Fatuma’s Tower & Yoga House – Shela Village

Fatuma’s Tower is a renovated 18th Century ruin standing in a walled garden at the back of Shela Village, near the sand dunes, last occupied a hundred years ago until her death by the unmarried Fatuma and her five female slaves. Over time, all the floors of the building and most of its walls fell to the ground. Now the tower has been reconstructed to have four double rooms with washrooms (and hot water) and two singles sharing a washroom. It is three stories high and built of thick coral walls with high ceilings. There is a spacious library, courtyard with mature tamarind tree fronting the dining area. The rooftop terrace reached by narrow stairs has a panoramic view of Shela, the dunes and the sea. Here you can meditate or gaze at the night sky of brilliant stars and changing phases of the moon. All rooms are furnished in the traditional Swahili style with tasteful wooden furniture. The garden, which contains a spacious and isolated therapy room is surrounded by high coral walls and is full of palms, tropical birds, sweet smelling shrubs and a mature acacia tree giving deep shade. On the first floor there is a spacious and cool yoga practice hall (50square metres) where the slanted window construction form perfected by the old mosques prevents the entry of direct sunlight and keeps the hall cool and together with traditional Swahili plasterwork gives the whole building an immediate feeling of serenity and calm. There are two regular Yoga classes daily. The food served is vegetarian with fresh sea food if required. No alcohol is served as we seek to promote the house and gardens as a place for personal and spiritual retreat. There are special rates for Yoga groups. Laundry, airport transfers and soft drinks and filtered water are included in the cost of full board. The house has 4 staff, a cook, 2 stewards for cleaning and laundry and a gardener. Bed linen, mosquito nets, house towels and fans are provided and there is a safe for valuables. You don’t have to practice yoga to stay here! The place is quiet and all who want to feel peaceful and just relax are welcome. Only 5-10 minutes walk away from the waterfront, nevertheless, sheltered from the glare and activity on the sea. Guests are encouraged to treat the place as a private home and the staff are excellent at making guests feel comfortable. The top floor 2 doubles can be treated as a separate apartment with its own kitchen, staff and stairway. Also a cottage in the garden has 2 doubles and can be totally self-contained