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“"Peponi" is a swahili word meaning "Paradise" and it describes this magical hotel perfectly.” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
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“"Peponi" is a swahili word meaning "Paradise" and it describes this magical hotel perfectly.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We were lucky enough to spend five incredible days at Peponi's after a fabulous safari. Carol, Lars, and Andrew are so very welcoming and accommodating. They arranged several sails for us on the dhows and a trip to see the turtles hatch. No words can accurately describe the beauty and peacefulness of this lovely spot. All the rooms look out on the stunning Indian Ocean, beautiful breezes night and day, the air is so clean, the cuisine (especially the crab, breads) are among the most delicious meals I have ever had. The Bar is a fantastic spot to have sundowners- especially the hotel's signature drink-The "Old Pal" among fun and interesting locals . We cannot wait to return!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We stayed here in 2007 and visited again in 2008. I dream of returning again one day! It was perfectly safe to walk around the town, on my own, at any time - even late evening. The food was amazing (Carol gave me a copy of her recipe for wonderful Mango Soup). The beds themselves are worth a mention....called Lamu beds, they are very high and you almost need ladders to climb into them. Always ornate and beautifully decorated with tiles they are definitely different! Plenty of activities can be organised through the hotel and we took a boat trip to the coral islands were we did some scuba diving. Lamu town is delightful and well worth a visit.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Placencia, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I loved this place! Was a nice walk from Lamu village. Very friendly staff made us feel so welcome. Could not ask for a better location! Was here a long time ago and I am so glad to see it is still going string! Such great memories!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

My husband and I just returned from an amazing safari with Tropical Ice in Kenya. The owner/ guide, Iain Allen had recommended we take a few days and enjoy the Kenyan coast and that Lamu was an ideal spot to visit and that Carol at Peponi Hotel would take great care of us. He was right on all accounts. I admit, that I fell victim to the negative pirating press issued by the US State Department and played out in the media. I couldnt have been more wrong. I felt completely safe and at ease.
First, Lamu is a throwback in time. Its the oldest standing Swahili village, dating back to the 7th century. We stayed in nearby Shela at Peponi which was exquisite. Lamu is a very old muslim trading port and the center of action. Shela village, the location of Peponi is its upscale neighbor a short walk away.
When we arrived at Peponi we were graciously greeted by Andrew and a welcoming cocktail called an Ol Pal. Refreshingly delicious. Andrew gave us the lay of the land and walked us around the property . Styled in the traditional Swahili architecture ( think Mykonos or Santorini with sharp angles) the grounds were lush and spacious . Carol and her team of placed subtle placards on the various plants on the grounds so guests have no problem identifying the often unusual plants or trees. Do to a room mix up we were lucky enough to experience two rooms. The first, room 24 on the beach front was a delight. Simple and tasteful, you are lulled to sleep at night by the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore. The second room..(was called Top according to our key) was an even larger version of the first with a terrace equally as large. It is over the bar and from 8- 10 or 11 you can here the guests downstairs but it was never too noisy and didn't last all night. It was terrific, we spent the mornings lounging in our hammock, wearing Kikoys, the native wraps provided by the hotel and then afternoons walking the most spectacular dunned beaches imaginable . If you do visit, make sure you walk the beach at low tide. its extraordinary and the dunes reach 7 stories high. Peponi also provides a full range of water activities from water skiing, to windsurfing . After our outings we always found ourselves sitting on the restaurant terrace enjoying an amazing meal. One night we opted for the traditional Swahili dinner which was a dining event. Served in the magnificent garden by the pool. You sit on plush pillows and throws and enjoy what was for us, 6 courses.
One of the extraordinary attractions of the hotel is its staff. Headed by the fabulous Carol ( a force of nature on the island) they did everything and more to make us feel welcomed and very well taken care of. It was also very nice to see how Team Peponi gives back to the community. Launching turtle tagging and nesting programs, helping provide scholarships to many of the towns children: it really was nice to see. As you can see, I could go on and on about how wonderful our experience was. Its a MUST for anyone looking for an exotic beach getaway that is off the beaten path.

Room Tip: The rooms in the 20s were very quiet right on the beach and the further up the hill away from the be...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

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!

Room Tip: We had rooms in two different parts of the hotel... room 24 was nice and quiet... but we loved "...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Peponi is a lovely hotel located on the water in Shela. Staff are very friendly and the manager is great - gets to know each guest's name and provides lots of helpful tips. My large room was very comfortable and overlooking the ocean - went to sleep to the sound of waves each night. They meet you at the airport and take you by boat to the hotel.

You can swim right in front of the hotel or walk 5-10 minutes down the beach to the dunes area. Never crowded. Shela is a charming town a short boat ride (or 40 minute walk during low tide) from the town of Lamu itself. Everyone very friendly.

Diverse clientele.
Great place to relax. Hope to be able to return.

Room Tip: Was very happy in room 25, but they all seem to be good.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Poway, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Stayed here with my husband and bestie for two nights. They were very very accomodating. The food was delicious and they had a nice wine selection, too.
The rooms were great and had awesome mosquito nets, too.
I would stay here again in a heart beat.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great!! No need to book a special room, even the stadards are above standard.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Peponi Hotel
Address: Box 24, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Hotel Class:4 star — Peponi Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Peponi Hotel Lamu

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