This is a list of the best hotels in Lamu. Lamu is an idyllic island that epitomizes the rich Swahili heritage and unique attractions that make it one of the best holiday destinations in the world. From the beautiful endless beaches, rolling dunes to the Swahili architecture, Lamu undoubtedly takes the top spot as Kenya’s pristine holiday location.
Apart from the beautiful attractions, Lamu hosts several idyllic, luxurious and unique beach resorts and stylish boutique hotels.
In no particular order, here is a list of the best hotels in Lamu.
1. Manda Bay Lodge
Manda is a small privately-owned boutique lodge located on the northern tip of Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago. The lodge combines the ultimate bush and beach experience with miles of soft white sand on a private beach and coconut palms mixed with Acacia Tortilis and a variety of wildlife.
Manda Bay is the perfect escape for families, honeymooners and couples looking for the ultimate experience where they can switch off from the rest of the world and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm-thatched cottages and open living spaces.
Contacts: 0716 579 999, 0722 203 109.
2. Forodhani House
Forodhani is one of the most beautiful villas located in the Lamu archipelago, particularly in Shella Beach. It is a large whitewashed building with a unique location, directly on the beach thus making it the ideal place for family holidays. It can accommodate 10-13 people. It is an ideal setting for a cool and relaxing holiday as it offers refined elegance and stunning sea views.
Contact: 0740 180 754.
3. Peponi Hotel
Peponi is a small boutique hotel located on the remote island of Lamu. The hotel features a private beach, an onsite restaurant that offers a selection of menus with influences from around the globe, lush gardens ideal for all kinds of events, exceptional conference facilities and luxurious accommodation in spacious and air-conditioned guest rooms.
Contacts: 0722 203 082, 0742 744 149.
4. The Majlis Hotel
The Majlis is one of the most unique luxury resorts in Kenya, located on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago. It offers the perfect setting and the ideal accommodation for barefoot luxury and informal pampering on your trip to the country. The hotel offers 39 exquisite deluxe rooms and suites divided into three beachfront villas.
Contact: 0702 690 555.
5. Kijani Hotel
Kijani is perfectly situated in Shela Village on Lamu Island. The hotel welcomes you with a freshwater pool, a relaxed rooftop restaurant, beautiful gardens and well-appointed rooms with the best features of Swahili architecture and design. The rooms are categorized into classic and standard rooms which range from Kshs 13,100- 30,000 per night.
Contact: 0725 545 264.
6. The Red Pepper House
The Red Pepper House is situated between a paradisiac beach and a primary forest with an architecture that is considered one of the most beautiful in Africa. They offer the following services and facilities: Swahili culture, safaris on a dhow, sunsets, virgin beaches, magical nights, swimming pool and bar, massage and beauty treatments.
Contact: 0721 230 521.
7. Lamu House Hotel
The hotel is located on the seafront and has ten individually designed rooms, several swimming pools, courtyards, terraces and nine apartments suited with all the comfort of modern facilities and excellent chefs who prepare a variety of gastronomic delights from local dishes naturally combined with the best international cuisine.
Contact: 0792 469 577.
8. Kizingo Lodge
It is a beautiful eco-lodge that is a beacon for seekers of peace. The lodge offers guests tranquillity in luxuriously appointed cottages overlooking the ocean and an extensive range of activities such as snorkelling at coral reefs, turtle watching, swimming, fishing and guided cycling.
Contact: 0712 575 261.
9. Diamond Beach Village
It is a family eco-lodge situated facing the sunsets on the most pristine beachfront of Manda Island. The lodge offers total relaxation coupled with exquisite modern food and Swahili culture. It is the perfect place to relax for a day on the beach, a weekend away from the city or weeks totally immersed in the peace of the island.
Contact: 0720 915 001.
10. Baytil Ajab Boutique Hotel
The hotel sits in an idyllic location that provides guests with majestic views of Lamu and the entire surrounding. It guarantees the most succulent delights and luxury accommodation in well-appointed rooms that provide an unforgettable Swahili experience.
Contact: 0722 259 225.
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