Full Moon House, Shela Village

A spacious and imposing 3-bedroom home just steps away from beach and waterfront, with lovely views across the channel to Manda Island plus courtyard garden and swimming pool. Full Moon House is often rented with neighbouring Kiwandini House – together they can accommodate 12+ guests.

“We stayed at Full Moon House and it was just perfect. We were two families with kids and we all had a fantastic time relaxing by the pool, going down to the beach, taking boat trips and enjoying the superb seafood prepared by chef Joseph. The whole team of staff were brilliant and made our stay very enjoyable.”

Carol, Barcelona

Full Moon is one of The Moon Houses – a collection of neighbouring and interconnecting houses set just back from the seafront in Shela Village. Each of the houses can be rented individually – or together with one or more of the adjoining properties – providing flexible and adaptable accommodation for from 2 up to 22 guests.

Historic and charming, furnished with local antiques and built in traditional Swahili style, the houses come complete with excellent chefs and housekeepers. The houses are rented on a ‘self-catering’ basis – guests can choose from a guideline menu and the house staff will shop and prepare and serve meals as required, buying ingredients and provisions for guests ‘at cost’.

“From the time of making the booking to our stay there all the staff were absolutely brilliant and so friendly. Dickson went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable, did all the running around for us and always had a smile on his face. The chef was very good and served us really tasty food.The bedrooms are big, very clean and all have a stunning view of the ocean – you can sleep with the doors wide open and feel the sea breeze at night. The house has great ambiance and decor – it is just beautiful!”

Nolly, Nairobi

The houses also come with the services of a professional on-site manager who can help organise local activities and excursions. Rentals also include return airport transfers on the Moon Houses’ own private motor boat, along with complimentary laundry services and wi-fi internet.

Rentals of The Moon Houses help support the Safari Doctors project www.safaridoctors.org. Safari Doctors is currently the only organization providing regular medical care to remote areas of the Lamu District. Safari Doctors runs a monthly mobile which travels up the coast north of Lamu by dhow – reaching distant communities in need of health services.

“Our stay at the charming Moon Houses was extremely memorable. They are the best option in Shela with a fantastic location and service. The food was delicious, inventive and used local ingredients. The property manager also organized a yoga class for us which was highly appreciated.” 

SC, Washington DC


  • A grand 3-storey house looking out onto Shela seafront
  • Far reaching views from 1st and 2nd floor bedrooms and terraces
  • Courtyard garden and swimming pool
  • Accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 double ensuite bedrooms
  • One double bedroom can become a twin bedroom if required
  • Can be rented in conjunction with one or more of the neighbouring Moon Houses
  • Rentals from $580 per night

Detailed Information

  • 3 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • Upstairs lounge with baraza seats
  • Open and covered upstairs terraces
  • Ground floor living and dining rooms
  • Courtyard garden with lounging areas
  • Swimming pool (shared with Kiwandini House)
  • Private chef and housekeepers
  • On-site manager
  • Return airport transfers by private boat
  • Laundry service
  • Wifi internet


Full Moon House sits less than 50 metres from the seafront in Shela Village, close to the eastern tip of Lamu Island. The island’s main beach is just a minute or two away from the house, as are Peponi Hotel and the other attractions of the village. Lamu Town is two miles north of Shela and Manda Island and its airport are just a short boat ride away.

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  • Standard rental rate per night (March to June, September to December) $580 per night
  • High season rental rate (January and February) $620 per night
  • Christmas and New Year – $740 per night

Rentals are on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of chef and house staff.

Rentals include return airport transfers, laundry and Wi-Fi

These rates are for East African residents – please contact us for ‘non resident’ rates