Full of Peace & Tranquillity, celebrate The #PeaceDay17 in Lamu, Kenya.
A place of peace and tranquillity, in Lamu. The Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. 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. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures. Lamu best of such as demonstrated in the villages of Shela, itself a tiny village of a hundred or so houses, among which Fatuma’s Tower seems to draw in on itself and nestle in the lee of the dunes that form the backdrop to the village, rising above the relative bustle. It is not possible to wend through the streets of Shela at midday and then to enter Shela residents, without feeling a tangible peace descend on you. It is no accident that Fatuma’s Tower is rated as one of the best holiday destinations world all over.
The place is in most cases rented to travelers either as a whole unit with double beds or singles or as two self contained apartments. With the penthouse apartment rising to dune height and offering tantalizing sneak previews of the channel has private access and can be booked separately from the main house. It consists of 2 double rooms both of which are en-suite and private areas to relax and enjoy the breeze. Perfect for two couples or a small family. The second part of the tower consists of the first floor Balcony Room a double en suite with an extra single bed and on the ground floor the Garden Room with a double bed, single bed and an en-suite bathroom and having access directly to the main garden area. Also on this floor are 2 smaller single rooms which share a bathroom.
The lower apartment can therefore sleep up to six adults plus a couple of kids quite comfortably making it ideal for a larger family or group of friends. Leading from the first floor of the Tower are two large open plan rooms, one the Yoga Hall and the second a reading room, lined with interesting books and comfortably furnished in the traditional manner. Below this is an elegant dining room opening onto a courtyard beneath the sheltering boughs of a lovely tamarind tree. Meals are often taken in the garden, another place to inspire contemplation or simply lead you to sleep in the dappled shade.
The private living space for couples or groups, your hosts, is the first floor of the Sand Castle. Underneath this is the spacious Sand Castle Apartment. Its two doubles and one twin, all en suite may be booked individually or the whole unit taken as a private house on a combination of self-catering or catered packages. Shela’s Tower also offers the Garden Cottage a two bedroom self-contained cottage within Gillies’ idyllic garden. The cottage has a first floor double bedroom and ground floors double/twin both sharing for the moment one bathroom but Gillies plans to add a second. With its own kitchen Garden Cottage can also be rented on a self-catering basis.
All the houses and rooms are furnished with bags of style and more than a passing nod to Gillies’ years in the antique trade. His eye for interesting pieces lends Shela’s Tower a timeless quality without clutter, enhancing the air of tranquillity that permeates the house. Room rates, self-catering rates Bed and breakfast. Half Board and Full Board packages allow for beach-like flexibility in planning your holiday package. Meals are usually taken communally around the long dining table, and breakfast, a palette of fresh fruit and squeezed juices, homemade bread and eggs is served before the first yoga class or when you rise. Lunch and dinner bring more wholesome healthy delights of fresh seafood, pastas, salads and traditional Swahili recipes fused with Fiammetta’s Italian flair by Shela’s excellent chefs. Good food coupled with fascinating company makes mealtimes a delight.
Whatever type of holiday you are looking for Shela in Lamu Kenya will accommodate you with great hospitality and infectious charm that will keep you coming back. Shela’s wonderful location at the foot of the dunes embracing Shela village will afford you a shady retreat in the heat of the day just a few minutes walk from the beach either through the village or over the top to the sand-dollar strewn surf line beyond.