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Where to stay on Manda Island

Private houses and hotels

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Manda Bay

Manda Bay is a small privately owned boutique lodge located on the northern tip of Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago on Kenya’s coast. An unspoilt, secluded location where you can switch off from the rest of the world, take your shoes off and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces. Manda Bay combines the ultimate bush and beach experience with miles of soft white sand on a private beach and Coconut palms mixed with Doum palms, Acacia Tortilis and a variety of wildlife.

Manda Bay is the perfect escape for families, honeymooners, and couples looking for the ultimate 'no shoes, no news' experience and is renowned for its wonderfully relaxed atmosphere with a variety of activities on offer.

The Majilis resort

The Majlis is a privately owned resort set on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago off Kenya’s north coast. Offering world class understated luxury, the hotel is elegantly designed and boasts the best views of the breathtaking Ras Kitau bay.


Baobab House

Located in Lamu, just a few steps from Manda Beach, Baobab House, Manda Island, Lamu provides beachfront accommodation with a restaurant, a garden, a terrace and free WiFi. With garden views, this accommodation features a patio.
The holiday home includes 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a shower, a seating area, and a kitchen with a fridge. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.
If you would like to discover the area, hiking is possible in the surroundings.
Popular points of interest near Baobab House, Manda Island, include Shela Beach, Jetty, Peponi Hotel - Start of ferry trip to Lamu Town and Al Mabruk Shop.

Beach Tower House

Let me introduce you to Beach Tower house. Located on Manda Island, along the coast of the Lamu archipelago, it is one of the most prestigious beach front locations on the Kenyan coast.
For centuries, Swahilis from Lamu have been welcoming travellers and traders from Oman and India, their culture is built on this rich and fascinating historical influences.
On the beach front of Manda island, Beach Tower overlooks the channel which seperates it from Lamu island. The views of Shela dunes and dhows sailing past while you take your morning coffee is superb.
This destination is paradise for guests looking for white sandy beaches, water sports, cultural encounters with Swahili the community and historical visits in Lamu (UNESCO world heritage site).
Our home is privately owned. It has been built and furnished with a style that combines swahili antiques with modern art.

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Nyumba Kiru

Nyumba Kiru, Manda Beach, Lamu
A luxurious, expansive and imaginatively-designed beach retreat with direct access to the lovely empty sands of Ras Kitau, there’s plenty of space at Nyumba Kiru for larger groups to spread out and socialise around the swimming pool and in numerous living, lounging and dining areas.

Matonga House

Across the channel from Shela village lies a peaceful beach on Manda Island.  Matonga House is ideally located on the island.  The house has only just launched, and will soon become the epitome of barefoot luxury.
Open air thatched rooftops create a shady space to lounge in deep daybeds surrounding the two swimming pools.  One of the pools overlooks the ocean back towards Shela village.  The other is nestled in a tropical garden with ample daybeds and a yoga deck.  Each bedroom is uniquely designed with Indian, Arabic, and Kenyan influences.  A main bedroom opens towards the central area and pools, while a second bedroom is elevated overlooking the sea with a large sitting area for private lounging with a great book.  Two further bedrooms are nestled at the back and perfect for a family of four.


Diamond beach villa's

Diamond Beach Village is a family eco lodge which has been running for 22 years, founded in 2000 by Cornish artist Helen Feiler and run by her daughter Rachael.
Situated facing the sunsets on the most pristine beach front of Manda island at the mouth the Indian ocean. If your looking for total relaxation coupled with exquisite modern food and Swahili culture which takes you back to the ancient rhythms of life, then look no further.
It is the perfect place to come and relax for a day on the beach, a weekend away from the city or weeks totally immersed in the peace of the island. There are no cars on Lamu or Manda, the only form of transport is donkey or boat: The pace of life is inevitably slow and relaxed. The island is located roughly two degrees south of the equator therefore you can guarantee that perfect island getaway from July – April.
Come and join us for swimming, volleyball, sunset sailing, snorkeling, kite surfing, bird watching, star gazing and the occasional full moon party.

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