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The Majlis Resort A boutique beach hotel in the Lamu archipelago

The spirit of The Majlis Resort

Occupying a unique location on exclusive Manda Island in the Lamu Archipelago, The Majlis offers superb seafront views of Ras Kitau Bay and Shela village. Designed to reflect Lamu’s fascinating blend of influences, it features superbly appointed suites that combine contemporary comforts with local tradition. Presented in a timelessly elegant style and set amidst indigenous trees and plants, the suites are spacious, with traditionally high, beamed ceilings, large windows and open terraces that boast spectacular views of the beach, the lush gardens or sparkling swimming pools. Each suite is constructed using white coral blocks, with doors and furniture hand carved according to local traditions.

Two ocean-fronting bars provide the ideal setting to enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets over the sandy beach. Built using local materials such as casuarinas and mangrove poles, and boasting a makuti thatch ceiling, the open fronted restaurant offers delicious Italian and Swahili inspired menus, created with only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Guests can enjoy Ayurvedic treatments in the wellness centre or in the massage banda on the beach. Majlis offers a wide range of water activities as well as an assortment of mainland adventures. Enjoy boat excursions, wildlife safaris, fishing trips, water sports (water-skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, diving and snorkeling), and fascinating cultural tours.

What we love about The Majlis Resort

  • Ask to have a romantic, candle-lit dinner served al fresco on the beach.
  • Borrow one of the hotel’s mountain bikes and set off on an exciting expedition to the Timbuni coral quarry or the Takwa ruins.
  • If you’re feeling energetic, swim the 800 metres (875 yards) across the channel to Shela beach. One of the hotel’s boats will follow you in case you lack the energy for the return swim!