Lamu House

Lamu House

Accommodation Details

Name: Lamu House
Country: Kenya
Location: Lamu Archipelago

Lamu town is the largest town on Lamu Island, which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. Lamu, Kenya's oldest living town, was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa. Lamu's economy was based on slave trade until abolition in the year 1907. Other traditional exports included ivory, mangrove, turtle shells and rhinoceros horn, which were shipped via the Indian Ocean to the Middle East and India. In  addition to the abolition of slavery, construction of the Uganda Railroad in 1901 (which started from the competing port of Mombassa) significantly hampered Lamu's economy. Tourism has gradually refueled the local economy in recent times.


Lamu House is comprised of two swahili houses and it is sea front. It is composed of 10 rooms. Each room is different and has its own character with a balcony or a terrace overlooking the sea and the old town, cradle of the Swahili culture. Offering the best of both worlds you can rent either a complete house or individual rooms as in a hotel. Each house accommodates 10 to 12 persons in five separate bedrooms, and also has a living room opening to a courtyard and plunge pool, a top terrace overlooking the sea and the Old Stone Town, a kitchen and hi-fi system. As with all our Retreats there are sun decks and little nooks all over the house to nurture private.

Dining & Cuisine

Dining at Lamu House is quite an experience: The Chef will delight your senses with an excellent local cuisine, which blends the best local ingredients. Abundant fresh seafood, coconut and tropical fruit are all combined with the exotic spices that have been traded along the East African coast for centuries. Lamu Moonrise Restaurant is open from 8 am to 10 pm, offers excellent a la carte menu together with a selection of wines and spirits.

Getting there

  • The hotel is 10 minutes by boat from Lamu Airport.
  • Mombasa - Lamu is about 6-7 hours drive. You pass the pretty sea side town Malindi.