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The Charming Lonno Lodge
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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“Perfect in every way.”
Reviewed January 10, 2012

Our stay at Lonno Lodge was a perfect finale to a month in Kenya with our children. We stayed for eight nights, the rooms and beds were excellent and every mouthful of food was a delight. Sylvia and Aldo are gracious and welcoming hosts, making the stay seem more akin to staying in their own private house rather than a hotel. With only 8 'rooms' there was never a rush for the breakfast buffet and the superb staff were always there just when needed, but never in the way. We took the 'Two bedrooms suite' which meant a double room, a bunk room for two of the children and a single bed in the spacious living area on the ground floor. All the rooms were ideally suited to our needs. Nothing was too much for Aldo and Sylivia, we had excellent advice on where and when to go on excursions locally and rides in Aldo's lovingly restored Landrover into the village. We'll be back.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

We recently spent four exceptional and relaxing days at Lonno Lodge. My wife and three kids enjoyed ourselves immensely. Sylvia and Aldo are excellent hosts and made us feel right at home without being overly intrusive. We enjoyed the meals a lot (probably ended up putting on some weight). The lodge, the garden, pool and surroundings are very beautiful and peaceful- a true paradise!! I have not felt more relaxed in a long time.

Our activities included a walk to town during low-tide and a nice lunch at a pizza place. We also went to Turtle rescue center, which was a nice educational experience for our kids. Most of the rest of the time was reading books, swimming in the very nice pool, and relaxing.

We look forward to returning soon!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Aldo the owener of Lonno Lodge describes himself as a "Poor Fisherman from Italy",his ever suffering beautiful wife Silvia and him run the best hotel we have ever stayed in .They make everyday special with every little touch you can think of . The rooms are a really luxury ,big beds white cotton sheets ,lovely views .

The pool and the main area are just right. The hotel is small and understated in every way. Dinner is 5 courses of the best food ever as the owners are Italian that is the main theme which was just so yummy we went to bed each night vowing to skip a course the next day-but never did!

Also took us out on a trip up one of the Creeks ans along one of the big white sandy beaches ,we had lunch in a simple beach bar Fish and Chips -Kenya Style !

Words are inappropiate to describe this perfect paradise just go and see for yourself as we will be back1

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

We had a very peaceful stay at the Lonno Lodge. We really appreciated the warm welcome, the kindness and the availibility of Silvia and Aldo. Same for the the helpfuf and professional staff. We will recommend this wonderful place when back home. We hope to come back again as soon as we can.

Fabienne & Manuel

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

We stayed at Lonno Lodge at the end of our safari and trekking trip in Kenya ... even we arrived at a horrible timing at 4.30/ 5 in the morning without information in advance, silvia and aldo welcomed us in such a nice way... we stayed at Lonno Lodge for 5 days... the rooms are beautiful - just 3 double rooms and 3 suites.. all of them gorgeos and unique... as the whole place/ location/ food and service...

As I'm a vergeterian they managed to surprise me every day with an excellent menue..

Am travelling a lot, but such a jewel is hard to find. Would give you 10 POINTS!

Thanks a lot Silvia and Aldo for the beautiful stay in Watamu <3

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

Undoubtably the most exquisite place I have travelled to in a very long time. The accommodation is simple, rustic and and as good, if not better, than any 5 star hotel I have ever stayed in. The staff are very warm and if your are lucky to bump into the owners Aldo and Sylvia, they promise to make you feel just at home. From a mix of Portuguese architecture and Arabic influence, rises this true diamond in the rough. The meals will have you wanting more and more. The meals are mainly European cuisine with an influence of African flavour. Keeping in touch with friends and family is absolutely possible with Hi-speed wireless internet available within general areas, but restricted within the rooms. But then, why are you really wanting to use the internet, when you can spend your afternoons walking along the white sandy beaches. If your looking to get away from it all and want good piece of mind, look no further for Lonno Lodge offers this, and so much more. P.S. If your nice enough to Aldo, he might take you to his secret ice-cream spot!!! Enjoy your memorable stay. Nic Alexander

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Venice, Veneto, Italy
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

This hotel has the most wonderful rooms, food and service I have ever experienced. The only thing I cannot work out is why it does not have 6 stars. The key to its success is the wonderful personal service provided by Aldo and Silvia. Aldo has done a wonderful job with designing an exceptional property and Silvia has guided an amazing culinary restaurant experience and both of them provide exceptional attention to detail. After staying for two weeks with our two sons of eight and eleven years, we consider Aldo and Silvia as friends. And what can we say about the dogs, who we miss enormously? This is an ideal place for people with young children or without children who appreciate quality and fantastic service. Moreover, we combined local experiences of snorkelling, exploring beaches and marine life with a one-day safari from the hotel then a two-day safari. This was a great combination of enjoying Kenya's lovely coast and amazing safari. We recommend this hotel without reservation.

Room Tip: book well in advance because this place is the best and you don't want to miss out.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: The Charming Lonno Lodge
Address: 390 Kanani Road, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#1 Family Hotel in Watamu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
#2 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Charming Lonno Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Charming Lonno Lodge Watamu 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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