After walking around Shela and checking out some other accommodations, Jannataan Hotel wins I think on the basis of value for money.
Jannataan was like a mini paradise for us.
Great value - works out less than £15 per person per night, including a beautiful breakfast of gorgeous fresh fruit, fresh juices, eggs (tip, ask for spanish omlette!), toast, jam, tea, chai, coffee, served to you on whichever of the many lovely terraces you choose.
The staff were very sweet and helpful. The pool is a dream, and cleaned daily - I never saw one leaf in it! Bedrooms and bathrooms simple but clean and very nice.
As well as a private terrace for every pair of rooms there are several roof terraces, each with beautiful views in every direction, and plenty of nice furniture to lounge on and read a book or have a nap!
I really wasn't expecting to see a beautiful swimming pool in the hotel courtyard surrounded by palm trees and Swahili chic furniture and kikoy cushions everywhere.
Baye the lovely man in charge showed us to our beautiful rooms (four poster wooden beds with dressing tables, balconies etc), he brought us fresh juice and beach towels to go swimming in the pool.
Every morning we had a great breakfast with fresh fruit, eggs, toast and chai masala or coffee on one of the several roof terraces overlooking Shela.
It was so clean and beautiful and had the
biggest pool of all the hotels I saw on Lamu (even bigger than the expensive
hotels like Peponi, Kigani and Lamu House)
It really was lovely hotel, and such great value - I would most definitely recommend to others.