My family and I had just been on a trip to the Amu Ranch. After a long and early morning, by late afternoon, we were ready for a relaxed quiet meal. We were warmly received by the wonderful proprietor Dion. The cool drinks we were met with quenched our dry throats and settled our safari shaken bodies.
Kizingo is so thoughtfully decorated with lovely traditional Lamu furniture, fixtures and fittings with some welcome modern twists. We spent time chatting with Dion before being led to our table where a lovely swahili meal was served.
After lunch we relaxed with coffees, teas, cool drinks and deserts. The breeze coming through the open dining area was beautiful. We were luckily able to take a tour around one of the unoccupied guest cabins. Lovely open rooms with the typical Lamu beds and swinging seats with cushions that I remember from my childhood.
All too soon our stop over was over. Our boat had arrived to take us back to Lamu town. We said our goodbyes making promises to go back. And go back we will.
There were several couples on honeymoon, vacationing or stopping over for the day. Very romantic. Very family friendly. I'd recommend Kizingo to anyone who wants to chill out. Its the kind of place that writers go to be creative. An ambiance to remember.
Thank you to the staff, Dion and our host on that day.
- Also Known As:
- Kizingo Hotel
- Kizingo Hotel Lamu Island
- Kizingo Hotel Lamu
- Kizingo Resort Lamu
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kizingo is the ultimate 'no news, no shoes’ beach resort - a wonderful secluded and tranquil escape from the modern world. The lodge is situated at one end of a spectacular 12-kilometre beach that stretches from Kizingo (which means 'the point’ in Swahili) to the fashionable village of Shela. Kizingo has eight beautifully appointed bandas (thatched cottages), set well apart from each other. In the early morning you can enjoy tea in bed and watch fishing dhows tack south to Malindi.Guests can be as private or as social as they wish, opting to enjoy fine dining on the balcony of their banda or join other guests in the bar and the dining room with their magnficent views across the bay to mainland Kenya where giant baobab trees spread into the brilliant blue sky.Kizingo is owned and run by the van Aardt family, who were all born in Africa. Due to their long and close relationship with the local village, its chief leased them this stunning beachfront land to build a small resort that is both eco-friendly and very comfortable. Like all the best resorts in Kenya, Kizingo has a symbiotic relationship with the local village, an hour away on foot, and with farmers on the mainland who grow food and make furniture for the lodge.The swimming is excellent, both in the Indian Ocean and in the calm waters of the channel that separates Lamu from the mainland. For the more energetic there is a big choice of activities including a guided tour of historic Lamu Town, excellent snorkelling, the chance to swim with dolphins in the winter months and cycle rides to friendly African villages on the mainland. ... more less
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