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Shela Beach House

Lamu, Kenya

Shela Private Houses are a stunning collection of four coastal villas to sooth your soul and refresh your senses. These beautifully designed Arabic houses are all individually furnished and located in the heart of intriguing Shela Village.

At a Glance

  • Explore the narrow streets of Shela Village

  • Relax by the infinity pool at Shela Beach House and watch the dhows sail past

  • Shela Beach House is the perfect place to celebrate a big birthday with a group of family or friends

  • Fantastic staff to look after your every need

  • Pop next door to the Peponi Bar for a drink

  • Enjoy the collection of art galleries in Shela Village

Adventure, Beach, Family, Fishing

Insider's View

Sit by the incredible infinity pool at Shela Beach with a good book and watch the dhows sail past.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Sleeping up to eleven guests, Beach House offers four double and one triple en-suite bedrooms. On the first floor, raised above beach level, there is an edgeless, freshwater swimming pool. A bar area and low, comfortable baraza seats make it a lovely spot to curl up with a book or to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Up the first flight of stairs is a large dining and living room leading out onto a terrace. Another door leads onto the wooden deck over the pool and to two double bedrooms with their own private terraces. The third floor comprises three bedrooms and an open terrace. From the rooftop you can enjoy panoramic views of the whole Lamu Channel, and the dhows that sail past.

Wander through the tangle of narrow sandy lanes, tall stone houses, mosques, and market stalls that make up Shela, a sleepy village whose inhabitants include gentle donkeys, weathered fishermen, the occasional beach boy and the absorbed visitor. The houses are the epitome of Swahili style, all very different and each equally stunning, sleeping from just 4 to 12 people. They are fully staffed and can be priced with or without catering.


Shela Beach Villa has four double rooms, and one triple room, all of which are en-suite.


Children of all ages are welcome at Shela Beach Houses. However, there are no specific facilities available for children except for babysitting.


Shela Beach house has a beautiful infinity swimming pool, with views out over the Lamu Channel. The other Shela Houses are set back from the sea and do not have a pool, however guests can relax on the roof terraces.


Each house has a minimum of three staff. The resident manager will help to ensure you have everything you need, assist you with menus and also help organize local excursions.

Location & Directions

Lamu, Kenya

Shela Beach House is located in Shela Village on Lamu Island off the coast of Kenya, 100km from Mombasa. Lamu Archipelago, lies 2 degrees south of the Equator along Kenya’s coast. The archipelago is a chain of islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel bordered with dense mangrove forest and protected from the Indian Ocean by coral reefs and large sand dunes.

When to go

The rainy season on the Kenyan Coast is generally May/June. So from July onward the weather is gradually getting hotter and dryer until March/April when it reaches the high 90's (over40 degrees C). Christmas/New Year is generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely then with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. If you want clear seas for diving then make your trip after August/September.

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