Jahazi House, named after the historical large trading dhows that brought Lamu its trading wealth, stands right on the edge of the Indian Ocean on two acres of garden. From the first floor makuti-covered veranda you can watch the dhows come and go, collecting sand and delivering coral blocks and fish.
The house is built of coral block plastered in the local neru finish, tinted a soft ochre yellow. Designed on traditional lines around an inner courtyard, which holds a very private swimming pool, cooling the public rooms and bedrooms.
On the ground floor there is a reception and dining area leading out to a wrap around front veranda, sitting right on the beach. The roof is one huge terrace, partially covered with makuti to provide a shaded bar, eating and sitting area. There is a separate small covered massage room with trellised walls at the back of the building.
The four bedrooms are all accessed from the inner courtyard and are simply furnished with en-suite shower rooms, mosquito nets, fans and their own private verandas. The verandas have a work desk, occasional table and chairs and a traditional Lamu day bed. There is a guest/pool changing room and a covered baraza area behind the pool.
The house has a staff team that includes a host, room stewards, chefs, and there’s boat and captain for personal use.
Activities available are snorkeling & swimming with dolphins, hand-line fishing, dhow sailing & sundowners, water skiing, kite surfing & visits to Kipungani Village & Lamu Town. On prior appointment deep-sea fishing can be arranged.
Turtles lay their eggs on the beach where long walks are a joy.
The house is open all year round.
October to March – hot with cool sea breezes. Blue skies.
April to August – cooler, warm but varied weather. Some rain in May, June & July.