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Beach   • Lamu Island, Kenya
• Miles of Indian Ocean Beaches
• Swahili hospitality & cuisine
• Luxury private home rentals
• Direct booking with owners
• Families
• Group of friends
• Weddings
• Honeymoons

Lamu Island on the tropical Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, is like nowhere else you have ever been. Planning a holiday there is easy with our help and local knowledge. Renting a luxurious home direct from the owners is cheaper than you might think. Come with us and escape to the time you leave it will feel like home.


Welcome Home... to Lamu Retreats,
luxury house rentals in Lamu, Kenya

Lamu Retreats offers a selection of holiday homes and luxury house rentals on the beautiful Lamu Island in Kenya.

Lamu is not a typical tropical beach holiday. Do not expect to find beaches swept by attendants and dotted with fiercely contested umbrellas and sun-loungers. There are no parasails or large yellow inflatables being towed up and down the channel nor are there beach bars every twenty metres. However all our Retreats are only a few minutes walk from the sea, where the dhows and local fishing boats are moored. The water laps at the foundations of Shela's front row houses and the walk to the Peponi Hotel and the miles of open beach beyond may require a detour through the village to avoid wet feet if the tide is in. Sadly after that all the place has to offer is miles and miles of virtually deserted beach.

Shela village is a maze of narrow sandy lanes where the only oncoming traffic you are likely to meet is a donkey and even bicycles are almost unheard of. There are three or four cars on the island, not that they can go very far, as there are only a few hundred meters of road; a track from the outskirts of Lamu town to the D.C's house and another along the breakwater to the hospital. The road does not extend as far as Shela so there are no cars at all in our little village!

The four kilometer trip from Shela to Lamu town is a pleasant walk or a few minutes boat ride in one of the frequent taxi boats. Lamu Town, despite its wealth of sights, smells and sounds is a really sleepy little port with a harbour front, one narrow main street and a shady Town Square, ideal for people watching. Sip on a passion juice and deal with the day's big decision....the crab or the lobster for lunch?

Lamu is for people who enjoy a destination steeped in the tradition of bygone times, spiced with Swahili style and mulled with the mellow companionship of family and good friends. The generosity of the sea and the benevolence of the climate have bestowed on the Swahili people a security that has been supplemented for half a century by the benefits of a steadily growing flow of foreign travelers, most of whom return year after year and some like us, who buy houses and make a bigger investment in Lamu. There is a feeling of all people being equal under the sun in Lamu and a warmth shared by all...perhaps that is why so many celebrities find the simplicity and privacy of Lamu so attractive.

The Lamu Retreats portfolio is a home business. It's about US, a group of people who are lucky enough to have homes in the magical Lamu Archipelago, sharing them with YOU, a group of people who want to kick off the routine for a while and spend some time in a place that is so different, so chilled and so far removed from what you are used to, that wherever you come from.......once you have lived a little Lamu life......coming back will always feel like coming home.


The Lamu Retreats:

Jasmine House Banana House

Fatumas Tower

Madakani House

Mtende House Mnarani House Lamu House Forodhani House Fishtrap House

Banana House

Fatuma's Tower

Madakani House