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The Charming Lonno Lodge
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Just finished up a 5 night stay at Lonno Lodge and couldn't be happier. We were coming off of a 5-day safari in the Masai Mara so the idea was to head to the beach in Watamu and relax for the rest of our time in Kenya--Lonno Lodge was perfect. The accommodations were top-notch with very cool architecture across the property and very spacious and comfortable rooms. The food was amazing and gourmet quality. It was a nice mix of Italian and other cuisines. The staff was extremely helpful and attentive at all times and made sure you were never without a drink in your hand---which is exactly what we were looking for! There were beautiful sunsets every day by the pool, which could not have been more perfect for spending the day unwinding after a long 5-day excursion in the bush. There was also plenty to do in and around the town of Watamu. We spent one day walking through low tide out to a couple of sand-dunes and then all the way into town. It is pretty cool to be able to walk into town through the ocean. Aldo and Sylvia were amazing hosts and we would recommend lonno lodge in a heartbeat. We will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

Where to start with describing how extremly good our 4 night stay was. I travel quiet a bit around the world, but this location offers truly personal and high quality service from the owners of Lonno Lodge Aldo and Silvia and the staff. Which is very rare. It makes this a 5 star accommodation at the North coast of Kenya. Aldo and Silvia go out of there way to making your stay an absolutely wonderful experience. For example the way they have anticipated and on the spot catered for my gluten intolerance was a rare positive experience. A lot is possible in adapting meals and in organizing day trips in the area. The rooms and general facilities are very clean, spacious (we had the top tower room), and the view is excellent at the sea from both the room and swimming pool. If you find the sun burning too hard than there is always a nice (private) spot in the shade around. Our room had a roof terrace with double bed, which was great and offered sun bathing in total privacy. The place is also very safe being guarded by 6 dogs and 7 Masai guards 24x7.

Thank you Aldo and Silvia for making our stay an excellent one. We will be glad to return one day.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed at Lonno Lodge for 2 nights over Christmas with our 1-year-old. It's a gorgeous place, with awesome architecture, fabulous food, excellent service, a lovely salt water pool, and friendly owners. Families with children are probably not the target market for this lodge, but we had a fantastic time and were well taken care of. Though there is not a typical stretch of white sandy beach (at least not all the time), we enjoyed exploring the beaches at low tide, and our son benefited from the shade of the cliffs while playing in the sand. Only thing I'd change is to add a ceiling fan (there is a high quality wall-mounted fan) to improve air flow as the room got a bit hot at night. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

As regular visitors to Kenya my wife and I have been fortunate to stay at a number of the top hotels on both the North & South Coasts of Mombasa and Lonno Lodge is by some way the best venue of them all. The quality, design and cleanliness of the property as well as the charming hospitality of the owners Aldo and Silivia are absolutely superb. The grounds, the beautiful clean pool and the views are simply excellent and the well managed staff deliver a first class and discreet service.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

My wife and i stayed at the Lonno Lodge from December 28 to January 2. The Lodgo is a beautiful little place near Watamu Village with very kind employees and fantastic owners (Aldo and Silvia).
Their special concept for the meals is great, because very personal and it tastes fantastic.
The rooms are beautiful and very clean.
For the new years eve, Aldo and Silvia made a special dinner besides the pool for the guests in the night. It was also fantastic.

if you love big hotels with big buffets, party in the evening, etc: Don't go to the Lonno Lodge.
If you love a small and beautiful Lodgo, where you are treated very personally and extremely friendly, you have to go to the Lonno Lodge.

Thanks Aldo and Silvia for 5 perfect days at your Lodge!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This is a place for restoration of body and soul! It is a small and very personal hotel with an atmosphere of home, made by the owners Aldo and Silvia. The staff is kind and polite. It is perfect to relax by the pool the whole day, or if hit by some energy, take a walk out to the beatuful corall islands when at low tide. I am sorry that it went several days before I discovered how wonderful the massage by Jacklyne was, but then I was addicted for the rest of the week :-) The food was exquisite, wonderful Italian inspired. There was a good fan in the room, but it would have been even more perfect if there had been aircondition. The very well behaved dogs gave an extra charm to the place. We have got new energy and definitely wish to come back!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Just when you thought customer service was long dead and forgotten, a place like this restores your faith in human nature - and in nature in general!
The owners, Aldo & Silvia put their hearts and lives into this gorgeous liitle haven and it shows 100%. They pass this on through the training of their staff, who are delightful and respectful.
The food is of an extremely high standard, delicious and inventive. The Mango cake is especially heavenly.
It is tasteful and classy without ever being cliquey or stuck up, utter peacefulness and relaxation. I wish other establishments would follow their lead, not just in Kenya but anywhere.
The rooms have a lot of attention to detail and all are unique, the top tower room with roof is simply lovely.
I wouldn't normally go in for massages and such like, but if you're going to do it - this is the place.
Watamu itself is beautiful, this area of the sea is the national marine park and is protected. Thank goodness for that.
A wonderful holiday producing so many wonderful memories, I will be back as soon as I have the opportunity.

Room Tip: The top tower room is just gorgeous.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: 390 Kanani Road, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: 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 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
#1 Family Hotel in Watamu
#2 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: £212 - £231 (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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