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Peponis has long been famous and synonymous with Lamu Town, although it is actually situated just up the coast in the smaller village of Shela. The hotel has been owned and operated since the dawn of time by Lars and Carol and is a true reflection of them in that there is a very warm and accustoming feel to the place. They have built the hotel up from just a few simple rooms set by the calm waters of the bay to an intimate hotel of 26 rooms. The rooms have been designed in a basic, yet stylish Arabic style that reminds of the island’s roots. With the truly romantic pool dining area, Arabic ruins gently lit by the flicker of candles, and the globally renowned fisherman’s bar, Peponis has something to offer all. Trips to Lamu town can easily be arranged with a free transfer in the morning and back in time for one of their famous fish lunches. The hotel also offers waterskiing, snorkelling and fishing trips for the more restless, otherwise you can walk from the hotel along a deserted beach for miles.

Peponis has rightly been the place to stay in Lamu for the last decade as it provides great levels of service in beautiful surroundings. The town of Shela is less touristy and crowded than the main town of Lamu and is great to have a wander around of an afternoon. I would personally say that it is a great place to be based for a couple of nights while exploring nearby Lamu, while, for some, it can also double as a good beach break.

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Written by  Julian Carter-Manning.

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