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  • Shela Village
  • 7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms
  • Large Gardens
  • Self-catering with full staff
  • Open all year round
Banana House is a fusion of traditional styles, new ideas and genuine hospitality. One of the few Lamu Retreats that has managed to combine the convenience of a hotel, for small groups or couples, with the privacy and personal space afforded by a home rental. Whether you take a single room or rent the whole house with a group of friends, you will always find a quiet corner to chill out and soak up the sun and the "Shela Mellows"!

Banana House

About Banana House

Banana House and Banana Wellness and Yoga Centre in Shela Village, Lamu, comprises three private houses which have evolved into a friendly 'Bed & Breakfast' alternative in Shela.

Banana House was designed and constructed by master builder Mohamed Ali Mbarak (alias Banana) a well known local figure, and his wife Monika Fauth. Monika is an Art of Living and Yoga instructor and runs various wellness courses in Lamu each year. The house is the culmination of their combined imagination and craftsmanship. Cool and elegant with beautifully plastered and waxed neru walls the house is very spacious, and has numerous attractive sitting and lounging areas, hammocks, and day beds and a beautiful tropical garden within its walls. The atmosphere is homely and welcoming.

Rooms and living areas are, like all Retreats, simply and tastefully furnished in the classic Lamu Swahili style combining sumptuous Arabic elements with cool, clean surfaces and treasures combed from Lamu's beaches. You can either rent a room, a floor or the whole house.

On the ground floor, there are three (3) bedrooms, which can all be interconnecting and share two (2) bathrooms, making these ideal for families with young children if required. The four (4) first floor bedrooms are all ensuite, with hot water showers, and lead off the airy, covered dining area and living area with a sunbathing deck. The top floor boasts a private penthouse with double bedroom, private dining facilities, and veranda with sun-beds which are equally ideal for star-gazing and moon-bathing! The house has great views of the Lamu Channel from first and top floors and is two minutes walk from the lively seafront where dhows and small boats are moored, and a further five minutes to the fabulous Shela Beach and Peponi Hotel if you stroll through the village or along the sea. Or stretch your muscles and take a hike over the dunes to watch the sunrise before dropping down to the beach to hunt for sand dollars in the cool of the morning.

Small Banana House is annexed to Banana House and is a self contained two bedroomed house which can be rented as a private unit or as rooms. With its two large en suite bedrooms and access to the swimming pool, garden and Yoga Hall it is an ideal Retreat for two couples or a small family wishing to enjoy Lamu without the formality of a hotel environment.

Breakfast is included in the Room Rate at Banana House and served outside your room or in dining areas.

All three houses have excellent chefs and fully equipped kitchens at the disposal of house guests. As with all Retreats the chefs will prepare lunches and suppers of your choice, and will charge at minimal cost, which makes Banana House a flexible and economical option for couples or smaller groups who may not wish to rent a whole house but would prefer the freedom of staying in a home rather than a hotel. The staff will make your stay at Banana House very relaxed as they take care of the whole household.

Banana Yoga and Wellness House is right next door and has five bedrooms all beautifully decorated and furnished in a fusion of Swahili and Indian décor. Each floor has a veranda with dining and living area. The Penthouse on the third floor is a beautiful self-contained apartment with two (2) double bedrooms, both ensuite, a dining area and relaxing area with two swinging hammock beds and a sunbathing/star gazing area. As with the rest of Banana House, your meals will be brought to you so you can enjoy lunches looking out at the dhows sailing by and dinners in the moonlight. The Yoga Hall is on the ground floor. There are classes twice daily with mats and expert tuition provided for all levels. Banana House is also an Art of Living centre, and offers regular in-house courses for Art of Living, meditation and well-being. The top floor hosts the treatment rooms, where you can enjoy a massage, manicure, pedicure as well as other treatments offered by new therapist Monica.

Monika and her staff are excellent sources of local knowledge and can help you to arrange all manner of activities during your stay. Sundown sails, snorkelling trips, dhow cruises, Lamu cultural excursions, beach parties and overnight stays on Manda Island can all be organised and for a special occasion or birthday a traditional Swahili dinner in the lush garden of Banana House under the southern skies will always be fondly remembered.