I am an Island girl at heart and Lamu is undoubtedly my favourite place at the Kenyan coast. Heck, a lot of content on this blog from 2016 and even on my Instagram is from the archipelago, and as you can imagine, I was itching to go back home. One place I’ve been dying to visit is The Majlis Resort, particularly given its popularity among both local and international tourists. I figure a resort can’t be that popular for no good reason, right? So the first chance I got to escape the city, I quickly packed up my collection of bespoke luxury African dresses from ichyulu.com and made a beeline for this unspoilt slice of paradise.
The Majlis is a boutique luxury resort tucked away on a quiet and picturesque private spot on Manda Bay, with pristine white sands I was all to happy to trudge barefoot along, offset by towering palm trees and hammocks dotted along a strip of beach overlooking the sea. Quite the idyllic location for an unhurried getaway with friends, family, loved ones, or, like me, some alone time out to meditate.
There are various domestic flights to choose from so look around online and make your selection as desired. The hotel organized boat transfers for me and I was therefore greeted at Manda Airport by their steward who helped carry my luggage to the speedboat, from where we took about 30 minutes to get to the property from the jetty.
The resort is sprawled across three separate and spacious villas upon which 25 well appointed suites sit. I stayed in room number 4 which is located at the villa right next to the Pool Bar. The air conditioned room featured large windows to allow natural lighting (which made the photographer in me very happy), a comfortable canopy bed I had trouble getting out of in the morning, a work desk which I turned into a display area for all the gorgeous accessories I got from Kiswahili Lamu, a large wooden cupboard with ornate carvings along the edges, a refrigerator, safe and more. I missed the sunrise (chalk that up to a super late night swim at the second pool in the resort and the aforementioned comfortable bed) but stepping out onto my spacious balcony at around 8:30am, I was treated to an incredible panoramic view of the pool area with its pretty bougainvillea flowers, and further beyond, boats as they gently sailed along the azure blue bay as birds fluttered across the sky. Oh, Majlis! How I wish I could have stayed there forever?
The open plan restaurant with a traditional makuti roof features the finest in Italian and international cuisine including Swahili classics and fresh seafood which is brought in daily by the local fishermen and is open to both residents and the public, so you can still pop in for lunch regardless of where you are staying in Lamu. I love a breakfast with a view, and tucking into my a la carte classic English breakfast overlooking the gorgeous beach and Ras Kitau Bay was certainly an experience I relished. I absolutely love tuna and would therefore recommend the tuna tartar or smoked yellowfin tuna which I had for lunch with a side of roast potatoes coupled with the resort’s excellent signature Majlis cocktail, enjoyed from the terrace on the first floor. Dinner can be quite the romantic al fresco affair under a twinkling blanket of stars, except I was dining alone.
and an activity center that co-ordinates a wide variety of water sport activities.
The Majlis Resort has a watersport center complete with the necessary equipment to suit a variety of watersports such as kitesurfing, fishing, snorkeling and windsurfing.
There is also an outdoor gym and a secluded yoga center to ensure you don’t miss your workouts just because you’re on vacation. Being an avid lover of vinyasa, I called in my friend Awham who is a yoga instructor from Shela to come and take me through a 1 hour power yoga session and it was fantastic!