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    New Lamu Palace Hotel Lamu Island Kenya Africa

    New Lamu Palace hotel is a luxury beach resort constructed in its traditional Arab architecture overlooking the romantic Lamu Port and Manda Beach, along the shorefront cum harbor, New Lamu Palace hotel quaint hotel is situated at the pulse of the town. New Lamu Palace Hotel is ideal for families on family holidays that put a premium on a location; the New Lamu Palace Hotel sits on the quay, it’s situated on Lamu Island eastern edge and start of the footpath to Shela Island. And while the New Lamu Palace Resort isn't Lamu Island most exclusive beach hotel, it offers modern convenience and is tastefully decorated. The terraces, street level and rooftop, are great places to relax and watch the comings and goings along the waterfront. What's more, the New Lamu Palace Resort is clean. Family travel tips: The small rooms have air-conditioning and mosquito nets. The bathrooms are basic. The clientele is predominately Italian, so is the food is excellent, New Palace Hotel in Lamu offers excellent beach accommodation in its outstanding Arabic-style facade. All rooms are self-contained with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and Mosquito nets, the bedrooms have huge 8ft "Lamu wooden Beds". 1st and 2nd floor rooms have beautifully furnished lounge areas; presenting panoramic views of the ocean and gardens, from the terrace of the New Palace Hotel Lamu you see the Swahili women in black buibuis and men in traditional cloth pass by. Slightly more modern than most of the other Lamu guest houses and hotels, it is a well established hotel.

     

    New Palace Hotel is one of the only two hotels in Lamu Island where cold beer & alcoholic beverages are sold; there is a restaurant on the rooftop and a more spacious one on the terrace serving seafood as its specialty, This modern hotel has smart comfortable rooms and there is a good restaurant that makes both continental and coast dishes. The chef cooks the most delicious dishes including Lamu seafood specialties such as fish, crab, shrimps and lobster. While staying at the New Lamu Palace Hotel, you will experience days of calm, rest and meditation while having the opportunity to discover the history, culture and surroundings of Lamu, slightly more modern than most of the other Lamu guest houses and Lamu hotels, this is a well established 22 room hotel with self-contained rooms and hot water and it is the only hotel in Lamu with air-conditioned rooms. Its Arabic-style façade stands out on the row of buildings on the Lamu waterfront. The two restaurants at Lamu Palace Hotel, roof top and spacious terrace restaurants have extensive menus with a wide variety of dishes and seafood-specialties. The downstairs restaurant overlooks the street, alcohol is served here. There is a supplement charged for sea-view rooms. The hotel’s private boat ferries its guests daily to Manda beach where there is a beach bar and day beds available. Guided Lamu tours of the town are provided by the hotel free of charge. A library and lounge next to the dining room area, inside, is filled with antique Arabic furniture with bright, plush cushions, and a welcoming bar. Advance booking highly recommended. We also provide Lamu Boat transfer service from the Manda airstrip Jetty or Mokowe Jetty across the sea to New Lamu Palace Hotel located in Lamu Stone Town on Lamu Island. Please indicate if you require this convenient pre-booked Lamu speed boat or Arabic Dhow transfer service when booking your accommodation at New Lamu Palace Hotel Lamu. Visit New Lamu Palace Hotel for the coolest beach vacation in Lamu town, after a 90-minute flight from Nairobi Kenya or a 45-minute flight from Mombasa, guests will be met at Manda Island and taken by boat to Lamu Island. Guests are welcomed by a member of staff dressed in local attire with a white jelaber and fez. There are open-fronted lounge areas with sea views on the first and second floors plus a rooftop sun parlor with Swahili beds. Tasty local delicacies are served in the attractive dining room. While the emphasis is on seafood, including giant prawns, lobster and crab, there is also a tempting selection of meats. The Lamu Kenya hotel makes its own bread and serves croissants for breakfast

     

    Lamu Palace Hotel Resort Accommodation

     

     

    There are 22 luxury double rooms and 3 suites. All rooms are air-conditioned (and a ceiling fan for your preference) and has a constant supply of hot and cold water. All rooms have Lamu style furniture, richly carved to display traditional Arabesque architecture and culture. There are comfortable beds with orthopedic mattresses while painted on the wall above are the Swahili goodnight wishes --"Lala Salama" (Sleep Well). On both first and second floors, there is an open fronted spacious lounge area overlooking the sea and filled with plump cushioned chairs and sofas. The rooftop Sun Parlor is partly covered under which are Swahili beds (complete with orthopedic mattresses) scattered with colorful cushions. It offers a fantastic view over the island and sea.

     

    Lamu Palace Hotel Resort restaurant

     

     

    There is an attractive dinning room serving tasty local delicacies. While the culinary emphasis is on seafood including giant prawns, lobster and crab, there is also a tempting selection of assorted meats. The hotel makes its own bread and there are croissants for breakfast in the morning. In the back courtyard, surrounded by trees and plants, is a makuti (wooden) roofed Fisherman's Bar, which offers a snack menu.

     

    A library and lounge next to the dining room area, inside, is filled with antique Arabic furniture with bright, plush cushions, and a welcoming bar.

     

    Lamu Palace Hotel Resort Activities

     

     

    Lamu Palace Hotel's swimming pool is a 10-minute walk from the hotel and is uniquely located on a rooftop; there is also a spacious bar/lounge offering a fantastic view over the old port and Lamu Channel. For those wanting to try something really different, taxi donkey rides through the old town are available. Local bands like The Matondoni Taarab group sing Swahili-Arabic songs as part of the evening entertainment. After the wedding, our honeymoon resorts are the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and start a new life together. Watch a tropical sunset from your room’s balcony, soak in a private Jacuzzi or stroll along white-sand beaches with your loved one.

     

    Lamu Palace Hotel Honeymoon Options

     

     

    Lamu Island Information

     

     

    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 Island 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 Old Town, located on an island known by the same name on the coast of East Africa some 350km north of Mombasa, is the oldest and best preserved example of Swahili settlement in East Africa.

     

    With a core comprising a collection of buildings on 16 ha, Lamu has maintained its social and cultural integrity, as well as retaining its authentic building fabric up to the present day. Once the most important trade centre in East Africa, Lamu has exercised an important influence in the entire region in religious, cultural as well as in technological expertise. A conservative and close-knit society, Lamu has retained its important status as a significant centre for education in Islamic and Swahili culture as illustrated by the annual Maulidi and cultural festivals. Unlike other Swahili settlements which have been abandoned along the East African coast, Lamu Island has continuously been inhabited for over 700 years. The growth and decline of the seaports on the East African coast and interaction between the Bantu, Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Europeans represents a significant cultural and economic phase in the history of the region which finds it’s most outstanding expression in Lamu Old Town, its architecture and town planning. The town is characterized by narrow streets and magnificent stone buildings with impressive curved doors, influenced by unique fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles.

     

    The buildings on the seafront with their arcades and open verandas provide a unified visual impression of the town when approaching it from the sea. While the vernacular buildings are internally decorated with painted ceilings, large niches (madaka), small niches (zidaka), and pieces of Chinese porcelain. 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. The architecture and urban structure of Lamu graphically demonstrate the cultural influences that have come together over 700 hundred years from Europe, Arabia, and India, utilizing traditional Swahili techniques that produced a distinct culture. The property is characterized by its unique Swahili architecture that is defined by spatial organization and narrow winding streets. This labyrinth street pattern has its origins in Arab traditions of land distribution and urban development. It is also defined by clusters of dwellings divided into a number of small wards (mitaa) each being a group of buildings where a number of closely related lineages live. Attributed by eminent Swahili researchers as the cradle of Swahili civilization, Lamu became an important religious centre in East and Central Africa since the 19th century, attracting scholars of Islamic religion and Swahili culture. Today it is a major reservoir of Swahili culture whose inhabitants have managed to sustain their traditional values as depicted by a sense of social unity and cohesion.

     

    Criterion (ii): The architecture and urban structure of Lamu graphically demonstrate the cultural influences that have come together there over several hundred years from Europe, Arabia, and India, utilizing traditional Swahili techniques to produce a distinct culture.

     

    Criterion (iv): The growth and decline of the seaports on the East African coast and interaction between the Bantu, Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Europeans represents a significant cultural and economic phase in the history of the region which finds its most outstanding expression in Lamu Old Town.

     

    Criterion (vi): Its paramount trading role and its attraction for scholars and teachers gave Lamu an important religious function (such as the annual Maulidi and Lamu cultural festivals) in East and Central Africa. It continues to be a significant centre for education in Islamic and Swahili culture.

     

    Authenticity (2010)

     

     

    The architecture of Lamu has employed locally available materials and techniques which are still applied to date. The people of Lamu have managed to maintain age-old traditions reinforcing a sense of belonging and social unity. This is expressed by the layout of the town which includes social spaces such as porches (Daka), town squares and sea front barazas. The town continues to be a significant centre for education in Islamic and Swahili culture. The authenticity of the Old Town is vulnerable to development and to a lack of adequate infrastructure that could overwhelm the sensitive and comparatively fragile buildings and urban spaces that together make up the distinctive urban grain of the town.

     

    Protection and management requirements (2010)

     

     

    Lamu Old Town is managed by the National Museums and Heritage Act 2006 (that replaced the 1983 National Museums Act CAP 216 and Antiquities and Monuments Act CAP 215) and the Local Governments Act (and the associated by laws). Physical construction is also subjected to the EMCA Act and the 2006 Planning Act, which recognize that archaeology is material for consideration. The Old Town has a gazetted buffer zone that includes the Manda and Ras Kitau mangrove skyline and the Shela sand dunes, also protected by the Forest Act and Water Act respectively (although the buffer zone has not been formally approved by the World Heritage Committee). All the components are legally protected. The Lamu Stone Town Conservation Office, now renamed the Lamu World Heritage Site and Conservation Office, was established by the National Museums of Kenya and has been in operation since 1986. A conservation officer is seconded to Lamu County Council to advice on conservation matters. A planning commission exists since 1991 to play a supervisory role and address emerging issues in the conservation area. There exists a conservation plan for Lamu Old Town which is used as a guide in balancing the community needs for development and sustaining the architectural values of the town. The property is in a satisfactory state of conservation. Locally embedded institutions ensure the continued importance of Lamu as a centre of Islamic and Swahili cultural learning and practices. A draft management plan has been developed that will address issues such as the mushrooming of informal settlements in the setting of the property, encroachment and illegal development on the sand dunes water catchment area, the proposed port and cruise ship berth, and oil exploration. The plan will also strengthen the inter-ministerial relationships to enhance an integrated management approach, including the establishment of a conservation fund, for sustainable conservation and management of the property.

     

    Lamu Description

     

     

    The growth and decline of the seaports on the East African coast and interaction between the Bantu, Arabs, Persians, Indians and Europeans represent a significant cultural and economic phase in the history of the region, which finds its most outstanding expression in Lamu Old Town. The architecture and urban structure of Lamu graphically demonstrate the cultural influences that came together over several hundred years from Europe, Arabia and India, using traditional Swahili techniques to produce a distinct culture. Lamu represents the Swahili culture, resulting from interaction between the Bantu, Arabs, Persians, Indians and Europeans. The origins of the town date back to the 12th century, but the site was probably inhabited earlier. The present town flourished in the early 13th century among the independent city states on the East African coast. In 1506 it was invaded by the Portuguese, who monopolized shipping and suppressed coastal trade, causing the once prosperous city state to lose its position and gradually decline. Under Omani protection the coastal commerce slowly regained its momentum, leading to a further development of Lamu and the construction, by skilled craftsmen and slave labour, of town houses and mosques using coral stone and mangrove timber. In 1890 the entire coastal strip north of Zanzibar was assigned to the Imperial British East Africa Company. The East African Protectorate was established in 1895 and organized into provinces and districts under the new British administration in 1898. In 1963 Lamu became part of the independent state of Kenya. Lamu is located on an island known by the same name on the east coast of Africa some 250 km north of Mombasa. The town is made up of two distinct sections, one built from stone and the other from mud brick. The old town centre consists of large houses of coral stone and mangrove timber. The relatively larger, surrounding area consists of mud, wattle and makuti houses. The whole built area covers about 37 ha, while the stone town is about 15.6 ha, articulated in three distinct areas. The oldest part of the town is in the north, the areas of Pangahari and Yumbe with the Council Chamber and the Friday Mosque, then expanding to the west and south in the 18th century (Mkomani area); the bazaar street runs north-south behind the seafront; the fort and the houses on the seafront were built in the 19th century. The approximately 400 houses of the Mkomani area date mainly from the 18th century, forming the largest and historically and architecturally the most interesting part of the old town. It is characterized by narrow streets and two- to three-storey buildings, mingled with small gardens. The Swahili houses are marked with simplicity and uniformity in their exteriors, but they have elaborately carved wooden doors particularly characteristic to Lamu. The massive walls are covered with lime mortar. The houses have an entrance porch (daka ) and an interior vestibule (tekani ) with seats. Inside the house the spaces develop around small courtyards (kiwanda) and open galleries (misana ); they are decorated with painted ceilings, large niches (madaka ), small niches (zidaka ) and Chinese porcelain. The Lamu Fort was built between 1813 and 1821 in the southern corner of the old stone town, encouraging new development, particularly on the seafront. The fort is a massive multi-storey building with a central courtyard which has become an image of the Lamu community, being now used for weddings, meetings and theatre productions. The buildings on the seafront with their arcades and open verandahs provide a unified visual impression of the town when approaching it from the sea. One of the largest buildings on the seafront (dating from 1892) has been acquired as the Lamu Museum, exemplifying the finest characteristics of the verandah-style construction in the 19th century. The section consisting of mud-brick buildings covers an area of some 21 ha and is spread between Langoni (the oldest part south of the fort), Tundami (north of the old town), and Gademi (the newest part, west of the old town). Having first developed spontaneously, many of the houses have been transformed into permanent buildings with concrete block walls and corrugated iron roofs. Such development has taken place particularly after fires in 1962 and 1981.

     

    Lamu Island History

     

     

    The town of Lamu represents the Swahili culture, resulting from interaction between the Bantu, Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Europeans (in Arabic sawāhilī, "of the coast"). The Swahili language is principally a mixture of Bantu and Arabic. The relevant cultural region extends from the island of Lamu in the north to Tanzania and Mozambique in the south, along the East African coast. The origins of the town of Lamu date back to the 12th century, but the site was probably inhabited earlier. Archaeological evidence shows that there were two early Swahili settlements surrounded by walls, one to the south and the other to the north of the present town, which flourished in the early 13th century among the independent city states on the East African coast. It has been recorded as a large town with the office of Qadi (Muslim judge) in the mid 15th century. It first developed in the form of small clusters of stone buildings, including the Council Chamber, in the northern part of the present town (Pangahari, Yumbe) where the Friday mosque still is.

     

    The original market (Utuku Mkuu, the Great Market) lay west of this area. Later the town extended to the south (Mtamwini), an area north of the Fort, thus representing the full extent of the town in the 18th century. Lamu then came under Omani rule and was subject to the influx of Indian merchants from Gujerat in the 19th century. This period saw the building of the new Fort, and the development of the bazaar street, Usita wa Mui, and the area along the shore line. Lamu was first developed by local Bantu people together with maritime traders from the Arabian Peninsula, the Persian Gulf, and the Far East. The town merchants prospered acting as middlemen between the interior and the sea, exporting ivory and timber in exchange for manufactured goods such as cloth, porcelain and spices across the Indian Ocean. In 1506 Lamu was invaded by the Portuguese, who monopolized shipping and suppressed coastal trade; consequently, the once prosperous city state lost its position, and gradually declined. In 1585 and 1588 Lamu and other coastal towns suffered from raids by Turks and rose in rebellion but were crushed by the Portuguese. In 1652 the Sultanate of Oman was persuaded to help the city states to overthrow the Portuguese regime, which was accomplished in 1698.

     

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    Many of the most popular honeymoon resorts and Hotels are in the Lamu Island, Zanzibar Island and Mombassa we’ve included top hotels and beach resorts in these destinations and others in the Malindi and Watamu. Some of our honeymoon resorts are for adults only, and some cater only to couples. Many resorts in Lamu offer special honeymoon packages that might include upgrades, late checkout, and complimentary chilled champagne and seaside dinners for two. To search for the perfect honeymoon resort, click the region you are interested in or scroll down to our complete listing

     

    Lamu Island 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, a Lamu beach holiday provides the best family beach vacations in resorts. 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, Lamu Island Hotel reservations: we are the best resource for the lowest rates in Lamu hotels! With our guaranteed lowest prices in Kenya Accommodation you can feel comfortable knowing you're getting the absolute best deal, even for hard to find rooms on sold out dates. We use highly secure servers to ensure your information is safe. Since we specialize in accommodation in Lamu Island as we work locally to provide you with hotel discounts and cheap rates that can’t be beaten. Our carefully selected portfolio of Beach Hotels Accommodation range across several categories to offer you a wide selection of hotels, from 5 star luxury accommodation to budget backpacker hotels, apartments, motels, cheap missionary hotels, family hotels, honeymoon hotels.

     

    With our expertise in hotels in Lamu Island, quick easy booking process and low price guarantee, why book anywhere else? Thank you to our tourists who have made us the most popular website for Beach Hotels. Mombassa Hotels: Nairobi city hotels search for airport hotels. Find accommodation and hotel prices, facilities, location and other hotel details and make a reservation. To proceed with your booking at the Lamu Palace Hotel, simply choose your travel dates and fill in our secure online booking form, Rates at New Lamu Palace Hotel based on a Double (2 people in room) on Bed & Breakfast are: A deposit of 50% towards your total bill for your stay at New Lamu Palace Hotel Lamu is payable through VISA, AMEX or MasterCard Credit / Debit Card, Safaricom M-Pesa or direct bank deposit prior to booking being confirmed. The balance of 50% is payable 14 days prior to your check-in date. If booking is made with less than 14 days to date of check-in, then full payment is applicable to confirm your booking. However, the above criteria will not apply for bookings from 11th December 2012 to 8th January 2013 when full payment is required prior to confirmation of your accommodation. Upon receipt of your initial deposit, we will send you a Tentative Booking Confirmation Voucher, as an email attachment, which will also acknowledge receipt of your deposit and will show your check-in / check-out dates and room type booked. Upon receipt of your balance, we will send you a Booking Confirmation Voucher, as an e-mail attachment, and which you will present at the New Lamu Palace Hotel reception desk upon arrival.

     

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