Carolina Ramirez Herrera

The Moon Houses

with Carolina Ramirez Herrera www.CRHcollective.com
  • Where:Lamu, Kenya

  • Why:To disconnect + enjoy the simple things.

  • When:Mid-August.

  • Who:Family + friends.

Highs & Lows

  • Incredibly friendly and hospitable staff.

  • Spectacular sunsets, especially aboard a traditional Dhow, a must.

  • Over 13 km of deserted sandy beaches ideal for daily long beach walks (No need for a gym here).

  • Donkeys and Dhows remain the only form of transportation on the island, which immediately transports you to another time - where life is best enjoyed pole pole; the swahili phrase for take it slowly.

  • Fascinating architecture and antique details throughout the property influenced by the international trade with Oman, Zanzibar and India.

  • To avoid a culture faux paux, remember to dress appropriately when visiting Lamu town or walking around Shela village - as Lamu is predominantly Muslim, it's important to respect the culture

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Plastic Free

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Swahili guest houses.

  • Vibe

    Barefoot (literally, leave your shoes on your complimentary boat airport transfer) peaceful, and laid-back island life vibes.

  • Location

    Located in the pristine village of Shela, along the Lamu archipelago and a 10 min boat ride to Lamu town.

  • Rooms

    16

  • Music

    None that I remember, just standard island life with occasional call to prayer.

  • Year Opened

    Originally a family holiday house, The Moonhouses has been running as a boutique Swahili Guest House since 2009.

  • Designed By

    The Moon Houses are the legacy of famous flying doctor Anne Spoerry, also known as Mama Daktari, who visited remote villages in Lamu for vaccination campaigns . The furniture was also curated by Anne with antique pieces over 100 years old. Anne Spoerry’s Sailing Doctors was set up in her honour. Additionally, The Moon Houses supports various local initiatives, including another medical organization, called Safari Doctors.

  • Pool/Gym

    Oui, A very much Instagram-worthy infinity pool and on-call masseuse.

  • Restaurant

    The fully staffed kitchen prepares the most colorful breakfasts and delicious traditional Swahili dishes - the Swahili crab and local lobsters are a must!

  • Bar

    No, but give the staff a heads up and they’ll be happy to have the kitchen stocked with some ice cold local beers, (Tusker!) and wine during your stay.

  • Minibar

    No

  • Wifi

    Yes - although like most of the island, not the strongest, #ThisisAfrica. Take advantage, disconnect and leave the airplane mode on.

  • Children

    If you have them bring them, there is endless beach to run around barefoot and beautiful gardens to play in.

  • Price

    Worth every Kenyan Shilling.

At Peponi Hotel...the local watering hole where you can enjoy an Old Pal at sundown.

Peponi Bar

Peponi Hotel & Restaurant, Lamu Island, Kenya

At Peponi Hotel...the local watering hole where you can enjoy an Old Pal at sundown.

Walk the 3 hours of untouched sand dunes and deserted beach with a rewarding lunch at Kizingo  - watch out for the roaming camels, they are NOT friendly !

Kipungani beach walk & lunch at Kizingo

Kizingoni Beach Houses, Lamu, Kenya

Walk the 3 hours of untouched sand dunes and deserted beach with a rewarding lunch at Kizingo - watch out for the roaming camels, they are NOT friendly !

Owner Sandy Bornman travels the world to find unique cotton patterns and fine light silks. All the dresses, caftans and other classic garments in the store are handmade by Joseph, the very talented in house tailor and his manual sewing machine.

AMAN store

aman lamu, lamu

Owner Sandy Bornman travels the world to find unique cotton patterns and fine light silks. All the dresses, caftans and other classic garments in the store are handmade by Joseph, the very talented in house tailor and his manual sewing machine.

The Moon Houses

Island House, Shela, Lamu Province, Kenya

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