The Majlis


With a focus on authentic Swahili culture, The Majlis is wonderfully charming and enticing. Nestled along a sugary sand beach on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago, you’ll quickly fall in love with the quirky architecture created with local materials, including white coral blocks and hand carved timber.

This hotel evokes a sense of understated luxury, and is only a 10-minute boat ride from Lamu town. Everywhere you turn you’ll be graced with phenomenal views of Ras Kitau bay, and the numerous baraza seating areas offer you a cosy spot to watch the sun go down.

Evoking a truly authentic Lamu experience, The Majlis has plenty to keep you occupied should you fancy taking a break from sunning by the two swimming pools. There’s plenty of water sports on offer, including dhow cruises and water skiing, and you could also hop on one of the mountain bikes and journey along the dirt track to the Takwa ruins. Families are well catered for here – the kid’s club has a plethora of exciting activities for younger guests, including cooking classes, Maasai Warrior experiences, and dhow adventures.

With an array of long windows adorning the walls, all of the rooms have gorgeous views, and allow plenty of natural light in for a tranquil feel. The décor is very light and airy, with rustic, hand crafted furnishings. The Superior Rooms have garden views, whilst the Deluxe Rooms with Verandas look out onto the beach. The Deluxe Room First Floor Seaview accommodation features a scenic terrace looking out to sea, and the Junior Suites offer lovely garden and ocean views from their terrace and seating area. The Family Suites are very spacious, with a double room, a twin room and two verandas, but the most luxurious of all are the Royal Suites, combining two Junior Suites plus a living room and large veranda.

We love the restaurant area here. Built in the local Lamu tradition of casuarinas and mangrove poles covered in long palm leaves, you’ll tuck in to delicious cuisine in the open-air, including wood fired pizza and homemade ice cream, all the while taking in views of the peaceful waves.

Please note: Your return trip will include an overnight stay in Nairobi

What's Included

  • Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites have a double bed
  • Family Suites have one double bed and two twin beds
  • Royal Suites have two double beds
  • Water sports, including dhow cruises and snorkelling
  • Kid’s Club
  • Mountain bikes
  • Two gyms, including one by the pool, and another ‘Jungle Gym’

Open all year round, children of all ages are welcome.

Price Information

This accommodation can be booked on its own or as part of a tailor-made holiday with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £155/€175/$205.

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