Lamu

The small island of Lamu, northeast of Mombasa, oozes old world charm. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamu Old Town is Kenya's oldest continually inhabited settlement with origins dating back to the 12th century. Strolling the labyrinthine streets, you will see the island's rich trading history reflected in the buildings. Architectural features from the Arab world, Europe, and India are evident, yet with a discernible Swahili technique. Intricately carved wooden doors, coral stone buildings, hidden courtyards, verandas, and rooftop patios are common features. Visiting here is like stepping back in time. Dhows plow the harbor, few if any motorized vehicles exist here, and donkeys still rule the streets as they have done for centuries.

Most of Lamu's population is Muslim and both men and women dress in traditional attire. Top attractions on the island include Lamu Museum, with displays on Swahili culture and the region's nautical history; Lamu Fort; and the Donkey Sanctuary. If all the history is a little too much, you can bask on one of the island's white sand beaches or sip Arabic coffee in a local café.

The Majlis Resort Lamu

The Majlis hotel is a privately owned luxury beach hotel on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago, off Kenya’s Northern Coast. With a superb beachfront location and breathtaking views over the bay and Lamu Island, it offers the perfect setting and the ideal accommodation for barefoot luxury and informal pampering on your trip to Kenya. The boutique hotel offers 25 exquisite deluxe rooms and suites divided into three beachfront villas.

From USD 190 pps FB

Manda Bay

A small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces. Whilst Manda Bay is unpretentious and perfect for those looking for a quiet getaway, Lords and Barons and celebrities have often spent many days enjoying this small haven as well as families and couples.

From USD 150 pps FB