Baytil Ajaib is located on a hill on one of the highest points in the middle of the city in a section of the town known as Mkomani which was the patrician section.

This provides great views of the town,neighboring islands,the channel and the hinterlands of farms in the distance. Each apartment and suite has individual privacy in the larger domains of Baytil Ajaib which were used as the family quarters.


A concept of an evolving Swahili architecture

A principle example of this evolutionary culture is the murals and plaster mixtures of lime, alabaster and marble dust finishing’s on the walls which blends so wonderfully with traditional local Swahili furniture, Asian artifacts, carpets from Afghanistan and even Art Deco.

It is the blending of the antiquated, various artifacts that provides for a sophisticated interior living that led to Lamu becoming a World Heritage in 2003. It is this living experience that Baytil Ajaib was conceived.


Baytil Ajaib opened in 2000 with the mandate of providing a Swahili experience of residing in an old palatial townhouse, not overly restored so as to not see the ravages of time as the structure is over 250 years of existence, but still carefully brought back to its former structural beauty transformed into a modern exclusive hotel de charme.

Years after the completionof Baytil Ajaib, UNESCO bestowed on Lamu the status of World Heritage which further demanded the enhancement and dedication of various artisans’ skills which needed to be re-acquired and preserved. It is in this real that Baytil Ajaib was restored, researched, later enhanced and produced Artisans with careful training to further the preservation of an almost forgotten unique life style.