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    Jaha House Lamu Island Kenya & Lamu Romantic Honeymoon Beach Holiday

    The peaceful tropical island of Lamu is a place like no other. Life here revolves around long beach strolls, dhow sailing and exploration of the old Swahili settlements—with their unique coral-stone townhouses. Jaha House is an exclusive secluded beach house located at the northern end of Shela village, where the houses meet the sea and the ancient craft of dhow building is still practiced with bow drill and traditional hand tools. Walk up the sandy path from the beach shack and in two minutes you will stand before the door of a beautifully plastered house, with the sound of cool splashing water and the scent of delicious herbs and spices filtering from within.


    The ground floor houses the fully equipped kitchen and the swimming pool equipped with a counter-current jet and spacious pool deck with sun loungers. The walls of this beautiful space are decorated with the beautiful Swahili niches and alcoves known as Vidaka. There is also one bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The first floor houses three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and they are elegantly decorated with Swahili stucco, dressing tables and reading lights. The second floor houses the large dining table and a lovely gourmet kitchen equipped to a semi-professional standard where guests can supplement the menu with their own creations if they wish, or simply mix cocktails to accompany the wonderful food prepared by the staff. The whole floor is in a loft style with a library and scattered Swahili beds. Half of the second floor is under a Makuti - a coconut palm thatch shelter - offering guests an outdoor-indoor living space. On the third floor there is an open terrace with sunbeds and lots of space under the classic Makuti shelter with comfortable baraza beds for moon gazing and sunbathing. The views of the Lamu Channel and the mangroves of Manda Island are gorgeous, the sunrises and sunsets from the roof terrace are unmissable and the ambience of the house will ease your mind and feed your soul.


    Jaha House Lamu Accommodation


    Sleeping from 2 to 8 people in four double bedrooms Jaha (A Gift from Allah) House offers the following: Ground floor - Main kitchen, swimming pool (4 x 5 mtr with depth of 2,50 mtr) equipped with a counter-current-jet, spacious pool-deck with lounging beds. The walls of this beautiful space are decorated with the beautiful Swahili wall niches and alcoves known as vidaka. Mezzanine - One bedroom with ensuite bathroom.


    Three bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom. Elegantly decorated with Swahili stucco, dressing tables and reading lights. Second floor - Next to the large dining table is a lovely gourmet kitchen, equipped to a semi-professional standard where guests with a culinary leaning can supplement the menu with their own creations if they wish or simply mix cocktails to accompany the wonderful food prepared by the staff allowing guests to entertain their friends in total privacy. The whole floor is in a loft style, with a library and scattered Swahili beds. To rent Jaha House means perfect relaxation and day dreaming. Half of the second floor is under a makuti (coconut palm thatch) shelter, offering guests an outdoor/indoor living space. Third floor - Open terrace with sunbeds and lot's of space under the classic Makuti shelter with comfortable baraza beds for moon-gazing and sunbathing. Please note - All bathrooms have flush toilets and hot showers finished in Swahili style adapted for European living. - All bedrooms provided with mosquito nets and stylish ceiling fans. - Pool deck, 2nd floor lounge and rooftop are equipped with ipod stations. The views to Lamu channel and the mangroves of Manda Island are gorgeous, the sunrises and sunsets from the roof terrace are un-missable and the ambience of the house will ease your mind and feed your soul. A lovely gourmet kitchen, equipped to a semi-professional standard where guests with a culinary leaning can supplement the menu with their own creations if they wish or simply mix cocktails to accompany the wonderful food prepared by the staff allowing guests to entertain their friends in total privacy.


    Lamu Island Information


    The beaches of Lamu Island, off the Kenya coast, are already well loved by migrating cinnamon-chested bee-eaters, pregnant turtles and European tourists alike. Remote, long and empty, protected on the West side by mainland mangroves and open to the expanse of the Indian Ocean on the East side, they fulfill all beach lovers’ expectations, even the European jet-setters who have colonized the Kenyan island must be of a certain sensibility, one that's more in keeping with the backpackers who have been coming here since the 1960's. Not only is Lamu wildly inconvenient to get to, it also lacks many of the conveniences that today's boutique traveler has come to rely on. But it's a piddling sacrifice for what might be some of the world's most enchantingly empty beaches, in a place where the Islamic seafaring culture is on the brink of change after 700 years. No Swahili Disneyland this; you can rent a gorgeously renovated villa -- all plump floor cushions, carved limestone alcoves and sea views -- but you'll still step in donkey droppings while navigating the dirt alleyways on your way to one of the island's two bars, and be blasted awake with the first call to prayer before daylight. However much charm you find in that should determine whether Lamu is worth the 36 hours it takes to get there from New York. Arriving at the dock at Lamu town, across the bay from the rickety airport (a few grass-roofed huts and a pockmarked strip of concrete), is to enter another time. Fully covered women lean over the ledge as men load and unload the dhows -- traditional wood boats that are still waterproofed with shark-liver oil -- which are the road less island's lifeline. Some of the boats are sail-powered, others putt by with what sound like lawn-mower engines. Donkeys are led along the main dirt track saddled with woven bags that bulge with bottled water, Coke or sand for construction. Many of the men still wear the traditional kikoyi, a striped cotton sarong, but now they're topped with American T-shirts with incongruous slogans like ''Smith Family Reunion'' bought fourth-hand from ragpickers. Older men wear the traditional djellabas (or kanzus) and skullcaps, while the women remain in the Dark Ages, as their black, burkalike bui buis show only their almond-shaped eyes in the melting equatorial sun. But look down: you might spot high-heeled sandals and sparkly pants, the hems of their robes spangled with tiny rhinestones. (This may be a beach town, but Western women are advised to respect the culture and leave their tank tops and miniskirts at home at the risk of being pelted with pebbles . . . or propositioned.) Five times a day, prayers are broadcast over tinny speakers from Lamu's 30 mosques. In the afternoon, the children at the madrasas join in, making for an ''It's a Small Islamic World, After All'' feel. Founded around 1350 by Arabic traders, the Indian Ocean port of Lamu (population: 25,000) is a long-stirred mix of Arab and African, with muffled accents of Portuguese, Indian and Chinese. Tourists first began arriving in the 1960's, when hippies were besotted by the island's Marrakech-on-the-beach potential, thanks to its narrow passageways, Arabic architecture and a remoteness that allowed one to truly drop out. Gay vacationers followed in the 1970's. The 80's were for Euros; the 90's, for bohos. While it still sees its share of hippies and adventurers, the southern part of the island, known as Shela -- a 15-minute dhow ride from Lamu town or a 45-minute walk along the water -- is increasingly the sandbox of the perpetually rich, a crew that has recently designated Lamu another stop on the Circuit, somewhere between St.-Tropez, Barbados and Gstaad. They claim that it feels like St. Bart's in the 60's, with its unfussy, barefoot atmosphere and easy interaction with the un-Westernized locals, whose houses surround every villa. Whether they're paying five figures a week to rent the island's grandest property or $150 a night to stay in an impeccably restored family home, it's impossible to ignore the fact that they are smack in the third world. While this date with reality is what keeps some captains of industry returning, others are doing their best to remake Lamu in the louche image of St. Bart's: one French villa owner fantasizes about bringing in Hermes and Bulgari boutiques. Insiders attribute this influx of posh spice to the arrival of Prince Ernst of Hanover and his wife, Princess Caroline of Monaco, who have built the impressive Beach House and renovated three villas, all of which are available to rent through us.


    The prince prefers to travel with an entourage, arriving with 8 bodyguards and 35 friends. His teenage sons, two very polite and easygoing young men, also vacation en posse. Insiders whisper that some families have started vacationing here with their teenage daughters with the dream of being spotted by Andreas Casiraghi, Caroline's devastatingly handsome young son, while dancing at the tiny bar at Peponi Hotel, Shela's social epicenter. One prays that they use more sunscreen than their mothers (Peponi hotel gossip) In December to August; Peponi's cocktail hour will tell you all you need to know about Shela in the high season. It's a 20-car pileup of manicured stereotypes as bronzed Italian men in thin-soled loafers; expat Brits and upcountry Kenyans in rumpled linen; London-based Russian businessmen in monogrammed shirts; and weather-beaten Frenchmen and their former-model wives gather to clink Old Pals, the house cocktail, while their tweens form knowing, bored-looking cliques and the wives show off the Shela uniform: flowing, sequined Indian top, a kikoyi sashed with a chunky beaded leather belt, beaded sandals and layers of ethnic jewelry. (City women undergo high-heel withdrawal, as the sand and dirt are for flip-flops only.)


    The entire look is available at the Peponi gift shop or Crescent Moon, a wonderful boutique that is next to a mosque. Crescent Moon sells clothing and accessories by the Kenya native Anna Trzebinski (nee Anna Cunningham-Reid -- a name that readers of James Fox's ''White Mischief'' will recognize with relish) that are intricately beaded and feathered by Masai women. Trunk shows at Peponi are an event, especially when Carolyn Roumeguere boats across the bay from Manda Island to sell her jewelry, which epitomizes rich-hippie chic. Princess Caroline, Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet have all bought Roumeguere's substantial pieces; Donna Karan tapped her as a muse for the spring 2004 line. In addition to the best shopping, Peponi also has the best food: oysters, tuna carpaccio, grilled fish with coconut rice and fresh mango or tamarind sorbet, all served under the garden's cool bougainvillea ceiling. You won't see many Shela-goers standing outside the main market in Lamu town, where the only things for sale are butchered-before-your-eyes meat; fruit and vegetables (look for apple mangoes when in season); and unwanted American clothes, like the ''Don't Rock My Ark! Between addictive fresh mango, lime and papaya juices at Whispers Cafe, you'll want to stop and examine many of the details of the houses while wandering the warren of slender alleyways, built to create a shaded breezeway that offers a break from the punishing sun. But linger upon, say, some pro-Bin Laden graffiti, and you run the risk of either creating a donkey traffic jam or stepping aside into the antiquated runoff drains bracketing the sidewalk that continuously funnel the used water (etc.) from homes down toward the ocean. The quietest way to look at the building walls, which are made from chunks of coral still held together by a centuries-old mixture of sand and lime, and the three styles of door carvings is to visit the Lamu and Swahili House museums. (Another local draw is the donkey sanctuary, founded by an order of British nuns.) Or you can live like a 17th-century spice trader at Baytil Ajaib, the painstakingly renovated guesthouse that is part of the Chic Retreats group. Here you can throw on a caftan and play Talitha Getty on your private, palm-planted terrace, or sip passion-fruit nectar and read Martha Gellhorn while sprawled on a traditional, carved mahogany Lamu bed, which you will want to ship home.


    The inn's owner, Paul Weaver, is a character ripe for his own novel. After almost 30 years in Germany, Weaver, a flamboyant, American-born banker, converted to Islam and created his own version of paradise, which includes a house steward named Abraham. And he's not alone: in the last year, 60 town houses have been sold to well-heeled foreigners, mainly French and English, and one brave (or savvy) New Yorker, who plans to rent rooms and export furniture through his company's. While the real tourist money has always been in Shela, you can feel that change lies just ahead as you explore Lamu town, whether it's in the dance music blasting from a barbershop, a ''Hey Baby!'' graffito or a man carrying a television set on his shoulders while trying not to step on a chicken or a child. Opposite Lamu is Manda Island, a poky, sandy isle, which blurs into mangrove swamps and is slowly being developed -- a hand-painted ''plots for sale'' sign is posted in front of ancient baobab and acacia trees. It will take a few more years for the private villas that are planned for the beachfront to be built. (The architect, a seductive Italian named Claudio Modela who is rumored to have been a mercenary in the Congo, lives in a temporary grass-and-bamboo house he built, complete with a giant clamshell for a sink. It is so complete; it makes you wish he'd build all his projects this way.) Until then, you can still stay in Diamond Beach Village, a true hippie camp, where the traditional banda huts thatched. Or rent the camp like complex Mandalay, all the while dreaming that you could nap in the Roumegueres' breathtaking treehouse nearby. You're guaranteed to have the beach to yourself, except for the fishermen who arrive with baskets of just-caught sailfish, tilapia, lobster and fat shrimp for your cook to choose from. But it's not necessary to go to Manda to have your own private beach. Walk in any direction on Lamu and you will hit unspoiled, undeveloped expanses of sand, whether it's the five-plus miles of beach and palm-covered dunes just past Shela or the smaller area just north of Lamu town. The water is warm, calm and clear, the shell collecting endless and varied -- periwinkles on one beach, sand dollars and whelks on another -- and, happily, there is none of the cruise-ship garbage that washes ashore in the Caribbean and Mexico. Thanks to its healthy coral reefs and mangrove swamps, this part of the Indian Ocean was mercifully spared by the tsunami in December. It's easy and inexpensive to explore by boat, whether it's deep-sea fishing, a diving excursion or a moonlight dhow cruise with a man named Urko.


    The London-based photography agent Katy Barker, who has just built a sprawling compound here after seven years of renting, goes skiing on the glassy water every morning, swerving through the mangrove clusters behind a speedboat for an hour, then coming home and diving into her infinity pool. After a day trip to the tiny Manda Toto Island -- swimming, shell spotting and picnicking on grilled fish (most likely caught there), served on folding tables under the shade of pines -- civilization will seem cruel. Across the bay, you can see the simple shaded huts of Blue Safari Club, which is so honestly away from it all that you can understand why celebrities maroon themselves there. For the antisocial, it would be ideal to stay there, taking the occasional 20-minute speedboat ride to Lamu to get lost in the maze, followed by a fruity rum drink at Peponi and then back to calmer, less gossipy waters. For while Lamu has been discovered, there are still perfect, otherworldly moments to be found for the adventurous few. Best time to book a packaged holiday is during the high season that is December through January and August. The long rains occur in April through June, while February is the hottest month. Flights to Nairobi fill up quickly during high season. SN Brussels Airlines is a great option. You'll need to stay overnight in Nairobi. Book a room at the Norfolk or Giraffe Manor hotels. Kenya Airways and Air Kenya have daily flights to Lamu from Nairobi. Please contact us for more information


    Lamu Island Beach House Reservation


    White sands, Azure Ocean and blue skies as far as the eye can see. This is the stuff that dreams are made of - but here at our luxury Lamu Beach house you can experience that perfection every day. The ideal villas for your romantic getaway and un forgettable breathtakingly peaceful holiday or vacation, we love honeymoons! And why not? Lamu Island is renowned for romance. It has been the backdrop to some of the greatest love stories, from prince and princesses to Hollywood celestials. The Lamu Island affords an intoxicating mix of nature, sultry rhythms, indulging cuisine, and the most hospitable people in the world. Our Lamu Island Specialists know the most sought after honeymoon locations throughout the region. From private island getaways, luxurious beachfront Lamu villas, to exclusive all-inclusive Lamu resorts, it is obvious why the Lamu Island is the world's top honeymoon holiday destination. Many hotels in Lamu offer honeymoon packages that often include the following amenities; chilled champagne, in-room Jacuzzis, private sunset dinners for 2, breakfast in bed, and much more. You also have the option of designing your own honeymoon package by combining a selection of a la carte services. Our Lamu holidays experts know that the second most important decision a couple must make after setting a date and planning a wedding is choosing the perfect location for their honeymoon vacation. Often, this choice is dictated by personal style and how a couple prefers to spend the time immediately following the hectic planning process and the exhilarating but exhausting wedding day. For example, some couples prefer a quiet beach getaway while others may opt for an eco-adventure or sports-filled vacation. However, if you want to relax and stay in one place, but be surrounded by scenic beauty and have plenty of activities right outside your door, an all-inclusive package may be just right for the two of you, An all-inclusive Lamu holiday is a tour taken where accommodations, meals, water sports, some sightseeing, tips, taxes and airport transportation are all part of the price you pay before leaving home. In other words, you pay one upfront price for your honeymoon stay.


    All inclusive villas in Lamu come in all price ranges, from luxury to budget. Most lie on prime beachfront property with sprawling gardens and public areas so that privacy is always possible for those who like to be alone together. Be sure to ask our travel consultants to help you choose the one that’s right for you. Some Lamu resorts are also “adults-only”, catering specifically to honeymooners, both newlyweds and long married but no not allow couples going through divorce or separated, we look forward to making your honeymoon dreams come true! Please contact us for a custom honeymoon quote or search for discounted package rates on our online booking engine!


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