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“Stands up to its name Peponi=Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Peponi Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Box 24, Lamu Island, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 hotels in Lamu Island
Nairoi
2 reviews
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“Stands up to its name Peponi=Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The most wonderful place on the African coast with the most welcoming guests! We go there almost every month to escape from the Nairobi hustle, it feels very private, yet in the heart of the Lamu culture - very unique in terms of architecture and vibe. I love the Peponi food and the dhow sundowners. Situated at the beginning of the most wonderful 14km beach I have been to - Shella. If I have to choose one place in Africa to always go to - it would definitely be Peponi.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Peponi hotel is magical enchanting all the clichés but that is why they are called clichés because no other word can quite describe it.
You get there by road or plane. Either way you will take a Dhow and sail to Shela Island.
It is a small boutique hotel all rooms face the sea. The decor is the Lamu wood work with touches of Morocco Riad gardens and architecture.
The hotel organises everything from massages to trips to Lamu town one of Africa’s oldest where in the past Chinese and Arab seafarers visited and traded.
The hotel is special not only for hospitality but services that can be customised.
Want to eat something that is not on the menu, get a massage or have your feet painted in henna then it will all be organised.
Explore the little village at the back of the hotel and meet its wonderful inhabitants. You might get invited to a dinner on a roof top and experience Swahili cuisine at its best, from coconut rice to fried lobster.
Life is smooth calm and easy at Peponi as you relax on the restaurant terrace taking in the sunsets or go for early morning walks along the beach . So much to do in such a serene place, the most important one being resting!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We have just returned from a trip to Lamu which included two nights at Peponi and can easily see us returning - hopefully for more time. We loved our stay here; the welcome was warm, the food delicious, the rooms very comfortable and the grounds beautiful. We felt well looked after and guided on the village, what to see, how to get around, how to arrange dhow rides to take advantage of the most magical sunsets ... simply a lovely place to stay and to feel spoilt

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

One of the best places I have ever stayed. Amazing setting with the best service and excellent food. Each room is very private and you feel like you are staying in your own mini villas.

Can't wait to return...

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Unbelievable location. Great people and great service. Idyllic holiday for a family break or quiet getaway. Indian ocean and east africa colonial splendour. Situated on shela beach in the old town. Beautiful food and romantic accomodation. Owner run with one of the best bars on the continent. Sundowners are an institution.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We have just returned from a vacation at the peponi hotel. This is a very special place the hosts can't be more friendly. The food is superb and the service outstanding. The hotel is secluded and the beach is beautiful

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lamu Island, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We had 5 fantastic days, Christmas 2012, at Peponi. A very nice and friendly place to stay. We were really taken care of, in a friendly way. Very good food, especially seafood. We'll be back! Ami, Jonas, Erik, Gustav and Olle Cronqvist

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about Peponi Hotel

Also Known As:
Peponi Hotel Lamu
Address: Box 24, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Lamu Island
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Peponi Hotel 3.5*

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