We arrived at Lonno Lodge after a 4 day safari at Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara (especially the latter highly recommended, check our review of Royal Mara Lodge). We just wanted to relax for a few days with our family as this was a one week break. Well relaxing at Lonno Lodge is easy!
The place looks almost too good to be true. The design of the grounds, the gardens, the rooms. Everything is just perfect. The attention to detail from the owners (former architects in Italy) is outstanding. We also loved the large and beautiful pool.
The food is great too with the Italian roots clearly visible. It is all prepared by the African staff and they surprised almost every time with great starters, fantastic pasta's and lovely main courses (often fish).
Aldo and Silvia do everything to make your stay to your liking. They arranged our next hotel and the transfers and went out of their way to make sure everything was as we liked it without being "in our way".
The rooms are fantastic too - great architecture again and every detail is thought of. Our 2 room, 2 stories suite had a great balcony where we could relax once the kids went to bed.
As for the location: note that while the lodge is right at the sea - there is no private beach (well there a small strip is but you wouldn't want to lay or swim there because of the heavy sea weeds.) We went to the beach after a low tide hike across the reefs and found it busy and unattractive and didn't mind spending our time at the Lonno pool instead.
Getting there: we arrived from Malindi airport (we flew with Fly 540 from Wilson Airport, Nairobi: a cheap way to get there). From Malindi it's only 25 minutes with the very comfortable Lonno Lodge car (seating a family of 5) arranged by Silvia and Aldo. When we left we went to Mobasa - 2.5 hours.
All in all we had a fantastic time and would certainly recommend this lodge to anyone going to the area.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lonno Hotel Watamu