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The Majlis

The Majlis, Lamu

At a Glance

    Pros

  • unforgettable dhow sunset cruises
  • an excellent beach
  • rooms have air-conditioning

    Cons

  • trips to Lamu aren't included
  • alcohol isn't included in the full-board option

Fodorite Reviews

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The Majlis Review

The rooms in this spectacular hotel are in three villas, and as each has a sitting room with white couches, antique Swahili furniture, and African paintings and sculptures, you'll feel as though you're staying in an ultrastylish private beach house. Two of the villas have swimming pools in front, and all look out onto the beach. Rooms are large with spacious en-suite bathrooms, and the Royal Suite has magnificent views and antiques. The whole property suggests a designer with a gifted eye for detail. The food is excellent, with a focus on seafood, and because the owner is Italian, there's always a pasta course. Nonguests can book for lunch or dinner, and it's worth making the short trip here from Lamu just to immerse yourself in the surroundings.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Off the Path Eco-Resort
Originally conceived as an Italian family's winter vacation home, Kenya's two-year-old The Majlis is quickly turning into East Africa's most intimate and eco-friendly beach resort. Arriving by the scenic 15-minute boat to the Majlis's shore on Ras Kitau bay is a treat in and of itself. The property's three coral-hued Italianate villas have been divvied up into 25 rooms and suites, each with private terrace and African décor. Every room and common area displays unique African artifacts and family heirlooms, and the public drawing room showcases a private art collection that includes Julien Schnabel originals (personally bestowed to the owners) on sailcloth. Sundowner cocktails are served on a thatched-roof terrace bar, while fresh seafood is the byword at the alfresco restaurant. The archipelago cruises are unforgettable and, for the adventurous, there's a range of activities on offer, including fishing, snorkeling, and side trips to nearby Lamu Town, the oldest and best-preserved Swahi

    Hotel Details

  • 25 rooms.
  • Rate includes all meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 11-26-2012

Fodorite Reviews

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    The Majlis Review

    I am a British living in France. I stumbled upon this article by ‘Hotel and Lodge’ magazine which featured the Majlis resort. It looked quite exotic and nice so I decided to buy two tickets to surprise my girl friend. She totally loved the place and I have to admit, it is surreal. Must visit!

    by Cathy_M, 12/29/11
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    The Majlis Review

    This was my first holiday to Lamu Island and it was simply brilliant. The staff of the Majlis hotel is no doubt the friendliest I have ever come across. I also went on a safari to Lake Kenyatta and had an amazing time.

    by Ryan_Coleman, 12/5/11
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    I was looking for the French Riviera on the Kenyan coast when I came across Majlis. I had never seen hotels at the most exquisite locations in Kenya. It has everything one needs- from spectacularly beautiful and clean rooms with air conditioning to the most awesome food. They also have super luxurious pools for their visitors. I give them 5 stars!

    by Jose_Martin, 11/29/11
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    I read The Majlis Resort’s reviews on ‘Hotel & Lodge’ August edition. The moment I saw the resort on the cover page, I knew this is where my wife and I are going to vacation next. The moment we landed in Lamu and stepped on to the softest of sands, it all felt so surreal. We stayed in a room which was very spacious and clean, and offered a great view. The food was amazing and they served us with excellent homemade pizzas which can give a competition to any excellent pizza joint back home in New York. I highly recommend staying at the resort and experience one of the best times and see the most beautiful African beaches along with luxury and amazing people.

    by Peter_Smith, 11/25/11
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    Just returned from an amazing holiday at the Majlis Resorts. The hotel has an extremely friendly staff, and I could not find any fault during my stay. Overall, it was a wonderful holiday experience.

    by James_Patterson, 11/21/11
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    An amazing resort with the most delicious food I have ever eaten. It is a beautiful hotel, with clean and spacious rooms, restaurant, terrace bars, pools and a kid’s club. We stayed there for three nights and enjoyed every bit of it.

    by Joy_Gillette, 11/17/11
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    I stayed at the Majlis hotel for three weeks at the end of September with my husband and our 4-year old son. It is an awesome place for family holiday. The staff was so helpful that we instantly felt at home.

    by Steve_Rogger, 11/11/11
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    The Majlis Resort was very clean and well maintained. The food was exceptionally good, with a wide range to select from. I had an amazing time there, and I’d definitely come back.

    by Betty_Brown, 11/10/11

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