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Germany
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Reviewed 15 November 2014

lush graden, absolute privacy,100%authentic, here you can be yourself. The entire staff is taking care of your needs, done in a loving, attentive, sensitive way. The yoga hall is palace to center your meditative mind even when the heat is eating up all your life energy, the open Yoga Class at five in the afternoon with Gilles is releasing all... More 

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

Thank you very much for the lovely review, we will put more effort's so that next time we make you your time here even better.! Hopefully when you join us for next years Lamu Yoga Festival! It was a pleasure to have you stay here, From all the staff. More 

Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 September 2014

What a unique, relaxing introduction to Lamu Island! Fatuma's Tower deserves its name. We were unfortunately the only guests, but I don't doubt we would have received the same premier service had the hotel been entirely booked. Samuel took such good care of us, including walking with us to the center of Lamu town and acting as our guide. You... More 

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Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

I have stayed at Fatuma's Tower twice and I plan on including it each time I go to Lamu island! In the midst of Shela Village, Fatuma's Tower offers a peaceful oasis retreat where you will be surrounded by beautiful garden areas! Each room feels private and you may even feel like you have the whole place to yourself! There... More 

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

As a islander,from Sardinia, the idea of lounging on white-sand beach, wearing bikini and kikoi,walking barefoot all day, eating fresh food sounded like an ideal way to spend my holiday and drop out of my own paradise to discover a new different one . As a inn proprietor I know the importance of the attention to detail and the welcome... More 

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

I've just moved to Nairobi for a six week work placement of sorts and after two weeks of the traffic and general frustrations of life in Nairobi (probably particularly stark for a newcomer from London), I really needed a break. I just didn't know quite how much until I got to Shela island and all the tension I'd been carrying... More 

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Reviewed 13 January 2014 via mobile

The last days of our trip in Kenya & Rwanda were magical thanks to this magnificant accomodation. Staff was extremely helpfull and kind. Owner is Mr. Relaxed himself and I enjoyed my first yoga lessons very much! Room, dinner, Shela... everything is perfect in this place. Thanks for making our last days so wonderful.

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

I stayed at Fatuma's Tower with my two boys (14 and 11) back in July. Such a lovely place, a hidden gem in the back of Shela village. The food was outstanding, with Hamisi and his ever present smile happy to accommodate your requirements. Gilles was very helpful if we had questions or needed advice...he would always stop by for... More 

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Nairobi
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Not so much a hotel as a favoured pension/guest house located in a restored historic old building/site, with trees and gardens and a feel of a 'home stay'. Liked all of the rooms (stayed in two different ones), the food cooked to our preferences (lobster, prawns, calamari . . .), the dining in the central courtyard under a great tree,... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We went as a group of friends who work together in Nairobi, some of staying a full week in August and the others joining for the weekend. We had all been to Lamu previously, and we all thoroughly enjoyed Fatuma's Tower. The owner, Gillies, was very helpful in advising on which rooms to use and in accommodating an ever-changing schedule.... More 

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

I stayed at Fatuma's Tower with my fiancè this past weekend, and we had a splendid time there. The staff was very warm and welcoming, and with Gillies at the lead, there are no worries to be bad. Even though we required special accommodation once or twice due to having friends in Shela who weren't staying at Fatuma's, the staff... More 

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  • Free Breakfast
  • 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: $120 - $183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“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
“One with its own secluded outside seating area”
 of 5 bubbles nicbidwell, 14 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Rooms on the top are ideal for the best views.”
 of 5 bubbles SierraF738, 3 Sep 2014 | Read review
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