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This intimate delightful hotel was first opened by the Korschen family in 1967 and to this day it still retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life. Situated on the exotic island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya and lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, this is the very root of Swahili culture, which spread centuries ago down the East African Coast. The narrow streets of the old town still maintain the peace, tranquility and delightful charm of days gone by.
Peponi Hotel has a total of twenty four rooms, all with stunning views and divided into superior and standard rooms. Five of the rooms are on the beach, with private veranda areas overlooking the sea. The others enjoy a combination of ocean and garden views. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers, fresh flowers, and personal safes.
The cuisine here is outstanding, with lunch being taken either outside at the grill, under the colourful bougainvillea, where you can dig your feet in fresh white coral sand or on the terrace, overlooking the ocean and the movement of dhows and local fishermen. Dinner is a seafood extravaganza incorporating Mangrove crabs, warm water lobster, squid, giant prawns and fish of all varieties. For something a little more local, a Swahili menu is also available, which can be eaten in the traditional way, on the floor, around a huge brass platter. The bar is a favourite watering hole for guests and Shela village inhabitants alike.
Peponi has a fresh water free form swimming pool, situated under two baobab trees overlooking the ocean - the perfect place to relax with a good book or enjoy a delicious lunch.
Activities are plentiful and include a variety of watersports – snorkelling, superb windsurfing under near perfect wind conditions and scuba diving, with PADI instructor courses being available.
Organised local dhow trips around Lamu Island are very popular and are an ideal way to discover the beautiful island, particularly at sunset! It is also possible to charter a motor or sailing dhow for an hour or for a longer trip, to explore the Lamu Archipelago.