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.