Lamu Hotels

Kipungani Explorer Hotel in Lamu
Kipungani Explorer Hotel in Lamu, Kenya has been described in the press recently as a “five-star Robinson Crusoe”, “the most laid-back lodge in Africa” and her bandas as “some of the most glamorous beach huts in the world".

 


Kiwayu Safari Village
Kiwayu Safari Village is a barefoot luxury Beach retreat on a deserted stretch of white beach. It is considered one of the world's top hotels. Kiwayu is located on the Kenya mainland in the most remote Dodori National Reserve some 30 miles north of Lamu Island.

 


Peponi Hotel
Peponi Hotel is a small luxury Beach hotel on the exotic island of Lamu Island, Kenya in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, the very root of Swahili culture, which spread centuries ago down the East Africa Coast.

 


 

Peponi Hotel

Peponi Hotel is a small luxury Beach hotel on the exotic island of Lamu Island, Kenya in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, the very root of Swahili culture, which spread centuries ago down the East Africa Coast.

The move of the Oman Sultan from Lamu Island to further off shore Zanzibar Island left Lamu Island dormant in a time warp for three hundred years. There is only one car on the island and the narrow streets of the old town are very much as they were.

Peponi Beach Resort is still run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and which still retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a Kenya Tanzania safari or a hide away holiday vacation from modern life.  There are too many luxury hotels around our world and they offer the same; a chocolate on the pillow, a canned romance and a cuisine called haute because it's spelled in French. Peponi Hotel stands apart from them all for integrity to place. Architecture, views, beach, dining, sounds; smells are all exhilarating surprises, unique to this coast, this culture, Africa. Yes, you come here to be pampered, but at Peponi resort, luxury is the engine not the destination.

The truth is Peponi 'happened'. It was a house that grew into a hotel, an idea that little by little, took shape from its sea-mad proprietors. An entire village looks to Peponi as its watering hole, its nexus of entertainment, its fountain of gossip. Throughout the decades, Peponi hotel has benefited from this popularity; it has gained and regained inspiration from the surrounding culture it celebrates. It is life's exception; a place that is both luxurious beyond one's dreaming and innocent of all pretence.

The staff are amazing. Lars and Carol, the resort owners are great. Margot and Ruth do an amazing job. And everyone loves Charles the bartender. Nothing in Lamu Island compares with staying at the Peponi Hotel. The setting is lovely and it is hard to better the sunrise over the water and Manda Island and then followed by an early walk along a truly magnificent beach before breakfast. The beach hotel is not 5 star resort, but star ratings do not apply in Lamu Island.

Peponi hotel is extremely comfortable and clean, very well maintained with superb service from all levels of staff, many of whom have spent most of their working lives at Peponi. Management and in particular the owners, are extremely competent, attentive and friendly.

The bar is a truly multicultural, multilingual watering hole and is obviously 'the place' on Lamu Island to meet and socialise. The restaurant which offers dining inside or 'al fresco ' on the verandah overlooking the sea is of a very high standard and serves excellent fish and sea food in particular. Peponi is a unique hotel in a unique location, pass the day either at the pool, in the palm garden, in your own room through to a sun-downer on the verandah adds up

to a pretty relaxing place to spend some time. You will love the way that each room is different to the next, dotted around in the grounds. It makes it easy to have your own private family time. Accommodation the choice is between 'standard' and 'superior’. For most guests, the standard rooms are more than acceptable offering large beds, plenty of space and comfortable external verandahs and sitting areas. Overall Peponi is a wonderful place to escape from the rest of the world whilst enjoying the old charm of Lamu Island.

Even if you choose to stay elsewhere, chances are that you'll end up at the Peponi hotel if you tend towards high-end beach holidays. To be sure, it is not a luxury hotel - the rooms, facilities, etc are no more than 3 stars by European standards. But the hotel has character and patina and that makes up for much of it - it is an exclusive resort. The restaurant is very solid and stylish, everything is very fresh and well prepared and nicely priced. The hotel offers a bunch of organized trips, not for groups, but for you alone. Deep-sea fishing, coral reef, etc - nicely done.

Peponi Hotel Accommodation
Peponi Hotel has a total of 24 rooms, which are divided into superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi have ocean views. The superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size, and private outside area, indoor plants, artwork and Swahili furnishings. No two rooms are alike. Five of our rooms are built right on the beach, with private verandah areas overlooking the sea, while the rest have a combination of ocean and garden views. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes.

Peponi Hotel Restaurant
The bar is run by Charles, who will whip up in an instant our famous house cocktail 'Old Pal', or pour a fresh juice of lime, passion or orange, or even serve a fresh coconut with the top whipped off allowing access to the sweet, milky liquid inside. The bar is a favourite watering hole for quests and Shela village inhabitants alike, with "its nexus of entertainment, its fountain of gossip."

There is no hurry to dine at Peponi hotel. Breakfast is available in the dining room or on the terrace or even in your room from 7am to 10am. The choice is yours, from our wide selection of luscious tropical fruits to fish cakes and waffles with local honey and freshly squeezed lime juice. Coffee is poured

from the traditional brass pots and you can guess what our jam and marmalade is made of.
Lunch is available from 12pm to 4pm. You may choose to dine either outside at the grill, under the colorful bougainvillea, where you can dig your feet in fresh white coral sand, or on the terrace overlooking the ocean, the movement of dhows and local fishermen. Should you prefer a light snack without leaving the bar, fresh rock oysters are available or a range of samosas and sandwiches all day. You may even prefer to have them sent to your room with a cold passion juice or a local beer.
Dinner is distinguished by its plethora of new ways to celebrate seafood - with ginger, lime and garlic. Mangrove crabs, warm water lobster, squid, giant prawns and fish of all varieties. For something a little more local, a Swahili menu is also available, which can be eaten in the traditional way, on the floor, around a huge brass platter.
Peponi hotel also has a fresh-water free-form swimming pool, situated under two Baobab Trees overlooking the ocean. It is the perfect place to relax with a good book, and if you so wish lunch can also be served here.
Peponi hotel reviews and articles
From Harpers and Queen - 300 Best Hotels Of The World
Peponi hotel is simple, fresh, friendly, cheerful and everything about it is totally original and genuine no frozen foods here or frozen smiles.

From The Sunday Times
Peponi Hotel, one of the greatest little hotels of the world and unquestionably the place to stay on Lamu Island.
From The New York Times
After we lurched into flight, I looked down at Lamu and wondered why we had been in such a hurry to leave. We remembered that they would be having giant prawns in butter sauce for dinner at the Peponi.

From The City And Country Home
Listening to the music of the night and getting sand between my toes during the day amounted to, in the end, an easy surrender to the realization that the hotel had gently but firmly kidnapped me. Mombassa Beach all-inclusive hotels and resorts include all the fun, adventure, and luxury that families want most, elevating the honeymoon and family vacation to world-class standards on the Mombassa, Lamu Island, Malindi, Watamu, Diani and Zanzibar Island beaches. A beach holiday provides the best family beach vacations in resorts in Mombasa, Kenya. Choosing from among all of the great Mombassa Beach hotels and resorts can be difficult. But whether you're looking for oceanfront beach accommodations, top-notch amenities, or proximity to family activities, Beach hotels in Kenya have you covered. Find East Africa beach hotels and resorts located near the area's finest beaches, entertainment, shopping, attractions, water sports and restaurants. If your vacation destination is Kenya you can use the resources below to find information on area accommodations so you can make your reservation today.

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Kiwayu Safari Village

Kiwayu Safari Village is a barefoot luxury Beach retreat on a deserted stretch of white beach. It is considered one of the world's top hotels. Kiwayu is located on the Kenya mainland in the most remote Dodori National Reserve some 30 miles north of Lamu Island, in a breathtakingly beautiful bay opposite Kiwayu Island.

There are few places in our world, which can boast such total seclusion, visited only by fishermen, the dhow that still comes to collect sweet water and occasional sports fisherman in search of the magnificent marlin or sail fish.Kiwayu is surrounded by a Marine Reserve, protected by the Kenya Wildlife Services; to the north and west lies the Dodori and Boni Game Reserves. These wild areas are vital to the protection of the fauna and flora of eastern Kenya. A 90-minute flight from Nairobi will land you on Kiwayu’s airstrip.

Kiwayu prides itself on being in tune with its pristine surroundings, and most of its big game fishing is restricted to tag-and-release sustainability
The animals that inhabit these reserves are often migratory such as elephant and buffalo. The permanent residents are lion, cheetah, serval, caracal, lesser kudu and that rare hunting dog. The sea is home to many types of coral fish, dugongs, whale shark, basking whale, tuna, marlin, sailfish, wahoo, kingfish and many other sports fish and edible species.

"Harpers & Queen" recently included Kiwayu Safari Village, amongst the 100 Best Hotels in The World.
Approximately 2 miles from Kiwayu Safari Village lies "The Baobabs of Kitangani". Nestling between the enormous ageless Baobabs, this is the perfect setting for a honeymoon couple who want total privacy and comfort. There is a living room perched graciously under a baobab, leading to a dazzling bedroom with ensuite facilities. Staff and boatmen are at your service and there is over a kilometer of beach exclusively yours.

Kiwayu Safari Village Hotel Accommodation:
The eighteen hotel cottages are built in the traditional "Bajuni" style using local materials. Each cottage is set well apart ensuring complete privacy. The bedrooms are large and are open to the sea with an ensuite bathroom with running water and flush toilets. The cottages have large verandah complete with hammocks and Lamu beds for lounging.
The 18 simple but spacious and beautifully decorated local-style cottages (bandas) spread out along the shoreline.
Your home is a Banda built in the local Bajuni tradition with palm thatched roof and matting floor with:
Different sitting areas and tables - with many options for that all-important siesta.

  • Super king-size bed surrounded by a turquoise mosquito net
  • Comfortable dressing rooms
  • Bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets
  • Shady and hammock-strung verandah offering privacy and a panoramic view over the bay.
  • These bandas are designed to blend into the dunes - no concrete, no nails, nothing to jar the senses.


Kiwayu Safari Village Restaurant
Kiwayu Safari Village meals are best described as Mediterranean International Cuisine. From the sea: charcoal-grilled lobster with tarragon sauce, giant mangrove crabs, crab kalaloo, or crab with fresh basil from Kiwayu's fragrant garden, red snapper, rock cod, tuna, sashimi with wasabi at the bar, sweet rock oysters and other shell delicacies.

Italian touch: pasta in infinite varieties, home made tagliatelle and lasagne, risotto, tonno tonnato - all simple but superbly prepared. Fresh fruit salads filled with mango, papaya and passion fruit flavored with fresh orange, limejuice, and homemade fruit sorbet.
The dining room and bar are also built in the local Bajuni tradition with palm-thatched roofs and woven matting floors, all open-sided to the beach.

Kiwayu Safari Village Facilities:
Kiwayu boasts everything one could possibly desire of the perfect beach holiday for it offers a coastal retreat of the utmost simplicity and sophistication:
Dining room built in the local Bajuni tradition with palm-thatched roofs and woven matting floors, all open-sided to the beach and offers the finest seafood and Italian-inspired cuisine
Bar; you have a chance to meet the few other Kiwayu guests and enjoy a nice conversation with people from all over the world. The bar is stocked to international standards
Dhow trips around the island

  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Water skiing, in the calm sea protected by Kiwayu Island
  • Windsurfing
  • Fishing.
  • Bird watching
  • Walking amongst the dunes and into the Dodori Game Reserve.
  • For those who want the luxury of nothing and nobody on their doorstep, Kiwayu is sheer heaven.


Kiwayu Safari Village Hotel rates and Reservation:
Rates.
The hotel prices are based on full board accommodation.
No single occupancy.
Children policy:
Children under 2 years stay free of charge
Children 3-12 years pay half rate
Kiwayu boasts everything one could possibly desire of the perfect beach holiday, from snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs to sailing and windsurfing in the lagoon, dhow trips around the island, and fishing for barracuda and snapper in the mangrove-lined channels. Our state-of-the-art fishing boat offers access to some of the world’s greatest game fishing, with thrilling sport for sailfish, kingfish and marlin between September and April.
Packages:
Beach Walking Culture Canoeing Honeymoon Fishing Diving Photography Birding Cuisine Water Sport Facility Day Tour Child Friendly Price

Kipungani Explorer Hotel in Lamu

Kipungani Explorer Hotel in Lamu, Kenya has been described in the press recently as a “five-star Robinson Crusoe”, “the most laid-back lodge in Africa” and her bandas as “some of the most glamorous beach huts in the world". Kipungani Explorer Lamu, located on the ancient Arabian island-paradise of Lamu Island, is one of Africa’s most remote, relaxing and richly romantic coastal hideaways.

Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southwestern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani is a dream holiday vacation destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all desert island holiday.  Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southwestern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani is a dream destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all desert island holiday.

After a 90-minute flight from Nairobi, you will be met at Manda Island and transported by boat to the hotel, which is located two degrees south of the Equator, on the edge of a near-deserted 12-kilometre beach. Not enough can be said about this hidden away gem. Off the beaten track of Kenya, 30 minutes by speedboat from nearby Lamu .A perfect beach vacations location in which to get away from it all, yet visit nearby Lamu and Shela as well.

Kipungani Explorer Resort offers excellent service, amazing cuisine and the opportunity to simply relax by the pool, swim in the lagoon, walk on the beach, look for crabs, visit the neighboring under rated Kipungani Village, try your hand at water sports etc. The kind of place you want to tell your friends about, but also keep secret. Heritage hotels & lodges have put

together a super team of staff here who take care of your every need with efficiency, offering a tranquil destination. Perched on the edge of its own beach, Kipungani Explorer Resort is one of East Africa's most simple but sophisticated coastal hideaways.

Africa safaris and Adventures highly recommend Kipungani Explorer Lodge if you want to truly relax and forget about everything else than the present moment. It offers pure relaxation. The staff truly makes you feel like family. The resorts bandas are extremely large and private and were made from local materials. The Kipungani Explorer Lodge website pictures do not do this place justice. If you choose to stay at Kipungani Explorer hotel, you will truly feel like you are in paradise. They serve amazing fresh and unique dishes. With the best desserts.

Staying at Kipungani explorer is truly memorable. For those who think Kipungani hotel may not be close enough to Lamu town, you can take a quick boat ride and spend the day in Lamu town, but you probably will never want to leave Kipungani explorer anyway

Kipungani Explorer Hotel Accommodation:
Kipungani Explorer Hotel 14 spacious bandassit at one end of Kipungani Bay, which is Swahili for ‘the place of fresh air’. Shaded by the palm trees that line our 600-metre beachfront, the bandas are constructed entirely from local materials, with mkekapalm floors and makuti thatch roofs woven by the residents of neighbouring Kipungani village. The large interiors are a picture of rustic simplicity, with giant king-size beds and furniture all handmade from local mangrove and palm woods. Each bandahas an ocean-facing veranda with local funzi sofas and chairs piled high with colourful cushions. Amenities include freshwater showers, flush toilets, and separate dressing areas with wash basins.

14 luxurious grass and thatch chalets.
Giant king-size beds and palm furniture.
Private luxurious ocean-facing verandahs.
Bathrooms with showers and flush toilets.

Kipungani Explorer Facilities and Services

  • Freshwater swimming pool with all-day bar service
  • Gift shop with local handicrafts and ‘beach essentials’
  • Safety deposit facilities for all guests’ valuables
  • Fresh water for bathing from our own wells
  • Reliable generator-backed electricity supply
  • Mobile telephone coverage and VSAT Internet links
  • Boat connections to Lamu town and Manda airport
  • Kipungani Explorer Activities
  • Snorkelling and swimming with ‘Africa’s friendliest dolphins’ on the reefs of Kinyika and Manda Toto
  • Waterskiing and kayaking in the Kipungani channel
  • Sailing and sunset cruises aboard our Arab dhows
  • Barracuda fishing from beach, dhow or speedboat
  • Deep sea game fishing (please book in advance)
  • Crab-catching excursions with expert fishermen

Bird walks around the property and beach dunes
Visits to Lamu’s historic mosques, markets and museums
Day trips to the ruined 14th century fort on Manda Island
Tours of local boat-building and mat-weaving industries

Ecotourism - Kipungani Explorer enjoys a uniquely harmonious relationship with the residents of neighboring Kipungani Village. Half of the lodge’s staff comes from the village, from where we also buy all our seafood and materials for repairing our bandas and boats. Since 1999, Explorer has helped to completely rebuild and equip the Kipungani Primary School through a charitable ‘twinning’ with a London Nursery School, 'Paint Pots'. Explorer guests have also contributed the salary of an extra teacher and helped to launch an annual prize-giving day. The lodge is currently working on a plan to start a second school in Mpakatoni, from where several other staff members hail.

Mombassa Beach all-inclusive hotels and resorts include all the fun, adventure, and luxury that families want most, elevating the honeymoon and family vacation to world-class standards on the Mombassa, Lamu Island, Malindi, Watamu, Diani and Zanzibar Island beaches. A beach holiday provides the best family beach vacations in resorts in Mombassa, Kenya. Choosing from among all of the great Mombassa Beach hotels and resorts can be difficult. But whether you're looking for oceanfront beach ccommodations, top-notch amenities, or proximity to family activities, Beach hotels in Kenya have you covered. Find East Africa beach hotels and resorts located near the area's finest beaches, entertainment, shopping, attractions, water sports and restaurants. If your vacation destination is Kenya you can use the resources below to find information on area accommodations so you can make your reservation today

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