Shella Bahari Guest House in Lamu Kenya is not a 4 star hotel, and doesn't pretend to be, nor does it charge as such.
Instead, it is a wonderful, comfortable, atmospheric small place in the most perfect position imaginable.
If you need every little comfort in pristine condition, then stay down the road at the clinical Pepponi's, this place is not for you.
But you will miss out on the fun with the wonderful local staff, the chance to interact with the villagers over breakfast, the spectacular views from the balcony, and the general ambience.
We stayed for 11 nights (we had booked, and got, the great top floor), and loved it - big comfy bed, no mosquito problems that common sense couldn't solve, wonderful day beds outside on the balcony that caught the breeze.
The staff made it very easy to organize trips into town, sailing with the locals, fishing, buying alcohol, special food ... anything you wanted was organized cheerfully and willingly.
While we were there we took the opportunity to check out other places to stay, and would not have changed.
It was by far the best we saw, and this not influenced by the cost! We are very well travelled, and this place will stay in our memories as one of the better destinations.
Shela Bahari is the insider's place to stay in Shela. Shela village is the quieter alternative to Lamu Town, and it's where the great, unspoiled beach is.
It overlooks the sea and it's moderately priced, but still has atmosphere. Good restaurant. We thought it was a great choice.