Manda Island Accommodation

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Equator Villa

Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Located on the fantastic Manda Beach, just a few metres from the sea and surrounded by luxurious tropical vegetation, Equator Villa enjoys...
Located on the fantastic Manda Beach, just a few metres from the sea and surrounded by luxurious tropical vegetation, Equator Villa enjoys a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean, the island of Lamu and Shela Village. Built with precious African woods and designed in a refined exotic style, the villa is characterised by traditional Makuti roofs and wide verandahs at the foot of the sea, where one can enjoy beautiful sunsets.

The villa is developed around a patio rich in tropical plants and refreshed by a fountain. The ample living and dining rooms look out onto the verandah and out to sea, while the three spacious bedrooms are fitted with king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms with a small indoor garden. The unit also offers a kitchen area for self-catering, but guests have the option to have the establishment provide all their meals, if required. Our cooks will prepare delicate international and Swahili dishes comprising home-made bread and sweets, fresh vegetables and tropical fruit from the local market, and freshly caught fish. Rest assured there is always a full complement of staff to attend to your needs.

The villa also offers a local Dhow boat, with a sailor, which will welcome you at the airport and be at your disposal for the duration of your stay, leading you to the discovery of idyllic places. Walk along white sandy beaches, snorkel off the coral reefs of Manda Toto, visit local villages, explore the old streets of Lamu and Shela, or simply relax. There are also many water activities to enjoy, and a wide range of equipment can be hired at Shela Village. If desired, guests can rent the entire villa exclusively, for extra privacy.
from R6016

Blue Empire

1 Review
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Located on the fantastic Manda Beach, just a few metres from the sea and surrounded by luxurious tropical vegetation, Blue Empire enjoys a...
Located on the fantastic Manda Beach, just a few metres from the sea and surrounded by luxurious tropical vegetation, Blue Empire enjoys a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean, the island of Lamu and Shela Village. Built with precious African woods and designed in a refined exotic style, the villa is characterised by traditional Makuti roofs and wide verandahs at the foot of the sea, where one can enjoy beautiful sunsets.

The villa is developed around a patio rich in tropical plants and refreshed by a fountain. The ample living and dining rooms look out onto the verandah and out to sea, while the three spacious bedrooms are fitted with king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms with a small indoor garden. The unit also offers a kitchen area for self-catering, but guests have the option to have the establishment provide all their meals, if required. Our cooks will prepare delicate international and Swahili dishes comprising home-made bread and sweets, fresh vegetables and tropical fruit from the local market, and freshly caught fish. Rest assured there is always a full complement of staff to attend to your needs.

The villa also offers a local Dhow boat, with a sailor, which will welcome you at the airport and be at your disposal for the duration of your stay, leading you to the discovery of idyllic places. Walk along white sandy beaches, snorkel off the coral reefs of Manda Toto, visit local villages, explore the old streets of Lamu and Shela, or simply relax. There are also many water activities to enjoy, and a wide range of equipment can be hired at Shela Village. If desired, guests can rent the entire villa exclusively, for extra privacy.
from R4512

Diamond Beach Village

2 Reviews
Sleeps 30 in 9 rooms

Diamond Beach Village offers an alternative to the concrete hotel, more of a rustic Robinson Crusoe experience. We work very closely with...
Diamond Beach Village offers an alternative to the concrete hotel, more of a rustic Robinson Crusoe experience. We work very closely with the local Swahili people taking into account their culture and only using local methods and materials to create a refreshing, eco-friendly, alternative style holiday.

We have 6 locally built huts and a tree house for accommodation, all en-suite with electricty in the evenins. Surrounded by gardens, hammocks, rock and drift wood art and bird baths. We have a fantastic restaurant serving traditional cuisine from 8am-9pm.

Come and relax, swim, eat, and be looked after by our friendly staff or go snorkelling, sailing, fishing, walkng, windsurfing, and see the markets and museums of Lamu town. The perfect place to chill out after a safari.


About the village:
Diamond Beach Village is situated on the island of Manda, which is the sister island of Lamu. The lodge is located on the beach front with amazing views of the open ocean, Lamu island, Shela village and dhows sailing past. It is the perfect place to come and relax for days or weeks, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Our boat is available for hire to take you to Lamu town which is a thirty minutes, or to Shela village, just a five minutes across the channel; both offer a wonderful experience of the Swahili history and culture.

Lamu town is said to be the oldest town in east Africa. The Arabic influence is evident in the town's architecture with beautifully carved doors and some notable mosques. Lamu town has recently been granted World Heritage status and the local museum has a fine collection of artefacts.

There are no cars on Lamu or Manda, the only form of transport is donkey or boat, both of which are an experience in themselves. The pace of life is inevitably slow and relaxed.

The island is located roughly three degrees south of the equator therefore you can guarantee that perfect island getaway, whether it is lazing in your airy banda, on the beach or exploring the surroundings.

Diamond Beach Village is open from July 1st till April 15th and during these months the temperature ranges from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius and the daylight hours are approximately twelve.


from R2142

Mkoko House

Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Mkoko House is situated on the edge of the mangroves, in a quiet and peaceful area on Manda Island. It faces Shela Village, on Lamu...
Mkoko House is situated on the edge of the mangroves, in a quiet and peaceful area on Manda Island. It faces Shela Village, on Lamu Island, and is separated by a five-minute boat ride across the narrow channel.

The house is built on nearly one-acre of land, in a typical coastal style that allows ocean breezes to travel around freely. There are three en-suite double bedrooms with mosquito nets available, as well as a fourth bedroom on request for larger groups. The kitchen is fully equipped and opens up onto a lovely outside cooking area.

The stairs takes you onto a large open floor with views of the mangroves and the garden, covered by a large Makuti roof. There are many hammocks, seating corners, a Lamu bed for naps, as well as other dining areas to enjoy meals.

There are two main beaches in the vicinity of the house, with white sand and crystal-blue waters. Dhow trips are a must during your stay, either exploring the archipelago or down through the mangroves on Manda. The island is incredibly tranquil and boasts an extensive mangrove ecosystem, with an array of birds and monkeys.
from R3008

Manda Bay

Sleeps 32 in 16 rooms

Manda Bay is on one of the many unspoilt, idyllic islands within the Lamu Archipelago situated on the northwestern tip of Manda Island. ...
Manda Bay is on one of the many unspoilt, idyllic islands within the Lamu Archipelago situated on the northwestern tip of Manda Island. The lodge lies along the calm inshore waters on a protected sandy beach surrounded by miles of palm fringed beaches and intriguing creeks.

There are 16 Rooms flawlessly designed to keep with local landscape. Nine of the rooms are set right along the seafront with the other rooms set in between and slightly behind. Each Room has a large ceiling fan, refreshing showers inside the en-suite bathrooms, and their own verandahs.

The cuisine at Manda Bay naturally features a marine flavour. Fresh tuna, mangrove crab and prawns are a Manda Bay delicacy. There is a large dining room but on most nights dinners are taken outside under the stars. A large lounge and bar area on the waterfront is the ideal retreat in the heat of the afternoon. Darts, table tennis and a pool table in the games room offer alternative entertainment, and the games room encompasses a swimming pool overlooking the creek. Spa treatments and massages are also offered.

Manda Bay offers guests a chance to relax and unwind from the pressures of the real world, but for the more adventurous the variety of activities are abundant. Guests can choose from deep sea fishing, windsurfing, laser sailing, mangrove trips, cultural visits, kayaking, waterskiing and scuba diving. With regular sightings of dolphins, turtles and the occasional humpback whale, the marine life excels. Guests can enjoy safe snorkelling in the warm, gentle and clear waters.

Game drives and scenic flights are also offered here and the lodge has its own airstrip. There is a network of tracks and roads through the acacia woodland and sightings have included bushbuck, buffalo, mongoose, porcupine and dik dik. Bushbabies and genets are often seen around the lodge at night.
from R10709
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    Accommodation near Manda Island

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    Peponi Hotel Lamu

    from R3399
    Peponi is a small hotel situated on the exotic island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. Peponi is...
    Peponi is a small hotel situated on the exotic island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. Peponi is run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and still retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a holiday from modern life.
    from R3399
    Sleeps 58 in 27 rooms

    5.22km from Manda Island

    Bahari started out as a small restaurant in 1989 but has been extended to include five double...
    Bahari started out as a small restaurant in 1989 but has been extended to include five double en-suite bedrooms. The rooms are decorated with quaint little pieces of Swahili furniture. Each room is equipped with a ceiling fan and bed net.
    from R937
    Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

    5.20km from Manda Island

    Forodhani House

    from R7520
    Forodhani House is a beautifull beachfront Holiday House located on Shella Beach, at the very spot...
    Forodhani House is a beautifull beachfront Holiday House located on Shella Beach, at the very spot where decades ago a watch-post stood (Forodhani means watch-post in Kiswahili) controlling the to and fro of boats entering and leaving Lamu Island.
    from R7520
    Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

    5.20km from Manda Island

    The Majlis

    from R9343
    The Majlis Resort is a privately owned luxury beach hotel offering the very best. With a superb...
    The Majlis Resort is a privately owned luxury beach hotel offering the very best. With a superb beachfront location and breathtaking views over the Ras Kitau Bay and Shela Village, it offers 17 superbly-appointed air-conditioned suites.
    from R9343
    Sleeps 51 in 17 rooms

    4.81km from Manda Island

    Full Moon House

    from R7898
    Full Moon House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. ...
    Full Moon House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for up to six people, and all your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.
    from R7898
    Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

    5.22km from Manda Island

    Kiwandani House

    from R7362
    Kiwandaniu House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. ...
    Kiwandaniu House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for up to six people, and all your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.
    from R7362
    Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

    5.21km from Manda Island

    Mama Daktari

    from R5756
    The Mama Daktari House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of...
    The Mama Daktari House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for four people. All your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.
    from R5756
    Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

    5.23km from Manda Island

    Betty's Suite

    from R4016
    The Betty’s Suite is located in Shela Village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya....
    The Betty’s Suite is located in Shela Village on Lamu Island, off the north-eastern coast of Kenya. The suite offers luxury accommodation for two people. All your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.
    from R4016
    Sleeps 2 in 1 room

    5.23km from Manda Island

    The Garden House

    from R8701
    The Garden House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. ...
    The Garden House is located in Shela village on Lamu Island off the north eastern coast of Kenya. The house offers luxury accommodation for up to four people, and all your needs will be attended to by the staff to ensure a relaxing holiday.
    from R8701
    Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

    5.20km from Manda Island

    Kisimani House

    from R4230
    Home in the sweet fragrant village of Shela, the Kisimani House is one of kind with its original...
    Home in the sweet fragrant village of Shela, the Kisimani House is one of kind with its original architecture still in place. Along with ornate interiors, massive stone walls, carved archways and sea views, it in itself is an experience.
    from R4230
    Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

    5.21km from Manda Island

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