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    Lamu Beach Vacations & Lamu Island Cheap, Luxury Vacation Kenya

    Welcome to Bookings, the premier vacation provider in Lamu Island. If you are looking for an outstanding value on vacations to Lamu, you have come to the right spot. With many years of experience in Lamu Island, since we are located in the island, we know how to help create one-of-a-kind vacations. All our Lamu accommodations options are located in the heart of the Lamu area, and offer the nicest amenities at the beach. Best of all, our Lamu vacation packages offer you significant savings - as much as 15% in some cases. Spend some time exploring our site to learn more about our Lamu Beach luxury oceanfront hotels and resorts, as well as activities & attractions, shopping, restaurants and so much more. When you've found the one that's right for you, reserve online or give one of our Vacation Planners a call. As Lamu Island experts, we're not doctors, but please trust our diagnosis – to get more Vitamin D! We've written you a prescription for a sun-soaked beach vacation experience, and invite you to get it filled at rates up to 15% off. Choose from a dose of Lamu Island beach escape, Supplement your treatment with incredible amenities included in your beach vacation experience, such as villa credits and spa services. The islands of Lamu are a celebrated dream destination, and the selection of Lamu luxury hotels on our website are the ideal retreats for making the most of all that Lamu Island has to offer.

     

    No matter which island in Lamu including Manda Island, Pate and Kiwayu which have Swahili ruins dating back centuries as well as some luxurious hidden away beach retreats such as Manda Bay, plus Manda Toto and Shela village you will find 5-star hotels, luxury resorts, even private beachfront villas and boutique beach houses to make the most of your Lamu retreat, After all, a beach vacation isn’t rocket science. The three key ingredients are simple: sun, sand, surf. It’s not all about the tanning butlers or 12-course molecular gastronomy tasting menus or the flat-screen pool-cabana entertainment systems. And it certainly isn’t about watching your bank account wash out to sea. Even if money's tight, you can still take the Lamu vacation of your dreams. More and more, mid-priced beach cottages are putting on the ritz for price-conscious families, offering Oceanside campfires and nature walks, elaborate kids' swimming pools, and upscale room decor.

     

    These facts aren't from a brochure, Web site, or travel agent working on commission -- they're the result of our in-depth review of many beach resorts in Lamu Island, If you have a destination in mind (such as Lamu Island), begin your research by finding the website for the Lamu destination's official tourism board – like us. Be sure you find our official website, as many others may not be as trustworthy or Lamu vacations travel agents trying to make a kill from you, us the official tourism board of Lamu we will provide a great deal of information about transportation, hotels, restaurants, and tours packages plus, free maps and brochures of vacations to Lamu Island to help you get better acquainted with the area. You may also find deals on lodging or even activities, Browse our superb vacations in Lamu and treat yourself to the one that is perfect for you. You’ll find a great deal to ensure that you get the luxury holiday that you deserve at a price that’s right. Our luxury holidays are for those who want to spoil themselves a bit and relax in the sunshine in style. Grant yourself some high quality treatment, along with the best service available, in a variety of premium accommodations. Whether you are looking for villas, apartments, cottages, a beach holiday or wellness and spa treatments, our Lamu vacations offer all that at an incredible price. Combining sophistication and tranquility, our vacation deals will exceed your expectations with superlative standards and impeccable style.

     

    Diamond Beach Village Lamu Island

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    Kijani House Lamu Island

     

    Kijani House Lamu Island offers a bustling waterfront of Shela village, dhows sway gently on the incoming tide as merchants and fishermen cross back and forth on the shimmering sand. A few steps away, a few white steps and a small entranceway, framed by clusters of frangipani and bougainvillea flowers, opens to cool shade and green shadows, Kijani House is a small very exclusive and charming beach hotel overlooking the entrance to the Shela Channel on the island of Lamu. In its leafy garden and around Read More

     


    Diamond Beach Village Lamu Island

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    Kipungani Explorer Lodge

     

    Kipungani Explorer Lodge is a beautiful beachfront eco-friendly lodge in Lamu Island and Shela Beach, Lamu Fort plus Manda Beach are just a few of the attractions to be found in the region. Kipungani Explorer Lodge overlooks the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel on the remote south-western tip of Lamu Island on the south-east coast of Kenya. Kipungani is the Swahili word for 'the place of fresh air'. It’s no mirage. It’s no cliché. Read More

     


    Diamond Beach Village Lamu Island

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    Kiwayu safari village

     

    Kiwayu safari village is a luxury 5 star beach hotel set on a stunning deserted beach on the north coast of Kenya, if you really want a remote beach holiday experience of barefoot luxury, there is probably no better place in this world than Kiwayu safari village, you catch a glimpse of the paradise that awaits you as come into land on their private airstrip, first you see rows of white breakers along Read More

     


    Diamond Beach Village Lamu Island

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    Kuni Jogoo house

     

    Kuni Jogoo house stands on a small sand dune, allowing a 180 panoramic view over the beach and channel. Built in a U shape around the pool and gardens, the house offers exceptionally spacious public areas and large terraces. It is tastefully furnished with antique wooden chests, teak dining tables, Lamu tiled 4-poster beds and bright kikoy safari chairs. Five well ventilated ensuite bedrooms offer plenty of space for a holiday group. Read More

     


    Diamond Beach Village Lamu Island

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    Lamu House

     

    Lamu House is a beautiful example of how traditional architecture can be preserved while providing guests with a contemporary experience that is totally in-keeping with the local culture. There’s a reflection of fine living at Lamu House, Shaded white-walled verandahs open out on a vivid blue sky and spacious courtyards that overlook enticing pools of aquamarine water plus Beautiful art pieces collected from around the continent grace the interiors. Read More

     


    Diamond Beach Village Lamu Island

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    Majlis Hotel

     

    Idyllic, luxurious, stylish, unique, the Majlis resort is a privately-owned luxury beach resort on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago off Kenya’s Northern Coast. The beach resort is named ‘Majlis resort ' after the Arabic term for an exceptionally luxury and special place, where the host traditionally entertains and looks after his most important guests in utmost style and comfort. Lulu always says that pictures speak louder than words and the beautiful boutique hotel that is The Majlis Hotel is the perfect example of this, not only do we love these photos, but they represent the true and real image of The Majlis Hotel and what guests will experience Read More

     


    Lamu Island Information

     

    Time seems to have stopped here – Lamu’s Old Town clock still shows the 17th century. There are no cars or motorbikes just people and donkeys moving about in a maze of alleyways where tall houses, built of coral stone and mangrove timber, overhang the narrow sand streets. Lamu Island forms part of an archipelago including Manda, Pate and Kiwayu, located in the north of Kenya’s eastern coast (north of Mombasa and southeast of Nairobi). The northern coast is covered with mangroves, while Shela’s 12 km beach is lined with coconut trees, bougainvilleas and dunes of pristine white sand.

     

    Even the European jet-setters who have colonized the Kenyan island must be of a certain sensibility, one that's more in keeping with the backpackers who have been coming here since the 1960's. Not only is Lamu wildly inconvenient to get to, it also lacks many of the conveniences that today's boutique traveler has come to rely on. But it's a piddling sacrifice for what might be some of the world's most enchantingly empty beaches, in a place where the Islamic seafaring culture is on the brink of change after 700 years. No Swahili Disneyland this; you can rent a gorgeously renovated Lamu villa -- all plump floor cushions, carved limestone alcoves and sea views -- but you'll still step in donkey droppings while navigating the dirt alleyways on your way to one of the island's two bars, and be blasted awake with the first call to prayer before daylight. However much charm you find in that should determine whether Lamu is worth the 36 hours it takes to get there from New York. Arriving at the dock at Lamu town, across the bay from the rickety airport (a few grass-roofed huts and a pockmarked strip of concrete), is to enter another time. Fully covered women lean over the ledge as men load and unload the dhows -- traditional wood boats that are still waterproofed with shark-liver oil -- which are the road less island's lifeline. Some of the boats are sail-powered, others putt by with what sound like lawn-mower engines. Donkeys are led along the main dirt track saddled with woven bags that bulge with bottled water, Coke or sand for construction. Many of the men still wear the traditional kikoyi, a striped cotton sarong, but now they're topped with American T-shirts with incongruous slogans like ''Smith Family Reunion'' bought fourth-hand from rag pickers.

     

    Older men wear the traditional djellabas (or kanzus) and skullcaps, while the women remain in the Dark Ages, as their black, burkalike bui buis show only their almond-shaped eyes in the melting equatorial sun. But look down: you might spot high-heeled sandals and sparkly pants, the hems of their robes spangled with tiny rhinestones. (This may be a beach town, but Western women are advised to respect the culture and leave their tank tops and miniskirts at home at the risk of being pelted with pebbles . . . or propositioned.) Five times a day, prayers are broadcast over tinny speakers from Lamu's 30 mosques. In the afternoon, the children at the madrasas join in, making for an ''It's a Small Islamic World, After All'' feel. Founded around 1350 by Arabic traders, the Indian Ocean port of Lamu (population: 25,000) is a long-stirred mix of Arab and African, with muffled accents of Portuguese, Indian and Chinese. Tourists first began arriving in the 1960's, when hippies were besotted by the island's Marrakech-on-the-beach potential, thanks to its narrow passageways, Arabic architecture and a remoteness that allowed one to truly drop out. Gay vacationers followed in the 1970's.

     

    The 80's were for Euros; the 90's, for bohos. While it still sees its share of hippies and adventurers, the southern part of the island, known as Shela -- a 15-minute dhow ride from Lamu town or a 45-minute walk along the water -- is increasingly the sandbox of the perpetually rich, a crew that has recently designated Lamu another stop on the Circuit, somewhere between St.-Tropez, Barbados and Gstaad. They claim that it feels like St. Bart's in the 60's, with its unfussy, barefoot atmosphere and easy interaction with the un-Westernized locals, whose houses surround every villa. Whether they're paying five figures a week to rent the island's grandest property or $150 a night to stay in an impeccably restored family home, it's impossible to ignore the fact that they are smack in the third world. While this date with reality is what keeps some captains of industry returning, others are doing their best to remake Lamu in the louche image of St. Bart's: one French villa owner fantasizes about bringing in Hermes and Bulgari boutiques.

     

    Insiders attribute this influx of posh spice to the arrival of Prince Ernst of Hanover and his wife, Princess Caroline of Monaco, who have built the impressive Beach House and renovated three villas, all of which are available to rent through our travel consultants. The prince prefers to travel with an entourage, arriving with 3 bodyguards and 35 friends. His teenage sons, two very polite and easygoing young men, also vacation en posse. Insiders whisper that some families have started vacationing here with their teenage daughters with the dream of being spotted by Andreas Casiraghi, Caroline's devastatingly handsome young son, while dancing at the tiny bar at Peponi Hotel, Shela's social epicenter. One prays that they use more sunscreen than their mothers. In December and August, Peponi's cocktail hour will tell you all you need to know about Shela in the high season. It's a 20-car pileup of manicured stereotypes as bronzed Italian men in thin-soled loafers; expat Brits and upcountry Kenyans in rumpled linen; London-based Russian businessmen in monogrammed shirts; and weather-beaten Frenchmen and their former-model wives gather to clink Old Pals, the house cocktail, while their tweens form knowing, bored-looking cliques and the wives show off the Shela uniform: flowing, sequined Indian top, a kikoyi sashed with a chunky beaded leather belt, beaded sandals and layers of ethnic jewelry. (City women undergo high-heel withdrawal, as the sand and dirt are for flip-flops only.) The entire look is available at the Peponi Hotel gift shop or crescent Moon, a wonderful boutique that is next to a mosque. Crescent Moon sells clothing and accessories by the Kenya native Anna Trzebinski (nee Anna Cunningham-Reid -- a name that readers of James Fox's ''White Mischief'' will recognize with relish) that are intricately beaded and feathered by Masai women. Trunk shows at Peponi are an event, especially when Carolyn Roumeguere boats across the bay from Manda Island to sell her jewelry, which epitomizes rich-hippie chic. Princess Caroline, Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet have all bought Roumeguere's substantial pieces; Donna Karan tapped her as a muse for the spring 2004 line. In addition to the best shopping, Peponi also has the best food: oysters, tuna Carpaccio, grilled fish with coconut rice and fresh mango or tamarind sorbet, all served under the garden's cool bougainvillea ceiling.

     

    You won't see many Shela-goers standing outside the main market in Lamu town, where the only things for sale are butchered-before-your-eyes meat; fruit and vegetables (look for apple mangoes when in season); and unwanted American clothes, like the ''Don't Rock My Ark!'' T-shirt that you can buy for 150 shillings ($2), almost a day's wages for a local. Between addictive fresh mango, lime and papaya juices at Whispers Cafe, you'll want to stop and examine many of the details of the houses while wandering the warren of slender alleyways, built to create a shaded breezeway that offers a break from the punishing sun. But linger upon, say, some pro-Bin Laden graffiti, and you run the risk of either creating a donkey traffic jam or stepping aside into the antiquated runoff drains bracketing the sidewalk that continuously funnel the used water (etc.) from homes down toward the ocean. The quietest way to look at the building walls, which are made from chunks of coral still held together by a centuries-old mixture of sand and lime, and the three styles of door carvings, is to visit the Lamu and Swahili House museums. (Another local draw is the donkey sanctuary, founded by an order of British nuns.) Or you can live like a 17th-century spice trader at Baytil Ajaib, the painstakingly renovated guesthouse that is part of the Chic Retreats group. Here you can throw on a caftan and play Talitha Getty on your private, palm-planted terrace, or sip passion-fruit nectar and read Martha Gellhorn while sprawled on a traditional, carved mahogany Lamu bed, which you will want to ship home. The inn's owner, Paul, is a character ripe for his own novel. After almost 30 years in Germany, Weaver, a flamboyant, American-born banker, converted to Islam and created his own version of paradise, which includes a house steward named Abraham. And he's not alone: in the last year, 60 beach villas have been sold to well-heeled foreigners, mainly French and English, and one brave (or savvy) New Yorker, who plans to rent rooms and export furniture through our website,. While the real tourist money has always been in Shela, you can feel that change lies just ahead as you explore Lamu town, whether it's in the dance music blasting from a barbershop, a ''Hey Baby!'' graffito or a man carrying a television set on his shoulders while trying not to step on a chicken or a child. Opposite Lamu is Manda Island, a poky, sandy isle, which blurs into mangrove swamps and is slowly being developed -- a hand-painted ''plots for sale'' sign is posted in front of ancient baobab and acacia trees.

     

    It will take a few more years for the private villas that are planned for the beachfront to be built. (The architect, a seductive Italian named Claudio Modela who is rumored to have been a mercenary in the Congo, lives in a temporary grass-and-bamboo house he built, complete with a giant clamshell for a sink. It is so complete; it makes you wish he'd build all his projects this way.) Until then, you can still stay in Diamond Beach Village, a true hippie camp, where the traditional banda huts thatched together from palm are about $100 a night. Or rent the camp like complex Manda bay, all the while dreaming that you could nap in the Roumegueres' breathtaking tree house nearby. You're guaranteed to have the beach to yourself, except for the fishermen who arrive with baskets of just-caught sailfish, tilapia, lobster and fat shrimp for your cook to choose from. But it's not necessary to go to Manda to have your own private beach. Walk in any direction on Lamu and you will hit unspoiled, undeveloped expanses of sand, whether it's the five-plus miles of beach and palm-covered dunes just past Shela or the smaller area just north of Lamu town. The water is warm, calm and clear, the shell collecting endless and varied -- periwinkles on one beach, sand dollars and whelks on another -- and, happily, there is none of the cruise-ship garbage that washes ashore in the Caribbean and Mexico. Thanks to its healthy coral reefs and mangrove swamps, this part of the Indian Ocean was mercifully spared by the tsunami in December. It's easy and inexpensive to explore by boat, whether it's deep-sea fishing, a diving excursion or a moonlight dhow cruise with a man named Urko. The London-based photography agent Katy Barker, who has just built a sprawling compound here after seven years of renting, goes skiing on the glassy water every morning swerving through the mangrove clusters behind a speedboat for an hour, then coming home and diving into her infinity pool. After a day trip to the tiny Manda Toto Island -- swimming, shell spotting and picnicking on grilled fish (most likely caught there) and served on folding tables under the shade of pines -- civilization will seem cruel. Across the bay, you can see the simple shaded huts of Blue Safari Club, which is so honestly away from it all that you can understand why celebrities maroon themselves there. For the antisocial, it would be ideal to stay there, taking the occasional 20-minute speedboat ride to Lamu to get lost in the maze, followed by a fruity rum drink at Peponi and then back to calmer, less gossipy waters. For while Lamu has been discovered, there are still perfect, otherworldly moments to be found for the adventurous few.

     

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