Peponi Hotel has 24 individually designed rooms all with fantastic ocean views. Located on the edge of Shela Town and being one of the oldest hotels on the island it attracts a lot of Kenyan locals looking to escape Nairobi.

Peponi has a very relaxed atmosphere and has been ‘the’ hotel on Lamu for as long as anyone can remember. The hotel has 24 ocean view rooms and is set on the edge of Shela Village at the start of a stunning 13km beach. All rooms are unique in their style and are differentiated by their location, size, and private outside area, with five of the rooms directly on the beach. There is a wonderful atmosphere and the hotel is superbly run by Carol Korschen.

Peponi Hotel serves an abundance of delicious fresh seafood and the small, intimate, open-air bar overlooking the ocean is the perfect place to enjoy it. There is a large pool nestled in the shade of two baobab trees with numerous palms and ferns surrounding it. Peponi’s will be happy to introduce you to or advise you on an excellent choice of water sports, including deep-sea fishing, water-skiing, sailing and dhow trips.

The Lamu archipelago is a chain of islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel bordered by dense mangrove forests and protected from the Indian Ocean by coral reefs and large sand dunes. Lamu Island has been a port of call for travelers for centuries. The many historical sites are proof of the area’s rich history which, when combined with all the natural attraction of its tropical setting make Lamu a wonderful place to visit. Shela village, where Peponi Hotel is just two miles from Lamu Town so there is plenty to explore right on your doorstep.


Peponi Hotel has 24 rooms, which are divided into superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi have ocean views. 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 veranda areas overlooking the sea. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers, fresh flowers, and personal safes. Extra beds and cots can be added to most rooms upon request.


Peponi has a large freshwater swimming pool shaded by two ancient Baobab trees. Inside is a fantastic dining room that serves exquisite seafood caught daily plus a more casual dining area outside in the garden. There is a great shop selling beautiful silver jewelry, kikois, leather goods, and all the nik naks you need. The bar at Peponi’s is as renowned as Charles, who runs it, and will happily fix you an ‘old pal’ to enjoy whilst you admire the stunning views of fishing dhows floating by.


Competent instructors and a wide range of equipment are available to hire from Peponi Hotel including, water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing in a mirror or laser dinghy. Or for the more leisurely you can sail in a dhow to watch the sun go down. There is also snorkeling and deep-sea fishing as well as fishing trips in the mangrove channels.

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