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“An outstanding resort!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Majlis Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ras Kitau Bay, Manda Island | PO Box 502, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“An outstanding resort!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I think i will go right ahead and start with the rooms! The thought put in the designs, totally impeccable! the Swahili inspired intricate designs on the furniture are quite impressive, I felt like taking the bed home with me! if only it could fit into my suitcase! (sigh). They were gracious enough to show me around,the other rooms were equally impressive but the royal suite, it's out of this world beautiful!

When it came to the meals, the chef went out of his way to impress, He takes the trophy for the pan seared Tuna. Which i learnt was a daily catch during the season i was there, i made a point of going fishing, to see if i could also contribute to daily the supply of Tuna, but i caught a barracuda instead, wasn't disappointed, it was also very tasty.

The pool bar is exquisite! I had my fair share of madafu while i was there. The Majlis staff, a very friendly lot, very hospitable.Thank you all, you made my stay there memorable! On my last night, a candle lit dinner was set up on the beach, that was simply magical! talking of the beach, its one of the cleanest beach i have ever seen,pristine! and no beach boys either.
I also had a fabulous time in the water, If you ever go there, make sure their water sports cabin is the first place you check out.

Beautiful resort, Wonderful team! Pristine beach,Fantastic food! and everything you could ask for while on holiday. I will definitely come back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Mombasa, Kenya
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

many big thanks to all majlis crews for making the wonderful moments for my clients, the were very happy and feel like home. thank you so much moccia family for the hospitality you had, this is just the beginning expect more to come. thanks once again Federico and Stefano as well

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised on our boat ride and warm welcome from Evelyne when we got to Majlis. The amazing Majlis was like paradise with beauty everywhere. After a cold refreshing welcome drink we were heading to our rooms when Stefano met and greeted us introducing himself. We then dropped our bags and dashed straight to taste the awesome pool by our room. By the way the room was beautiful and spacious with tasteful Lamu furniture and white surface giving a feeling of space and light!
All the staff members were professional, kind, warm and helpful. The outstanding ones included the bar man upstairs, Katana, Lenny, Evelyne, Fred, the chef Ochieng and Omar. I can’t remember everyone by name all I can say is we were thrilled and delighted!!!
Frederico was also very warm and even accorded us a dhow sunset trip with his crew singing jambo bwana, habari gani mzuri sana.
Stefano took us snorkeling, where my son who is 8 was so excited having watched an Octopus getting caught.
The food was delicious. We could not get enough of the catch of the day on each of the meal times during both lunch and dinner. Yummy seafood!!! My 8 year old son Denzel especially loved all the hospitality and unending attention.
For anyone looking for an out of this world vacation I would like to highly recommend the amazing Majlis. My 5 days stay was heaven on earth. The owners and staff angels!
Cannot wait for my next visit during the upcoming Lamu yoga festival in 13 – 16 March 2014 super excited. Wow!!!!

Room Tip: the rooms overlooking the sea are actually the most suitable because one can enjoy both the pool and...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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kenya
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

The minute I landed at manda island, I was bowled over...felt like am in paradise... the majlis is exactly that !! golden white pristine beaches and clear sea..where u can actually see a reflection of your shadow...had a great swim ...now the Majlis...the staff are extremely friendly... one of them actually showed me around the property...the interiors are tastefully chosen with a unique, serene feel to it... the top floors rooms have an amazing view out to the sea!! Villa B is breath-taking...the rooms have an inter-connecting door as well..perfect for a family with kids or a group of friends... the pool bar and the upstairs bar are simply awesome!! I will definitely return to stay and be spoilt rotten!! :) I am highly impressed with this hotel..glad to have found this piece of heaven right here in Kenya!! :) thanks a ton to the staff...oh and the massage lady has the most genuine, welcoming smile.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This hotel had a fabulous eclectic interiors with each property entering into a communal area that is furnished comfortably - as if you were in your lounge. The bedrooms were clean with crisp sheets and left with beautiful flowers and towel art each day. The staff were so helpful and caring, that nothing was too much trouble. Evelyn was a star and made our stay memorable. The staff were happy to show us all areas at the hotel and take care of our needs especially with activities such as canoeing, lasers e.t.c Manda Toto is a great trip to snorkel and see the beautiful fish. Thanks Charlie. The pool bar is unique and the ambience of this place is geared to rest and relaxation with two pools to choose from. The views were beautiful across to Shella Beach with great sunsets each evening.The beach is quiet and no beach boys selling! Without any prompt the staff kept us guessing on our dining location from ground floor to 1st floor dining and also fire with candle light on the beach, even though this must have been extra work for them. The Chef Kenneth cooks the meanest Swahili Curry and pancakes/crepes that melt in your mouth. Lemmy and the waiters were attentive and very friendly and happy to chat on a range of subjects or leave you to your privacy. We will definitely make every effort to return.
Thank you Evelyn, Freddy and team.

Room Tip: Sea view for Sunsets
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

To stay at the Majlis Resort is like taking part of a TV documentary about a paradise at the end of the world which is wonderful as well as unaccessible. But on Manda Island you get the chance to check in the paradise. The word "Majlis" means the room, where pepole come together. And the Majlis is definitely a good place to come together. From the very first moment you got a homelike feeling. It's more like visiting a good friend instead of stayin at a hotel. The way the different buildings, the lobbies (more like living rooms) and its rooms (e.g. the furniture or the decoration) are designed is a symbol for the love and the effort the Majlis team put into this resort. Our room was spacious (with two balconies), comfortable and absolutely clean. The stuff (from the gardener to the captain, from the waitress to the roomservice) were very obliging and pleasant. First of all the management stuff were taking care about us in a lovely way and they fullfilled our desires at every time. We had a boat trip with the Dhau, a beach dinner, a totaly relaxing massage, a trip with the kayak throu the mangrove forest - and we enjoyed it to the fullest. Most of all we enjoyed the delicious food (every meal was a manifestion of delicacy) and the relaxing atmosphere overall, which was the perfekt finish of our safari trip throu Kenya. We absolutely recommend this resort.

Room Tip: Perfect view in the first floor!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This hotel is very nice. The staff is extremely friendly. I feel like I have to preface my review with this because the hotel did nothing wrong, it just was not our style. We booked our Kenya trip through a travel agent and they were WONDERFUL in recommending the right safari camps for our trip - ones with a local feel and felt more like a family. We were then in a little bit of "culture shock" when we arrived at the Majlis because it was very much a highend hotel. There are a lot of things to do, but they will definitely cost you. I would not expect to snorkel/swim from the hotels beach. There is a retaining wall due to beach erosion so you will have sand up above and then need to walk down the retaining wall to swim, but in that area boats are coming and going on a fairly regular basis and not good quality for snorkeling. We ended up going snorkeling on our 2nd day there (we only stayed 3) and it was a great experience. They took us to Manda Toto where we saw tons of fish, coral, a sea turtle and sting ray. One of the better snorkeling experiences we've had. Our boat captain even caught a fish that we ate for lunch. Very yummy!

It's my understanding that several famous people have stayed here and that would make sense based on the "highend-ness" feel to the place. If that's your travel style then you will LOVE this hotel. Again, great staff, good food, nice hotel and we felt secure.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ras Kitau Bay, Manda Island | PO Box 502, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Majlis Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Idyllic, luxurious, stylish, unique, …the Majlis resort is a privately-owned luxury beach hotel on the north coast of Kenya in the Indian ocean. Designed and built to reflect Lamu’s heritage tradition, The Majlis combines 25 superbly appointed luxury air-conditioned suites built with Western comforts and local tradition. State-of-the-art facilities include two bars, a gourmet restaurant, two swimming pools and an activity center which graciously co-ordinates a wide variety of full day experiences for you. ... more   less 
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