We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The Majlis Resort
Nearby Hotels
Kijani Hotel(Lamu Island)
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Breakfast included
Lamu Palace Hotel(Lamu Island)
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Breakfast included
Sunsail Hotel(Lamu Island)
No availability for your dates from our partners
  • Beachfront
Jannat House(Lamu Island)
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Breakfast included
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Breakfast included
Kizingo(Lamu Island)
TripAdvisor
View Deal
  • Breakfast included
  • Beachfront
Peponi Hotel(Lamu Island)
Certificate of Excellence
  • Breakfast included
  • Pool
Priceline
View Deal
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
No availability for your dates from our partners
TripAdvisor
View Deal
Reviews (235)
Filter reviews
235 results
Traveller rating
184
31
11
2
7
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
184
31
11
2
7
Show reviews that mention
All reviewswater sportslamu townpastaindian oceanevery mealboutique hoteleast africatuna tartareexcellent foodhis teamroyal suitejungle gymsunset dhowbeautiful placesea foodboat ridean amazing view
Filter
Updating list...
186 - 191 of 235 reviews
Reviewed 11 June 2011

We stumbled on this hotel whilst surfing the web for some winter sunshine.
The website has some beautiful pictures of the hotel and I’m happy to say it’s just as beautiful in the flesh.
The Italian family that has built this luxury resort has done so with amazing attention to detail.
There's nothing flashy here, don't expect flat screen tv's in the room.
Do expect fantastic service from the staff and fantastic food....... everything from sushi to wood fired pizza.
The decor and architecture of the place has been done with such a level of quality its quite staggering to think it’s on an island off the coast of Kenya.
This really is the kind of level you usually expect from someone like the Soho house group.

Our room was on the top floor of one of the two main villas, huge bed with crisp white sheets and an mosquito net covering the whole bed (although we didn't see any sign of mosquito’s - does add to the romance of feeling like your bed is inside a tent though)
Rooms are big and airy with every room having a little area with chairs, sofa, table to sit and read.
Most of the rooms have balconies which are perfect for watching the fabulous sunsets!

I must say this does not feel like a luxury resort in the corporate sense.... it just feels like you are staying with a friend who’s done very well for himself and is being kind enough to let you stay in one of his spare villas. it’s very relaxed and homely.

You pretty much have the whole beach to yourself, there aren't any other hotels on this island. A good walk up the beach you can find a few fisherman’s houses and a couple of rich peoples holiday homes but that’s about it.
The bay is pretty quiet and smooth so I recommend taking either a dow trip or if you're up for some solo exploring take one of the hotel kayaks or little sail boats for an adventure.
There's a floating bar not far away that is in the mango groves (20min kayaking tops).

We had a wonderful time and we'll definitely be going back!
Stefano and family thanks for building this paradise

Gareth – UK

P.S. the spicy mango soup is amazing and watch out for the parrots, ones nice and one bites!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank GSouthall
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 April 2011

I stayed at The Majlis for only one night, as it was at the end of a business trip.

There is nothing about it that I can fault at all.

You arrive by boat, having sped past the gorgeously large houses and villas of Shela on the mainland, and jump out onto the warm sand. The entrance is impressive to say the least - a huge stone structure standing on the beach, and you immediately feel as if you are entering somewhere special.

Everything about the Majlis says 5*. The pools are sparkling, clean and beautiful. The rooms are large, cool and elegant. The staff are friendly and attentitive. The food in the restaurant is wonderful - and the home made chocolate ice cream in particular is to die for. The bar overlooking the ocean is the perfect sundowner spot.

What more can I say ?

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank TravelButlers
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 April 2011

"... gimme just one more night" - this is the Majlis hymn, and very appropriately so. I can't imagine anybody not burning with this wish on the final day.

I could write pages about the beauty and serenity of the place, but it would always fall short of reality.

So let me just mention the two highlights that impressed me most: the dangerously good cuisine, and - above all else - the people. The love and care extended by every single person on the team make3s you feel as warm and pampered as in a very beautiful dream

THANK YOU, MAJLIS!!!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Hippy-Maus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 April 2011

As Lamu is becoming more and more discovered, it's nice to know that there's still a place that feels quite isolated and peaceful there. This is The Majlis. My husband and I stayed here for four nights and found a small piece of heaven.

Overall, the place feels like a home away from home. This is most likely because it started as a holiday home for the family who owns and runs The Majlis, now a boutique resort.
The three villas are made of coral (and parts clad in plaster and painted white, which is typical to the area), very Swahili in its design influences — moldings, inlays and materials (most local woods, tiles, etc.) that incorporate mainly Arab, Indian, and African design.

The villas are also filled with art works of local artists (both Swahili and Italian artists living on the coast of Kenya, as well as a Spanish painter Yago Casado, who lives in Lamu) and artisans, as well as three Julian Schnabel paintings and one drawing Schnabel made while staying at the holiday home in 2005—the paintings are on pieces of the sail from a dhow boat. Coming from New York and being very familiar with contemporary art, this was wonderful to see, and live with, for our time there.

The food at The Majlis is exceptional, with highlights being the pastas (I wouldn't expect anything less from an Italian-owned property, I suppose, but then again this pasta was even better than you get in Rome!) and the seafood dishes. You can tell that the resort uses only the best ingredients.

The staff was wonderful, especially the housekeeping. They were incredibly discreet but very thorough and everyday they left flower petals on the bed. This may sound cliche but in fact it was done so elegantly and in such a simple way that it was a charming touch.

Another thing I appreciate about The Majlis is that they make a conscious effort to respect the environment and not just by declaring that they are 'eco-friendly' or green but with actions that one would expect and appreciate from a resort of this nature, i.e. they turned off the electricity in the villas during specific hours of the afternoon and they have salt-water pools, open dining area, ceiling fans, and certain methods to conserve water (for example, you flip a switch to get the hot water when you want it, so as to not have it running all day). They also use only natural bug deterrents (mostly for sand flies, of which I surprisingly did not see even one). Every little bit counts.

The property is located on a semi-private beach and the staff can help you arrange day trips. There are boats on the property, two pools, a massage area, and books, games and even a star-gazing telescope. You can't get bored here. You can choose to make it an active stay or a relaxing stay — you have that option here, which I loved.

My husband and I plan on making The Majlis a regular stay. Thank you to the owners and staff for making our experience such an enjoyable one.
Best from New York,
M&A

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank MarinaKC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 25 February 2011

Yes, I think The Majlis on Manda Beach, Lamu, Kenya is THE perfect hotel! The place in itself is absolutely beautiful, originally built as a home a few years ago, but luckily for us all, turned into a hotel. Or a hotel of sorts...

The three building that comprise the hotel are large villas, and apart from those you'll find a beautiful restaurant builing with a huge bar above it where you can have your sundowner. There is another daytime bar and two swimming pools, and besides, the hotel is practically built right on the beach. Although it can get really hot here close to the Equator, the water both in the ocean and in the pools appear surprisingly refreshing.

The rooms and the furniture are amazing, there are pieces of art throughout the hotel collected by the Moccia family who own the place - and eveything is in perfect taste.

However, the staff at The Majlis may be the hotel's best asset. These are extremely nice people, incredibly forthcoming and helpfulm and although the service in the restaurant may be a bit lacking that's part of the experience. It can be a bit slow and uncoordinated, but Lamu is to a certain extent that kind of place. Having said this, the service is something the hotel management are constantly working on and improving step by step, so no worries. Or as they say in this part of the world - hakuna matata! Also, the food is absolutely amazing!

The overall feel of The Majlis is that the place is like a home, more than a hotel. And you certainly feel at home and you feel very, very welcome here. Thanks to everyone who made our vacation so successful!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Erik66
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews