Yes, I think The Majlis on Manda Beach, Lamu, Kenya is THE perfect hotel! The place in itself is absolutely beautiful, originally built as a home a few years ago, but luckily for us all, turned into a hotel. Or a hotel of sorts...
The three building that comprise the hotel are large villas, and apart from those you'll find a beautiful restaurant builing with a huge bar above it where you can have your sundowner. There is another daytime bar and two swimming pools, and besides, the hotel is practically built right on the beach. Although it can get really hot here close to the Equator, the water both in the ocean and in the pools appear surprisingly refreshing.
The rooms and the furniture are amazing, there are pieces of art throughout the hotel collected by the Moccia family who own the place - and eveything is in perfect taste.
However, the staff at The Majlis may be the hotel's best asset. These are extremely nice people, incredibly forthcoming and helpfulm and although the service in the restaurant may be a bit lacking that's part of the experience. It can be a bit slow and uncoordinated, but Lamu is to a certain extent that kind of place. Having said this, the service is something the hotel management are constantly working on and improving step by step, so no worries. Or as they say in this part of the world - hakuna matata! Also, the food is absolutely amazing!
The overall feel of The Majlis is that the place is like a home, more than a hotel. And you certainly feel at home and you feel very, very welcome here. Thanks to everyone who made our vacation so successful!
- 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