where to stay:
The Majlis Hotel: One of the most luxurious, incredible resorts you will encounter in all of Eastern Africa, the Majlis is a secluded boutique hotel located on the waterfront of Lamu Island. The architecture and overall aesthetic is just breathtaking, verandas with carved archways and white fabric canopies thin enough to see the stars through. Muslim influence in the native Swahili settlement has always been prevalent in the unique architecture and decor on Lamu Island. During your stay at the Majlis, you’ll be treated like nothing less than royalty with delicious seafood dinners and staff that is willing to assist you with any need. Spend your days lounging by their fabulous pool or sailing boats in the bluest of waters around the island. Room pricing begins at $420 USD/night. http://www.themajlisresorts.com/
Baytil Ajaib: Leisurely, unspoiled, and one-of-a-kind can describe this restored Swahili house that has been turned into a guesthouse for visitors to the island of Lamu. The owner Malik is a caring and generous host, who will ensure that your stay is nothing but magical. Be transported to another time when the UNESCO Heritage Site of Lamu was in its prime, when you book to stay at the Baytil Ajaib. Staying in a room at the Baytil Ajaib will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a chapter of Arabian Nights, as the decor is so intricately placed and preserved. Nightly room rates begin at $155 USD/night http://www.baytilajaib.com/start.html
where to eat:
Moonrise Restaurant: Enjoy fish fresh from the sea at this waterfront restaurant on the island. Enjoy a variety of seafood options from tuna steak to ginger crab- ask and they may just make you items that are not on the menu! All dishes are prepared by Frank, a Belgian chef that knows how to cook his fish. A quiet spot to enjoy a candlelight dinner and feel the ocean breeze on your back, perfect spot for couples to enjoy a meal.
Karkadeh Restaurant: This restaurant is a part of the Subira House Bed and Breakfast, but you may find yourself there for dinner more than once during your time in Lamu-it’s that good. A different selection served every night, so your meal will always be a surprise. Karkadeh uses all organic ingredients and a slow cook technique to ensure it’s diners have the most authentic meal possible. Enjoy pan-seared prawns, mango, pumpkin in coconut sauce, or some avocado mousse- just to name a few! Be sure to check them out while you’re in Lamu.