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Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 16 January 2013

It was an absolute pleasure to stay at Subira House. Christina and Paul are lovely hosts - so clearly passionate about Lamu, the environment and their guests. What I loved most was that you are not confined to your room - in this arab style house, there are beautiful courtyards, inner gardens, terraces to just relax or read a book.... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

This was an amazing place situated in a beautiful old stone house. You can feel that the owners have put their heart and soul into the place and they are very helpful looking after every detail of you stay. Each and every room is individually decorated and the boundaries between inside outside is blurred with the lovely galleries where you... More 

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Dakar, Senegal
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

Subira house is a lovely guesthouse tucked away behind the old fort in Lamu Town. My boyfriend and I stayed there for two nights in June 2012. It is an environmentally aware guesthouse, with silver Eco accreditation. However, this only really meant that we had cold showers, everything else was really beautiful, with peaceful rooftop terraces where we could have... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

I recently spent nine days on Lamu and had the absolute pleasure of staying in the immaculate Subira House. My decision to travel to Lamu was a hasty one. I left Nairobi in search of some peace and quiet on the coast and intended to stay only in Ukunda and Malindi before returning to Nairobi. Once on the coast however,... More 

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crilamu, Owner at Subira House, responded to this review

We are so happy that you help us spread the word that Lamu is the special and wonderful place in the world for visitors to enjoy in safety and peace. So many among the Lamu people still suffer from freigtening words by journalists from last autumn. Most of us who live here know these events are other interior problems not... More 

Milton, Delaware
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Shane on Lonely Planet for omitting this wonderful guesthouse in the heart of Lamu from their latest edition of Kenya. From their dhow pick-up at Manda Airport to their fabulous little restaurant, we have been captivated by the hospitality of Paul and Christina Aarts and their wonderful staff. We are almost at the end of a 2 week stay and... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We spent too short a time in this beautiful guest house on our third trip to Lamu since 1994. We were not disappointed. The traditional Swahili house behind the fort is tastefully renovated, its spacious rooms and terraces furnished with an eye for every detail and very clean. Exceptional kitchen, friendly service and very nice and helpful owners.

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

This is a beautiful, peaceful house, and we were lucky to stay in the top appartment which was private, with its own balcony, and great views - very special. The decor is simple and traditional - the eco waterless toilet has inspired me to see if I could use something similar with development projects elsewhere in Africa. If you want... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

...stay here! I'm not going to review Lamu, just go. First of all, Kristina is a welcoming, knowledgable host with excellent taste. She has lived in Lamu for decades and is activelly trying to improve Lamu for everyone! If you get an offer for a night tour of the town, please don't pass it up! She has created a wonderful... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Me and my daugther Agnes spend almost a month in Subira House in May 2011. We had a lifetime experience. Subira House is run in an unusual way, with ecology and beauty as focus. Everything around the place is genuine. Subira House is a rolemodel. Values and heart are obvious, everything is beautiful and the food is more than exotic,... More 

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Reviewed 11 October 2011

Stayed in Subira in September 2011 and it was brilliant. Beautiful house and rooms, very well appointed and designed; great location, just off the main square back from the shore; lovely balconies and areas for relaxing; and excellent breakfasts and dinners. A lovely, calm and relaxing place to stay; I would strongly recommend it.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The charming and comfortable seven-bedroom historic 200 years old home has two beautiful gardens and plenty of cool terraces to relax and enjoy the tropical breeze as you accustom yourself to Lamu's gentle pace. Right in the middle of Old Lamu Town.Meals on request.Wine licence.Subira House,a 200-year-old coral stone house was built by the governor under the Sultan of Zanzibar now carefully preserved by its Swedish/Dutch owners. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Subira House

Address: Behind Lamu Fort | P.O. Box 341, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range: €70 - €104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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“Room 6 great views.”
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“Ask for an extra fan to place next to the bed, the ceilings are very high so the ceiling fan doesn't do enough”
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“Rooms on the higher floors have the advantage of better views. The one on the top floor has a view on the sea.”
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