Banana House is a boutique hotel in Shela, Lamu Island. It has all the charms of a quietly elegant private home with 16 rooms spread over three houses situated in a magnificent tropical garden. Although just a few minutes’ stroll to the pure white sands of Shela Beach, we are totally isolated from the world outside the grounds. Step through the door and in moments the stress and hassle of your long-distance journey magically drop away. You will immediately feel the love that Monika and Banana have put into the House to give it a warm and homely atmosphere. So…welcome to Banana House. Welcome home!


We offer lovely rooms for one or two people, spacious family suites and huge superior-class penthouses. You can rent a floor, a whole house, or book the entire Banana House & Wellness Centre.

Pool & Garden

Monika, with her passion for plants, created a garden that is a lush tropical paradise with bougainvillea, frangipani, hibiscus and shadeproviding palm trees. By night it becomes a fairy tale from 1001 nights.

Yoga & Wellness

Wellness starts the moment you step into the world of Banana House. The atmosphere, the welcoming, the spacious enviroment, the friendly staff, the food, the attention, the yoga and wellness treatments.


Banana House kitchen is well known! Our cooks create with love delicious meals using organic vegetables from our own shamba (vegetable garden), sweet fruits and fresh seafood.


Lamu island is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset dhow trip, a beach barbeque, or a trip to Manda Toto with snorkeling and fishing. At Banana House we have our activity manager who arranges all activities.

Social Projects

At Banana House we find social responsibility very important. We have received so much from Lamu, its inhabitents and its nature that we are very happy to share, care and give back.