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“A Slice Of Heaven”
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Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
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Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
Forodhani from the sea, on the beach. Forodhani swimming pool
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52 reviews
Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
Forodhani from the sea, on the beach.
Forodhani swimming pool
The front entrance.
The main lounge, spacy.
View from all terraces.
Entrance to the dining room.
View from the dining room.
One of the double bedrooms.
The master bedroom.
Forodhani terrace on the beach
Sunset from the terrace.
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Holiday Rental House -
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Lamu Island, Coast Province

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karachi28
Karachi, Pakistan
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Slice Of Heaven”
Reviewed 27 August 2015 for a stay in May 2015

I stayed at the Fordhani house with a group of 8 people from both Kenya and overseas. We had a magical time in Lamu. The house is perfectly located on Shela Beach right at the jetty. So you will always see people hanging out and trying to sell you samosas when you are siting on the terrace. However, that is not disruptive and adds to you feeling like one in the community. I felt very safe in the house and we cherished our evenings sitting on the terrace with our gin and tonics and feeling the cool ocean breeze.

The house is beautifully decorated with a lot of space. We spent a lot of time in the house and also on the beach right next to the house. It did rain heavily once and we had to retreat to the inside area that is covered (there is not a lot of cover in the house so when it rains, you have to retreat to a room!). The staff is simply amazing there and they really take care of you. Amos, the cook, Francois and others are just great. We had fantastic meals every day. Who does not want to wake up and be asked what we'd like for breakfast? Truly spoiled.

The only reason I did not give the house 5 stars is because I think the maintenance can be better. We found holes in the mosquito nets over the beds, and general maintenance and upkeep can be improved.

Having said that, this is the best house in Shela!

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Africaava...
2 reviews
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“Paradise Found”
Reviewed 16 August 2015 for a stay in September 2014

We stayed at Forodhani for 6 weeks on an extended working holiday, It's very hard to put into words what an amazing experience it was. The house has the perfect blend of Lamu design and modern creature comforts including decent internet access, swimming pool and a cozy cinema. The management team are professional and fix any issues immediately. It also has stunning views of the channel from every corner of the house. I treasure the memories of our stay there,

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Travelling group: Young Children
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pfizz2015
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
“Perfect Paradise.”
Reviewed 10 August 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Everything about this place was perfect.
The service, the house, the cleanliness, the hospitality.
We were treated like royalty in his paradise. I would strongly recommend.

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JeromeoS
Nairobi, Kenya
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“One of the best houses in one of the magical places in the world”
Reviewed 10 August 2015 for a stay in January 2015

Lamu island is like nowhere else on earth and Forodhani is without doubt one of the most amazing houses there.

Metres from the ocean, with amazing sea views in two directions, you are right above the pier in Shela. The dhows sail past so close to the terrace it feels that your should be able to reach out and touch them.

The staff are incredibly friendly, and the chef is among the best in Shela. The house is also one of the few in Shela which boasts a pool.

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Liked best: Great location and design
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
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2 reviews
“Excellent!”
Reviewed 7 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

I've been staying here already few times and I will come back for sure. Amazing team, amazing House, stunning views... Holidays !!

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