Lamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
based on 7 nights
per person per night based on 2 people sharing a double room on a full board basis, including transfers.
At a Glance
Go deep sea fishing in the Lamu archipelago, famous for the quantity of sport fish caught, including Marlin
The boat captain knows all the best reef and river-creek fishing spots in the mangrove channels, which can be done with traditional hand lines
Relax by one of the two swimming pools which have panoramic views over the sea towards Shela village on Lamu
Borrow a mountain bike and explore one of the trails on Manda Island
Taste one of the delicious wood-fired pizzas from the pizza oven
Best time to Visit
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The rainy season on the Kenyan Coast is generally May/June. So from July onward the weather is gradually getting hotter and dryer until March/April when it reaches the high 90's (over 40 degrees C). Christmas/New Year is generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely then with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. If you want clear seas for diving then make your trip after August/Sept.
The Majlis is fast becoming 'the' place to stay on Lamu. It is modern, stylish and with only 25 rooms, it is small and has an intimate atmosphere. The fresh style is new to Lamu and a great choice in the area.
The Majilis is a beautifully positioned boutique hotel behind a long stretch of sandy beach. There is a large garden so the hotel feels spacious with numerous private areas to relax in. The 25 rooms are divided into three villas; each villa opens onto the beach and boasts a private veranda with panoramic sea views. There are two pools, lovely lounge areas to curl up with a book, restaurant, bar and a massage area.
The hotel is designed with a mix of different artistic influences; there is a strong Arabic undertone with African artifacts and a Moroccan edge as well. It looks stylish and fresh and a real breath of fresh air to Lamu. There is nothing in the area of its sort. The stunning rooms are spacious with traditionally high beamed ceilings, large windows and terraces with spectacular views of the beach, garden, swimming pools and the Indian Ocean, with dhows sailing past.
The hotel is suitable for families and couples alike, as there are interconnecting rooms and beds can be added into rooms for small children. There is also a jungle gym and children's play area. If you are the active sort you can spend the days sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, heading into Lamu and Shela Towns. Alternatively, for those that just want to completely relax and unwind it is the perfect beach escape.
The Majilis has just 25 individually decorated en-suite bedrooms split between three different villas within the grounds. This includes the Family suite which consists of two en-suite deluxe rooms, one double and one twin rooms which interconnect. The rooms are decorated in light neutral colors creating a very relaxed atmosphere.
The Royal suite has one apartment with a double bed and two junior suites both with double beds. This is a great option for families and groups. The Royal suite has a verandah and a living room and two en-suite bathrooms. All bedrooms have ocean views.
One double bed with two en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and a private terrace.
Fantastic family room with one double bed and a separate room with twin beds. Two en-suite bathrooms and all air conditioned with sea views.
Double room with beautiful sea views. The room is air-conditioned and en-suite.
Twin room with fantastic sea views. The room is air-conditioned and en-suite bathroom.
Children are welcome at The Majilis and there is a dedicated playroom and outdoor playground area. The hotel can arrange babysitting and activities to keep children of all ages amused, from Swahili cooking classes to learning how to make a bow and arrow and light a fire without matches with the local Maasai.
There are two swimming pools and a jungle gym for children. There is also a gym with several fitness machines (treadmill, exercise bike, multi-functional equipment). There is Wifi internet available at the hotel. Massages are on offer which include basic massage, energetic massage and facial treatments. The massages can be organized in the room or in the massage banda located on the beach. The Majlis offers a full range of water sports. The calm waters off the Ras Kitau bay and the Takwa mangrove creek behind the hotel are ideal for water-skiing, wake-boarding and donut rides. The Majlis has two speed boats specifically dedicated for these activities.
There is an array of activities available for you to partake in during your stay. The inclusive activities include windsurfing, laser sailing, swimming and kayaking. Extra activities, which the hotel can organize for you, are fishing, waterskiing, trips to Lamu and Shela town, village excursions and boat trips to name a few.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
This is one of Lamu's most recent additions and sits on the beach on Manda Island opposite Shela Village. This boutique resort is rather uniquely styled with many original artworks dotted about the place since the owner is a keen collector. They is a real feeling of space and light throughout the resort and gorgeous views out to sea. Shela Village is only a 10-minute boat ride away should you want to for a wander around the streets or a have a drink in the bar at Peponi. The Majlis also offer massages and a range of watersports activities.
Location & directions
Lamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
The Majlis occupies a unique location on the exclusive Manda Island facing the world-renowned Lamu on Kenya's North Coast (East Africa). The Lamu Archipelago is a small group of islands situated on Kenya’s northern coast line. It is made up of Lamu Island, Manda island , Pate island and Kiwayu Island.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi. There are 3 scheduled flights from Nairobi to Lamu each day, taking approximately 1-hour 30-minute by light aircraft. On arriving at Lamu airport there is a 20-minute boat ride to the lodge. Alternatively, charter a flight directly from Nairobi to Lamu.