First, don't let any negative US State Department reports prevent you from visiting Lamu. We never once felt unsafe. We visited neighboring Manda Island (where 2011's troubles occurred) and we saw several security forces there. Don't let more-than-two-year-old news reports sway you!
And now on to Peponi Hotel... I wish we could have stayed longer!
The hotel is very comfortable, situated right where the leeward side of Shela becomes the windward side. That means you get a consistent cooling breeze. It also means you have great views of the channel and Manda Island.
Carol and Andrew were perfect hosts. Because I didn't provide the person booking our stay with some necessary information, there was a minor hiccup with our room, which they corrected right away, switching us to a much better room! Both had tons of suggestions and were very informative. They couldn't have been warmer, nicer people.
What else? The food is amazing. The wine list is terrific. The motor boating excursions were lots of fun. Shela's beach is easily one of the prettiest we have seen. And Shela itself is charming. If we'd stayed longer, I am sure I could go on!
Hope to visit again!