Bedrooms: 4 double

Bathrooms: 4

Persons: 1 – 8


Hidden away in a silent corner of Shela at Lamu Island, just footsteps away from the beach at the Indian Ocean in Kenya, the iconic Fishbone House is the place where international art photographer Eddy Van Gestel found and finds his inspiration. The design of the house feels like an eclectic blend with Arabic and western influences, build to the highest standards. With its walls covered by coral stones, the house has become a Shela landmark. The house pays tribute to the beautiful Swahili architecture with its minimalistic elements of design and is decorated with some unique pieces of nature like whale bones and drift wood. Recently Fishbone House has opened its doors to welcome guests who are looking for a high end and comfortable place to stay, offering breakfast, lunch or dinner for those who want to enjoy the Swahili kitchen to the full. With more than 400 square meters of living space, 4 master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a dining area, two spacious terraces, an office area and a large kitchen, Fishbone House is the perfect spot to enjoy this heavenly and unspoiled island and to feel yourself inspired by the hakuna haraka way of living so typical for Lamu.


The dining looks on the magical courtyard and features a large table that takes 8 guests. On the roof top there is an additional dining table. The kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker, fridge/freezer and all necessary kitchen utensils. On the first and second floor there are two bedrooms on each floor, all with en-suite bathrooms. The bedrooms are furnished with Lamu four poster beds, reading lights, mosquito nets, dressing tables and ceiling fans. All bathrooms are adapted to please the savour of upmarket travellers. All the rooms are built with the magnificent details of the Swahili architecture. On the makuti rooftop there are spacious areas with cushions as a lounging where you can enjoy a glass with your friends, gaze out at the sea, the surroundings or the starry night sky. Wifi is available throughout the house.


Rates are for the whole house and per night, for a maximum of 8 guests. The prices don’t include breakfast, lunch or dinner. The transfers by boat from and to the airport of Manda however are included in the price.

  • Low season (March – June): € 165,00 per night
  • Mid Season (July – November): € 175,00 per night
  • High season (December – February): € 195,00 per night
  • Long term rentals: on request