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Nestled along the sand dunes of Shela Beach, The Fort has been hailed as a monument to Omani architectural ingenuity. Built in 2001, the Lamu Island landmark is the epitome of privacy and seclusion. Its architecture is truly unique and occupies an unrivaled position overlooking the Indian Ocean on the deserted 14 kilometer Shela beach.
Peaceful and tranquil in its setting, surrounded by natural dunes and breezy casuarina's, The Fort is an elegant and unique sanctuary offering seclusion combined with personalized hospitality. Extremely private and secure, this oasis is just a ten minute walk along the beach to Shela Village.
The Fort is constructed of local coral stone and is enclosed by an imposing 50-foot high sandstone wall. The Omani-style heavy wooden entrance, decorated with iron studs, opens onto the main floor of the property, where large arches surround the central courtyard. The living area, dining area and lounge look onto the picturesque pool and garden.
From the upstairs formal dining area, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Indian Ocean as traditional dhows sail-by and donkeys and camels cruise the beach. Peering out at the pristine Shela beach one is reminded that time here has stopped.
The Fort comes with a full staff to take care of all of your needs and desires. We can arrange day excursions to Lamu Town, neighboring islands, as well as fishing, snorkeling and diving trips.
The Fort has nine principle ensuite bedrooms of which seven overlook the courtyard. This outstanding beach property can accommodate 18 guests comfortably or as a private getaway. Arrangements can be made for groups of up to 24 guests.
The Fort is also an ideal venue for corporate events or small conferences with the private tower conference room seating up to 22. Being privately-owned and operated, The Fort offers discreet, genuine hospitality with attention to every last detail.
The Fort is renowned for its private parties, wedding receptions, special anniversaries and birthdays. Large-scale catering and event management services are available.
The striking exterior and internal spaces of The Fort, combined with the remote and secure coastal setting, make it an ideal location for film, photo or television shoots.
Individual rooms can be reserved subject to seasonal availability. Please inquire for rates and availability.
The Fort boasts a state of the art kitchen serving up a variety of culinary delights. Guests can opt for full board or self-catering packages.
Featuring the best in local produce and fresh seafood, our chefs tastefully combine local Swahili inspiration with Mediterranean influences. International ingredients can be flown in at your request and wine can be purchased from our exclusive wine list.
Enjoy your evening in one of our two dining areas or choose sunset drinks on the beach followed by a private, romantic, candle lit dining experience under the stars.
The Fort can cater for large or small groups.
Seated Dining: 80 guests
Receptions: up to 150 guests
An excellent freelance wedding planner is available upon request.
Lamu is a place of peace and tranquility as well as adventure and exploration. All activities and amenities can be arranged in house for private or group sessions. There are a variety of activities offered depending on your interests.
The Fort is a paradise for kite surfers picking up the trade winds just in front of the property, a kite surfer's dream!
Yoga and meditation classes are available either in one of Shela's private wellness centers or you can book private classes in The Fort.
Massage and beauty therapy is available on request.
Private charters and day trips can be arranged to any of the many exclusive destinations around the Kenyan coast or to any of the nearby game parks.
Boat excursions can also be organized to explore the archipelago. A five minute boat ride takes you to Manda Island where you can order a private lunch of grilled seafood on the beach or try the Lamu House Beach Club, an exquisitely simple beach bar and restaurant.
Visit Takwa Ruins on Manda Island, founded in 1500 A.D. and abandoned in 1700 A.D. The Great Mosque and Pillar Tomb is a short distance from a turtle reserve.
Matandoni Village is a traditional dhow building site, located approximately thirty minutes away by boat. View the local traditional weavers who make unique straw mats from palm leaves and ropes from coconut.
Diving, fishing and snorkeling excursions can be arranged. Tag a marlin or catch a tuna for dinner, swim with the dolphins followed by lunch at Kizingoni or opt for a private lunch on a secluded beach after viewing the coral reefs at Manda Toto.
Hire a traditional sailing dhow and sail into the sunset or perhaps a romantic dinner sailing under the stars.
The Fort was the dream of the late Dr. Antonio Ferro, an Italian aristocrat and a man of great vision, honor and strength. Originally built to welcome friends and family, Gabriella Ferro has kept his dream alive and now welcomes guests to her unique home.
Their love story began in 2002 when Gabriella was visiting on holiday while Antonio, after having spent decades all over the African Continent, had eventually settled on Lamu Island, "his" gem in the Indian Ocean. After having moved to Lamu, Gabriella and Antonio's love story and their dream to live in The Fort together continued.
Your host Gabriella speaks English, German, Greek, as well as Italian and is available to ensure your every need throughout your stay.
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