The rooms in this boutique hotel, located next to the Donkey Sanctuary on Lamu's waterfront, are all different, but each one is superbly decorated in traditional Swahili style and has a separate dressing room and a terrace looking out either onto the water or the town. The communal areas in the inside courtyard of the hotel are comfortable and tranquil, and there are two pools for cooling off. Don't miss the boutique attached to the hotel, which sells gorgeous soft kikois,
sandals, bags and kaftans. The hotel's restaurant, Moonrise, is open to non-guests and is one of the best in town. You can order fish of the day steamed in a banana leaf or pan-fried with a tamarind sauce, or lobster, tuna, sailfish, pasta, chicken curry or a good vegetarian dal. The beach barbeques every Sunday are a highlight for both visitors and Lamu's expats. The hotel offers mid- to long-term rentals on high-end apartments in Lamu.