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At the confluence of three ancient trade routes, the islands of the Lamu Archipelago have been shaped by the cultures of Arabia, India and Africa.Thursday, June 13, 2019

By The Majlis

At the confluence of three ancient trade routes, the islands of the Lamu Archipelago have been shaped by the cultures of Arabia, India and Africa. Tucked away in this East African paradise, on a lush swathe of land called Manda, is The Majlis.

Originally planned as a private residence, this intimate hideaway evolved gradually from a family home into a sumptuous white-coral retreat with 40 bedrooms and suites. Stepping from a traditional dhow (boat) into the resort, guests are greeted by an intoxicating blend of Swahili tradition and European luxury. The resort’s designers have created a welcoming space where guests can consider themselves at home.

Now, as in ancient times, boats creak serenely between the sand-edged isles that make up the Lamu Archipelago. It’s only a 10-minute sail to Lamu Island from Manda, the fertile atoll that’s home to The Majlis. The Old Town here, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an incredibly well-preserved Swahili settlement with museums showcasing an exquisite collection of cultural artefacts. Away from the monuments and mosques, visitors can embark on game drives and safaris, go wakeboarding on a mangrove creek, or charter a boat to one of the archipelago’s remote islands for a diving trip like no other.

Built in traditional Swahili style with a thatched roof soaring above the tree line, the open-sided Majlis Restaurant acts as the hotel’s focal point, both aesthetically and socially. Guests come here for flavour-packed island produce and seafood caught daily in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The abundance of local, seasonal ingredients means Swahili dishes feature strongly, but the menu also extends to Italian food, exotic fruits and wood-fired pizzas. Ice-cool drinks can be enjoyed at the pool bar, on the loungey first-floor terrace or — most romantically — on the moonlit beach with a loved one.

The Majlis offers a series of full-day and half-day experiences which focus on wellness, Swahili culture, sports, arts and crafts as well as environmentally conscious excursions.
 

DON'T MISS

Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lamu Old Town and the region’s fascinating Swahili culture


NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES
• 40 rooms
• Swimming pool
• Restaurant
• Gym
• Massage centre
• Fitness centre
• Jungle gym
• Wi-fi

KEY ACTIVITIES
• Game drives
• Safaris
• Boat trips
• Diving
• Wakeboarding
• Cultural outings

GET IN TOUCH

themajlisresorts.com

T: +254 708 073 126

E: welcome@themajlisresorts.com



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