Hotels in Lamu – About Lamu

Made up of a collection of idyllic islands at the northern end of Kenya’s coastline. the Lamu Archipelago is living history. The Old Town’s narrow alleys, Arabic architecture, fort and mosques speak of age old culture. while the surrounding beaches and reefs sparkle in today’s sunshine.

There are four main islands: Lamu, Manda, Pate and Kiwayu. The airport is on Manda island; dhows ferry new arrivals from the pier beside the airport to other islands. There are no vehicles on the islands. Residents and visitors walk, ride donkeys or take boats. The people of Lamu are predominantly Muslim. Activities include dhow cruises, water sports, big game fishing and bird watching. Festivals of interest include the Lamu Cultural Festival in November and the Islamic Festival of Maulidi in February.

Hotels in Lamu – Lamu Old Town

Lamu Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Stories abound of Chinese ships visiting over a thousand years ago, but the first written testimony of the island dates to 1441, when an Arab traveler met a judge from lamu in Mecca. Waves of invasions, including the Portuguese, Omani and British, did not hinder the island from becoming a trading centre known for arts, crafts, ivory and slaves. Of interest in the Old Town are the Sultan’s Fort, Lamu Museum, Shiaithna  Asheri Mosque, German Postal Museum and donkey sanctuary.

Hotels in Lamu – Shela Village

Shela Village, on Lamu island, was established in the 17th century by migrants fleeing the abandoned settlement of Takwa on Manda Island. The charming Swahili village is fringed by a white sand beach. Mnarani Mosque, one of many mosques on the island, is authentic and attractive. Matondoni, in the northwest of Lamu Island, produces the dhows seen gliding between the islands. Kipungani, at the southwest tip of Lamu island, is a traditional village known for handicrafts and wide expanses of empty beaches.

Hotels in Lamu – Pate Island

Takwa Ruins, on Manda lsland, are the well preserved remains of a Swahili trading town that flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries before being mysteriously abandoned in the 17th century. The ruins include mosques, tombs and houses, all aligned towards Mecca. Manda Toto Island, just off Manda island, offers some of the best snorkelling in the archipelago

Hotels in Lamu – Pate Island

Pate Island has a number of historical sites. Pate town is home to the crumbling Nabahani Ruins. Siyu, founded in the 15th century, was once a centre of Islamic scholarship, but is now a simple village dominated by a large fort. Faza was destroyed by Pate in the 13th century, unit rose again only to be destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th century Kunjanja Mosque, on the creek, is Faza’s main attraction.

Hotels in Lamu – Kiwayu Island

Kiwayu Island is part of the Kiunga Marine National Reserve incorporates a chain of about 50 islands and coral reefs The reserve provides nesting sites for migratory seabirds, and conserves coral reefs sea grass and mangrove forests. It is a refuge for sea turtles and dugongs and home to olive ridley, reef fish, lobsters, sea urchin and starfish.

Activities include windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and water skiing

Here is a comprehensive list of all Lodges, Camps and Hotels in Lamu Kenya, their addresses (postal and physical), contacts (telephone and e-mail) and a link to the hotel website:

1.Garden House

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Garden House is situated on the edge of Shela Village, near the sand dunes that fringe the village. At the corner of a walled garden, this graceful house is shaded by neem trees that attract plentiful birdlife. The house is furnished with traditional Lamu furniture and adorned with local artefaets.There are 2 en-suite double rooms and 1 en~suite twin. The ground floor has a dining room and seating area, and the rooftop has comfortable baraza seats and sunbeds.

2. Palm House Hotel

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A striking Swahili style house, Palm House centres on an open courte yard, with a side garden. The house is whitewashed, with a thatched roof, furnished with traditional Lamu furniture and adorned with local artefacts.There are 3 en-suite doubles and 1 en—suite twin. The dining and living areas, on the ground floor, open onto the terrace.

3. Shella Island Hotel

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Shella Island Hotel is on the fringe of Shela Village, with views over the sand dunes. The hotel is a whitewashed building, decorated in traditional Swahili style with Lamu furniture. Pot plants are placed throughout the house.
There are 6 en-suite rooms, rnade up of 1 single, 3 doubles and 2 triples. The triples contain 2 small double beds and a single.

4.Sultan’s Palace Hotel

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Sultan’s Palace is a traditional Lamu house, estimated to be 100 years old. The building was renovated and converted to a hotel, and opened in 2004. It is affiliated to Petleys and Lamu Palace Hotel, both of which are on Lamu seafront.
There are 4 en~suite rooms and 2 pehthouses. The rooms are furnished with Lamu 4-poster beds, table and chair. The hotel serves breakfast; room service can be ordered from Lamu Palace Hotel.

5. Peponi Hotel

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With a name that means heaven in Swahili, Peponi Hotel is a beachfront paradise. The hotel opened in 1967 and has remained in the hands of the same family ever since.
There are 24 en-suite rooms, made up of 14 standard and 10 superior. Each room is individually designed and adorned with traditional artefacts.

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6. Msafini Hotel

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In a sea of whitewashed buildings, Msafini Hotel’s bright yellow facade stands out. The hotel opened in 2009, and combines traditional style with modern architecture.
There are 14 en-suite rooms, made up of  doubles, twins and triples.

Each room has a private balcony. The  hotel can be booked for private functions, either as a whole, or part. Mango Restaurant, on the rooftop, has panoramic views of the sea, Manda Island and the sand dunes. The chef specializes in seafood, and the menu includes snapper, barracuda, grouper, calamari, prawns, oysters and lobster. Traditional Swahili food is also available. Buffets can be arranged on request. Guests are welcome to use the internet in the manager’s office. There is also a swimming pool, shaded by vivid bougainvillea.

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7. Kitendentini Bahari Hotel

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Behind Lamu County Council, Kitendentini Bahari Hotel is in a convenient location for the shops and buildings of the Main Street, and for Lamu Museum and donkey sanctuary. The hotel offers budget accommodation, around a central courtyard with pot plants and coral walls.
There are 21 en—suite rooms. The rooms are furnished with double and single beds, fridge, fan, table and chair.

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8. Lamu Palace Hotel

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Lamu Palace Hotel is a whitewashed building with thatched roof, located directly on the seafront in Lamu Old Town.
There are 22 en-suite rooms and 1 suite. The rooms are all furnished with laniu 4—poster beds. They are on the 1st and 2nd floors, both floors have communal sea facing balconies. The suite has minibar, satellite TV, kettle and 24~hour room service. There is WiFi throughout the hotel. The ground floor restaurant serves a wide variety 0fAfrican and international cuisine, as well as japanese tepanyaki arid Italian pizza. Dishes include tuna sashirrii, ealaniari allegro, grilled lobster, chateaubriand and crispy soya chicken. The bar is fully stocked with soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits, furnished with comfortable.

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9. Bahati House Hotel

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Bahati House is a traditional Lamu house, buitt on 3 floors around an open courtyard. The house is fully staffed and is taken on a self-catering basis.
There are 5 en-suite bedrooms, all furnished with king size bed. Each floor has a sitting area. The rooftop terrace overlooks the sea and the dunes, it provides plenty of lounging space and has a Moroccan corner and a swing bed. The chef uses fresh, local ingredients; guests are welcome to discuss their food preferences with him.
Both Lamu Old Town and Shela Village provide a wealth of activities.

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10. Petleys Hotel

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Directly opposite the jetty, Petleys is a landmark on the Lamu seafront.The tall whitewashed building has attractive rooms, a swimming pool with terrace and a glass—fronted rooftop bar with views across the sea.

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Hotels in Lamu – Accommodation and Hotels in Lamu Kenya

  1. Southern Dream Villas – Lamu Kenya
  2. Manda Bay lodge – Lamu Kenya
  3. Shela House – Lamu Kenya
  4. Shella Royal House – Lamu Kenya
  5. White House – Lamu Kenya
  6. Sakina House – Lamu Kenya
  7. Baitil Aman Guest House – Lamu Kenya
  8. Kisiwani House – Lamu Kenya
  9. Star Guest House – Lamu Kenya
  10. Fatuma’s Tower – Lamu Kenya
  11. Sunset House – Lamu Kenya
  12. Shella Sea Breeze Guest House
  13. Banana House – Lamu Kenya
  14. Mnarani House – Lamu Kenya
  15. Shella Bahari Guest House – Lamu Kenya
  16. Stopover Guest House Shela – Lamu Kenya
  17. Kijani House – Lamu Kenya
  18. Subira House – Lamu Kenya
  19. Jambo House – Lamu Kenya
  20. Wildebeest Art Workshop & Gallery – Lamu Kenya
  21. Amu House – Lamu Kenya
  22. Stone House – Lamu Kenya
  23. Palm Beach House – Lamu Kenya
  24. Pole Pole Guest House – Lamu Kenya
  25. Yumbe Villa and Yumbe House – Lamu Kenya
  26. Bustani Café and Bookshop – Lamu Kenya
  27. Baytil Ajaib House – Lamu Kenya
  28. Jannat House – Lamu Kenya
  29. Abdul‘s Eco Nest – Lamu Kenya
  30. Casuarina Rest House – Lamu Kenya
  31. Samaki House – Lamu Kenya
  32. Amber House – Lamu Kenya

    Hotels in Lamu
    Hotels in Lamu
  33. Lamu Archipelago Villa – Lamu Kenya
  34. Sunsail Hotel – Lamu Kenya
  35. Hapa Hapa Restaurant – Lamu Kenya
  36. New Bahati Lodge – Lamu Kenya
  37. Lamu House – Lamu Kenya
  38. Beyt Salaam Hotel – Lamu Kenya
  39. Stopover Guest House – Lamu Kenya
  40. Kipepeo Guest House
  41. Munira Island Camp
  42. Champali Camp
  43. Kiwayu Safari Village

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