— Your beach house is located on Lamu Island, in the Indian Ocean. What was your inspiration to open a vacation home there?
It’s the Swahili culture and its rich cultural mix which have led us to Lamu. It was love at first sight — we fell for the Lamu Archipelago and its communities instantly! It was about three years ago when together with the inhabitants of Shella Village we decided to build our vacation house there.”
— Forodhani House
— Forodhani House means ‘look-out post’ in Kiswahili. Why was it named like that?
— What would you describe to be the spirit of your beach house and your philosophy?
And because of our spectacular location, there is always a show: you suddenly see a bunch of sardines jumping, trying to escape barracudas, or dolphins swimming up the channel, a friends’ dhow sliding from one arch to the other, or a fishermen boat coming from the open sea with a load of tunas. It’s both relaxing and so interesting!
We also have 5 members of staff to pamper you, among them a good cook. It’s really the ideal place to stay with family or a group of friends and relax.”
— How would you describe the style of the villa interior?
— View from roof terrace
— Tell us about the facilities as well as the services you offer as part of the vacation rental.
On the ground floor, one big kitchen, a beautiful dining terrace, a large lounge alongside the pool, different areas to take it easy in, and the garden, all offer varied possibilities for dining and relaxing. You walk from room to room through arched galleries, watching the plasterwork, niches and friezes, which ornate the walls. Of course, we also have a pool, which stretches between the garden and the ocean.”
— Lounge area
— How would you like your vacation guests to remember their stay?
Enjoy the charm of getting lost in the maze of alleyways in the village, visit the fish market and stroll along the quay in the evening. Breathtaking sea views, unspoilt nature, welcoming locals and pristine white sand beaches: if you’ve been dreaming of a forgotten paradise... open your eyes, you're there! And you will never forget it!”