Beach front accommodation
Hosted by Rachael
Rachael is the host.
16 guests
10 bedrooms
10 beds
8 baths
16 guests
10 bedrooms
10 beds
8 baths
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Ages 2 - 12
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On the beach front of Manda island, 5 minutes from Shela. Traditional style banda accommodation, singles, doubles, family room and Treehouse and a library for relaxing. Restaurant and bar with wood fire pizza oven overlooking the beach.

The space

On the beach front of Manda island this is the perfect place to relax for days or weeks. Airy traditional style bandas, all en-suite with a chill out library area with swing chairs.

Guest access

The restaurant and bar overlook the beach front and serve a variety of fresh seafood, salads and our famous pizza's, desserts and great cocktails.

Interaction with guests

I am around 95% of the time, I live on site and am always at hand.

Wireless Internet

House Rules

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Dog(s) and cat(s) live in the house


6 Reviews

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Do User Profile
October 2017
I would like to thank Rachael and her crew for going beyond the line in making our holiday so amazing. I myself think that Rachael did not describe the place properly, it is much more than what she wrote. The houses are environment-friendly, cozy and clean. If you look for something luxurious, this is not the place. But if you look for a home away from home, this is exactly the place that you should stay. I appreciate the thoughtful touch and sensible welcome I got when I arrived: little vase of wild flowers on the tea table, some in front of the door, one red hibiscus on the bed. The staffs are very friendly, helpful and gentle. In Rachel’s place, apart from a large common space with comfortable couches for you to laze, there is a large open space with a bookshelf and some yoga mats. The wifi connection is good, then if you have some work to do, this can be a nice office as well Rachel’s place is on Manda Island, it faces Sheila Island and about 15 minutes by boat to Lamu, 20 minutes to the airport. It is unique because you can see the other islands as close as if you could cross the sea just by swimming. The beach is 30 seconds walk from the gate and just perfect to swim or to enjoy the sunset. We often have cold beers while watching the sunset. Lunches and dinners are served by the beach if you wish. If you plan to visit Lamu, it is better to stay here and visit Lamu and come back. It cost $15/boat for airport transfer, $5- $10/boat to Lamu (a boat can carry 6-8 people, it is so cheap per head). Boat sailing is strongly recommended. Breakfast is lovely with fruits, eggs, toasted bread, butter – tea or coffee upon request (this is included in the rent). For lunch and dinner, they have the best pizzas and some other dishes. They don’t offer a wide range of choice but whatever they have, they make them well. Dogs and cats are lovely and friendly. They are aware that they rule the place and master of gaining your hearts.

Simon User Profile
September 2017
Thats the place to be if u want to have a good time at the beach. Rachael is such a welcoming person and always there if u need something. She and her great team made our stay so great and relaxed. The food at the bar is realy good and they make some of the best Pizza we ever had. So if u r in lamu u have to visit this place even if its just for a drink and a pizza. Thanks for everything and looking forward to come again
Rachael User Profile
Response from Rachael:
Hey, happy to hear you got back ok and so glad you enjoyed Diamond. Thanks so much for your review. If you have time could you please also wrote one on Trip Advisor as it really helps a lot and I haven't had one in months. Abu says hi back and Peter also. I hope work isn't too painful today! See you next time you come to Kenya! Love Rachael
September 2017

Brice User Profile
March 2017
Amazing place! Nice food! Good people around...

Sonia User Profile
December 2016
Staying at the beach bandas on Manda Island was just the experience we were looking for. Peaceful place with a nice and smiling service. The banda itself was very basic, but we know how fresh water is a big issue on Manda and were not after any luxury, only some time for ourselves and peace of mind. The mosquito net in the bed was highly appreciated. And the library area with books and lovely hanging chairs to spend hours reading, I definitely couldn′t ask for more. If you like pristine waters, lonely beaches, wonderful see breeze, beautiful sunsets and local sea life, this is the place to come in Lamu. The banda village has a restaurant with cool beer, fresh fish and great pizzas and foccacias, definitely the best ones I′ve tasted so far in Kenya! Thanks Rachael for arranging our pick up from Lamu jetty with your captain!

Matt User Profile
May 2016
The host canceled this reservation the day before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Maggie User Profile
October 2015
We cannot say enough good things about this place! This is a true gem. The staff are wonderful, kind, and accommodating. The view is everything you could ever ask for. Serene and peaceful. Delicious food. Comfortable beds. We will definitely be back! 3

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