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AFRICA . Kenya

Shela Beach Villa on Lamu Island

K E N YA Nairobi Lake Victoria

TA N Z A N I A

Shela Beach Villa Mombasa INDIAN OCEAN

Insider tip from CondĂŠ Nast Traveller and Architectural Digest "Suspended in the hammock on the rooftop, you quickly acclimatize to the sleepy rhythm of life here: a rhythm set by the changing tides and winds." Harpers & Queen Travel Over 100 kilometers north of Mombasa, the island of Lamu is undisturbed by the turmoil of modern times and boasts a timeless serenity. Set in an archipelago of coral fringed islands, Lamu Town was a trading center for hundreds of years. Great lateen-rigged dhows sailed in from Arabia and India, buying and selling ivory and spices. The resultant blend of cultures has produced a vibrant people, the Swahili, who are rich in history and justifiably proud of their maritime tradition. To this day, there are no cars on the island and transport is by dhow, donkey or on foot. Rates: From USD 5,000 to USD 10,000 per week for the entire estate for up to 10 people. The large house has four double bedrooms and one triple ensuite bedroom. On the first floor, raised above beach level, there is an edgeless, freshwater swimming pool. It has a bar area and low comfortable baraza seats. Up the first flight of stairs is a large dining and living room, leading out onto an al fresco terrace. Another door leads onto the wooden deck over the pool and to two double bedrooms with their own private terraces. The third floor comprises three bedrooms and an open terrace. From the rooftop

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you can enjoy panoramic views of the whole Lamu channel. Activities: Dhow trips to the Takwa ruins, former home to the people of Shela village, windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing and snorkeling, walks along deserted beaches with sculptured driftwood and dolphins offshore. Visit Lamu's outdoor cinema. Explore the narrow streets of Lamu town with its ancient fort, wood carvers, juice bars and donkeys.

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