Photographs courtesy of Forodhani House
Consider paradise found. Forodhani House looks out over the Indian Ocean on Lamu Island on the eastern coast of Kenya, sweeping over traditional dhow sailboats silently drifting by. Here, time can stand still if you want it to. There are no cars on the island — travel is by foot, boat or donkey. Choose your own oysters and fish for the day from local fishermen coming in from their morning haul…the way it’s been done for generations. Daytime adventures include snorkeling, fishing, kite surfing or discovering the nearby World Heritage towns. Or stay put on Forodhani’s veranda to take it all in. The five bedroom guesthouse — with its classic Swahili-style architecture and welcoming, thinks-of-everything chef and team — is open year-round for groups up to 13.

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