Lamu Hotels

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OVERVIEW ABOUT LAMU

Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures. Lamu consist of a network of narrow winding alleys linking bustling markets, shops, restaurants, houses, mosques and much more. Donkeys are the main form of transport. Lamu town, a World Heritage Site, is Kenya's oldest living settlement, which grew as a trading post between Arabia and India since the 14th Century. Trade goods included slaves, ivory, spices, and mangrove timber. Matondoni village is best known as for being a center for building and maintaining dhows - although in present days the village does not appear to reflect this long standing heritage. Unlike other Swahili settlements which have been abandoned along the East African coast, Lamu has continuously been inhabited for over 700 years. The buildings are well preserved and carry a long history that represents the development of Swahili building technology, based on coral, lime and mangrove poles.

MANDA BAY LODGE

Manda Bay Lodge is an exclusive, private lodge on Manda Island in Northern Kenya’s Lamu archipelago. Manda Island is 459 kilometers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Kenya. The flight from Nairobi to Lamu is approximately 345 miles in distance and takes between one and a half hours to one hour forty five minutes. Lamu Airport is a small airstrip that serves flights to Lamu from Nairobi, Malindi and Mombasa. The airport is located on the Manda Island across the channel from Lamu Town. This is a small airport with the minimum of facilities, but does include a small duty free shop. Passengers arriving at Lamu Airport will require a ferry or boat to transport them from the island to the mainland. There are plenty of boat operators offering transfers between the island and the mainland based at the airport, making it easy.

Manda Bay Lodge has 16 spacious cottages line the beach overlooking the calm waters of Manda Bay in the Indian Ocean. Manda Bay is on a secluded peninsula of the island where guests enjoy total privacy and tranquility. Manda Bay accommodation comprises 5 Sea View Rooms, 6 Children's Rooms and 11 Beach Front Rooms. Manda Bay Lodge food embraces all the rich flavors not only of the sea but also of Swahili and European cultures. Local fishermen and Manda Bay’s own fishing boats deliver the freshest seafood throughout the day. The neighboring island of Lamu is a 20-minute boat-drive and its ancient town, now a world heritage site, is a popular place to visit. Surrounded by magnificent coral gardens, empty beaches and indigenous woodland, Manda Bay provides a completely unique mix of on land and in water wildlife exploration in one.

THE RED PEPPER HOUSE

Red Pepper House Hotel is a small yet a very exclusive and luxurious hotel that gives one the sense of being outdoors, in the open, even when the space you are in is completely covered. The small coral stone masonry houses on the sandy beach create a scattered urban pattern, which has a completely organic shape, undulating with soft curves. It is located in Lamu Island towards the north end of the town, on a plot that is immersed in vegetation and bordered by the beach on its southeast slopes. The forest, consisting mainly of mangroves, provides very few open spaces in between and hosts an abundance of chirping birds. These natural features enable the development of a building whose design creates a harmonious dialogue with its surroundings. Without being completely isolated from the local population, its location provides a space where privacy is safeguarded by the nature that surrounds it. Red Pepper House was presented as a chance to create a form of organic architecture that had a balance of traditional craft and modern requirements, such that the building would be integrated with the history and nature of the island.

THE MAJLIS RESORT

The Majlis Resort is a beachfront facility located at Ras Kitau Bay on Manda Island, in the historic city of Lamu. The resort's prime location makes it a favorite for leisure travelers looking for a serene stay. It houses spacious and air conditioned rooms equipped with in-room safes, refrigerators, private balconies, minibars and full-length windows. Bathrooms are en suite. WiFi internet access is available. The Majlis Resort offers a daily breakfast service, buffet style. Guests can enjoy meals at the onsite restaurant or dine outdoors. The fully-stocked bar provides guests with a wide selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The Majlis Resort organizes recreational trips to Lamu Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Takwa Ruins. Guests can also enjoy beach sports. A swimming pool where guests can enjoy private swimming sessions is housed onsite. Services rendered by the resort upon request include airport pickup, laundry/dry cleaning and concierge. Safety deposit boxes are also featured. Onsite parking is available and the premises are guarded. The Majlis Resort is a 10-minute boat ride from the Manda Airstrip. Lamu old Town and the Takwa Ruins are nearby.

KIZINGONI BEACH HOUSES

Kizingoni Beach is a luxurious beach house located in a secluded area in Archipelago Lamu, Kenya. The facility is a collection of six exclusive beach villas and six kabanas. The beach villa boasts a lush garden and offers stunning views of the nearby ocean. The house is a walking distance to the beach and 30 minutes’ drive to Lamu Town. The rooms are spacious and designed with thatch roofing. Each room features an en suite bathroom, a flat screen TV with cable service, a minibar, a terrace and a balcony that overlooks the beautiful surroundings. The onsite restaurant serves local and continental meals and guests may request services from a personal chef.  Self-catering facilities are also provided. Guests enjoy communal dining above the infinity pool at top deck, with fabulous views across the channel and to the Indian Ocean on the other side of the dunes. Recreational activities include water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, dhow sailing and fishing. The villa houses a spa and a large outdoor pool, which is flanked by sunbeds and the garden. Airport pickup, babysitting and laundry services attract additional charges. Concierge services and onsite parking are provided without a charge. Security personnel guard the villa. The villa is in close proximity to the local village of Kipungani and Lamu Beach.

MIKES CAMP

Mikes Camp Kiwayu is unique because each banda is extremely spacious and comfortable whilst being simple and eco-friendly, made from natural materials found on the island. Each Banda is set in its own location with stunning views of an island paradise untouched and left in its natural essence. We dine together with your hosts and other guests or as you please. Dinner is set under the stars with sand at your feet. We feast on seafood and fresh fish cooked the traditional Swahili way and a mix of Italian cuisine. Mikes camp is surrounded by The Kiunga Marine Reserve, so the location is left in its natural form. The camp is set in the Sand dunes 600m above sea level under tortilus trees and among palms. Mikes Camp looks out onto a wide creek on one side and into the Dadori and Boni Natural reserves on the mainland and on the seaward side a 14km beach runs the length of the island with fantastic coral gardens a step offshore. One km offshore is some of the best game fishing in the world. We offer scenic flights with beach lands, endless snorkeling, plenty of picnics with oyster hunting and pink wine. Activities include sailing on dhows, water skiing, Kayaking, sand bugging, boogie boarding and hours of adventures exploring ruins.  You can opt to simple enjoy by relaxing on a hanging bed reading a good novel.

LAMU PALACE

New Lamu Palace Hotel is an elegant architecture and a cozy hotel situated at the heart of Lamu on the shores of the old historic Stonetown Island and close to the Lamu harbor Kenya.
Each room is fitted with an en-suite bathroom, mosquito net, satellite TV with cable service and desk. Free Wi-Fi is available. The terrace and rooftop restaurants on-site serve superb seafood and a variety of dishes, and the bar serves variety of drinks. The restaurant offers regular and buffet breakfast options. Live music and entertainment is featured at the bar. Guests can enjoy sunbathing; partake in water sports, beach walks, town tours, fishing, sailing, sundowner dhow trips and donkey rides. Laundry services is available. New Lamu Palace Hotel is just a walking distance to Lamu Fort and overlooks the dunes of Shela Island.

LAMU HOUSE

Lamu House is a fine, Belgian-owned conversion on the waterfront in Lamu town, based on two traditional houses, Salama and Azania. The house is located towards the northern, less busy end of the waterfront, and its front faces out across Lamu creek towards Manda Island, while the back of the house is on Lamu's main street. On the ground floor, they have an excellent à la carte terrace restaurant and bar, the Moonrise, allowing you to absorb the passing scene. It is lightly screened from the street itself by a low wall and foliage, make you feel part of Lamu without putting you too much on display. Lamu House has 10 ensuite rooms, on three floors. Most have private terraces, and all have comfortable beds and excellent bathrooms. Five of the rooms are doubles, and the five twin rooms can be set up as doubles if required. Two of the rooms can be set up as triples. Good mosquito nets hang over every bed and pulling them down is part of the hotel’s useful turndown service. Mosquitoes aren’t very often a serious problem in Lamu, but the nets guarantee a comfortable night. Verandas and terrace areas are furnished with recliners, daybeds or swing beds

The rooms are furnished with traditional (and traditional-style) Swahili and other local furniture. The beds have bedside lights and tables; there are room safes; each room has a mini-fridge and clothes-hanging space. There is no air-conditioning, but the combination of sea breeze and traditional, air-cooled architecture (the Swahili box-style of building, with a courtyard and rooms around the walls, draws cool air from the narrow streets up to the hot rooftop surfaces) keeps things comfortable for most of the year, and the electric floor fan in every room is always an option. As is another tepid shower. You are likely to take several showers every day in Lamu, and the bathrooms at Lamu House seem designed with that fact in mind – large spaces, with walls decorated with softly sculpted plasterwork and niches (zidaka) and attractive use of lighting and windows.

DIAMOND BEACH VILLAGE

Diamond Beach Village is a family eco lodge, which has been running for 17 years; it is also a seafood restaurant, pizza and beach bar. It is situated facing the sunsets on the most pristine beachfront of Manda Island.  At the mouth, the Indian ocean, the warmest ocean in the world, known as “the mine of gems” you will find your Diamond. If you are looking for total relaxation coupled with exquisite modern food and Swahili culture, which takes you back to the ancient rhythms of life, then look no further. It is the perfect place to come and relax for a day on the beach, a weekend away from the city or weeks totally immersed in the peace of the island. There are no cars on Lamu or Manda, the only form of transport is donkey or boat: The pace of life is inevitably slow and relaxed. The island is located roughly two degrees south of the equator therefore you can guarantee that perfect island getaway from July – April. Enjoy sunset sailing, snorkeling, kite surfing, bird watching, stargazing and the occasional full moon party.

FORODHANI HOUSE, LAMU

Forodhani House is located on Shella Beach on the very spot where a watch-post once stood, guiding the boats into and out of Lamu Island; Forodhani is a beautiful beachfront house with stunning 270° sea-views. It comes with 5 professional, friendly staff, among them an excellent cook. Everything possible will be done to make sure your holidays here, whether with family or friends, are both relaxing and interesting. In the authentic Swahili style, Forodhani House is one of the most beautiful villas in the Lamu archipelago, masterfully combining modernity and architectural tradition. It’s uniquely located directly on the beach, making it the ideal place for family holidays or with friends as it can accommodate up to 10-13 people. The house was built in accordance with the rules of Swahili architecture, and by Lamu’s best craftsmen. Enjoy the elegance and authenticity of antique furniture, admire the high carved teak front door, or niches and hand-carved friezes that adorn every room. Woven carpets, old chests, unique items from some of antique dealers in, Mombasa, Nairobi and Lamu, all elegantly furnish a refined interior from where one experiences a very real serenity.

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