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Manda Bay Lamu, Kenya

Manda Bay Resort Lamu

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Manda Bay is a small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island in Lamu’s archipelago
where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm-thatched cottages and open living spaces.
Manda Bay is perfect for honeymooners, families, and groups looking to enjoy time together.

Stunning views, as far as the eye can see.  Manda Bay Lodge in Lamu is a jewel in Kenya’s stunning coastline, is the perfect escape for families, honeymooners, and couples looking for the ultimate ‘no shoes, no news’ experience.

The small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island in Lamu’s archipelago where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm-thatched cottages and open living spaces.

Manda Bay is full of palm trees such mean for stunning sunsets. They also have the most delicious coconuts on them – make sure to get coconut water straight from the tree after a day in the sun!

Manda Bay is a beautiful bay located on the northern coast of Kenya, near the town of Lamu. It is known for its stunning beaches, clear turquoise waters, and abundant marine life, making it a popular destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. The area surrounding Manda Bay is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, and various species of birds.

Lamu, on the other hand, is a historic town located on the nearby island of the same name. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lamu is known for its narrow streets, traditional architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, including music, dance, and festivals.

Overall, Manda Bay and Lamu are both beautiful and unique destinations that offer visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of Kenya's northern coast.

The ‘Manda Bay Experience’

Manda Bay combines a bush and beach experience. Whilst miles of soft white sand and coconut palms
surround the lodge itself, the bush behind the lodge is dry country scattered with Doum palms, Acacia
Tortilis and savannah-like scrub.

The Beach: Miles of tropical beach accessible at low tide, completely empty and not populated by anyone
other than a few local fishermen.

The Bush: A variety of birds and mammals (mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, genet cat, dik-dik, buffalo and
bushbuck) can be seen on the island, including a herd of resident buffalo.

Local Culture: Manda is a boat ride away from the ancient Arab town of Lamu, which was established
in 1370. It is now a World Heritage Site and is one of the oldest continually inhabited towns in East

Activities: Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, beach walks and drives through the Manda Ruins are all
available to guests. Deep-sea fishing, water-skiing, wake-boarding, paddleboards, inflatable tube
rides, line fishing in the bay for Trevally and snorkeling are also available. Guests can also go on boat
excursions to Lamu town, Shela, and the Takwa ruins.

Lodge Facilities: Large, saltwater swimming pool, games room with table tennis, darts and pool table.
Spa treatments can also be arranged with prior notice, with a beauty therapist coming to the lodge to
give massages, manicures, and pedicures.

Spend days exploring secret beaches in Manda Bay.

How to get there:

There are daily flights operated by Air Kenya, FlySax, Silverstone and Safarilink from Nairobi. Lamu Airstrip (25 minutes by boat)

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  • Stunning Beachfront Location
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals and accommodation
  • Watersport activities

What are the 2024 Prices for Manda Bay Resort Lamu?

Here are Manda Bay Resort Lamu Resident Rates:

Manda Bay Resort Lamu Rates

Garden Room Beach Front
Full Board Sharing Single
Sharing Single
1st Jun 2024 – 5th Jan 2025 KES 21,100/- PPS KES 26,400/- PP KES 29,500/- PPS KES 33,700/- PP

CHRISTMAS SUPPLEMENTS, 21st Dec 2024 to 4th Jan 2025:
Adults: KES 11,000/- Per Night
Child: KES 7,500/- Per Night
Manda Bay Resort Rates are in KES, Per Person, Full Board, Per Night

What is included? Full board accommodation including all meals, airstrip transfers from Lamu airport, non-motorised water-sports (sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, SUP boarding), use of the swimming pool, games room, yoga/gym studio, laundry and wifi.

What is excluded? Airport Transfers, All drinks from the bar, motorized watersports (waterskiing, donating, banana boating), dhow trips, spa treatments, deep-sea fishing, creek-fishing, trips to Lamu town and conservation fees for snorkelling. All these can be organised for an extra cost.

Manda Bay Child Policy/Rates:

Garden Rooms
Up to 1.9 years: FREE
2 – 12 years Sharing with Adults: KES 13,000/- Per Child, Per Night

Beach Front
Up to 1.9 years: FREE
2 – 12 years Sharing with Adults: KES 16,500/- Per Child, Per Night

How to Get Here ? There are daily flights to Lamu airport where a Manda Bay representative will transfer you and take you on the 20 minute speedboat ride to Manda Bay. See our flying package Deals. East African Residents only. Proof of residency is required.

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Which Rooms Types are in Manda Bay Resort Lamu?

Manda Bay Rooms

Manda Bay has 16 cottages built sustainability out of the local materials with Sea facing rooms and Garden rooms

The bedrooms are cottages constructed with local materials in the traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering the floor.

There are sixteen rooms facing the ocean. The bathrooms have twin basins, flushing toilets and hot showers. Of these, seven rooms have king-size double beds and nine rooms that can be made into double or twin beds. There are six garden rooms, which have twin beds and single wash hand basin, toilet and shower en-suite.

All the rooms look out over the calm waters of Manda Bay, Pate Island and Manda Toto. All children are allocated in ‘sea-view’ rooms unless they pay adult-sharing rates. All of the rooms have direct access to the beach. Extra beds are available on request.

Exclusive use of the lodge is based on a minimum of 21 rooms booked.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Manda Bay Resort Lamu?

Manda Bay creates delicious gourmet cuisine, using the freshest ingredients possible including a large variety of hand-selected seafood. Breakfasts of fresh fruit, cereals and a choice of cooked breakfasts, homemade buffet-style lunches and 3-course dinners on the beach under the stars.

Manda Bay offers a range of food and drink options to suit different tastes and preferences. The resort's restaurant serves a variety of local and international cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh seafood, which is caught daily by local fishermen.

Some of the dishes that are popular at Manda Bay include grilled prawns, lobster, and fish dishes, as well as local Swahili dishes such as pilau rice, coconut curries, and samosas. Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can also be catered for upon request.

In addition to the restaurant, Manda Bay also has a bar that serves a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including beers, wines, cocktails, and soft drinks. The bar is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink while watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Manda Bay Resort Lamu?

Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, beach walks and drives through the Manda Ruins. Deep-sea fishing, waterskiing, banana rides, and inflatable tube rides, line fishing, fly-fishing, bottom fishing, and snorkeling. Boat excursions to Lamu town, Shela, and the Takwa ruins. A week-long kite surfing course, instructed by a professional instructor, can be arranged at a fee.

Honeymoon at Manda Bay Resort

Manda Bay is a popular destination for honeymooners, thanks to its secluded and romantic setting. The resort offers a range of activities and facilities that are perfect for couples looking to relax and spend quality time together.

Some of the things that honeymooners can do at Manda Bay include:

  1. Romantic dinners: The resort offers a range of dining options, including private dinners on the beach or in a secluded location, which can be arranged for couples.
  2. Beach walks: The resort's beautiful beach is perfect for long walks, hand-in-hand with your partner.
  3. Water activities: Manda Bay offers a range of water activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking, which are perfect for couples looking to have fun together.
  4. Spa treatments: The resort's spa offers a range of treatments that are perfect for couples, including massages and couples' treatments.
  5. Sunset cruises: The resort can arrange sunset cruises for couples, which are a romantic way to watch the sun go down over the Indian Ocean.
  6. Private picnics: Manda Bay can arrange private picnics for couples, which are a great way to enjoy a romantic lunch or snack in a secluded location.
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