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P.O. Box 138, Lamu Island, Kenya
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Ranked #1 of 11 hotels in Lamu Island
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love Kizingo! I've stayed here twice and will choose Kizingo EVERY time I return to Lamu! The banda cottages are well spaced for privacy, are very spacious, complete with comfortable bed, en-suite bathroom, and attached verandah with swinging bed! The food (mostly fresh seafood) is fantastic! If you want privacy and want to be away from it all with... More

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Mombasa, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Kizingo is one of those rare gems of a getaway that achieves “rustic meets luxury” perfectly. With its thatched-roof bandas nestled into the sand dunes, Kizingo has a low-key informality with 5-star food and service. Go prepared to eat and to eat very well. Their incredible chef prepares a multi-course feast for every meal. The emphasis is on seafood but... More

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4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a lovely place this is, unspoilt, long beautiful sandy beaches and great swimming. The Kizingo owners Mary Jo and Louis are great hosts, friendly and good food. Afternoon tea bought to your beach hut after a few hours out beach combing is a very nice touch. We felt completely rejuvenated after a weekend there, from our busy lives in... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at Kizingo for 4 days between our Safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. We wanted a few days to relax and do absolutely nothing besides sit on the beach since the safaris had a fairly demanding schedule. When we arrived at Kizingo we were immediately greeted by Mary Jo and Louis, the resort owners, and given... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Kizingo is a little slice of heaven located at the southern end of Lamu Island. There are 8 bandas sympathetically positioned in low sand dunes right on the waters edge. The beach is truly spectacular, gorgeous white sand and clear warm blue waters.. spotted with amazing pink crabs. Most days we could count the number of other people we saw... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The van aardts family run the most perfect beach hotel in the world....Kizingo has about 10 bandas located on the furthest tip of the stunning island of Lamu ,off the east coast of Kenya....your sense of wonder builds as you take the 1/2 hour speed boat trip from the cute little lamu airport on the mainland through the rare and... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I read a message in Kizingo's guestbook before I left... "Considered getting lost here but probably everyday life would come looking for me"... Maybe every day life does call one back. But for those few days we were truly lost to the modern world. This place is paradise. By way of everything from the true-to-Africa banda to the fresh, fresh... More

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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Kizingo is a beautiful place, set in the sand dunes on the beach at the far end of Lamu island. Food, service and ambience are all perfect. The best possible reason for staying at Kizingo is to go out dolphin spotting. They know how to do this better than anyone and Louis will show you what to do to get... More

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kenya
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8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

on our visit to kizingo beach, we were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the tastefully decorated banda (wasn't occupied) fell in love with it!! though did not stay there...am personally soo tempted to on my next visit... m sure my friend will agree as well!! the beach was a stretch of white sand... clean...we had a dip... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

As someone who has 3,000 sunset shots I consider myself a beach connoisseur. And none are more beautiful than the miles of empty pristine beaches that enfold the the Kizingo resort. The eco -friendly resort's 8 thatched roof banda's match every fantasy of the perfect beach hideaway. The warm and welcoming proprietors, the Van Aardt family and the gracious and... More

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Also Known As:
Kizingo Hotel
Kizingo Hotel Lamu Island
Kizingo Hotel Lamu
Kizingo Resort Lamu
Address: P.O. Box 138, Lamu Island, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Lamu Island
#3 Romantic Hotel in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kizingo is the ultimate 'no news, no shoes’ beach resort - a wonderful secluded and tranquil escape from the modern world. The lodge is situated at one end of a spectacular 12-kilometre beach that stretches from Kizingo (which means 'the point’ in Swahili) to the fashionable village of Shela. Kizingo has eight beautifully appointed bandas (thatched cottages), set well apart from each other. In the early morning you can enjoy tea in bed and watch fishing dhows tack south to Malindi.Guests can be as private or as social as they wish, opting to enjoy fine dining on the balcony of their banda or join other guests in the bar and the dining room with their magnficent views across the bay to mainland Kenya where giant baobab trees spread into the brilliant blue sky.Kizingo is owned and run by the van Aardt family, who were all born in Africa. Due to their long and close relationship with the local village, its chief leased them this stunning beachfront land to build a small resort that is both eco-friendly and very comfortable. Like all the best resorts in Kenya, Kizingo has a symbiotic relationship with the local village, an hour away on foot, and with farmers on the mainland who grow food and make furniture for the lodge.The swimming is excellent, both in the Indian Ocean and in the calm waters of the channel that separates Lamu from the mainland. For the more energetic there is a big choice of activities including a guided tour of historic Lamu Town, excellent snorkelling, the chance to swim with dolphins in the winter months and cycle rides to friendly African villages on the mainland. ... more   less 
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Lamu Island #3 Romantic Hotel in Lamu Island
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kizingo is the ultimate 'no news, no shoes’ beach resort - a wonderful secluded and tranquil escape from the modern world. The lodge is situated at one end of a spectacular 12-kilometre beach that stretches from Kizingo (which means 'the point’ in Swahili) to the fashionable village of Shela. Kizingo has eight beautifully appointed bandas (thatched cottages), set well apart from each other. In the early morning you can enjoy tea in bed and watch fishing dhows tack south to Malindi.Guests can be as private or as social as they wish, opting to enjoy fine dining on the balcony of their banda or join other guests in the bar and the dining room with their magnficent views across the bay to mainland Kenya where giant baobab trees spread into the brilliant blue sky.Kizingo is owned and run by the van Aardt family, who were all born in Africa. Due to their long and close relationship with the local village, its chief leased them this stunning beachfront land to build a small resort that is both eco-friendly and very comfortable. Like all the best resorts in Kenya, Kizingo has a symbiotic relationship with the local village, an hour away on foot, and with farmers on the mainland who grow food and make furniture for the lodge.The swimming is excellent, both in the Indian Ocean and in the calm waters of the channel that separates Lamu from the mainland. For the more energetic there is a big choice of activities including a guided tour of historic Lamu Town, excellent snorkelling, the chance to swim with dolphins in the winter months and cycle rides to friendly African villages on the mainland. ... more   less 
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