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Manda Bay

Lamu Island, Kenya

Gold price level

Mango Opinion

This is a great spot if you want to experience the cultural day trips into the Swahili capitol on Lamu. Perfect for families who love water sports but dont need a swimming pool. Their traditional sailing Dhow is perhaps the prettiest in the business and the food is to die for. 

Accommodation is darling - but may be rustic by some standards. Grass mats top the sandy ground and rooms are open aired with fans & mosquito netting.

Manda Bay Resort is a small, private lodge on Manda Island in northern Kenyas Lamu Kiwayu archipelago. Sixteen spacious cottages line the beach overlooking the calm waters of Manda Bay. It's a peaceful and beautiful setting where ribbons of white sand beaches are lined with a delicate fringe of palms on one side and the turquoise waters of the ocean on the other.

The resort is on a secluded peninsula, close to ancient Lamu Town and neighboring Shela, but far enough away from the bustle to enjoy total privacy. All the buildings are constructed with local materials in traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering the floors. The cottages are spacious and comfortable with their own bathrooms; they are specially sited to catch the cooling sea breezes and all have verandas. The cottages have a choice of double or twin beds, surrounded by large flowing mosquito nets and cooled by overhead fans. The informal dining room and sitting rooms are comfortable, open and airy. They enjoy uninterrupted views of Manda Bay whose ever-changing waters attract birds, small local sailing craft and spectacular marine life. All rooms are furnished in vibrant Kenyan fabrics, specially designed to complement the environment. All meals are relaxed and casual, served in the dining room, on the beach, or even on Utumaduni, a traditional sailing dhow.