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weddings, parties and other organised events in shela on lamu island

Our four Shela houses are the ideal location for wedding parties. Overall, we can accommodate up to 40 people in our properties. Other local houses or hotel rooms can also be rented, should there not be enough space with us.

We have had many years experience in assisting with the legal logistics of Lamu weddings. The County Commissioner, who can officiate at civil weddings, is sometimes available to come to the house if guests do not wish to go to the Lamu District Office.

A priest or pastor can also be arranged. Both Garden House and Beach House provide wonderful locations for a church or civil ceremony.

Wedding parties can book the full board option. Extra guests who attend the wedding, but are accommodated elsewhere, can also be catered for.

We can help with arranging original and memorable wedding receptions on the terraces and in the gardens of Beach House, were up to 100 people can be hosted. The menu can either be plated, buffet or cocktail style depending on preference/numbers. We are happy to work with guests on menu options.

Non alcoholic beverages for in-house guests are included in your full board booking. We can help with your wine, beer and soft drinks order.


Beach House sleeps 12, Shela House sleeps 9, Palm House sleeps 9 and Garden House sleeps 6. It is possible to sleep a maximum total of 14 in Beach House, 11 in Shela House, 10 in Palm House at extra costs to be confirmed at the time of your booking.


We are happy to help you source any additional services, such as a photographer, DJ or band, extra boat transfers and special decorations. They will all be charged as extras. A professional photographer or DJ would have to be flown in from Nairobi.

The coast has limited flowers i.e. bougainvillea and frangipani. If you require special arrangements or flowers like lilies and roses, we can arrange to have them delivered from Nairobi.

For special functions we can employ a cateress to oversee all the details regarding the food for the reception, menu choices and kitchen staff.


We do not recommend holding weddings from end of April through to mid July when weather can be unpredictable.


The core wedding party is expected to be on full board. Extra charges do apply and will depend on party size.

Wedding legalities: the County Commissioner performs this office. Fee to be confirmed at the time of enquiry.

Reception, decoration and party licence fees are applicable for the use of Beach House for the reception day/night.

Guests staying elsewhere will also pay a cover charge.

Cateress charge: to be confirmed at the time of enquiry.

Although Beach House will be the central party house, any wedding party is expected to rent at least 2 of our other houses as well.

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