Baytil Ajaib is a beautifully restored 18th Century palatial Swahili House located in the heart of Lamu town, it took 11 years to renovate the building in order to remain true to original Swahili style by studying the architecture and materials used in constructing traditional stone houses. The result is a stunning house impeccably restored to its previous splendour, sub-divided into five unique and private apartments. The mixture of materials used and the architecture provide the natural air-conditioning, the house is always cool. Frangipani flowers float in traditional pools of cool water, scenting both the water and the air. Secret alcoves, balconies and terraces provide rooftop views of Lamu town and the Lamu archipelago. The rooms are all decorated with authentic Swahili furniture and a mixture of African and Western art and artifacts. The dining room is on the ground floor, and for those who can’t quite make it to the breakfast table, it can be served in the apartment. Baytil Ajaib offers the chance to turn back the hands of time and experience life as it was at the turn of the century. Bed & Breakfast or half board available. The whole house is also available for rental. Alcoholic drinks are not served but guests are free to bring their own.