Fodor's Expert Review Fatuma's Tower

Lamu, Lamu, 80500, Kenya

Set against the dunes in Shela village, Fatuma's Tower is a beautiful, cool, calm escape. The magical homestead was built in the late 1990s on crumbling ruins, and looks like it's been there for centuries. Bougainvillea clamber up the concrete walls, and a giant tortilis acacia watches over the back garden, where healthy, fresh-cooked meals are served in its shade. The rooms are large and airy and furnished with Swahili antiques and local textiles and have solar-powered hot water. A big draw for staying at Fatuma's Tower is its yoga space where very accessible classes are available every afternoon.


  • There's a cook who can do your food shopping and preparation of all meals
  • It's extremely peaceful and there's total serenity beyond the sound of motorboat engines
  • Refreshing plunge pool in the garden


  • Mosquitoes can occasionally be a nuisance
  • It's about a 10-minute walk through Shela to the beach
  • No air-conditioning but there are fans




Phones: 0716-572--370


10 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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