The Beach Tower offers peace and seclusion in elegant and uncrowded surroundings. It sits in two acres of beachfront grounds filled with neem and acacia trees and enjoys 75 metres of frontage onto the lovely and often deserted beach at Ras Kitau. Sophisticated and uncluttered – it is a lovely place in which to kick back and relax or to entertain in style.
Guest accommodation ranges across four separate buildings and the Swiss owners have decorated and furnished the property throughout with thought, taste and originality. The décor blends modern furniture and modern African art with traditional coastal furnishings, Swahili antiques and local rustic pieces.
Of the four main buildings, the Beach Tower itself sits closest to the shore and has a bright and comfortable Ground Floor living room with sofas, a games table and chairs, plus mini-bar and library. Upstairs is a lovely makuti-thatched rooftop area with daybeds and tables overlooking the ocean – it enjoys panoramic views of Lamu, Shela and the Lamu Channel.
All the eight bedrooms are situated together and separately from the other living areas. On the First Floor there are two extra spacious and airy double rooms – each has a King-size double bed and ensuite bathroom. The Master Bedroom also has a separate private study area and both upstairs bedrooms overlook the garden. On the Ground Floor there are 6 double bedrooms, two of which interconnect. All have King-size beds and ensuite bathrooms.
All the bedrooms open onto a long sea-facing veranda furnished with built-in baraza seats and safari chairs. Directly in front is the makuti-thatched Garden Pavilion – a lovely living and lounging space with rattan sofas, planters’ chairs and swinging beds looking onto the beach. Another building houses a spacious and beautifully-decorated dining room directly linked to the well-equipped kitchen, and there is an outside terrazzo dining table under a shady Acacia tree.
There is a full complement of staff on hand to look after guests. Guests are offered a guideline menu which the chefs will prepare – but can choose whatever they want to eat and when. Staff will shop daily for groceries in Lamu Town and Shela and local fishermen bring freshly-caught fish, prawns and crab to the house each day.
While the property is quiet and private, it is neither isolated nor remote. A short walk away is Diamond Beach – a charming eco-resort with beach bar and excellent pizzas. Further along the beach are Lamu House Beach Club and The Majlis – a sophisticated Italian-owned hotel with bar and restaurant. And all the pleasures of Shela are just a short boat ride away across the channel.