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Peponi Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 September 2013

First, don't let any negative US State Department reports prevent you from visiting Lamu. We never once felt unsafe. We visited neighboring Manda Island (where 2011's troubles occurred) and we saw several security forces there. Don't let more-than-two-year-old news reports sway you!

And now on to Peponi Hotel... I wish we could have stayed longer!

The hotel is very comfortable, situated right where the leeward side of Shela becomes the windward side. That means you get a consistent cooling breeze. It also means you have great views of the channel and Manda Island.

Carol and Andrew were perfect hosts. Because I didn't provide the person booking our stay with some necessary information, there was a minor hiccup with our room, which they corrected right away, switching us to a much better room! Both had tons of suggestions and were very informative. They couldn't have been warmer, nicer people.

What else? The food is amazing. The wine list is terrific. The motor boating excursions were lots of fun. Shela's beach is easily one of the prettiest we have seen. And Shela itself is charming. If we'd stayed longer, I am sure I could go on!

Hope to visit again!

Room Tip: We had rooms in two different parts of the hotel... room 24 was nice and quiet... but we loved "...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Peponi is a lovely hotel located on the water in Shela. Staff are very friendly and the manager is great - gets to know each guest's name and provides lots of helpful tips. My large room was very comfortable and overlooking the ocean - went to sleep to the sound of waves each night. They meet you at the airport and take you by boat to the hotel.

You can swim right in front of the hotel or walk 5-10 minutes down the beach to the dunes area. Never crowded. Shela is a charming town a short boat ride (or 40 minute walk during low tide) from the town of Lamu itself. Everyone very friendly.

Diverse clientele.
Great place to relax. Hope to be able to return.

Room Tip: Was very happy in room 25, but they all seem to be good.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Stayed here with my husband and bestie for two nights. They were very very accomodating. The food was delicious and they had a nice wine selection, too.
The rooms were great and had awesome mosquito nets, too.
I would stay here again in a heart beat.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great!! No need to book a special room, even the stadards are above standard.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

We (a family of four) stayed at Peponi some years ago and had wonderful memories. This year we decided to go back there and I must admit I was apprehensive. Would the reality of the second visit live up to the memories of the first?
I am happy to say that the second visit was probably even better than the first!
Carol and Lars were away and Andrew the GM was an impeccable host. Attentive, amusing and always present, he was instrumental in making this a really wonderful week. The food had improved from our first stay - not that it was bad then but it has got even better. the crab dishes are excellent and the Swahili dinner is not to be missed. Service is friendly and efficient.
Peponi is a place where you really can dictate your own pace. You can have slothful days lying on the swinging bed on the verandah or you can go on all day activities - fishing, snorkeling, etc.
The sunset dhow cruise is a must.
We walked the long beaches every day, we saw turtles hatching, had massages, did yoga at a nearby retreat and tried delicious cocktails (Old Pal is recommended) on the very special front verandah.
We will go back again!!

Room Tip: Rooms 23/24 are right on the water's edge and the gentle swish of the waves is the most relaxing...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2013 via mobile

Effortless style, service with a non-intrusive touch and sumptuous meals - puts Peponi Hotel above the rest in its class.
From airport pick-up to water-skiing and sunset sails - it's all impeccably organised. We especially liked eating seated on the floor like Pashas in The Private Dining Room.
If you're lucky your visit may coincide with a turtle hatching - Peponi Hotel owner Carole has been instrumental in setting up Lamu Marine Conservation Trust - a Responsible Tourism project - integrating local people the environment and marine ecology.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

After a week living in the bush, we felt like we were arriving in heaven when greeted by the owners at Peponi, served drinks and given our keys to our room. They were friendly, non pushy and approachable. The only drawback would be the lack of aircon in our room, but we got used to it. I loved the pool area, which had a certain 1920s Gatsby look to it, with its old architecture.
We hired a boat one day and got taken out snorkeling, fishing - and then eating the fish under a tree on a private beach. It was paradise. Also highly recommend supporting the turtle conservatory by making a visit or donation. Perhaps not recommendable for the easily scared, as we had to sit on the back of a very fast moped for 20 mins. I would come here again!

Room Tip: Ask for air conditioning
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We have stayed here 3 times, once as a couple, and twice with our children. Carol and Lars have created a fabulous hotel, which is still run as well as ever. The best bar on the Kenyan coast, with an amazing sociable vibe. The rooms are simple, generous and stylish. The food is outstanding (we ate the best piri-piri crab ever here). But what makes it really special is the way in which it is integrated with the local community, serving as a hub for everyone. Wonderful!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Peponi Hotel

Address: | Shela Beach, Lamu Island, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Hotel Class:4 star — Peponi Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Peponi Hotel Lamu

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