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The Charming Lonno Lodge
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2012

I spent 6 nights at Lonno Lodge after 7 days safari with (adult) family. It was the perfect end to an amazing holiday, to relax and chill out.

Lonno is an easy 20 minute or so drive from Malindi airport. The drive off the main road to Lonno is a little daunting as you are unsure where you are going, along a very bumpy road! Lonno is then a lovely, secure oasis at the end.

We were greeted on arrival by Aldo and Sylvia and their four dogs. I am very pathetic about dogs and am scared of them, but the dogs are kept under control, well trained and are not frightening at all! Aldo and Sylvia were very welcoming from start to finish; friendly, thoughtful, helpful and accommodating.

The hotel itself is lovely; a fabulous design, small and intimate and with a lovely vibe. Everything is just right! The rooms are comfortable, clean and modern, the pool and sunbed area well kept and beautiful, the food was delicious and varied, the cocktails super, and a great, relaxing music playlist at all times! The staff were all unobtrusive and very pleasant.

We were a little surprised at how windy it was during our stay. It was no problem and was pleasant to have the wind, but take a jumper for the evenings just in case. We did not really use our Rooftop Terrace because it was a bit too windy. The wind meant we did not see any Mosquitos or other bugs, so worked well!

As others have mentioned, this is not a destination for those wanting to spend time on the beach. Lonno is on the waters edge and when the tide goes out, you can wade around in the water but the tide does not go out far enough to make a beach.

We walked to Watamu one day along the 'beach' but it is quite hard work! We easily got a tuk tuk back.

We went to Hemingways one day (10 minute taxi journey) as friends had stayed there; but we were very pleased to have selected Lonno!

Some of our group went to the Snake Farm one day and enjoyed that; some went to the town of Watamu for a look around. Apart from that we just stayed at and enjoyed our time at Lonno. It is probably not the place to stay for people who like to be 'out and about' constantly, or chatting to new people. It is probably not suitable for children for more than a few days (?). It is perfect for those wanting peace, tranquility and relaxation.

We certainly did not want to leave and recommend Lonno!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Lonno lodge was the perfect ending to our vacation, the rooms are fantastic, the reception was great. The hotel realized we would arrive past dinner, took the effort to call us and then prepared sandwiches for our arrival at no extra cost. The food was great, you could note that care and pride had been put into every meal. The rooms were fantastic we had the top view room with fantastic views of the ocean, the sunset was unimaginable. The pool was exquisite, the perfect relaxation, we did not see the need nor even want to leave the hotel grounds throughout our 2 night stay, it was that great. Aldo and Silvia have a beautiful setup and the other staff are ever so polite and helpful, always with a smile. I would recommend Lonno lodge if you want the perfect magical holiday it feels like your own private getaway.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Lonno Lodge is an absolute gem.
The management work tirelessly to ensure that you are happy and feel welcome. Aldo the owner, who designed and built the property has created a masterpiece that he can be rightfully proud of. The pool, restaurant, grounds and rooms are spectacular and a refreshing change from the often shoddy finishes in many Kenyan hotels.
The food and cocktails are delightful and you eat in beautiful surroundings.
I cannot fault Lonno Lodge for a single thing. Complete and perfect!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank AsanteSanaKenya
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Top class luxury. Great location on gthe beach. Loved their pool. Food amazing with an Italian flair as per the owners. We enjoyed a two bedroom suite with fantastic views. Staff was superb with prompt attention and careful handling of guests. Their bathrooms up to top standards. Loved the comfortable beds. Good location in Watamu. Silvia is a great host and tried her best to please us. Will surely return again.

Room Tip: Ask for a suite facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

After a week camping on safari, and a few nights in the nearby basic Mida Eco Camp, we opted to spend our last night of our holiday in what must be the best place on the Watamu-Malindi coast at Lonno Lodge to end our holiday on a high note. It was a great decision. We had a 2 bedroom suite for our family of four, and found ourselves as the only guests in the hotel which was quiet for a few days. Normally this might lead to a lack of atmosphere - but at Lonno Lodge it worked perfectly. With the lovely pool to ourselves, and our exquisite suite (more of a detached villa really), plus fabulous food (catering to our fish and vegetarian diet well) and discreet and efficient staff we had a wonderful stay. We arrived in the morning and didn't leave until late the following day for our evening flight, so made the most of our single night. The owners, Aldo and Silvia, were lovely, and it was great to not have to worry about leaving the suite early because no one else was due in.

Before we arrived we had visited Turtle Bay beach south of Watamu and seen the row of hotels on this part of the coast. We were so pleased to have chosen Lonno Lodge compared to the mass market, all inclusive hotels that we might have picked on Turtle Bay. It is expensive by comparison, but worth it for something that is exclusive and first class in every respect without crowds of package tourists wearing arm bands.

Our only problem was when it came to leave - we didn't want to! It made ending our holiday so much more difficult!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We just came back to Nairobi from Lonno Lodge- we were the first guests for this season after a few rainy months. We stayed in one of the suites with a very naughty 16 month old boy, but truely enjoyed the simple but luxurious atomospher of the room, garden and magnificent ocean view. Aldo and Silvia are great hosts, very warmly welcoming us, and prepared specially beautiful foods for my husband, who is strict vegetarian, and for me- i guess, i have not eaten such great italian-taste dishes in the hotels for years! My baby was happy, excited to learn new things and to get to know how to greet to their nice dogs, though he needed some attentions not to fall as he always attempted to run around.
When weather is not perfect, Aldo and Silvia recommend you to visit Snake Farm nearby, but also let you take a tour around bays of Watamu, which we really enjoyed the diversity.
We were truely relaxed, and my husband even complained when we returned to Nairobi that he never felt so untired during the holiday but now coming back to reality again. We sincirely recommend especially those Kenyan residents to come to this lodge when you are coming to this side of the coast.
Lastly, thank you Silvia and Aldo, and all the staffs :)

Room Tip: you can mail to Aldo and Silvia, they can recommend you a good one!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Spectacular resort by the watamu beach...exclusive for those who know what a serene holiday should be.Gives a touch of class to your holiday

Room Tip: Get closer to the beach
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#1 Family Hotel in Watamu
#2 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: $280 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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