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    Peponi Hotel Shela Island Lamu Island Kenya Africa & Peponi Resort Lamu Island

    Peponi Hotel is a small family-run hotel on the unspoiled Swahili island of Lamu just off Kenya’s coast, sitting at the entrance of the Shela channel that runs between Manda Island and Lamu Islands, to the south of the hotel lies a 12km stretch of beach open to the full force of the Indian Ocean. Traditional Arab Dhow sail boats still ply the waters, as they have for hundreds of years. The sight of these boats leaving the harbor at dusk, with their sails’ silhouette against the sunset is simply magnificent. To the north is Lamu town, a Unesco World Heritage Site that sits in a time warp, where the streets are just wide enough for a fully laden donkey to pass, the perfect place to explore Swahili culture and the town’s rich history as a spice trade hub. Peponi Hotel is simple, fresh, friendly and cheerful, distinguished with a reputation for delicious cuisine. Optional activities include windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba diving & snorkelling, dhow trips & deep sea fishing.


    Peponi Hotel is not only proud of its heritage as long-standing quality lodging, but also for its pioneering efforts in conservation, long before it was fashionable. Lamu Island has a relaxed and sleepy atmosphere, making it a wonderful place to relax and make the most of the stunning scenery, sweeping beaches, rolling sand dunes and warm Indian Ocean. The ocean continues to play a vital role in the life and livelihood of Lamu, and traditional sailing dhows abound. A trip on one of these wooden boats offers a highly relaxing way to explore the area, traveling to neighboring islands and fishing villages. Snorkeling is excellent in the waters off Lamu and the surrounding archipelago, which teem with vibrant marine life. Diving is becoming increasingly popular here, and many superb sites remain relatively unexplored. Over a thousand years of East African, Omani, Yemeni, Indian, Portuguese and Victorian British influences have all left their mark on Lamu Island, in the architecture, the language and the very essence of the place. In bustling Lamu, winding alleys lead past the intricate carved doorways of white stone houses –some of which are truly majestic and still home to the very wealthy. And, because the alleys are too narrow to be negotiated by cars, the modern world has had little visible impact on this historic town. Life appears little changed since Lamu was a busy port town in the 14th century, donkeys remain the preferred local mode of transport, and the streets are lit by lanterns after nightfall. Spices and the smell of grilled food scent the air around the markets, mosques, museums, fort and ancient houses, and exploring Lamu on foot –or donkey –is a treat for all the sense sitting at an open-air restaurant by the water and watching the world go by is an irresistible past-time. Fishermen haul their catches ashore, locals walk or ride by and donkeys carry their cargo. Shopping for local woodcarvings and batik is another ‘must’ The Peponi Hotel likes to call itself “the beach house that grew into a beach hotel.” Danish-born Aage Korschen took over a derelict property, once home to the Lamu Island’s British colonial commissioner and opened the Peponi Hotel in 1967 with four rooms; the Peponi Hotel style owes much to the guiding hand of Carol Korschen, in her flowing Swahili-inspired robes, she oversees the daily running with an efficient grace, in the evening local experts come by to gossip at the only watering hole in Shela Island — Mick Jagger has been spotted there and guests dine on whatever came in from the sea that day,


    The Peponi Resort is a delightful little beach resort right at the water’s edge in Shela Village, a few kilometers walk or a pleasant 20 minute dhow ride away from Lamu Town. With its social epicenter bar, enchanted waterfront garden, secret nooks, and sun-soaked terraces, Peponi Hotel has long been the most distinguished and lovely place for travelers and locals to meet up over a drink while a handful of the fortunate get to bunk down in some truly gracious accommodations. Built like a fortress against the sea, the water's edge Peponi Hotel Lamu Island was first constructed in the 1920s, when it was the district commissioner's house, It was later bought by a Danish family and transformed into one of Kenya's most celebrated beach lodging experiences -- and it remains a quintessential East African trip highlight, with all of Shela at your fingertips and easy access to any of Lamu's top sites. Spread along the Shela waterfront, guest rooms are variously arranged and give focus to the gorgeous views over the channel between Lamu and Manda islands. Rooms come in a variety of configurations and with different views and varying ambience, but they all feature the signature Old World colonial style, with just enough local design influence to remind you where you are. If you're traveling with children on a family holiday, opt for rooms in the Palm Garden. If you prefer to just plonk down on the beach, it's a fairly easy walk, or you can sign up for adrenaline-inducing pursuits, set off to explore the Takwa ruins, or check out the Siyu Fort on the island of Pate; for true romantics, there's a moonlight dhow trip. Service is swish and professional, starting with the effortless pick-up from the airport and the personal introduction to the facilities, the island, and your room.


    There's a courtesy dhow trip to Lamu town every morning, and the owners will set you up with the very best guides to maximize your time here. Peering through one teakwood door at Peponi Beach Hotel one faces the Swahili world, opening the other, one hears the tide bursting on a coral reef and feels the first flush of trade winds; the Peponi hotel commands a headland between the world of traditional peoples and the lonely sea, to the southwest, lies an eight mile stretch of soft sand which the locals called crowed if town people are visible, to the northwest towers the great sand dune where the bleached bones of the dead of a battle 175 years ago still surface when a brisk wind blows, Tow miles due north lies Lamu, a small Arab town still ignorant of cars, the streets are just wide enough for one fully laden donkey to pass, are enclosed by palaces made of coral. Swahili women, dressed in black buibuis, their hands pained with henna, sometimes can be heard singing from shuttered windows, in the evening old sea captains converge on the wide plaza of the harbour, sit on the cannons facing the sea and talk of storms, the Peponi Beach Resort, which last year celebrated its 30th anniversary commands many of the island's best assets and occupies a headland in the fishing village of Shela from which unravels eight miles of wide, empty beach. Behind the beach hotel is a high sand dune which almost two centuries ago was the site of a bloody massacre; a hapless invading force from Mombasa and the northern island of Pate tried to make a quick getaway only to find that the tide had stranded their boats high and dry. Even today, they say, a strong breeze can uncover the bleached bones of the dead, the beach is truly unspoilt. Swimming off a deserted point only a mile from Peponi hotel, a wildlife warden stationed on the Shella Island will tell you that he comes face-to-face with dolphin regularly and even sharks silhouetted against a sandbank and vast green turtles heading for land like plucky cross-channel swimmers.


    All these things are better seen from a dhow, and the guides that are stationed around Peponi Resort Lamu Island will even offer to take you out to sea where you can swim with the dolphins. If you can shrug off the coastitis, they will also arrange snorkeling, sundowner trips, windsurfing lessons or an early-morning fishing expedition followed by a barbecue on neighboring Manda Island. Shela Village is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways shielded from the sun by bougainvillea, all of which eventually lead down to the waterfront. There are no cars on the island, except for the district commissioner and donkeys are the alternative, unmotorised, beasts of burden. Children treat them like obstinate schoolmates, racing them flat out along the shore before dragging them into the surf by their front hooves for a bath. Noise pollution in Shela is restricted to the din of cicadas and marauding cats, the tragic cough of a donkey and, five times a day, the cacophonous call to prayer. A cockerel, competing for airtime, had resigned itself to a nocturnal slot at three in the morning. Peponi is Swahili for paradise, coolness, rest or relief; it is one of only three hotels in Lamu allowed to sell alcohol, you can sit on the terrace affectionately slurping an Old Pal, Peponi Hotel cocktail of vodka, lime, bitters and soda, and allow yourself to be cooled by the trade winds blowing off the Indian Ocean. Peponi Hotel has recently installed its own generator, The Island’s power station provided amply for the population when it was first built but is now stretched beyond capacity, so Lamu town and Shela take it in turns to be blacked out at night, The Swahili residents don't bat an eyelid if the mosque speakers aren't working: the call to prayer is shouted from the rooftop and much of their cooking is still done over charcoal-burning jikos. But when night falls, ex-pats and tourists clutching torches descend on Peponi Hotel in Lamu Island to sit out the power cut in more sociable surroundings. This is a good time to size up Lamu Island characters, take the elderly spinster who, as a member of the French Resistance, was captured and tortured by the Nazis, survived to help found Kenya's flying doctors, and still flies herself around the country, despite having cataracts in both eyes or the American woman who came to the island 15 years ago and swapped her sun- dress for the long, black buibui worn by Swahili women when she fell in love with and married a local man. If you don't meet them, you are bound to hear about them. Peponi Hotel Kenya is a hive of gossip and given the hotel's popularity with honeymooners - all the rooms have their own verandahs and face the sea - there is still scope for sexy beach assignments at midnight, The Peponi hotel is no ordinary town hotel – in fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that this delightful little hotel has assumed near legendary status in Kenyan tourism, This family-run hotel perched on the water's edge in the tiny village of Shela has become a Kenyan tourism legend - so much so that it was voted one of the "Top 100 Hotels in the World" in 2005 It’s perched right on the water’s edge in the tiny village of Shela on the island of Lamu, at the start of a 12km long stretch of near deserted beach backed by majestic dunes.


    Shela has seen the gorgeous restoration of many of its old buildings as holiday villas in recent years and has become extremely fashionable – Princess Caroline and her husband are regular visitors and the festive season inevitably sees an influx of minor royalty and celebrities who flock to enjoy this idyllic paradise. The Peponi is a privately owned hotel which has been in the hands of a Danish family - the Korschens. In their own words “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.” The result is a 24 room boutique hotel boasting dazzling white-washed terraces covered with flaming bougainvillea and surrounded by chunky baobabs and tall waving palm trees. Peponi started as a family home and has grown over the years into a charmingly intimate, rather interesting collection of rooms scattered somewhat haphazardly amidst wonderfully lush, tropical gardens. Lying in your bed looking at the sea whilst the smell of fresh frangipani blossoms floating in small bowls of water fills the air and it’s difficult to imagine any other way of living. Every single room at Peponi Hotel Lamu Kenya is uniquely different – but what they all share is a sense of simplicity and tasteful, elegant style - typically with sea views, overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths) fresh flowers and lovely Swahili furnishings. The minimalist light and airy style - cool cement floors covered with colourful matting, white walls with hangings – combined with the cooling sea breezes make for rooms that you’re more than happy to laze about in. Whilst the rooms are simple and classy, the reason Peponi Resort Kenya has forged such a superb reputation is largely due to the fantastic personal hospitality and the excellent food (wonderful seafood a particular passion) Peponi hotel comes across as an oasis of calm in an increasingly mad world – cell phones are banned (except in your bedroom) because they “scare the crabs” according to the warning notice!


    Walk into the entrance of the hotel and you’re also pretty much in the main bar, a famous watering hole that also acts as the hotel reception area. That’s probably appropriate as the bar at Peponi’s is pretty much the social epicentre of Shela (it’s the only bar in this Muslim village) As such you’re likely to mix with fellow guests from all over the world as well as some fascinating expert characters from the village – altogether a great opportunity to people watch and enjoy some conversations with an eclectic group of vacation adventurers. Part of the furniture at Peponi Hotel is the barman, Charles, who knows his clients and their preferred tipples almost telepathically. Get him to expertly mix you one of the house cocktails, the “Old Pal” – a potent blend of vodka, angostura bitters, soda water and sugar. You could of course just lie around the gorgeous pool shaded by a couple of huge baobabs sipping ice-cold Tuskers and watching the dhows plying the channel as the high tide laps against the sea wall below - but there are a host of other activities that make a stay at Peponi Hotel Kenya Africa so memorable. If you’re keen on deep-sea fishing you’ll salivate at the prospect of venturing on one of the hotel’s boats to the area’s world-famous sailfish and marlin waters. There’s also snorkelling on the reefs (about 45 minutes speedboat ride away); visits to the old town of Lamu, a World Heritage Site and Africa’s oldest inhabited town where life carries on in timeless fashion (there’s still just 1 motor car on the whole island!); water-skiing, windsurfing, and the ever-popular dhow trips around the archipelago including dolphin spotting trips at certain times of the year. Anything goes here, but don't be fooled, the Peponi Hotel Kenia is impeccably run and organizes everything from your water sports to your day excursions. You'll sleep in a sea-facing room with polished honey-color mud floors, whitewashed ceilings with beams of old black wood, a massive four-poster bed and kelim rugs. On your sea-facing veranda, get comfortable on lie-out chairs and watch the boats bobbing out to sea.


    Peponi Hotel is the ideal destination after a Kenya safari or to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, Peponi Hotel has a total of 24 rooms, which are divided into superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi Lamu have ocean views. The superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size, 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 veranda 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. There is no hurry to dine at Peponi Lamu 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 colourful 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 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 Accommodation


    Happiness is a seafront room at the Peponi Hotel, an idyllic cluster of whitewashed cottages on the Kenyan coast. On the balconies, each with private view of the palm-fringed Indian Ocean, hammocks sway lazily in the tropical breeze. Peponi has just 29 rooms, which are divided into suites, superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi have ocean views. Suites and Superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size and private outside area with swing bed. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes. There is no sense of bustling mass tourism here and the atmosphere is intimate and low key with an interesting layout of rooms. On one side of the main building a row of rooms faces a lawn with tall palm trees and low stone seawall clothed with bougainvillea. There is a more unusual arrangement on the other side of the hotel where rooms are at different levels and reached by meandering paths between flowering trees. Some rooms are up narrow flights of open air stairs, others are tucked below overlooking sand and water. All rooms have a private veranda with comfortable chairs and pleasant views and the dining room simple and elegant. There is also an outdoor grill restaurant and the hotel specializes in seafood and has both a Table d’hôte and a la carte menu. A short walk around the rocks from Peponi leads to a long beach backed by dunes and through the hotel you can arrange to go snorkelling, water skiing or deep sea fishing. For a special treat they can even arrange a lobster feast on a dhow by day or moonlight.


    Peponi Hotel Lamu Restaurant


    The Restaurant offers fresh seafood and sushi, traditional Swahili style cooking, innovative breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and stunning settings offers some of the best dining in East Africa. The bar is a favourite watering hole for guests and Shela village inhabitants alike, with “its nexus of entertainment, its fountain of gossip”. Enjoy the famous house cocktail “Old Pal” or a fresh juice or cold beer on the veranda as the dhows sail by. It’s almost impossible not to relax at Peponi Hotel, like many fine 5 star resorts in Lamu Island; it has luxurious amenities – the plush bed, the spa, the beach and sunset cruises. Unlike many fine five star resorts in Lamu Island, the food is simply outstanding. Take breakfast. Baskets of warm, house-made bread and crumbly scones and muffins are served with a kaleidoscope of chutneys and jams – beet, passion, ginger and pineapple. There’s fruit, of course, and tea, which arrives at your doorstep to sip as you soak up the sunrise. For lunch, try delicate crab and feta samosas, dipped in chili-tamarind sauce, or tuna tartare, dressed in olive and sesame oil, soy and ginger, garnished with citrus and herbed sea salt. For alfresco dining, follow the interlocking gardens to the seaside pool, a ribbon of turquoise under the spreading boughs of a baobab tree. But it’s dinner where Chef Ray, part of the family that has been welcoming guests to Peponi for the last four decades, really outdoes himself. A crab of epic proportions, scooped up from the nearby mangroves, is served with four different bowls of infused butter – lime, garlic, ginger, and chili. Prawns are grilled in spicy piri-piri sauce or flambéed in brandy. And the lobster… well that’s just a work of edible art, with slices of seafood stacked like jewels and a cascade of flowers from its spine.


    Peponi Hotel Lamu Activities


    Activities - Include Dhow Trips in a traditional Lamu or Mozambique style dhow, Visits to the ruins at Takwa, Deep sea fishing offers some of the best sports fishing in East Africa, Snorkelling and Water Sports such as Windsurfing, Kitesurfing and Kayaking. Dhow Trips - Guests can explore the archipelago under sail in a traditional Lamu or Mozambique style dhow. Visit the ruins at Takwa, raise a glass at sunset or dine under a full moon. Experience the spectacle or even help crew the biannual dhow race, held in August and on New Year’s Day. Fishing - Peponi’s deep sea fishing boat ‘Little Toot’ with its experienced crew and modern equipment offers some of the best sports fishing in East Africa. Ocean fishing with a hotel speedboat or hand line fishing from a local dhow is also available. Snorkeling - Lamu archipelago offers some of Kenya’s best snorkelling waters, with favorable conditions between October and April. The reefs at Manda Toto and Kiniyka have an abudance of reef fish and live coral. After snorkelling guests can enjoy a picnic breakfast or lunch on the beach. Water Sport - Peponi has water sports for all age groups and levels of experience. Competent instructors and a wide range of equipment to hire from windsurfers, sailing Mirror and Lasers, wake boards, body boards and water skis. Kite surfing instructors are available but bring your own equipment. The nearby mangrove creek is ideal for water skiing at high tide. For the less energetic there are kayaks on the beach


    Peponi Hotel Pool & Gardens


    Peponi’s gardens have been integral part of the hotel and Shela village for over 40 years and boast one of the largest and most varied collections of tropical palms and exotic plants on the Kenyan coast. Swing hammocks under the shade of coconut trees and a fresh water free form swimming pool under two giant Baobab trees offer the perfect places to relax.


    Lamu Marine Conservation Trust


    LamCot was started by Peponi Hotel in 1992. The project began with the translocation of a turtle nest to the hotel grounds for protection. Since then the project has been growing every year and has now become an established trust. It has been managed by Carol Korschen of Peponi Hotel from the start. For more information


    Shela Island Lamu Kenya


    The fishing village of Shela with its 1200 inhabitants located at four kilometers southeast of Lamu Town, within a walking distance of 45 min and can be reached by boat in 15 min. During the first decades of the 20th century, there where only a couple of stone houses in Lamu, apart from the clay huts of the fishermen and the old mosque, which dates from the 17th century. In 1930, the English governor had built a colonnaded villa, which faced the beachfront and thus changed Shella skyline. In 1967 the house became the legendary Peponi Hotel, Shela’s unchallenged landmark and society hub until today. A unique crowd of locals, expats and visitors meet at the Peponi terrace every day for their sundowners. Here it is nearly impossible not to make friends and become part of the bright Shela community. Explore Shela along its placid alleyways with their houses surrounded by palm trees and bougainvillea and forget the world beyond. In the morning, the fishermen will bring their night’s catch to your door: crab, prawn and red snapper. Don’t miss to relax under your shady makuti roof. This is the perfect place for daydreaming. At dawn, life comes back to the main alley with its modest restaurants, shops and guesthouses. The spicy smell of the charcoal grill, where the women of Shela roast the fish, mingles with the scent of the jasmine flowers. Cruise on the beachside past old mansions and tropical gardens until you reach the dune landscape just outside Shela. Enjoy the unparalleled luxury to walk past gently shelving white sands or swim with dolphins and turtles in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Easy beach life is a daily need, together with water skiing or even surfing. If you wish our staff will deliver your picnic to the beach. At Peponi Beach, the gathering of Mozambique dhows with their low superstructure and their elegance will inevitably catch your attention.


    Drifting through the mangroves in these wonderful dhows is an amazing way to experience the surroundings of the Lamu archipelago. The coral reefs are perfect for snorkelling and diving. The captains are skilled sailors, full of the typical disarming Swahili heartiness. Make it a perfect day by cruising Manda beach at sunset – candle light dinner included, watching the moon rise. Or meander around the narrow waterways full of mangroves on your way to the magnificent Twaka remains on Manda Island. Make sure you have the time for a daytrip to Kipungani, an unostentatious town that harbours two ecological resorts and has a gorgeous beach. There is great fishing from well equipped flying bridge boats. You’ll find black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, barracuda, yellow fin, broadbill and many more. Whatever you decide to make of your holiday - here in this magical place you’ll definitely get the spirit of Lamu!


    Lamu Island


    Remote even by Kenyan standards, Lamu Island is one of an archipelago of small mangrove-covered islands two degrees south of the equator where the Indian Ocean caresses twelve kilometers of empty beaches and a constant warm breeze ruffles the palms. The largest settlement on the island — also called Lamu — is possibly the oldest community in sub-Saharan Africa and has changed little over time. Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and British colonials have all passed through Lamu, but for centuries this part of the African coast belonged to the Sultan of Oman. By the 1500s, Lamu was exporting timber, ivory, amber, spices — and slaves. As trade flourished, Arab settlements inevitably absorbed local influences and the distinct Afro-Arab Swahili culture emerged. When Britain forced the closure of the coastal slave markets in 1873, the island declined rapidly and nothing much happened until the 1960s. That’s when Lamu became a haven for the “turn on, tune in, drop out” generation and was known as “the black hole of laidbackness.” The hippies have long gone but the laidback feel of the place remains. With only two cars on Lamu, if you really must get around you’ll have to hop aboard a dhow or hire one of the island’s 3000 donkeys. Nowadays, many visitors, like us, come to relax after a game safari in central Kenya. The Indian Ocean island of Lamu, off Kenya’s northern coast, holds its pleasures close. It’s around a 36-hour journey from New York, with multiple long-haul flights to Nairobi followed by hops on a small plane and boat. Once on land, donkey is the only means of transportation and air-conditioning is rare. Service is more willing than fluid and the wild beaches—well, Turks and Caicos this isn’t. And yet, once seduced by its charms, knowing travelers find Lamu Island to be something of a—dare we say?—African St. Barths: a close-knit community of boho-chic insiders, the tone set by the high percentage of regulars. Over Christmas and New Year’s, wealthy Kenyans flood in, as do Brits: a smattering of Goldsmiths, English aristos, and the odd high-profile banker. And today there are even New Yorkers, in vintage Ungaro and flip-flops. The designer himself, in fact, was on the island last December, preeminent Kenyan designer Anna Trzebinksi, was staying. Faces everywhere seemed familiar, all of them coming to Lamu so as not to be identified. They were there for something simple, uncomplicated. “Lamu’s not everyone’s cup of tea,” admits Angelika Schuetz, who manages four of the island’s best house rentals, properties frequented by Prince Ernst of Hanover and his wife, Princess Caroline of Monaco, among others. “Here you meet the locals, and your kids aren’t confined to resorts. Lamu Island is a reality only certain parts of the high-end market will accept.” But for those whose travel experiences don’t always have to be about wall-to-wall luxury, Lamu is just the ticket—especially when all we want right now is less flash and more authenticity.


    The island offers the perfect balance of style, food, and soft adventure, particularly among the donkey-wide alleys of Shela village, a 20-minute dhow ride from Lamu Town. Made up of some five mosques, a dusty square, a football pitch, and a few quirky boutiques, Shela has the best beach here, an eight-mile stretch to the island’s south. Visitors live among the coral-walled village houses, some of which have been converted into up market rentals, others into guesthouses, of which there are now several. There are a handful of small restaurants, too, and one significant bar, at Peponi Hotel. To get the measure of Shela, one has to stay at Peponi, Lamu’s social nerve center since it opened in 1967. (There are times when the bar’s crowd could compete with that at Claridge’s.) In the winter months 80 percent of Peponi guests are repeat visitors, Americans among them. For although it’s just a simple whitewashed 24-room guesthouse, Peponi is the only hotel that really counts here. (Baitil Aman Guesthouse, a newer Shela hotel, is a romantic, impeccably restored 18th-century house—straight out of the pages of The World of Interiors—but it lacks Peponi’s buzz and beachside location.) It’s easy to fall in love with Lamu while at Peponi. I certainly did, watching my kids on the beach, lazing in hammocks, reading to the whir of ceiling fans. We went snorkeling, took boats out to explore the mangroves, and enjoyed picnics with big monkeys on deserted sands. And we ate like kings. The food at Peponi—grilled prawns, Swahili curries, tuna capriccio—is the island’s most delicious. Visit Lamu Town to browse the tiny shops packed with silverware and textiles, wandering through the quiet alleys of this former trading post, which over the centuries has absorbed Omani, Indian, and Portuguese influences. Peponi Lamu is the best place for Lamu first-timers because it lets them edge in slowly to a place that might otherwise intimidate. The island, unlike the Maldives or Mauritius, isn’t all packaged up by resorts—there simply aren’t any. There are, however, more and more private homes available for rent. There are smarter houses in Shela, of course. The most dramatic is probably the Hilltop Fort, owned by American movie producer Chris Hanley and his wife, Roberta. A mix of traditional Omani architecture and John Pawson-esque minimalism, Hanley’s home is as good as it gets for those who want cool, contemporary living, with air-conditioning, a vast pool, and superattentive service. I hung out with Hanley one afternoon. And slowly, Lamu’s inside track began to reveal itself. I learned of the actors, artists, architects, and filmmakers who come—drawn to an island where they can be barefoot, the only wardrobe essential the striped cotton sarong known locally as a kikoi. That’s what makes Lamu different: It’s glamorous, but it has nothing to do with logo’d beach bags.


    Flights to Lamu Island


    Air Kenya Safari Link Fly 540
    Airport Nairobi Wilson Nairobi Wilson Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta
    Departs Nairobi 14:00 13:45 09.40 (Mon-Sat) 14:00 (Sun)
    Arrives Lamu 15:10 15:30 11:40 (Mon – Sat) 16:00 (Sun)
    Departs Lamu 15:40 16:00 11:55 (Mon – Sat) 16:20 (Sun)
    Arrives Nairobi 17:25 17:45 14:00 (Mon – Sat) 17:55 (Sun)
    Via Malindi on return N / A Malindi both ways
    Luggage allowance 15 Kgs 15 Kgs 20 Kgs

    All times are subject to change without notice. From Mombasa it is best to drive to Malindi and to fly from there on Fly 540. Mombasa Air has occasional flights. It is also possible to visit us by land although it is a bumpy seven hour drive from Mombasa and at least four hours from Malindi. You will have to park your car on the mainland at the Mokowe jetty and take a boat from there to Shela.


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