I was staying in a large house about 100 metres from the Peponi Hotel, and given that this Muslim Island is largely alcohol-free, the bar and restaurant at the hotel became something of a second home. When I first arrived in Kenya some years ago, I was advised that the Peponi bar in Shela was "the finest spot in the world for a sundowner". And it certainly is a very fine spot to have a few drinks as the sun goes down (although in my experience there are quite a few contenders for 'finest'). The restaurant is as good as anything in Nairobi -- particularly the seafood, hardly unexpected given that the water laps at the steps of the hotel/bar/restaurant. In particular, as someone who has spent considerable time in Asia, the sashimi really was terrific -- I had it for lunch three days in a row! Fresh, a good choice of fish (although the "assorted" platter seemed to vary a little every day), and well presented. I also tried a number of other seafood dishes in the restaurant, and all were far better than I would expect in Nairobi. My fellow diners also seemed to be quite happy with their choices, ranging from burgers, sandwiches and sushi to pasta dishes. The bar is good, the service perhaps a little slow, but hey, we're on an island off the African coast, not in a hurry anyway. Didn't really get a look at the rooms, but I imagine they're up to a pretty high standard. I guess the only negative is that it's not cheap by Lamu standards, but it's worth paying a little extra for the ambiance and the quality.
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