Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Kenya.
Tucked away in the back of the village, against the sand dunes, you reach the entrance gates to Fatumas Tower. Passing through them, enter a secluded, peaceful world. Fatuma's Tower is the ideal environment for your Kenya Yoga & Wellness holiday. You can join a personal yoga program, a group yoga retreat, or simply join our afternoon classes.
Carefully restored and modified in 1998 the historic Tower has five double bedrooms and a large yoga hall. Included behind the same compound wall is the Sand Castle with its ground floor family apartment of three double rooms.
In the surrounding gardens, the Garden Cottage has two double rooms both with bathrooms. The ten double rooms are all furnished with local antiques and fabrics in a simple yet elegant style to recreate the atmosphere of a fine Swahili house. No two rooms are the same and the cool, airy spaces retain an informal feel while several shaded balconies provide comfortable areas for avoiding too much sun and generally enjoying the peace and fresh air.
The peaceful gardens have been recently enlivened by the refreshing sound of a fountain splashing over coral rocks into a small plunge pool. All rooms have solar powered hot water, fans and mosquito nets. In this package, we offer double rooms and daily yoga class.
Gillies and Fiammetta are your hosts during your stay in Fatuma's Tower. Gillies and Fiammetta have been living in Kenya for many years and moved to Shela in 1998 where they set about carefully restoring the ruins of Fatuma's Tower. Gillies lifelong work with antiques led to a detailed restoration of the building, successfully retaining the original feel of this historic house. The twelve staff who are all from coastal Kenya have been with Gillies and Fiammetta for many years and take pride in making you feel you are now in their home. They can also reliably tell you whos who in Shella.
If you want and need some tranquility during your holiday, Fatumas Tower is the best option. It is located in a fishing village in Lamu island, Kenya, where people still hold true to their Swahili way of life. You will have lots of time to relax in the beach or in our boutique accommodation. Your yoga class will be held every afternoon at 5.00 p.m. Before and after that, you may arrange your own plans.
Situated on the fringes of the Indian Ocean, the Lamu Archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where life still retains the pace of traditional Swahili culture. Life here revolves around the sea. Lamu was an established Arab trading port as long ago as the 1oth Century and fishing, trading and seafaring remains its principal activity to this day. Arabic architecture and rich inlaid door carvings hint at an affluent past and the waterfront streets of Lamu and Shella ring with the five daily calls to prayer.
Lamu island is an area of stunning natural beauty with warm ocean waters and pristine beaches of golden sand. At dusk walking in the narrow alleys of Shella you will see Swahili women dressed in traditional black buibuis. Male residents sit on their door steps and greet you while donkies, the traffic of Lamu, shove past silently plodding home. The wooden counters of small shops, lit with gas lamps, are colored with local garden produce. Groups of men gather around awaiting the last call to prayer from the mosque.
For all meals, great care is taken by our cooks to purchase the freshest local ingredients and produce their excellent combinations of Swahili and Italian cucina. Everything is fresh from the ocean, fish and seafood are their specialty.
You can take your meals in the shady courtyard dining area or on your terrace. At night lanterns are placed amongst the greenery surrounding the sandy garden and dinner is taken under the stars.
Treat the kitchen as if you were at home! Our kitchen staff are fully trained and buy kitchen provisions on your account. A list of suggested menu items is provided, or just leave it to the cook.
You have some choices to consider. This unspoilt, free of cars, and culturally fascinating island offers a wide variety of activities, from fishing, snorkelling and sunset trips in the wooden dhows for which the coast is renowned, to windsurfing, scattered scuba diving and visits to the ancient town of Lamu, its museums and the ruins on neighboring islands. Also the Turtle Trust at Peponi Hotel runs visits to turtle nest hatchings along the ocean front. Just minutes away from the village of Shella the eight mile white sand beach backed by unspoilt sand dunes stuns everyone with its expanse of pristine glory and long may it remain so.
Please book your flight to arrive at Manda Airport (LAU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. James will pick you up from the airport and show you to the boat and Fatuma's Tower will meet you when you land at the jetty in Shela.
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