We stayed just along the beach from this fabulous 'no news no shoes' hotel and went there several times during our stay. The welcome from Mary Jo and Louis is always fantastic and barmen Alex and Tom mix the best cocktails ever (try the Lamu donkey, a close cousin to a Moscow mule). The main banda houses the bar and dining room (the food is fabulous) and there are just 8 rooms, each in its own individual banda, combining local style and materials with every comfort you could want. Security is being taken very seriously, there are askaris (watchmen), police, army and navy on full alert discreetly around, and you feel very safe at all times. It is a beautiful unspoilt place, you cannot believe that places like this still exist on our crowded planet - go! you will get a wonderful welcome and have a fabulous holiday.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kizingo Hotel Lamu Island
- Kizingo Resort Lamu