners, stairs and towers. Their are two excellent cooks serving delicious Swahili-food from a daily menu which is presented at each breakfast, after walking around Shela Island and checking out some other beach accommodations, Jannataan Hotel wins on the basis of value for money. Jannataan Hotel is like a mini paradise, Great value - including a beautiful breakfast of gorgeous fresh fruit, fresh juices, eggs (tip, ask for Spanish omlette!), toast, jam, tea, chai, coffee, served to you on whichever of the many lovely terraces you choose. The staffs are very sweet and helpful. The pool is a dream, and cleaned daily, Bedrooms and bathrooms simple but clean and very nice. As well as a private terrace for every pair of rooms there are several roof terraces, each with beautiful views in every direction, and plenty of nice furniture to lounge on and read a book or have a nap!

     

    Jannataan Hotel Accommodation

     

    This small hotel has 17 rooms, 5 terraces, an 'a la carte' restaurant and small salt-water pool in an interior courtyard with a bar. Rooms are furnished with African/Arabic antiques.There are several spacious terraces, some overlooking the pool. Restaurant meals are influenced by the Swahili flavour, characterized by coconut milk and Arabic spices. The restaurant maintains a smart-casual dress code for dinner. A la carte and barbecue dinners are also served. Some rooms have been recently renovated and are small but of higher standard than the old rooms. Some rooms are self contained, others share bathrooms. The hotel has no air-condition nor glass windows, as the soothing wind from the Indian ocean is all the fresh air one needs. There is no hot water available. There is no TV or telephones in the rooms, contributing to the calm environment although the hotel telephone could be used for a fee. There is also a safe available in the office at no extra charge.

     

    Lamu Island

     

    The Lamu Island has a relaxed and sleepy atmosphere, making it a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, sweeping beaches, rolling sand dunes and warm Indian Ocean. The ocean continues to play a vital role in the life and livelihood of Lamu, and traditional sailing dhows abound. A trip on one of these wooden boats offers a highly relaxing way to explore the area, traveling to neighboring islands and fishing villages. Snorkeling is excellent in the waters off Lamu Island and the surrounding archipelago, which teem with vibrant marine life. Diving is becoming increasingly popular here, and many superb sites remain relatively unexplored. Over a thousand years of East African, Omani, Yemeni, Indian, Portuguese and Victorian British influences have all left their mark on Lamu Island, in the architecture, the language and the very essence of the place. In bustling Lamu Town, winding alleys lead past the intricate carved doorways of white stone houses, some of which are truly majestic and still home to the very wealthy. And because the alleys are too narrow to be negotiated by cars, the modern world has had little visible impact on this historic town. Life appears little changed since Lamu was a busy port town in the 14th century, donkeys remain the preferred local mode of transport, and the streets are lit by lanterns after nightfall. Spices and the smell of grilled food scent the air around the markets, mosques, museums, fort and ancient houses, and exploring Lamu on foot or donkey is a treat for all the sense sitting at an open-air restaurant by the water and watching the world go by is an irresistible past-time. Fishermen haul their catches ashore, locals walk or ride by and donkeys carry their cargo. Shopping for local woodcarvings and curios is another enjoyable experience. The other main town on Lamu Island, Shela, is a 10-minute boat ride from Lamu. It lacks the vibrancy of Lamu Town, but is beautiful; smaller, quieter and more elegant and distinctly more up market. Manda Island: The airstrip for Lamu Island is on Manda Island, and visitors reach Lamu by boat. Manda itself is also fascinating. Huge baobab trees dominate the skyline, and the ruins of Takwa, a 16th-century Swahili settlement can be found after negotiating a thick mangrove swamp. This unspoilt island, which has been visited by Arab traders in their dhows for centuries, lies in calm inshore waters on a long protected beach of white sand.

     

    There are creeks and other tiny islands to explore, and big game fishing can be arranged. Kiwayu Island: Furthest north in the Lamu archipelago is the lovely island of Kiwayu. This remote paradise is also dominated by giant baobab trees, and its beaches are believed to be amongst the best in Kenya. Lamu is an outstanding place that is truly one of its own kinds –a tranquil equatorial island where you can live life at a peaceful rhythm and the place of a distinguished and fascinating history which is as bewitching as the twisting streets of its chivalric rocky town. The island is truly amazing with the unlimited beaches and rolling dunes, where small villages are settled snugly amongst the mango and coconut plantations, where rigged boats regularly sails through the water. But the actual allurement of Lamu is the old town which is a mini town, located on the island and is the constituent of the Lumu Archipelago. The antiquated town has been declared by UNESCO World Heritage List as ‘the oldest and the best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa’, and is frequently visited by thousands of tourists who buy Lamu packaged Holidays to visit the magnificent spots of this antediluvian region. The recent research work has proved that some Chinese, who were the survivors of the Zheng He’s ship, settled down here in 1415 and the Lamu port lasted for more than thousands of years. With the passage of tome Lamu flourished and became the focal point of crafts, arts, politics and poetry and now it is regarded as the most beloved beach vacation destinations by the travelers who come for an enticing and enthralling excursion. The natives are the great followers of the cultures and traditions and the tourists experience is made even more enjoyable and exotic by the welcoming and amicable nature of the residents. The town has many charming sites and all area easily approachable with the help of bicycle, foot and the most fascinating local mode of transport which is donkey. The town houses many museums amongst which the Lamu Museum stands notable and unique which are the dwelling place for ritual horn called as siwa. Besides there are many dazzling and monumental buildings such as Lamu Fort- the sultan of Pate, Fumo Madi ibn Abi Bakr planned to construct the fort on the waterfront to guard that group of the people who belonged to his infamous government but even before the completion of the first floor the Sultan departed in 1809 and this citadel was finally completed in 1820.

     

    Moving further you will notice the Lamu Riyadha Mosque which is very famous for the Maulidi Festival and is visited by agglomerations of pilgrims of Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Congo and Sudan. The most entertaining and attention-grabbing spot of the town is Donkey Sanctuary- where you will be able to find almost 2000-3000 donkeys and this place has been built as the island has no other means of transportation. The trip to Lamu is just like to pop into another magical world- life becomes soothing and comfortable while strolling through various attractive sites. With Dhow Safaris you can have a voyage to the encircling archipelago where historical ruins, remote villages and various exclusive and luxurious resort s are hiding among the Kiwayu, Pate, Siyu and Manda Islands. The trip to the Idyllic Lamu speaks to the soul and the heart and this romantic and sentimental experience will undoubtedly turn into the lifetime affair, Lamu is best accessed by air. There are scheduled flights daily from Nairobi, Mombasa, Diani Beach and Malindi. The island is serviced by an airstrip on neighbouring Manda Island. The strip can also be used by private charters. A dhow ferries arriving passengers to either Lamu town or Shela. Many yachts also come to Lamu, often sheltering in the channel near Shela.

     

    Lamu Island Beach Hotels

     

    More people take Lamu beach holidays than any other type of break, and it’s easy to see why. They’re perfect for all types of holiday-maker, whether you’re a family, a back-packer or travelling as a couple. Cheap beach holidays can be pretty varied too, from the quiet and secluded white sands shared with a few turtles, to an action-packed sandy playground with plenty of aquatic activities. In most cases, the beach is free to enjoy too, great if you have young ones who need to be entertained. If you’re after a cheap beach vacation, you’ll be best off avoiding Lamu hotels with highly-exclusive private beaches. In many cases, they can charge a premium for not having to share the sands with the general public. There are usually plenty of more reasonable Lamu accommodation options that are close enough to the beach to be convenient. One thing worth considering is if you are going to spend most of your Lamu holiday time on the beach, it can be cheaper to go down the self-catering route. We love escaping on beach holidays ourselves and beach hotels are fantastic places to stay.

     

    Not only do they have some of the most beautiful views in some picturesque locations, but they regularly have a soothing, relaxing and laid-back atmosphere that truly defines a holiday. What’s more, there are always fantastic places to eat nearby, and enough sun, sea and sand to make any rainy city dweller jealous. And you are sure to feel life slow down to a leisurely pace as you unwind and relax. We have sourced some great beach holiday bargains for you to enjoy. With a list of great beach holiday destinations, so wait no longer: book your beach holidays now and we are delighted to be able to offer some of the best beach hotels in Lamu. Whether you are looking for white sand, turquoise waters or beautiful sunsets, you are sure to find some of the finest places to soak up the sun. Plus, with such a great range and variety of remote beaches, or sports beaches, you are sure to find the seaside location that suits your beach holidays preferences and budget.

     

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