Less a hotel, more an icon, this shady boutique retreat, sits on the quiet island of Lamu next to a spotless 12km beach. Owned and run by the Korschen family since 1967, the hotel retains all of the character and charm you would expect from a traditional Swahili home.
None of the 24 rooms are alike, but all are full of charm and personality, from the fresh flowers, Swahili fabrics and works of art carefully arranged throughout. Traditional dark woods, brass ornaments and whitewashed walls provide a cool interior, the exotic gardens add colour and shade, whilst the swing hammocks under the coconut palms are the perfect place to cool off, after lounging by the pool.
Staying here you can be as active or as relaxed as you wish, from fishing, snorkelling and water sports to trips around the harbour in traditional dhows, or wandering through the alleys and alcoves of Lamu to see what you discover. The food at Peponi is legendary, with seafood high on the list - even the New York Times food critic was bowled over by their giant prawns. The roof top terrace is the perfect place for lazy sundowners and relaxed meals under the stars, with the more formal dining room found inside for sumptuous feasts.
Why We Like It
Like Lamu Town, time in Peponi takes on a different meaning, with the veranda overlooking the harbour being the perfect place to watch the world go by. The hosting is impeccable, the atmosphere intoxicating and the whole place full of easy Swahili charm.