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Lonno Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kanani Road, Watamu 80202, Kenya   |  
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Riga, Latvia
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Feels like my second home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I booked this wonderful small hotel for 10 nights to celebrate Christmas and New Year's eve in relaxed atmosphere.
Everything was excellent right from the very beginning!!!

TRANSFER: When I arrived to the airport the driver, organised by Silvia (owner of Lonno Lodge) met me in the waiting area with the sign board with my name - right on time and smiling. The transfer to the hotel by very comfortable and clean minivan took about 2 hours. In the hotel Silvia greeted me personally and after fresh and tasty welcome-dring she invited me to show me my room.

ROOM: I've booked TOP FLOOR ROOM with private terrace and ocean-view. This room is fantastic!!! Very well decorated, perfect size, clean and cozy, with small kitchen, french balcony and wonderful views! Every morning you can start your day with fantastic african sunrise view over the Indian ocean! The terrace is REALY nice! Big and with lovely sun-bed! Paradise!

HOTEL TERRITORY and POOL: I can say one word - PERFECT! Aldo, the owner and architect of Lonno Lodge, made a great job - the territory in very well organised and groomed, everything is green and blooming! The POOL is with clean ocean water, perfect size with the view to the ocean; entrance to small private beach is only few steps away; very professional waiter/barmen Philipe all the time was somewhere around ready to bring us cocktails, water or some snacks. One more very important thing for me - sun-beds were very-very comfortable!

RESTAURANT: for BREAKFAST I've got everything I wanted - fresh fruits with yogurt, crispy home-made croissants with jam, delicious vegetable omelette and mango juice! 100% satisfied!!! DINNER - fantastic home italian food: big portions, different types of raviolis, pastas and risotto, fresh fish or shrimps and, of course, the glass (or two) of red/white wine. Serviss was great! I was absolutely happy! :-)

EXCURSIONS: Don't worry if you don't have specific plan for excursions. Silvia and Aldo will suggest you where to go, what to see or where to stay during your trip, they will help you to choose the right option and will arrange everything for you! They were very helpful and arranged for me 2-days SAFARI trip to Tsavo East with comfortable Land Rover, with good driver/guide and booked for me a night in very nice design camp. If you like SNORKELLING - ask Aldo, he will show you the best places for it! One day we went together for snorkelling and I enjoyed it very much - almost 2 hours of colourful underwater life! :-) If you like snakes - there is SNAKE FARM 5 min away from Lonno Lodge - you can touch and play with snakes (if you want to) - worth to visit!

Lonno Lodge is defiantly the place there I'D LOVE to COME BACK and the place I will suggest to my friends! I miss these wonderful days in this lovely and hospitable place, I miss our dinners and talks with Silvia and Aldo!
Silvia & Aldo! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!
You made my vocation PERFECT! :-)

Room Tip: Book TOP FLOOR ROOM if you want to have a private terrace with fantastic view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We went at Lonno during Christmas time and it was absolutely perfect! Silvia and Aldo spoiled us with their excellent service, fresh home made food and genuine courtesy. The location is amazing and it's the perfect place to rest and relax. We really appreciated the intimate atmosphere that allowed us to meet very special people coming from all over the world. We had a lovely Christmas dinner with all of our new friends and that's something that I will remember for ever. Moreover Aldo gave us lots of advices to organize at best our excursion and our trip to Masai Mara. Absolutely reccomended!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Before travelling to Kenya, we did a lot of research and came across Lonno Lodge via Trip Advisor. We read all the reviews and wondered if such a special place really existed. Well it does! From the moment you see the smile of the Massai warrior at the gate, to the warm welcome from the owners Aldo and Sylvia upon your arrival, you realise that Lonno Lodge is a very special place.

Our journey brought us to Kenya from London via Nairobi and then a short flight to Mombasa. We arranged transportation from the airport via Sylvia and Aldo, and on exit from the airport departure area our driver was there to meet us displaying an easily identifiable Lonno Lodge sign. The two hour journey from the airport was comfortable and interesting as our driver spoke about the areas and villages we passed through along the way.

We travelled with two teenagers for seven nights from 27 October 2012 and stayed in the two bedroom suite. The suite was comfortable and spacious, with subtle African, Arabic and Portuguese architectural influences and adorned with African masks and sculptures. Aldo, who is also an architect, deserves full credit for this stunning design.

There are set menus and meal times, but these are not onerous and the food is a good mix of Italian and local cuisine and changes based on what Sylivia finds fresh from her daily shopping in the local markets. If there is something on the menu that you do not eat, then Sylvia will happily arrange something else for you. We asked to change some menu items for my daughter, and rather than just choosing an alternative, Sylvia took the time to speak with her about what she likes and always delivered a delicious alternative.

When the tide went out, we explored the tide pools and walked along the shore to Watamu, which is slightly challenging but great fun. We took a tuk tuk back to the Lodge. We also visited the Gede Ruins, and the kids went quad biking. The Lonno Lodge is conveniently located for an overnight stay in Tsavo East, which is enough time to get a taste of the safari experience. With our guide, George, we enjoyed the 2+ hour drive to the park and were fortunate to see 4 of the Big Five during our 24 hour stay! Trips were arranged through Sylvia and Aldo, who were very helpful. Aldo also took us to some very special places where we were able to see the true Kenya. Thank you Aldo.

Aldo and Sylvia and the entire staff make Lonno Lodge a place where you will want to visit time and time again. The way they instantly make you feel at ease and the excellent level of personal service are truly memorable.

Thank you Aldo and Sylivia for a wonderful stay!

Clinton, Devonee, Alex and Stephanie

  • Stayed October 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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Berkshire
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Had 9 nights here back in November and it was without doubt one of the most relaxing holidays I have had.
The driver in the very luxurious people carrier was waiting for us at Mombasa airport and drove us safely on the 2 hour transfer to Lonno Lodge. Malindi is closer but the flight times are not as good so as to make the most of your time at Lonno.

Aldo & Silvia are the most fantastic hosts and their attitude to guests is one of the reasons everything works so well here. They are always around to offer advice on what to do, where to eat and the hundreds of other question that will get asked.


We stayed in the top tower room and yes, there are a lot of steps up to the room but just remember not to forget something you need by the pool. The views were fantastic and I can recommend this room especially now Aldo has had a day bed built to sit on the top terrace. There is no AC but with the sea breeze and the fan you don't really need it.

The staff were all very friendly and would provide anything you wanted. We were the only 2 people here for 8 nights so no doubt we were spoilt!

Food is of a very high quality, but as a set menu there is not much choice. If you want a substitution Silvia will arrange it for you.

Everywhere is spotless with lots of gardeners, pool cleaners, maids etc ensuring that nothing is ever out of place.

There is a spa there, which is not advertised on the website. We never used it as it would have been to much effort to prise ourselves out of the hammock!

There is nothing new that I can add to whatever has been said before, except that there is only one place we return to (Ulusaba) and we have now added another one. Lonno Lodge was so relaxing and perfect for our needs that we are returning for 11 nights in February.

So thank you to Aldo, Silvia and the staff for such a relaxing time.

Mark & Anne-Marie

Room Tip: Top tower room is excellent, the rest of the rooms are lovely as I was shown most of them.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangalore, India
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Lonno is definitely the most beautiful and charming hotels/lodges I have ever stayed at. And the amazing thing is that the owners are the architects and your hosts.

We stayed there as a family of 4 (2 adults, one 3-year and one 7-months old children). Sylvia and Aldo are the owners and they run the place. They've made us feel at home and provided excellent service throughout. Food was of the finest Italian quality you can ever dream of and all the hotel employees (driver, servers, cleaners, etc.) were very friendly and warm.
We simply had a fantastic holiday and will go back again.

Room Tip: There are only 8 rooms in the whole lodge and they're all excellent! If it rains while you are t...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

One sure thing we felt as soon as we got to Lonno Lodge is : time to relax and rest. This is the first lodge and hotel in Kenya to ever make us feel like we were really disconnected.

From the amazing Arabic and African décor that meets you right from the reception, to the warm smiles of Sylvia and Aldo who made us feel at home, to the meticulous interior designs in the rooms... it was already enough to assure us that we made the right choice.

We were blown away by the delicious food that was prepared, we were never late for lunch nor dinner! Hats off to the chef and not forgetting, with good food come great service to Phillip, Jacky, Jacob and Petronilla who were there to our every beck and call. Great service guys!

Lonno was a jewel on the cliffs of Watamu. It was an amazing stay and we will definitely be back and also will recommend to friends and family.

Not forgetting Sam, Black, Paco that also kept us company, be good dogs!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kenya
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We spent 3 nights at Lonno Lodge and loved every minute of our stay. Sylvia went out of her way to make sure everything was taken care of for us and our baby. Never did she make us feel like we were asking too much of anything. She and Aldo also insisted on making my husband's birthday special, while we tried to insist otherwise. We were so grateful for their sincere hospitality. All the other staff were really friendly and attentive while being discreet at the same time.

The hotel is small and intimate, really well designed - loved the the use of white stone. The rooms, grounds and pool are all really well kept and clean. Great food too!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Kanani Road, Watamu 80202, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#1 Family Hotel in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lonno Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lonno Lodge is a luxury hotel on the sea side of the Watamu Marine Park, Kenya. Its secluded structure, with nested private tiny beaches, is the optimal spot to relax and indulge on the white beach of Kenya. Despite the proximity with the sea, a huge double swimming pool with salt water is available for our guests. Guests whose presence is limited in number to provide everyone with privacy, silence and top quality service. ... more   less 
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