Palm House, Shela Village

A really appealing 4-bedroom house set in a quiet part of the village close to beach and dunes, Palm House is the ‘little sister’ to next door Shela House and shares the same excellent management and staff.  It enjoys panoramic views from rooftop terrace, dining room and bar.

This charming Swahili-style house accommodates up to nine guests in comfort and is designed around an open courtyard with a tall central Pemba Island palm tree. The living and dining areas look onto the courtyard and another small private tropical garden with a Royal Palm and white Thunbergia.

Palm House is spacious yet compact – with two double bedrooms and one triple bedroom on the first floor – all are ensuite with private balconies. The second floor with an open terrace and three sun beds, leads to a small covered baraza area in front of the fourth bedroom. This master bedroom has a Lamu four-poster bed and balconies on two sides.

“Palm House is absolutely gorgeous – from the airy yet cosy central courtyard to the fabulous, elegant bedrooms this house was a dream from start to finish. Only a 30-second walk from Peponi and the beachfront, Palm House is an oasis of peace and is designed beautifully – the photos just can’t do it justice. There are even 2 roof terraces, both perfect for hanging out; one with 4 dreamy hanging beds (perfect for reading/napping) and another equipped with its own bar and large seating area, which we used to its full advantage. After being greeted at the airport by the inimitable Chui whose warmth made us feel right at home from the moment we arrived, the staff at Palm House were incredible; so friendly, warm and welcoming, and anticipated our needs even before we did! Johnson (the chef) makes phenomenal meals, no need to eat out anywhere else – his fish and prawns are some of the best seafood I’ve ever had – and Pascal & Benson took wonderful care of us from start to finish. At Palm House they’ve thought of everything – beautiful touches are everywhere and Angelika the manager has catered for all your needs. She made booking and arrival easy, and was such a pleasure to talk with. She’s a fantastic host! Go stay, and bliss out!”

Megan, UK

There are panoramic views from the covered rooftop – which features a bar, sun beds and baraza lounging area. The house is less than a minute from the seafront and beach and sits in a calm and leafy part of the village.

Palm House is managed by the same experienced and professional team as the nearby Beach House and next door Shela House – together the three houses are ideal for large groups and can accommodate over 30 guests in total, making them the perfect setting for weddings and other events.

  • A charming, very comfortable and well-established private holiday home
  • Beautifully furnished with traditional Swahili furniture and antiques
  • Set in a prime and peaceful Shela village location
  • Just 100 metres from beach, seafront and Peponi Hotel
  • Super-helpful and experienced management and staff
  • Accommodates up to 9 guests in 3 double and 1 triple ensuite bedrooms
  • Rates from Ksh 50,000 per night ‘self catering’ with chef and staff

Palm House sits just 100 metres from the seafront in Shela Village, close to the eastern tip of Lamu Island. The island’s main beach is just moments 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.

“Palm House is absolutely gorgeous – from the airy yet cosy central courtyard to the fabulous, elegant bedrooms this house was a dream from start to finish. Only a 30-second walk from Peponi and the beachfront, Palm House is an oasis of peace and is designed beautifully – the photos just can’t do it justice. There are even 2 roof terraces, both perfect for hanging out; one with 4 dreamy hanging beds (perfect for reading/napping) and another equipped with its own bar and large seating area, which we used to its full advantage. After being greeted at the airport by the inimitable Chui whose warmth made us feel right at home from the moment we arrived, the staff at Palm House were incredible; so friendly, warm and welcoming, and anticipated our needs even before we did! Johnson (the chef) makes phenomenal meals, no need to eat out anywhere else – his fish and prawns are some of the best seafood I’ve ever had – and Pascal & Benson took wonderful care of us from start to finish. At Palm House they’ve thought of everything – beautiful touches are everywhere and Angelika the manager has catered for all your needs. She made booking and arrival easy, and was such a pleasure to talk with. She’s a fantastic host! Go stay, and bliss out!”

Megan, UK

  • Standard accommodation rate – Ksh 50,000 per night for up to 9 guests
  • Christmas & New Year – please contact us for the rates
  • Minimum stay – 3 nights (7 nights over Christmas & New Year)
  • Maximum occupancy – 9 guests (6 adults and 3 children)
  • Palm House is rented on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of chef and housekeeper.
  • One return airport boat transfer is included in the stay
  • Check-in – after 3.30 pm, Check out – before 11 am
  • Rates include wi-fi internet
  • Laundry service available at extra cost
  • These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 9th January 2025
  • Please contact us to make a booking
  • Please familiarise yourself with all our terms & conditions when making a booking

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