On the eastern shore of Kenya lies Lamu—one of the oldest coastal Swahili settlements in existence. A once-prominent Arabian trade post, it is now a place where time appears to stand still. The primary mode of transportation remains the steadfast donkey or the traditional dhow boat. The tune of life on the island’s powdery beaches and narrow stone streets is punctuated by the call to prayer emanating from 23 mosques. A favorite of the bohemian jet set, visitors enjoy staying in whitewashed villas and congregating at one of the few family-owned hotels. A sizable artisan community exists on Lamu, with carpenters creating ornate doors and furniture—fear not: shipping can be arranged should that Lamu bed not quite fold neatly into your suitcase