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Guest house | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The property is situated on the waterfront. Si Ajabu offers an idyllic vacation on the Lamu archipelago soaking up panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. With five en suite double rooms spread across three floors with access to a roof top and swimming pool.
Lamu is an archipelago where donkeys and dhows are the main mode of transport as there are no vehicles on the island except for the odd one or two. To walk from Lamu to Shella (the third largest village on Lamu island) takes around 45mins to 1 hour tide permitting. The walkways are narrow and give a sense of old-style living and a feeling of a land which time forgot.
As part of our promise to take good care of our guests at Si Ajabu we offer:
•1 litre of purified bottled water, per person, per day
•Jacuzzi in the master en suite bedroom
•Self-catering and option, on request, for meals to be prepared by a cook
•The property can comfortably accommodate 15 people
•Morning workout sessions (on request)
•Morning sun salutation yoga sessions (seasonal)
Shared access is available to the rooftop, swimming pool and study including a television, DVD player and movies. Exclusive access for occupants of the master bedroom to the top floor kitchen and Jacuzzi.
This is our holiday home and so we occasionally stay during school holidays, and visit to check and maintain the place from time to time. During longer stays interaction is kept to a minimum as the layout of the premises conveniently separates the private areas from shared public areas including two separate kitchens.
There are various restaurants to suit your budget located within 10 minutes walk from Si Ajabu. Alternatively, you can organise with a staff member to talk with local fishermen to place any order of fresh seafood. We also provide a chef on request for an additional, negotiable fee.
What I love most and what attracted me most as a tourist the first time I visited Lamu some 20 years ago is the friendly and laid back atmosphere. From the minute you board the ferry from mainland or from the airport there is an instant calmness which descends upon you. The absence of traffic, automobiles and that feeling or need to fill your day and get as much done as possible just isn't there. In fact, the opposite is present. You quickly slip into the 'Hakuna Matata' (No worries), slow pace and feel of the place. An idealic hippy retreat. Less is definitely more. The less you do the more you enjoy and replenish. Relaxing dhow tours to neighbouring islands to sample local dishes and the Lamu culture. Donkey rides to different parts of the island through narrow alley ways, which make up the residential area of Lamu, giving you the feeling of going back in time to a place time forgot.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Wiyoni beach. 100 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manda Airport. It can be seen across the water fr 1 km|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Coast Province region
Lamu is an archipelago. It is famous for having no cars, (except for the odd one or two) therefore NO traffic! The main mode of transport is donkey, on dry land, and by dhow on the sea. The locals are very laid back and the lifestyle is easy going reflected by the most over used phrase which is, 'Hakuna Matata' - 'No Problem'. It is by no coincidence that this phrase became commonly used. Everything is as that: 'Hakuna Matata'.
The tropical climate adds to the overall relaxed ambience. It accentuates the dhow trips as you lay back under the canopy and sail and allow yourself to be lulled into the slow pace of your surroundings with the undulating waves beneath. The welcomed sea breeze and sprinkling of salty, sea water on your face aiding your efforts to remain cool. The rainy more temperate months are from May through to the beginning of September.
With its narrow, maze-like streets unfolding it gives a sense of an island that time forgot. Lamu hosts a Cultural festival the third weekend of November every year. During these festivals one can expect to learn about the Lamu people's culture in more depth. There are also some crafts, highlighting the local artisans' talents, and cultural food and beverages available to purchase from stalls. Apart from learning about the Swahili culture Lamu also hosts the Maulid Muslim festival. As Lamu is 95% Muslim most of the major Muslim holidays are observed and elaborately celebrated here.
Lamu offers water sports as an activity and day trips within and around the other local islands. A longer stay can be arranged at the islands further away such as Kiwaiyu. Lamu guarantees a blissful rest, filled with peace and tranquility away from the norm and away from all the hustle-and-bustle. You will leave wishing to extend your stay, just as many before you have done.
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