Manda Island, Lamu Island, Kenya's Northern Coast
Kipungani Explorer - Lamu Island: This idyllic Kenya beach resort hotel lies on Manda Island, a pristine island adjacent to the world-renowned holiday venue of Lamu, the oldest surviving town on the East African coast. Dominated by an Omani Fort (now a museum), there are no cars; only donkeys for transport. The Swahili culture, meanwhile, is a fabulous fusion of Arab, African and Portuguese influences and offers a pace of life, a style of cuisine and mosaic of architecture, heritage, myth and magic that is found nowhere else in the world.
This superb beach holiday resort is situated on Manda Island, a short boat ride from Lamu and fringed by coral reef. The island is a 90 minute flight from Nairobi and transfer to the island is by speed-boat (20 minutes), through a wide channel fringed by mangrove swamps. An idyllic climate cooled by the monsoon, offers a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine, and the hot steamy climate is tempered by the monsoon winds: the south-easterly Kusi, which blows from April to October; and the north-easterly Kaskazi which blows from November to March (ideal for marine park water sports).
Resort Hotels: Accommodation
This beach vacation resort offers fifteen widely spaced beach cottages, or "grass villas". Rustically styled, abounding in brightly-coloured floor cushions, the walls of each cottage are made from local palm leaf matting, and a coconut thatch roof rises to a steep pitch so as to benefit from the cool of the trade winds. Verandahs face the ocean and each room has its own dressing area with basin, flush WC and fresh-water shower (unheated). There are no doors and windows; rather palm blinds. All rooms have ceiling fans. Sun bleached driftwood furniture and shells decorate the decked terrace, together with hanging "moon beds".
Dining and bars
The resort prides itself on the high quality of its cuisine, offering giant crab claws, sea-food platters and much more.
The resort welcomes children.
What to see and do
The resort has its own pool and offers windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing and deep-sea fishing. A traditional Arab dhow offers trips to the town of Lamu, the oldest surviving town on the East African coast, dominated by an Omani Fort (now a museum). Here, there no cars; only donkeys for transport.
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