After a breath-taking, life changing safari on the Masai Mara, we didn't know if we could be impressed again. And we touched down on the "airstrip" (really just a bit of dirt) in Lamu, things didn't look so great. The travel agent had messed up our reservations and the hotel was not there to meet us. We were a bit intimidated (2 small, white girls) but picked up our bags and hoped on the boat with the locals. Everyone was friendly and helpful and we paid a man $10 to carry our bags to Lamu House.
Now Lamu will look run down, 3rd world and a bit tired but do not let that dampen your spirits. It is worth the long trip! Once inside Lamu House, we were in paradise. The pictures don't even do it justice. The open spaces around the wonderful, relaxing pool are serene and beautiful. Old fashion gold keys unlock big wooden doors to the guest rooms. Our room was small but lovely. We had the fans and mosquito netting and were fine in the warm air at night.
The food was wonderful. And the service was consistent and top-notch.
Lamu House is not on a beach but we took speed boats (the Beyonce's captain was our favorite!) to the other side of Lamu to experience world class beaches and other restaurants. Swimming in the Indian Ocean is an experience not to be missed. Lamu is not to be missed.
I can't wait to return to Lamu House!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel made of 2 Swahili houses adjoin, with 10 superior rooms, plunge pool. Luxury accommodation, in the Old Stone Town of Lamu, located on the seafront. Restaurant & coffee shop. Traditional dhows for comfortable excursions. ... more less
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