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Peponi Hotel Lamu

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Peponi Hotel Lamu delivers guests a small hotel experience backed by decades of expertise and the natural beauty and appeal of the Kenyan coast as Lamu Island’s top-rated hotel. Peponi Hotel Lamu is a popular boutique hotel located on the island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya.

Owned and run by the Korschen family since it opened its doors in 1967, the Peponi Hotel Lamu offers a perfect rest away from the excitement of modern life or the rigors of the many activities and sightseeing opportunities the island provides.

Incredible views along a near-empty stretch of beach make the Peponi a premier choice for any traveler looking to enjoy the pleasures of a luxury hotel without the overcrowding which usually accompanies a favorite destination.

Peponi Hotel is situated at one end of the spectacular twelve kilometers Shela Beach on the Indian Ocean. Just 2 minutes walk from Peponi Hotel and you are flanked by ancient sand dunes.

The Shela beach on which Peponi Hotel seats is one of the few remaining untouched, empty stretches of coastline in Kenya. White sands, excellent swimming waters and an idyllic setting for a walk at dawn or sunset.

The staff at Peponi Hotel takes special care to offer a warm, personal experience from the first greeting as you walk in the door to your final goodbye. During your stay at Peponi Hotel, you will not fail to experience the warmth that Carol and Andrew bring.

Peponi Hotel guests who haven’t visited the Lamu Islands before will be in for a special treat, as they experience the unique eclectic blend of Arabic, Indian, and African influences that characterize the islands and their many destinations.

On arrival you will be guided on how to tour Shela Village and during your stay at Peponi Hote, in one of the Mornings, you will have an opportunity to get a boat ride to Lamu Old Town to tour and see the beauty of this ancient town.

Quiet, intimate spaces, unique flora and fauna, and architectural rarities combine to make Lamu Island a recognized World Heritage Site – there’s almost certainly something exciting to see for even the most well-versed of travelers, whether you’re aiming to relax, explore, or simply seek new experiences.


The hotel features 29 rooms and suites, all of which are decorated in a traditional Swahili style. Each room has a private balcony or terrace with views of the ocean or the hotel's lush gardens. The hotel also has a swimming pool, a restaurant that serves a mix of international and Swahili cuisine, and a bar.

One of the unique features of Peponi Hotel is its location in the historic town of Lamu, which is known for its well-preserved Swahili architecture and rich cultural heritage. Guests can explore the town's narrow streets and alleys, visit local markets and shops, and take boat trips to nearby islands and beaches.

When you visit the Peponi Hotel Lamu, You may want to consider to support the Peponi Lamu’s Lamu Marine Conservation Trust efforts, a project to protect turtles and other wildlife in the region that started in 1992.


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  • Stunning Beachfront Location
  • Island Experience
  • Beachfront Resturants
  • Watersport activities

What are the 2024 Prices for Peponi Hotel Lamu?

Here are Peponi Hotel Lamu Resident Rates:

Peponi Hotel Lamu Rates

Peponi Lamu Rates
Minimum: 2 Nights
Standard Room
Superior Room
Bed and Breakfast Sharing Single
Sharing Single
1st Jun 2024 – 14th Dec 2024 KES 13,340/- PPS KES 21,340/- PP KES 17,310/- PPS KES 27,650/- PP

Peponi Hotel Lamu Rates are in KES, Per Person(Bed and Breakfast), Per Night
Extra Bed Rates (Bed and Breakfast):

Till 14th Dec 2024:
Children 1 – 2 years: FREE
Children 3 – 11 years: KES 7,500/- Per Child, Per Night
Children 12 years and above: KES 9,000/- Per Child, Per Night

From 15th Dec 2024:
Children 1 – 2 years: FREE
Children 3 – 11 years: KES 8,500/- Per Child, Per Night
Children 12 years and above: KES 10,000/- Per Child, Per Night

Included in Peponi Lamu Rates:
Airport Transfers (Lamu)
Daily Lamu Town Trips by Peponi’s Motorised Dhow
(Town trips leave at 9 am and return at 12 noon)

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What Hotel Facilities are available at Peponi Hotel Lamu?

Guests at the Peponi Hotel can enjoy a lovely freshwater free-form seaside swimming pool surrounded by gardens decades in the making. The poolside area features one of the most varied collections of tropical plants and palms on the Kenyan coast, which guests can enjoy from swing hammocks nestled in the shade beneath coconut and Baobab trees. For guests seeking a more natural experience, the ancient dunes of the near-pristine Shela Beach are waiting for you to swim, walk, or bask as you like. Guests in suites or superior rooms can also enjoy a private outdoor area with a swing bed.

Peponi Hotel Lamu offers a range of facilities to ensure guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Some of the main facilities include:

  1. Accommodation: The hotel offers 29 rooms and suites, all of which are designed in a traditional Swahili style. The rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and private balconies or terraces with views of the ocean or the hotel's gardens.
  2. Restaurant and Bar: The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of international and Swahili cuisine, using fresh local ingredients. The bar offers a range of cocktails, beers, and wines.
  3. Swimming Pool: The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the ocean, surrounded by sun loungers and umbrellas.
  4. 24-hour Front Desk: The hotel has a 24-hour front desk to assist guests with any queries or requests.
  5. Airport Transfers: The hotel can arrange airport transfers for guests upon request.

Which Rooms Types are in Peponi Hotel Lamu?

Peponi Hotel Lamu Rooms

Peponi Hotel Lamu has just 28 rooms, which are divided into suites, superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi have ocean views.

Suites and Superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size and private outside area with swing bed (hammocks ). All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes.

For couples going on honeymoon or a romantic getaway at Peponi Hotel Lamu, go for the Suite or the Superior Room.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Peponi Hotel Lamu?

Guests at the Peponi Hotel may find that the most memorable part of their entire stay comes not from the rich history of the Lamu Islands or the idyllic scenery, but the kitchens and bar of the Peponi.

Fresh seafood, sushi, and traditional Swahili cooking produce an exciting menu packed with some of the best dining opportunities in East Africa.

Whether you’re enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a poolside cocktail, you’re in for an unexpected treat – and you can enjoy it all in whatever environment most entices you, be it the roof terrace, a table out beneath the stars, or a formal dining room.

Peponi Hotel is great for children and infants, they have special meals for the young ones.

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Peponi Hotel Lamu?

There’s plenty to do in Lamu Island, and your hosts at the Peponi can help you fill your days with whatever catches your interest. Many find sailing a dhow the most intriguing part of their trip; you can visit the Takwa village ruins historical site, sail beneath the stars, or work alongside experts in one of the biannual dhow races. If you’re not much for sailing, there’s plenty more to keep you busy, of course. Fishing, snorkeling in the reefs at Kiniyka or Manda Toto, or participating in an abundance of other water sports will have you and your family tired but happy at the end of the day. Some guests also take advantage of activities further from their hotels, such as deep-sea fishing with the experienced crew of the Little Toot or walking tours of various outdoor locations throughout the region.

  1. Snorkeling: Guests can explore the coral reefs and marine life around the Lamu Archipelago through guided snorkeling tours.
  2. Fishing: The hotel can arrange deep-sea fishing trips for guests, targeting a variety of fish species such as marlin, sailfish, and tuna.
  3. Dhow Sailing: Guests can take a traditional dhow sailing trip to explore the coastline and nearby islands. The hotel can arrange half-day or full-day trips, with lunch and refreshments provided.
  4. Cultural Visits: Guests can explore the historic town of Lamu and its cultural heritage through guided tours of local markets, mosques, and museums.
  5. Beach Visits: The hotel can arrange visits to nearby beaches, such as Shela Beach, for guests to relax and enjoy the sun and sea.
  6. Yoga: The hotel offers yoga classes for guests to enjoy, with sessions held on the hotel's beachfront or in the gardens.
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