Shela, Lamu Island, Kenya
New 6000 ft² traditionally inspired Boutique Hotel in third-world environment using local craftsmanship, materials, labour, dhow and donkey transportation.
Ground floor entry reveals a large central courtyard with lounges and a dining table setting for 10. Large vaulted doors lead to the terraced south-facing breakfast garden and another west-facing evening garden.
Accommodation comprises 4 x 650 ft² suites with balcony day-rooms, sitting areas, some with a child’s bed, kingsize beds and ensuite Swahili style shower bathroom.
The owner's self-contained apartment has 2 bedrooms, a large lounge, kitchenette, and in the “tower” a panoramic sundowner gallery.
All carved architraves and doors were from re-claimed heritage sources with all FF&E locally sourced. 200+ year old Swahili bed frames were re-strung and used as day beds in the lounge areas.
The owner directly contracted out the building work, and details were developed with local trades to achieve the final build form.
FF&E, lighting and solar hot water units were all sourced in Kenya.
Each balcony day-room can be combined with the adjoining day-room to form a 2-suite apartment by removing separating panels. This allows for private dining for groups of guests.