About The Fort
The Fort at Shela sits alone in the middle of the sand dunes. Beyond the Fort are 12 km of deserted beach. Extremely private, it is the last house on the sea front before the next village on the island, Kipungani, a 4 hours walk down the beach. While very private, The landmark Shela Fort is but a short 10-minute walk to Shela's famous Peponi Hotel & Restaurant, where you can relax and enjoy the sunset. The Fort comes with a staff of 10 people to take care of all of your needs.
The Fort was built 8 years ago as a private house, which it still is today. The building is constructed of local coral stone and is enclosed by an imposing 50-feet high sandstone wall with narrow slits opening for windows to protect from the sand and trade winds. Built with those elements in mind, the Fort has very high ceilings, a large open interior courtyard with a swimming pool at its center and several lounging areas. More than one well provides a regular source of fresh water for all of the house needs. The Omani style heavy wooded entrance door decorated with studs of brass open into the main floor of the house where large arches surround the courtyard into the living area, lounging area, and dining area. At the center, the Courtyard has its own well, tropical garden and the pool.
On the second floor are 10 ensuite bedrooms with a balcony overlooking the inside courtyard, tropical garden and pool. From the lounging area, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Indian ocean in front, with the dhows sailing by and the camels and donkeys passing in front, reminding you that time here has stopped.
Staff & Dining
Self catering means you still have the services of our cook. You can choose to do your own shopping or opt to have our staff do the shopping and keep a record of the expenses. Fresh dairy products, meat and chicken are difficult to find in Lamu. Luxury foods and drinks should be brought with you or bought in Nairobi.
Full board is also available meaning that the house cooks will do all the catering. They will buy and cook the food and suggest menus. Fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits are all available in the Lamu or Shela market. Other supplies are flown in from Nairobi or Malindi, such as the meats and cheeses. Entrees usually feature fish, lobster, crab, squid, etc... which are brought fresh to the door everyday. Chicken can also be found with advance notice. Alcoholic beverages are not included. Full Board is €35 per person per day and half board is €25 per person per day.
Linen & Laundry
We provide linen, towels and laundry service.
Phone reception from the Fort may vary depending on your provider but can be captured on the roof top or on the Beach. Wireless internet can be used via Safaricom or Orange (reception may also vary inside the Fort) but is available consistently in Shela.
Rates at The Fort, Shela Beach
Book with Lamu.org and receive up to a 10% discount on the lowest advertised rates!
Simply fill-out the form on the left to make your booking.
Please inquire for individual room rental rates and larger groups. The Fort accommodates 16-20 guests comfortably.
Upon confirming rates and availability, you will receive an electronic invoice and a deposit can then be made by credit card, paypal, m-pesa or bank transfer to confirm your booking.
On receipt of your deposit, we will send you a receipt, confirmation, and voucher for your stay. The balance of the rental is due prior to arrival.
Cancellation fees may apply.