Lamu is a small island just off the north Kenya coast, and strongly retains its traditional Swahili culture. In fact, wandering past old wooden houses on winding streets where donkey is the only form of transport is like stepping back in time. Lamu Town bustles with activity and has a busy port and colourful market. Relax on unspoiled beaches as you watch a wooden dhow sail by or head for the seas yourself to enjoy a sunset cruise. You can also stay on the neighbouring island of Manda, another tropical hideaway.
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Kijani HouseTravel back in time on the ancient Arab-influenced island of Lamu just off the north Kenyan coast. Stay in old-fashioned style by the waterfront and a stunning 12-kilometre-long beach. Soak up the atmosphere and take a dhow trips to explore nearby islets.5nts from €1,489
Manda BayThis small resort of just ten palm-thatched cottages is surrounded by coral gardens, deserted beaches beaches and unspoiled woodland and is just 30 minutes from historic Lamu Town.7nts from €3,009
Peponi HotelThis family-run hotel is on the Arab-influenced Indian Ocean island of Lamu, where traditional wooden dhows drift past the oceanfront terrace. The seven-mile Shela Beach stretches out in front of the property and all rooms have sea views.7nts from €1,549
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