Baytil Amman – Shela Village

Baytil Amman: This wonderful renovated ruin has taken 5 years to complete. Some areas of the ruin remain untouched and intact and add to the character of the building. The hotel is located in the centre of Shela Village overlooking an open garden with a fountain, near the Island Hotel and Kisimani House. The beach is a short walk away through the village. There are a total of 8 rooms in the hotel, 2 suites and 6 ordinary rooms, all with bathroom and solar hot water and fans. All rooms have a double bed and can also be converted into a triple room with an extra single bed. The rooms are large and airy with hand carved wooden doors, window shutters, and furniture. The rooftop terrace gives wonderful views of the sea and the surrounding village, and is often used for special functions, Swahili dinners and other occasions, where guests can enjoy dinner under the stars. The hotel is locally owned and therefore is not licensed to sell alcohol. Fresh fruit juices, Swahili dishes and fresh seafood are served here. The restaurant is located on the ground floor in and around the central courtyard of the house. Traditional wall carvings have been beautifully restored to re-create the Swahili feel and décor of the old building. Many walls have been replastered with cool neru in the traditional way, leaving a few areas of the ruin which were still intact at the time of reconstruction.