Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic island of Lamu, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, the very root of Swahili culture, which spread centuries ago down the East African Coast.|
The superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size, private outside area, indoor plants, artwork and Swahili furnishings. No two rooms are alike. Five of the rooms are built right on the beach, with private verandah areas overlooking the sea, while the rest have a combination of ocean and garden views. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes.
Local Dhows are great for trips around Lamu Island and are run on a Rota system to ensure that all the crew get a chance. Sunset trips with the local Dhows and their friendly crew are very popular. Sailing to Takwa Ruins on Manda Island is a 3hr round trip by sail dhow, at High tide only and is a great way to spend part of your day.
Bottom fishing with hand lines and cooking what you catch on the beach over a charcoal fire is always enjoyed by the children, and is a great family outing. A full day trip by Dhow to the coral reefs followed by a BBQ lunch can be organized and is a great way to spend the day. It is possible to hire a motor dhow or sailing dhow to explore the Lamu Archipelago. Peponi has two larger dhows which can be chartered. There are two main dhow races held in Shela. One is held in August called the French Twin Star Cup and requires a European crew member on each dhow. The largest is the New Years Day Dhow race which attracts a lot of Dhows and spectators.
During calm weather, water skiing can take place in front of Peponi, otherwise, on high tide, mangrove fringed Takwa Creek is ideal. The well skilled boat drivers are also very helpful to give novices any pointers, or for those wishing to advance from two skis to one. Along with this, other activities include windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.