Peponi Hotel - Coast - Kenya

Peponi is a small hotel with just twenty four rooms on the exotic island of Lamu , off the coast of Kenya. It is situated at one end of the spectacular twelve kilometre Shela Beach on the Indian Ocean; flanked by ancient sand dunes, the beach is one of the few remaining untouched, empty stretches of coastline in Kenya. White sands, excellent swimming and an idyllic setting for a walk at dawn or sunset.

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All rooms have ocean views and each room is unique whether it is a standard or a superior room. Superior rooms are generally larger, well located and with an outside area with a swing bed to relax.  All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers and personal safes.

Peponi’s legendary bar is a favourite watering hole for guests and Shela village inhabitants alike, with "its nexus of entertainment, its fountain of gossip”. Enjoy the  famous house cocktail "Old Pal” or enjoy a fresh juice or cold beer on the veranda as the dhows sail by. The cooking is innovative, with plenty of fabulous fresh sea food and the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are in stunning settings offering some of the best dining in East Africa

 Peponi’s gardens have been an integral part of the hotel and Shela village for over forty years and boast one of the largest and most varied collections of tropical palms and exotic plants on the Kenyan coast. Swing hammocks under the shade of coconut trees and a fresh water free form swimming pool under two giant baobab trees offer the perfect places to relax.

Guests can explore the archipelago under sail in a traditional Lamu or Mozambique style dhow. Visit the ruins at Takwa, watch turtles eggs hatch, raise a glass at sunset or dine under a full moon, experience the spectacle of the biannual dhow race, held in August and on New Year’s Day; these are just some of the activities available at Peponi.

Peponi has water sports for all age groups and levels of experience. Competent instructors and a wide range of equipment to hire from windsurfers, sailing Mirror and Lasers, wake boards, body boards and water skis, deep sea fishing and snorkelling.   The nearby mangrove creek is ideal for water skiing at high tide. For the less energetic there are kayaks on the beach.

"Peponi is simple, fresh, cheerful and everything about it is totally original and genuine – no frozen foods here, nor frozen smiles.” Harpers and Queen

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