Peponi has been in the Korschen family since 1967 and has remained the hotel on Lamu since shortly after it opened. A popular haunt of the international set, in spite of its modest size and décor, it attracts those looking for fun in a relaxed yet civilised environment.
Set on the edge of Shela Village on the island of Lamu, off the Kenyan coast, Peponi overlooks the narrow channel towards Manda Islands at the head of an impressive 13kms stretch of beach that sweeps down the island’s south coast. It’s a perfect spot to watch the world go by, namely fishermen steering their traditional dhows out to sea or back home as the sun begins to set.
Each of Peponi’s 28 rooms is unique in style, size and location but all have sea views wand some have private outside spaces. Local artwork and a distinct dash of Swahili design lend an exotic air to the unfussy décor.
FOOD & DRINK
Menus are heavily accented towards freshly caught seafood and guests can dine indoors or more casually out in the garden. Peponi’s infamous bar is a popular hangout and known for its ‘Old Pal’ house cocktail, mixed expertly by old-retainer barman, Charles.
An array of motorised water sports equipment is available to guests so water skiing, fishing and sailing are all possible. The large outdoor pool, shaded by baobabs, is a lovely place to sunbathe and there is a fabulous shop crammed with local (or locally inspired) clothing, jewellery and nik naks.
OUT & ABOUT
This is not a place to get too much done but you can spend a very pleasant few hours walking down the 13km beach that begins at Peponi or pottering around Shela Village.
- A Kenyan institution and must-visit whilst on Lamu whether you stay over or simply drop in for a drink.
- Although located on/by a beach, Peponi is not a classic ‘beach resort’ so please discuss your requirements with our team when planning your itinerary.