My husband and I stayed there for 3 days at the end of our safari. We were greeted by friendly staff at the airport and a group of dancing staff when we got to the hotel by boat. As we walked in, we knew this was going to very different for any other experience we had ever had.
The premises are classically beautiful but whimsically laid out, and contemporary in a very exotic way. Everything was luxurious without being over the top and the decor, food etc stayed true to the surroundings.
But it was the eagerness of the staff to please that stood out. They really took pride in accomodating every request. We discovered that the chef was well-versed in making ethnic dishes that were not on the menu. Freshly cut mangoes, papaya and pineapples, curried shrimp, sushi, grilled calamari, chinese dishes, fresh pili pili peppers...every meal was outstanding and gorgeously presented. All the food is made on the premises, including the orange marmalade!
The location is unspoilt and beautiful, but livelier Shela with its restaurants is just across the bay. We briefly visited Lamu and took a dhow trip to the ruins on Manda (including a gorgeous seafood mixed grill cooked on the boat) but mostly loved staying at the resort. We enjoyed breakfast and tea on our balcony overlooking the bay and ate lunch and dinner in different places in the resort, including a romantic table set up on the beach under the stars....everywhere but the excellent restaurant!
The feel is of the place is like staying with at your friend's private beach house on the Indian ocean....way over and above a 5-star.
Tropical, luxurious without being pretentious, gorgeous, unique....this place is a 9.5!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Majlis Lamu Ltd Hotel Lamu Island