Come on, be honest. Can you think of a better hotel than this in East Africa? I think not. My wife and I spent a week at The Majlis in October and it is truly a wonderful hotel, easily getting a 5 star rating from us.
Upon arrival at the airstrip we were greeted by Perris, who looked after us throughout our stay, in a brand new speed boat and we were driven direct to the hotel. A troupe of hotel staff marked our arrival with a beautiful local song that, although I did not quite catch the words, sounded most tuneful.
Soon we were escorted to our fabulous room on the second floor of one of the villas; the room was spacious, comfortable and elegantly styled with a large bathroom and separate dressing room area. I must say that whoever designed the interiors has impeccable taste. The room also had a fantastic sea view of the channel between Manda and Lamu. The view of the sunset each day was breathtaking.
There are many cool excursions and stuff to do. We went on a dhow cruise at sunset one day with 'Captain Jamaica' and his crew, a trip to Lamu town, and a rather adventurous day trip in a Jeep to Lake Kinyata, where we saw the entire cast of the film Madagascar. I wanted to do the water safari trip to the Tana river but my wife morphed into a rare breed of scaredy-cat and we decided to laze by the pool instead.
The food was really excellent during our time at The Majlis. The pasta was right up there with Cecconis or Locanda Locatelli in London. I felt the full-board price was actually very reasonable considering the top-notch cuisine. However, as my line manager reliably pointed out, I spent the not inconsiderable cost-saving on t-shirts and souvenirs in the hotel shop. Whoops.
And finally the staff. I have never experienced such attentive, charming and friendly staff. Seriously. Housekeeping took real care over each room, making these cute floral arrangements on the bed and animal shapes using hand-towels (how do you describe origami with towels instead of paper? towelgami?). The restaurant staff were attentive, eager and willing to serve. The management were always on hand ready to assist with any request.
When people use the word 'charming' often I worry. Once I bought a Renault 5 and 'charming' was another word for 'rusty'. Another time I bought a house and 'charming' in actual fact meant 'unmodernised'. So when I say The Majlis Lamu was utterly charming, I mean it in the sense of 'best hotel I have ever come across'.
- 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