The majlis
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The majlis

The Majlis occupies a unique location on the exclusive Manda Island facing the world-renowned Lamu on Kenya’s North Coast (East Africa).  The privately-owned hotel offers 25 superbly-appointed suites in understated elegance reflecting Lamu’s local tradition and style.   With superb seafront views over the Ras Kitau bay and Shela village, guests enjoy an idyllic setting to relax and make the most of the archipelago’s charm and activities.  The Majlis is only accessible by boat, a short 10- minute ride from Lamu Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In Arabic, the name ‘Majlis’ refers to a special place where hosts entertained their most important guests and families in style and comfort.  “Karibu” or welcome, in Swahili.It offers elegant and luxurious facilities, in understated design complementing the natural beauty of Lamu and its tropical location.

The island hotel is comprises 25 superbly-appointed Superior and Deluxe rooms, Junior and Royal suites divided into 4 villas.  Each villa opens onto the white sand beach and boasts a private veranda with panoramic sea views.  The rooms are spacious with traditionally high, beamed ceilings, large windows and terraces with spectacular views of the beach, garden, swimming pools and Indian Ocean.
Each villa was constructed making use of the archipelago’s natural resources, combining white coral blocks with hand-carved timber. Particular attention was paid to integrating the villas among the indigenous trees and plants, to enhance the preserve the beauty of the local surroundings.
Tastefully designed and decorated with tailored fittings, all rooms evoke the East African heritage with doors and furniture hand-carved according to the local Lamu tradition.

Suites boast a large bedroom area with a king-size bed draped with highest-quality linen bedding and roll-down netting, a generous en-suite bathroom, a private veranda, electric fans, and a safe. Each room is also fitted with air conditioning to guarantee a peaceful night. Wireless internet access is available
The en-suite bathrooms feature a hot and cold water shower and a classic “baraza” seating area covered in cushions

The Majlis offers two pools for guests to enjoy.  Each pool has panoramic views over the seafront overlooking Ras Kitau bay as well as Shela village on Lamu Island in the distance.  The pools were built in the shade of the indigenous acacia and palm trees, offering a cool contrast to the warm African sun.  The pool bar serves a variety of refreshing drinks and light snacks.

There are two bar areas within the hotel.  The first bar is situated inside the Majlis building and the second on the first floor of the restaurant, both offering panoramic views of the Ras Kitau bay.

The Restaurant roof reaches 14 meters high and is built in the local tradition of casuarinas and mangrove poles, covered in very long palm leaves (‘makuti’ in Swahili).  The makuti is laid in overlapping patterns, creating a waterproof structure of exceptional beauty and simplicity.  The Restaurant combines an open-plan veranda on the ground floor and terrace/bar on the first floor, offering panoramic views over the Ras Kitau bay.

Guests are invited to share in the soothing ease and atmosphere of the Majlis: from relaxing in the beautiful beaches or strolling along the long-sweeping beach; to enjoying a cool drink at the ocean-facing bar as the sun sets; to tasting our open-fronted restaurants marriage of local ingredients and international cuisine; to indulging in relaxing ayurvedic treatments at the wellness center.

 The natural surroundings of Lamu are spectacular and offer a variety of activities to suit all tastes and to keep active all day long.

Rooms

The island hotel is comprises 25 superbly-appointed Superior and Deluxe rooms, Junior and Royal suites divided into 4 villas.  Each villa opens onto the white sand beach and boasts a private veranda with panoramic sea views.  The rooms are spacious with traditionally high, beamed ceilings, large windows and terraces with spectacular views of the beach, garden, swimming pools and Indian Ocean.
Each villa was constructed making use of the archipelago’s natural resources, combining white coral blocks with hand-carved timber. Particular attention was paid to integrating the villas among the indigenous trees and plants, to enhance the preserve the beauty of the local surroundings.
Tastefully designed and decorated with tailored fittings, all rooms evoke the East African heritage with doors and furniture hand-carved according to the local Lamu tradition.

Suites boast a large bedroom area with a king-size bed draped with highest-quality linen bedding and roll-down netting, a generous en-suite bathroom, a private veranda, electric fans, and a safe. Each room is also fitted with air conditioning to guarantee a peaceful night. Wireless internet access is available
The en-suite bathrooms feature a hot and cold water shower and a classic “baraza” seating area covered in cushions

Board Basis

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Laundry services


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