Fatuma's Tower is a historic building named after Fatuma Ali Abu Bakar, a Swahili noble woman who lived with five female attendants at the end of the 19th century. It contains an apartment for four adults and two children as well as two further spacious double rooms with their own verandahs. It is an enchanting building where you know you have truly escaped the busy outside world and where around every corner a beautiful artefact or architectural detail catches the eye. Entering this place through its beautiful and quite garden setting makes you realise you have found a unique and beautiful sanctuary to rest and relax.
Fatuma's Tower is owned and managed by Angelika Schuetz who has lived on Lamu for over twenty years. The 2020 renovation provides a perfect setting for the artist, writer and photographer in us all.
She is a major organiser in the Shela beach ocean litter clean up campaign, and her group efforts in collecting plastic waste have allowed residents and guests to continue to enjoy the area's natural beauty. She lives on the property with her husband Martin and their rescue animals; two dogs, Toffee & Oscar and two cats, Tinka & Ilse.
THE ACACIA ROOM
This is a large double room with a beautifully carved Indian raised bed and a generous sized ensuite shower room. Situated at the top of the tower, it looks over the wonderful acacia tree that provides shade to the garden below. From its large, part covered roof terrace and comfortable seating area you have views across the roofs of Shela village to the sea.
THE TAMARIND APARTMENT
The apartment comprises of two double rooms and a twin, two shower rooms and an eating /sitting terrace with its own kitchen for self caterers. Perfect for a family of 4 to 6 people. Spread over the first and second floors it has views over the main garden, has a separate and private rooftop terrace, and is well sheltered from the large tamarind and the great acacia tree in the grounds.
THE GARDEN ROOM
Situated on the ground floor overlooking the beautiful shaded garden and surrounded by palms and trees, with its own covered terrace with comfortable built-in and cushioned seating. There is an en-suite shower room and built in hanging space for clothes. This generous sized double room is just a stroll to the enchanting higher level plunge pool within the grounds.