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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

My friend and I spent 3 nights here and this place was so much more than we expected. Monika was gone when we got there, but Sadi stepped it up and kept this place in harmony and wellness. We met Hamza for our Lamu town exploration and he made us feel at home. It was wonderful walking through the markets.... More 

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guests, Thank you so much for your kind review. It is always wonderful to hear that our guests are in excellent hands by our staff even if I'm not around. We just met on your way out and I hope to welcome you again. Many greetings from the entire Banana House staff. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

Stayed in Banana House 2 days and nights. Centrally located off the main coastline in Shela Beach. Owner Monica was and still is successful in creating an utmost welcoming place, with very professional and friendly staff and good food; breakfast as well as dinner were top-notch. The nice and airy rooms are tastefully furnished, with local touches and good-quality beds... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

Monica and th team at Banana are amazingly helpful and friendly. Lame and Shela are truly magical places, and staying at Banana house was the icing on the cake of a wonderful destination. The outdoor space is particularly amazing - the terrace, garden and swimming pool. I would also recommend staying here rather than Lamu itself as Shela is such... More 

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, thank you for your review. We feel privileged that you write the "Icing on the Cake" experience at our house for your travel. Big compliment. We do our best to make our guests feel comfortable and enjoying the peace and beauty of the environment. We love to welcome you again. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

You wont find a better place to stay in Lamu Island. Fantastic rooms and service. I stayed here a while ago, but I thought they deserved a good review. The food was delicious! Even the owner invited us to a dinner party and we had an amazing time. Thank!!

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Palisade
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Reviewed 11 May 2016

We spent four days at Banana House. The staff is amazing. Always available to assist you. The food is excellent. We finished a two week visit to Kenya wanting to relax in Shela. It was very easy to do. So peaceful. The pool is just what you need to help temper the heat and humidity. The chefs ginger crab is... More 

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, thank you so much for your review and we are pleased to hear that our staff was very helpful and that you enjoyed the food. Indeed the beach is amazing, no person at length! It is one of the unique things in Lamu. Hope to welcome you again another time. More 

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Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

We had the pleasure of enjoying a weekend at banana house, in the penthouse. My family and I were treated to the best food in kenya and pure relaxation. Monika and Banana made sure we experienced the best of Lamu and it's people. Everyone was so incredibly kind and generous and we never felt so welcomed! Our little boy was... More 

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear Kerry, Thank you so much for your warm words and we are happy you enjoyed so much the food and relaxation. We always thrive to do our best to make our guests happy. Your little boy is so cute! Hope to welcome you again one day. Warm greetings, Monika More 

Democratic Republic of the Congo
1 review
Reviewed 16 March 2016

For three nights enjoyed the astonishingly charming penthouse, the beautifully surrounded pool, divine and timely delivered food (huge plus in Africa!), a lazy quietness in comparison to other fancy hotels in Shela and pleasant friendly partners leading the activities. On the downside the staff, however kind, were extremely intruding, obsessively entering the room every other minute and very often without... More 

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, it is indeed very sad to read that you where not happy at all with the service of our staff, the fact that you felt not comfortable and that your laundry was misplaced. I'm very very sorry to read this and this is normally not at all what we standing for. In fact our staff is rated by... More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Great food & rooms love the shared balcony space on each level, to eat chill & watch the world go by. Wonderful hosts and friendly staff, great trips organised by Saadi. Wonderful, laid back, chilled retreat .. hopefully I'll be back soon

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Monika F, Owner at Banana House & Wellness Centre, responded to this review

Dear guest, It was a real pleasure having you and with you lots of other warm and great people all joining for the Lamu Yoga Festival. I felt like we are a One World Family! We are looking forward to welcome you again. Banana House team & Monika More 

London
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

Thank you Monika for your welcome. Banana House is a little bit of heaven. Total relaxation. Fantastic food and service. Perfect for families, friends or couples. Excellent yoga, thank you Kelly and all.

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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Me and my familiy have stayed at Banana House many times during the last five years. We always stay in the penthouse apartment which is amazing with its views, spacious rooms and terrace etc. The owners, Monika and Banana, are very hospitable and will help you with anything. Service is great - it is sort of personalized since you are... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Banana House & Wellness Centre is small and cozy, yet spacious enough to let you enjoy its rarity. Retreat to Banana House, a very cool, elegant private guesthouse and the wellness centre offering yoga, retreats and massages. It has great views on the sea, the dunes and the village. The house is simply and tastefully furnished in Swahili style, with many different sitting areas, daybeds and hammocks. You will feel the love that Monika and Banana have put into the house to give it a homely and welcoming atmosphere. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Banana House & Wellness Centre

Address: Plot 318, Lamu Island, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range: €91 - €140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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“Depends what you want as each room is unique”
 of 5 bubbles MalibuEssex, 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I would highly recommend to opt for the penthouse at the wellness center , though all rooms had a great view!!”
 of 5 bubbles 373linib, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Stay at one of the penthouses where you have your private terrace with beautiful views. You can also have all your meals on the terrace.”
 of 5 bubbles Crispin10, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Top-floor rooms have the best views”
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“Any room in the rooftop is a must”
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