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“A paradise.... and the best wedding ever !!!”
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Forodhani from the sea, on the beach. Forodhani swimming pool
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50 reviews
Beach and Sea Views from the main lounge.
Forodhani from the sea, on the beach.
Forodhani swimming pool
The front entrance.
The main lounge, spacy.
View from all terraces.
Entrance to the dining room.
View from the dining room.
One of the double bedrooms.
The master bedroom.
Forodhani terrace on the beach
Sunset from the terrace.
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Holiday Rental House -
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Lamu Island, Coast Province

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84Marlene...
Geneva, Switzerland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A paradise.... and the best wedding ever !!!”
Reviewed 19 January 2015 for a stay in April 2014

Me and my husband decided to go to Lamu to get married. We did not want to have a traditional wedding and wished to bring close family and friends to have a wedding that we will never forget.
We had heard a lot about Lamu, its superbe beaches, landscapes and culture but we had actually never been there..... obviously, which could be complicated if you want to organise a wedding......
Well, it was not.... thanks to Isabelle, the owner of Forodhani house. From the beginning to the Big Day, Isabelle helped us in every steps of the way. In not even two months preparation time, she managed to pull out the perfect wedding for us. We got married on the beach opposite to Forodhani (Diamond Beach), had then a very nice cocktail on the beach, a sunset dhow cruise and an amazing dinner prepared by Forodhani's cook. This was just perfect: simple, classy and unforgettable. It will for ever stay in our minds...... and the ones of our families and friends.
We stayed a week after the wedding and discovered the island. The house is perfectly located, the staff were very helpful including Babu, the manager of the house, who always made his best to accommodate our wishes.
Forodhani is more than a holiday house, it is a 'better' home away from home!
We are thinking about getting back there for our anniversary...... :)

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Liked best: Everything... the place, the staff, the people
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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kcduffau
Mombasa, Kenya
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“tranquility”
Reviewed 17 January 2015 for a stay in October 2014

During many years of travelling and discovering, I have not come across a destination like the island of Lamu. We have visited Lamu many times and during the last 6 years we have always stayed at Forodhani House. The grand, palacial structure will have you in awe as you arrive at Shella beach by boat, tho its the warmth and friendliness inside that will impress you the most. Not to mention the spacious architectural design that is open and breezy. There is a quiet corner for everyone to relax and escape into a book with the gentle buzz of Lamu life serenading your privacy. It is the most ideal place to literally slow down the pace of life and let your mind and body rest. The staff are very friendly and eager to ensure your every need is met. Seafood at your doorstep every morning, Dhows quietly slipping by, long walks on the beach, sunsets, water sports, adventurous sand dune climbs. The township of Shela is a beautiful cultural experience with a maze of tiny lanes and friendly faces. Your visit will be sure to have you leave with a sense of beautiful serenity, enriched from your new friendships and relieved that you found a place like Forodhani House..... knowing you will return.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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fduffau
MOMBASA
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The One and Only Place on Earth”
Reviewed 3 January 2015 for a stay in November 2014

Hi Isabelle and all the crew of Forodhani house, wishing you another amazing year in Lamu, hoping to see you very very soon in your magic palace on the water, sipping Madafu upon glorious sunsets, this is the one and absolutely only place on earth where time truly stops and One can fully resource of positive energy, see you soon guys, very very soon !!! Frank Kylie Annalie and Cammie

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Liked best: tranquility, friendly staff, freedom and amazing seafood
Liked least: leaving ...
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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marionnet...
Paris, France
2 reviews
“BLISS !”
Reviewed 2 January 2015 for a stay in August 2014

Forodhani House overlooks the Indian Ocean waters.
I loved this place and these holidays, very caring and sweet staff, beautiful beach and sea-views, amazing location, the swahili people, their culture, their smiles... Come to Lamu and Forodhani you'll probably enjoy like us your best holidays ever.

Travelling group: Friends
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Bella M
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“SIMPLY THE BEST”
Reviewed 31 December 2014 for a stay in January 2014

We came to forodhani hotel for our staff end year party and I can gladly say that the house is more of a palace. Being just next to the sea and having a pool by the gate gives the house a superior image. It's so relaxing being around here and the staff are so welcoming. Thank you Isabelle for such a wonderful paradise in the island.

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