Gaba Gaba House, Shela Village

A spectacular, sophisticated and spacious addition to the Shela scene, quietly situated on the edge of the village.

  • Lamu meets Morocco in this rich and relaxing new house
  • 3 double bedroom suites, rooftop plunge pool
  • Moorish courtyard with living, dining and entertaining areas
  • Roof terraces, lounging areas and sunset bar with panoramic views
  • Solar hot water, fully equipped office, internet access, air-conditioned master suite, dvd projector, sound systems

"I thought I should drop you a line to say we have just spent our first amazing night at Gaba Gaba - the house is stunning and the staff are excellent! Completely exceeded my expectations - many thank yous" Eilis, Nairobi

From the owners of Gaba Gaba House -

’GABA GABA - a magical Moorish Sanctuary

From the outside Gaba Gaba House takes the shape of a white cube - giving away nothing of the beauty and colour that lies within. Entering through the carved Lamu front door you step into a Swahili Lamu-style house designed and built on the lines of sacred geometric principles - a hallmark of traditional Arabic design.

One of the meanings of Gaba Gaba is ‘doubly relaxed’ - and inside you will find a house that we hope and trust will allow you to become just that. Arriving up the grand entry staircase, you will find yourself in the large white internal courtyard – part open, part shaded - with a turquoise Moroccan-style tiled pool, central palm tree and large seating area with two comfortable sofas and intricate wooden Moorish ‘mashrabya’ window.

You’ll notice the waft of jasmine and frangipani and an unusual coffee table - home to a new board game known as the Glass Bead Game - but that is another story. In the evening the courtyard is truly magical place - ideal for relaxing, entertaining or watching a film with the house projector.

The dining area, with a table that can seat twelve, is also located on this floor, just across the courtyard – as is a guest cloakroom with shower. The spacious and fully-equipped kitchen is also accessed from the courtyard - although you will probably not wish or need to become too acquainted with it during your stay - as you will be very well looked after by our Gaba Gaba crew Tommy & Abdullah. Your wish is their command.

Gaba Gaba House sleeps six people comfortably – with three double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms with solar-powered hot water showers. One room also has a spare single bed. The bedrooms are located on the first floor.

The Master Bedroom has an Emperor-sized wooden ‘Samodara’ bed, wooden floor and louvered wardrobes. This room also has air conditioning, if required, and an en-suite bath and shower. It is accessed via the wooden balcony bridge overlooking the courtyard.

The second Moroccan bedroom has been decorated with rich warm colours and a four-poster bed. The third bedroom is light and airy - taking its colour inspiration from the sea - and is known as the Turtle bedroom. The first floor is also home to the study with a house computer, air conditioning and an extra bed, which is used for massages. There is also another sitting room area with day bed.

Each bedroom looks outside - across the sand dunes and across the village to the sea - and also inside down into the courtyard. This design keeps the bedrooms, and the house, cool and airy.

Up on the second floor terrace under the makuti roof you will find the Sunset Bar - a wonderful space to relax or entertain during the day with built in sofa, hammocks and floor cushions. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy your evening sundowners while watching the sunset across the dunes. The bar is equipped with fridge and sink.

Also up on the roof is a substantial plunge pool, next to a part-shaded area with sunbeds. These beds can be easily moved out to the open area of the roof for evening star-gazing - and one of the bed frames can also be used as a table to eat under the stars. Just ask Tommy.

Gaba Gaba House stands in a quiet position high up towards the rear of Shela village – and enjoys panoramic views of the sand dunes, views towards Lamu Town and the channel - as well as a grandstand view of the famous and much-used Shela football pitch. The 8-mile beach is a ten minute walk in either direction - through the village or over the sand dunes.

Facilities include - spacious mosquito nets and effective fans in each area; internet access; printer, scanner, dvd projector for films (you may need adapter from your computer to standard xxx connection); two sound systems set up to play CDs or plug into ipods or computers, spare net for sleeping on the roof, filtered drinkable water, hot showers, two full-time members of staff to cater to your needs - from cooking and cocktails to washing and ironing.

Dhow trips for snorkelling, fishing or enjoying the sunset, or to visit Lamu Town or Manda Island or to explore other parts of the archipelago, can be easily arranged. Airport boat transfers are included in your rental.’

Standard Rate £275 / KSh 37,000
Low Season 100 Euros
Christmas & New Year £500 / KSh 70,000


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