9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great for sundowners - BUT for the right skin color
"Awesome hotel, great people to meet here. The perfect place for a sun downer.
But there is nothing worse that having your sun downer ruined by the OWNER... the owner carol... is an example of neo- colonialism in Kenya. This is seen from how she speaks to her staff. Yelling at them in front of guests, (local Kenyan guests) and treating the local tourists as well as the staff as people who do not matter.
If this woman would have her way Peoponi Hotel would have a separate entrance and sitting space for local tourists.
However it is an amazing place interesting people from all over the world convene here. So sad to be met with a person who has no business being the owner of a place where people from allover the world meet. When all she does is make locals feel beneath her. (Reviews have shown that she is quite kind I guess you have to have the right skin)
- Travel date: Mon 4th of January 2016
"We chose Peponi as one of our honeymoon destinations and were impressed with every single aspect of the experience. From the convivial welcome (with an 'Old Pal') on arrival, fantastic room (no room number just named Top) including wonderful roof terrace, complimentary bubbly, amazingly attentive and friendly staff with a special mention to Andrew, Margot and Ruth, Swahili meal served on our terrace, great food in general, choice of excellent trips including the privilege of seeing the hatching of baby turtles and sunset dhow trips.
As can be seen we loved Peponi and if we ever get the opportunity to return we surely will. There is a simple luxurious feel to an unspoilt and welcoming hotel that is rarely seen.
Whether you want to relax post-safari or simply enjoy a great small island experience whilst in Kenya then try to visit Peponi, even if only for a delicilous lunch and iconic 'Old Pal' cocktail, you will not be disappointed.
- Travel date: Tue 11th of September 2007
Peponi - Swahili charm, and 5 * service
"I was in Nairbi on business but decided to stay on for 5 days of R&R. I chose The Peponi Hotel on Lamu Island from their review on the internet. How fortunate. I had a great time - wandering around, watching a soccer match under a tent with about 20 Muslim men ( I'm a woman), snorkeling, and eating fabulous food. Carol and Lars are gracious hosts. The two of them and all the rest of the staff will do anything to make your stay pleasant.
I hope you go, and enjoy it as much as I did."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of June 2007
"My husband and I recently returned to the States after living in Kenya for 19 months. We stayed at the Peponi Hotel on several occasions. Itâs a fantastic hotel and the grounds and views are truly beautiful. The small, intimate, and relaxed atmosphere makes you feel at home very quickly. The staff is extremely friendly and tries to take care of your every need. The rooms are extremely nice. Just so you know, the rooms do not have air conditioning, but they do have fans. The Peponi has two accommodation areas and I prefer the superior rooms, which are located with the main house and the restaurant. The standard rooms across from the main house are smaller. (All rooms have ocean views.)
In addition to the hotel accommodations, the food is fabulous. The spicy mango soup, the chili crab, the carmelized butternut squash pizza with garlic and chili peppers â¦ were all incredible. The desserts were delicious as well. Also, we had some very yummy Swahili breakfasts there. We loved having a romantic dinner out near the pool under the baobab trees. The stars were stunning. We had an incredibly relaxing drink on the veranda looking out over the water and simply forgot that time exists.
If you have time, take a dhow (boat) ride to some of the surrounding islands. You will learn more about the local culture and the history of the islands. You can swim in the Peponi pool or in the Indian Ocean. You can also have fun with a variety of water sports or water activities. In terms of Lamu town, I have travelled to other Muslim villages or towns which I enjoyed more than Lamu. However, if this is a new experience for you, you will probably find this town very interesting. If you decide to visit the town, make sure that you ask for a guide and take time to visit one of the traditional Swahili homes. Also, since most people rely on donkeys to travel throughout the town, you may want to wear sneakers rather than sandals.
For those of you interested in locating an old Lamu chest, this may be very difficult. It is easier to find new chests, but even those are difficult. Talk to the Peponi Hotel before you arrive and see if they can spread the word among the local shopkeepers and arrange a tour for you in Old Town (Lamu Town), which will include the various shops. One of the shops in town carves beautiful copies to order, but you have to rely on the shop sending it to you. I do not advise ordering a chest unless you have a contact willing to check on this for you. Itâs not that people are dishonest; itâs just that many of the shops have a different pace on the coast. (For example, I placed a medium-sized furniture order in Mombasa in July 2005 and am still waiting for some of it to arrive. (Iâm writing this in April 2007 and have since moved from Kenya.) The shop owner is honest, but is just very slow. A few of my Kenyan friends have had the same experiences with other coast shops.)
My husband and I love the Peponi Hotel. We hope that you will as well!"
- Travel date: Sun 15th of April 2007
Luxury and family friendly. FIrst class service
"I have been to Lamu 5 times in the past 20+ years. Always stayed in traditional Lamu hotels in Lamu town which was great experience. With chilren this trip we need a bit more and stepped up to Peponi's (always had gone there for a cold Tusker in the past!)
Peponi's did not disappoint. From the personal greeting at the airstrip and boat ride over. To personal greeting from the managers and instant drinks on the Veranda to the personalized package of information this was a 5 star service. Several other families there and with one of the few pools on the island a nice calm place to read under the baobab trees while the kids played with other international kids.
Standard rooms are just that..but you don't spend that much time in them. Most have their own private seating areas overlooking the channel/ocean to relax. Food Fantastic (don't buy full board if with kids. Better/cheaper to order off the menu). While there is a bit of a "scene" on the public bar area--as a guest you do not have to be there. Guests have there own area and can also be by the pool.
There is no more comfortable a place than to have a meal on the veranda or just inside in the dining room overlooking the dhows and the ocean. What more can I say. Owners Carol and Lars are very hands on and go the extra mile to insure every guest have their needs met. Paradise found. Wish we had booked a few more days!"
- Travel date: Sat 17th of February 2007
a real paradise
"a delicious old building, in front of the ocean, a real dream, in white rooms, far from the useless luxury. Here, you dont have Air Con, no Wifi, no TV, but a simple beauty, with beautiful pieces of furnishing. It is all about charm ( and wonderful cooking too, with delicious breakfeast , and far from all nouveau riche pretention."
- Travel date: Wed 13th of September 2006
"Arriving at Peponi after a very busy and stressful 6months,was a total joy. The rooms are clean but basic; in all other respects this is 5 star.....or better.I f you long for a fresh and totally wonderful travel expierence go to Peponi, go to Lamu!
[One extra piece of advice pay for a superior room and ask to be near the pool.]"
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of January 2006
"We spent 5 nights in Peponi's after a wonderful safari in the Mara.
It was truly fantastic : amazing location , fabulous food and wonderful service. We treated ourselves to a superior room and felt that this was well worthwhile as all such rooms have beautiful spacious and private outside space.The owners and their friendly staff go out of their make you feel very ,very welcome.It was no surprise to us that the hotel was virtually full every night in November!Lamu itself was a delight , incredibly atmospheric with some lovely shopping.
If you are lucky enough to get to Kenya this winter do not miss Lamu and this gem of a hotel!"
- Travel date: Tue 13th of December 2005
Beautiful Deserted Island
"This was one of the most amazing places that I have ever stayed at. Miles and miles of beautiful deserted beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fish caught that day served fresh at night. Wonderful service. I would highly highly recommend it. If you are in Kenya on safari, this is the most PERFECT way to end your vacation."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of November 2005