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Peponi Hotel - Lamu, Kenya

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Peponi Hotel LamuLamu is a small historic isle town in Kenya that provides all those who visit it with a sense of calm and deep history. Peponi Hotel offers superb accommodation on this unspoilt isle, ideally located for you to visit the ruins of ancient Swahili cities, experience a unique culture, go sailing in a Dhow boat or even diving at some of the premier dive spots.

Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic Indian Ocean island of Lamu, just off the coast of Kenya. It is the very root of Swahili culture in East Africa, which centuries ago spread down the coast from the north. When the Sultan of Oman moved from Lamu to Zanzibar Island - further south - Lamu lay dormant, forgotten for three hundred years. There is only one car on the island and the narrow streets of the old town are very much as they were in his day.

Peponi is still run by the Korschen family who opened the hotel in 1967, and it has retained much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari, or a hide-away holiday from modern life.

Peponi Hotel has a total of 24 rooms, which are divided into superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi have ocean views.

The superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size, private outside area, indoor plants, artwork and Swahili furnishings. No two rooms are alike. Five of our rooms are built right on the beach, with private veranda areas overlooking the sea, while the rest have a combination of ocean and garden views. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes.

Our bar is run by Charles, who will whip up in an instant our famous house cocktail 'Old Pal', or pour a fresh juice of lime, passion or orange, or even serve a fresh coconut with the top whipped off allowing access to the sweet, milky liquid inside. The bar is a favourite watering hole for quests and Shela village inhabitants alike, with "its nexus of entertainment, its fountain of gossip."

There is no hurry to dine at Peponi. Breakfast is available in the dining room or on the terrace or even in your room from 7am to 10am. The choice is yours, from our wide selection of luscious tropical fruits to fish cakes and waffles with local honey and freshly squeezed lime juice. Coffee is poured from the traditional brass pots and you can guess what our jam and marmalade is made of.

Lunch is available from 12pm to 4pm. You may choose to dine either outside at the grill, under the colourful bougainvillea, where you can dig your feet in fresh white coral sand, or on the terrace overlooking the ocean, the movement of dhows and local fishermen. Should you prefer a light snack without leaving the bar, fresh rock oysters are available or a range of samosas and sandwiches all day. You may even prefer to have them sent to your room with a cold passion juice or a local beer.

Dinner is distinguished by its plethora of new ways to celebrate seafood - with ginger, lime and garlic. Mangrove crabs, warm water lobster, squid, giant prawns and fish of all varieties. For something a little more local, a Swahili menu is also available, which can be eaten in the traditional way, on the floor, around a huge brass platter.

Peponi also has a fresh-water free-form swimming pool, situated under two Baobab Trees overlooking the ocean. It is the perfect place to relax with a good book, and if you so wish lunch can also be served here.

There is only one car on the island and the narrow streets of the old town are as rustic as ever, with an intimacy and romance conducive to a great holiday atmosphere.

Accommodation:

Peponi Hotel has a total of 24 rooms, which are divided into superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi have ocean views. The superior rooms are bigger, more private, have indoor plants, artwork and Swahili furnishings. Five of our rooms are right on the beach, with private verandah areas overlooking the sea. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes.

The local feel that you get from the streets is hospitable and authentic. Enjoy the sunset with a sundowner from the bar at Peponi Hotel. The barman John, is famous for his cocktail "Old Pal". The bar is the fountain of gossip, where you will hear many interesting tales. Breakfast is available from 07 to 10 am.

The choice is yours. Luscious tropical fruits, fish cakes and waffles with local honey and freshly squeezed lime juice, amongst so many other delights, await you. The cuisine is distinguished distinguished by a plethora of new ways of celebrating seafood, with ginger, lime and garlic. Mangrove crabs, warm water lobster, squid, giant prawns and fish of all varieties are available fresh from the sea. A Swahili menu is also available.

Activities include dhow trips, a great way to see the island. Guests may chose to sail to Takwa Ruins on Manda island, reachable only by boat and at high tide. There guests will find the ruins of a Swahili city that dates to the 16th Century.

A full moon dhow cruise takes you on the ocean at night to observe the ancient land cast in shadow. Take a wine and lobster dinner on board as you cruise. Scuba diving at some splendid sites are another attraction, windsurfing or snorkeling among the reefs.

Peponi Hotel Photos

Peponi Hotel Lamu
Peponi Hotel Lamu - Side View
Peponi Hotel Lamu - Balcony
Peponi Hotel Lamu - Room
Peponi Hotel Lamu - Restaurant
Peponi Hotel - Lamu - Pool Side

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