Accommodation & Dining at Baitil Aman
Baitil Aman has eight self-contained rooms with comfortable private outside seating areas. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, fresh flowers, wireless Internet access and peace.
The bar stocks non-alcoholic drinks. Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am in the Hajibiki Restaurant, on the terrace, or in the room. Lunch is available from 12 to 4 pm. You can also have a light snack, the choice is up to you.
Dinner is served from 7pm to 10 pm in the Hajibiki dining room. Our Swahili menu offers the chance to experience local dishes served in the traditional way, seated on Swahili mats on the rooftop under a beautiful sky full of stars with the sound of gentle breezes whispering through the palms.
Baitil Aman Guest House was built in the eighteenth century by Hajj Abdalla as a gift for his bride, the beautiful Binti Luali of the Shella clan, the youngest and loveliest of her father Bin Jmaa’s ten children. Binti Luali was spoiled by her parents who loved her deeply. When it came time for her to be married, Hajj Abdalla went to ask her parents for their permission. They knew how much they would miss their daughter if she married and went away, so they decided to ask a very high price as her dowry in the hopes of disappointing her suitor and keeping their beloved child.
They asked for a full drum of money as her dowry, but Hajj Abdalla loved Binti Luali very much. He bought the plot of land on which this house now stands and built a mosque, known as msikiti wa Kindoro, and a palace, surrounded by gardens. As soon as he had finished it, however, the building collapsed in the night. Hajj Abdalla was very rich and had many servants, so with their help, he rebuilt the entire palace in a matter of days. Hajj Abdalla then sent one of his servants, Hajibiki, to Binti Luali’s family carrying the drum of money they had requested as her dowry. Hajibiki stood before them, her shoes decorated with silver string known as bulibuli, and presented Binti Luali with the title deeds to the palace as a gift from Hajj Abdalla, all the time singing a song from the groom to his intended bride.
In 1999, Sidiki Abdulrehman from the Timimi family, who is the son-in-law of Mohammed Salim Bahsan, began a seven-year project of restoration and renovation. He changed the landmark from a royal family house to a simple Guest House and named it Baitil Aman, which means ‘the house of peace.’
Rates for Baitil Aman
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|High Season (Dec 20-Jan 10 & Easter)||$150||$180||$320||$210|
|Mid season (July 1-Dec 19 & Jan 11-Easter)||$80||$120||$190||$150|
|Low season (Easter-Jun 30) ||$70||$100||$140||$110|
Reservations & Fine Print for Baitil Aman
All prices include breakfast. Room rates are per room. Half board is available at $20 per person and night.
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