Fodor's Expert Review Peponi Hotel
Seafront, Shela, Lamu, Lamu, Kenya
Peponi's is well known for its beachfront location in Shela, lovely accommodations, and superb food. Opened in 1967 and still run by the founding Korschen family, there's an atmosphere of total laid-back charm. Anything goes here, but don't be fooled, the hotel is impeccably run and organizes everything from your water sports to your day excursions. You'll sleep in a sea-facing room with polished honey-color mud floors, whitewashed ceilings with beams of old black wood, a massive four-poster bed and kelim rugs. On your sea-facing veranda, get comfortable on lie-out chairs and watch the boats bobbing out to sea. The food is legendary. There are no bells and whistles, just simply cooked food that's fresh—try the giant prawns in butter sauce. If you want to go for something other than seafood, eat Swahili-style as you sit round a big brass platter on the floor.
- only hotel guests get seating on the outside balcony at dinner
- you can sleep with the sea-facing windows and doors open (guards are on duty all night)
- drinks are not included in the full-board option
Rate Includes: Closed May and June, Free breakfast