“Take Only Memories Leave Only Footprints” Chief Seattle
ABOUT THE FORT
Nestled along the sand dunes of Shela Beach, The Fort has been hailed as a monument to Omani architectural ingenuity. Built in 2001, the landmark is the epitome of privacy and seclusion. Its unique architecture occupies an unrivaled position overlooking the Indian Ocean on the deserted 14 kilometre beach.
Peaceful and tranquil in it’s setting, surrounded by natural dunes and breezy casuarinas, The Fort is an elegant and unique sanctuary offering privacy combined with personalized hospitality. Extremely private and secure, this oasis is just a ten minute walk along the beach to Shela Village.
The Fort is constructed of local coral stone and is enclosed by an imposing 50-foot high sandstone wall. The Omani style heavy wooden entrance doors, decorated with iron studs, open onto the main floor of the property, where large arches surround the central courtyard. The living area, lower dining area and lounge look onto the aesthetic pool and the beautiful garden.
From the upstairs formal dining area, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Indian Ocean as traditional dhows sail by and donkeys and camels cruise the beach. Peering out at the pristine Shela Beach one is reminded that time here has stopped.
The Fort comes with a full staff to take care of all of your needs and desires. We can arrange day excursions to Lamu Town, neighboring islands, as well as fishing, snorkeling and sailing trips.
about your host
The Fort was the dream of the late Dr. Antonio Ferro, an Italian aristocrat and a man of great vision, honor and strength. Originally built to welcome friends and family, Gabriella Ferro has kept his dream alive and now welcomes guests to her unique home.
Your host Gabriella speaks English, German, Greek, as well as a little Italian and is available to ensure your every need throughout your stay.
accomodation & dining
The Fort has nine principle ensuite double bedrooms of which seven overlook the courtyard. This outstanding beach property can accommodate 18 guests comfortably or as a private getaway. The Fort is also an ideal venue for small corporate events, conferences, private parties, wedding receptions, special anniversaries and birthdays…
AROUND LAMU ISLAND
The Lamu Archipelago with Lamu Town being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated on the Indian Ocean in Kenya and is the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Built in coral stone and mangrove wood, this sleepy fishing port is steeped in history and tradition.…
Having the pristine Shela Beach directly on your doorstep the Fort is a Paradise for Beach and Sea Lovers! Lamu is a place of peace and tranquility as well as adventure and exploration. All activities and amenities can be arranged in house for private or group sessions. There are a variety of activities offered depending on your interests.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Lamu Cultural Festival, taking place in November. Shela Hat Contest, every even year around mid-February. Maulidi Festival, held during the 3rd month of the Muslim calendar. Lamu Art Festival, every uneven year (2019 and so forth) around end February. Lamu Yoga Festival, mid-March. Dhow Racing, various dates throughout the year.