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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at Fatuma's Tower 13 years ago and had great memories of this place. I was really looking forward to coming back and was not disappointed. At my arrival at the beach Osman picked me up and carried (both!!!) my bags to the hotel, up to the room. I was offered a fresh juice as welcome and showed me...

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Gillies T, Manager at Fatuma's Tower, responded to this review

Thank you very much for a great review Stefania P! It was a pleasure hosting you and we are all glad you still enjoyed our hospitality even after 13 years of being away! Greetings from all of us!

Bengaluru, India
Reviewed 8 December 2016

I spent 3 nights at Fatuma's Tower in October 2016, with 2 friends and absolutely loved it. Even though the property was not on the beach, it more than made up for it it terms of character and the beautiful rooms and furniture. The staff was very gentle and helpful, the owner as well took time out to meet us...

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Gillies T, Manager at Fatuma's Tower, responded to this review

Thank you Brinda, we always try our best and we hope you will be back again soon! Greetings from alll of us!!

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We travelled up to Shela from Nairobi for a weekend last month, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Fatuma's. Gillies, Osman and Joseph were all very welcoming, and the guesthouse itself is certainly unique. Although each of the rooms takes advantage of a particular feature of the tower and its environs - be it the wonderful garden, or the history...

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Gillies T, Manager at Fatuma's Tower, responded to this review

Thank you janfo231 for the lovely review and for featuring us in your column! We hope we will have the pleasure of hosting you again in the future! You are much welcome!

nomadic
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I have been a regular fan and stayed often here. However on our last trip, I was most disappointed. Not only were all the good staff gone, leaving young, keen but inexperienced staff to try to manage things, but the place itself needed a lot of TLC. I appreciate Lamu has been on a downturn for some time, however to...

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Gillies T, Owner at Fatuma's Tower, responded to this review

Dear Sunderam, we read your comments and feel they are somewhat exaggerated. For example, the prawns you personally bought from an outsider fisherman. Your request was for us to pack them for you: we cannot be held accountable for anything that does not come directly from our kitchen. We have informed the fisherman of his mistake and we no longer...

Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Fatuma's Tower is a hidden gem in Shela Village full of history, culture, artwork, and antiques. The grounds are beautiful, built around a stunning tree. Food is amazing, plunge pool is great. Rooms have lots of local character. The staff is incredibly helpful. Massage available onsite. This was the first place I stayed in Shela and I've sent many people...

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Nairobi Region, Kenya
Reviewed 25 September 2015

This is the most peaceful, cozy, relaxing, and beautiful guest house I've ever seen. My wife and I went here to celebrate our 30th birthdays. I had booked the trip as a surprise for my wife, and from my first email Gillies the owner was incredibly accommodating and helpful. Once we arrived, the same went for all of the small...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 September 2015

On a recent trip around Kenya, staying at Fatuma's Tower was definitely one of the highlights. Set in a quiet corner of the beautiful Shela village on Lamu island, Fatuma's Tower is an idyllic Swahili retreat. For those seeking inner peace, a place to practise and develop their yoga skills or just something different, Fatuma's Tower is just perfect. Gilles...

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 25 June 2015

We are in the middle of a one-week holiday on the island of Lamu, site of the oldest city in Kenya. The two towns on the island – Lamu Town and Shela, the location of Fatuma’s Tower, are medieval Arabian, consisting of tiny twisting alleys. Transportation is by foot or donkey. The entire archipelago is Swahili – mixing Arabian, Kenyan,...

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Gillies T, Manager at Fatuma's Tower, responded to this review

Thank you very much for an awesome review Joyce! It was a pleasure having you here and we look forward to hosting you again!! Greeting from all of us!

Trinidad
Reviewed 5 June 2015

Fatuma's Tower is simply a wonderful place to stay in Shela on the island of Lamu. It is situated in the village, set back from the seafront, which is only a short walk. Fatuma's Tower as it says on the website is about "peace, space and tranquility". It is all that with delicious breakfast with fresh juices and fruits and...

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 9 March 2015

This was our third visit to Fatuma's Tower and we will definitely be back again! We stayed in the Acacia Suite this time and it is our favourite room so far, especially with the terrace and hammock bed. We spent 6 nights, relaxing, eating the amazing meals of fresh seafood prepared by Fatuma's own cook and spending time on the...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Carefully restored and modified in 1998 the historic Tower has five double bedrooms and a large yoga hall. Included behind the same compound wall is the Sand Castle with it's ground floor family apartment of three double rooms. In the surrounding gardens, the Garden Cottage has two double rooms both with bathrooms. The ten double rooms are all furnished with local antiques and fabrics in a simple yet elegant style to recreate the atmosphere of a fine Swahili house. No two rooms are the same and the cool, airy spaces retain an informal feel while several shaded balconies provide comfortable areas for avoiding too much sun and generally enjoying the peace and fresh air. The peaceful gardens have been recently " enlivened" by the refreshing sound of a fountain splashing over coral rocks into a small plunge pool. All rooms have solar powered hot water, fans and mosquito nets. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Fatuma's Tower

Address: Shela Beach | PO Box 323 Lamu, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range: $131 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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“A room with a terrace for sure!”
 of 5 bubbles stefaniap658, 21 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are beautiful and unique.”
 of 5 bubbles Brindajacob, 7 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Acacia Suite is on an upper floor with plenty of steps, but has a lovely terrace. We have also stayed in some of the garden rooms before which are also beautiful.”
 of 5 bubbles GemmaLW2013, 9 Mar 2015 | Read review
“My preference is for the Acacia Rooftop Suite and the Apartments, at the top of Fatuma's Tower. Both are breezy and have their own terrace areas with views over the village and out to sea.”
 of 5 bubbles OliviaColombo, 25 Feb 2015 | Read review
“The top floor with the private roof top was SO relaxing, and they will bring you meals there too if you would like!”
 of 5 bubbles cbbchi, 27 Jan 2015 | Read review
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