About Lamu Islands
Lamu Island is an archipelago about 341km northeast of Mombasa. The main islands are Pate Island, Manda Island and Lamu Island. Lamu Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is also the headquarters of Lamu County. Lamu hotels are of all types you can expect to find in an exotic region. There are villas, cottages and hotels.
The Best Lamu Hotels
Choose Lamu hotels during your expedition in Lamu County. It is easier to find your way around the town and the beaches in Lamu from a hotel in the region. The staff can help you get a local guide to take you around.
There is a variety of hotels on the island. Some hotels are situated on the sun-bleached beach while others are a distance from the ocean. There are budget, mid-range and luxury Lamu hotels. Lamu attracts adventure seekers from all parts of the world, and they look for accommodation of different types. There are backpackers, luxury seekers, and families that can only be comfortable in hotels with spacious rooms or suites.
The top luxury hotels Lamu has for you are Shella Royal House, Baitil Aman Guest House, Villa Magadi and Jannatan Hotel. These top Lamu hotels offer facilities and amenities like in-room safes, en-suite rooms, minibars and private verandas.
The best hotels Lamu has for you have modern facilities blended into Swahili decor and architectural style. For example, Lamu Palace Hotel has distinct arched doors and distinctly Swahili decor.
Cheap Lamu Hotels
Backpackers have a wide range of budget Lamu hotels. Budget accommodation is available at the Lamu Archipelago Villa, Pole Pole Guest House and Jambo House Lamu. Budget accommodation in Lamu will give you essential facilities and amenities for you to have a relaxing time indoors.
Some Lamu hotels such as Stop Over Guest House are oceanfront properties while others are only a short distance from the beautiful shoreline. Staying close to the beach allows you easily access whenever you crave for an adventure in or around the ocean.
Romantic Lamu Hotels & Villas
Enjoy a romantic safari in Lamu. There are numerous fun activities for couples and a range of Lamu hotels for romantic getaways. Most honeymoon hotels Lamu has to offer organise exceptional services such as weddings, engagements and day tours for newlyweds. You can have your romantic beach safari in a luxury or budget hotel.
Check the list of Lamu hotels, and when you find ideal accommodation, book now, pay later.
Best Tourist Attractions in Lamu
Lamu Town is one of the oldest towns in Kenya, and one of the first habitats of the Swahili people. The Lamu Fort, a large two-storey building built between 1813 and 1821, houses a museum which is a source of wonder for lovers of art and history. Known for its antiques, the Lamu museum curates a host of ethnographic art materials from Swahili, Orma and Pokomo groups.
The museum also features throne chairs, carved headboards, musical instruments and the famous Siwa horns (brass musical instruments that resemble elephant tusks).
How to Get to Lamu Island
Lamu is best accessed via the Manda Airstrip. Buses travel between Malindi and the mainland opposite Lamu. Alternatively, tourists may use speed boats to access the Lamu Island. On the island, donkeys serve as the only mode of transport.
Where to Go Shopping In Lamu
Shumi's Design Shop, Gallery Baraka and the central market are excellent locations for art, textiles, and jewellery shopping. Aman in Shela sells silk and cotton clothes for both men and women.
Tips for Travellers in Lamu
Around January, the town hosts a cultural festival known as Lamu Festival that features swimming and sailing competitions. Because Lamu's population is predominantly Muslim, tourists are expected to be appropriately dressed when touring the town.