Gillies and Fiammetta have been living in Kenya for many years and moved to Shela in 1998 where they set about carefully restoring the ruins of Fatuma's Tower. When they arrived in Shela, the Tower had been abandoned for almost 100 years. Gillies’ lifelong work with antiques led to a detailed restoration of the building, successfully retaining the original feel of this historic house. Gillies and Fiammetta live on the first floor of the Sand castle and welcome you personally to their home.

The twelve staff who are all from coastal Kenya have been with us for many years and take pride in making you feel you are now in their home. They can also reliably tell you ‘who’s who’ in Shella..

The meals here are a mixture of a light combination of Italian and Swahili cooking.