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Baytil Ajaib

Lamu Town, Lamu Island, Kenya
Baytil Ajaib
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Trinidad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Our stay at Baytil Ajaib was an experience in the elegance of true hospitality. The owner Malik and his men, Wilson and Everston were awesome. The rhythm of Baytil Ajaib seduces from leisurely breakfast with fresh juices, coffee, treats from the market, delicious omelettes and crepes to light lunches, afternoon naps, sunset sails and moonrise rooftop drinks. We booked the... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a place like no other. I have no words to describe my experience at this establishment which is a wondrous blend between a private home, a guest house and a million-star hotel. We were met at Lamu airport (on Manda island) by two guys working at the hotel, who took us to the jetty to take the boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It was such a privilege to be able to stay in this beautiful Swahili house, which has been restored with such care by the owner, Malik. The spacious bedrooms and sitting areas were furnished with traditional furniture, with comfortable beds. Malik was a great guide, also, which helped us make the most of our time on Lamu. He also made... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My review of Baytil Ajaib is late if considering the first time I visited this one-of-kind chic hotel. The hotel host and co-owner Malik is truly gifted as a natural in hotel hospitality; a quality that is complimented by his genuine love of Lamu Isand. He enthusiastically showed me around the Island during my brief 3 day stay at Baytil... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

When Malik says on phone, what you see on the website is what you get, he means exactly that. Lovely furniture, antics you will not see anywhere else, rooms that are atleast 3 times the size of standard hotel rooms, a warm authentic floor and great hosting is what you will get from Baytil Ajaib. The stairs, though steep, add... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

It's a wonderful oasis in the centre of Lamu town, a palace full of beautiful details and most carefully renovated. The Harem Suite is an amazing, spacious and romantic gem. You'll feel like in 1001 nights and Malik, the owner is not only a great and caring host, he's also the most interesting and entertaining guide...

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

My stay at the Baytil Ajaib was simply wonderful. I was warmly received by Malik, who not only upgraded me to the most amazing suite, but also was a wonderful host to my friends who came by to visit me at the house. Staying in this 400-year old house is an unforgettable experience beginning with a beautiful boat ride that... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This "house of wonders" is truly amazing. The love for details, the professionality of the way the house was restored by Malik and his partner Norbert and the exquisite taste of the interior amazed us. There is something to discover every day in this house. Malik, you are a wonderful person and host and we thank you so much for... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Baytil Ajaib is by no means a normal hotel. It's a truly unique way to experience Lamu - taking in both the rich history of the island and its sometimes eccentric modern character. The building itself is spectacular - an old Swahili mansion built by Arab traders set back in amongst the narrow, labyrinthine streets of old Lamu town. It... More 

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Diani Beach, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I travelled to Lamu solo. My arrival was dramatic considering I used a bus to reach Mokowe (the mainland). Bus delays made me arrive 3 hrs before the 2014 new year jump off. My idea was to be in Lamu by 6 pm! Nevertheless all that trouble was worth it. I was met by Evanson (Maliks gracious staff at Baytil... More 

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