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"When you go, pick your companion well. Peponi is not to be wasted."
- John Hemingway
Travel back in time to Lamu. This small, coastal town offers tantalizing glimpses
of life as it was five hundred years ago. A fascinating mixture of Arabic, Indian
and African cultures, Lamu is one the original trading outposts of the East African
Sited on one of seven islands in an archipelago, this ancient trading
town is one of the last remnants of a trading empire that encompassed
the entire East African Coast. This distinct Afro-Arabic culture,
the KiSwahili, has provided East Africa's lingua franca and a fascinating
mixture of cultures for the modern visitor to explore.
This old town of tall houses, narrow streets, intricately carved doorways,
hidden courtyards and deserted, white-sand beaches is the home of
Peponi Hotel. This family-run, small hotel is rated as one
of the best hotels in the world.
Set upon a headland of Lamu Island, Peponi offers a view of two worlds. On
one hand, there are the historical scenes of Lamu Old Town, the calling to prayer
of the mosques, black buibui-clad hennaed ladies and tiny, one roomed, local shops.
On the other hand, there is a magical tropical beach, considered crowded with
ten people and rimmed by the Indian Ocean's endlessly moving blue waters.
Peponi Hotel was never planned. It simply happened. Starting as the Korschen
family house, over the past 30 years Peponi has grown into a 24-bedroom hotel
offering attentive service, delicious meals and endless relaxation. Peponi is
personal; you arrive as a guest, and leave as a friend, anticipating your return
before your departure!
Peponi's charm lies in its magical ambiance. Every part of it, the architecture,
the smiling staff, the sea breeze, the fresh food, the views and even the smells,
create a spell that entrances.
Discover the Lamu Old Town on foot or by donkey (cars are not allowed on the island).
Watch as halwa, a traditional, local sweet, is made in large copper cauldrons,
or barter for hand carved wooden furniture. Explore the coconut matting homes
of the fishermen and watch the ancient art of ocean-going dhow building. Carpenters
and herbalists, jewelers and coffee houses...there are an infinite variety of
Wander through the development of Swahili culture in the Lamu museum, itself
a piece of history as the original Omani fortress of Lamu. Ceremonial horns, jewelry,
handicrafts and the old seagoing vessels of the traders that created Lamu are
all here to be investigated.
Venture out to the ocean to deep-sea fish, dive or snorkel, or relax on a full
moon sailing dhow boat-cruise through the archipelago. Explore the endless white
sand beaches during the day and savor delicious seafood dinners in the evening.
"White-washed walls, huge verandas, white net-draped beds open to the breeze and
brightly colored cushions on which to relax. Cold glasses of freshly squeezed
limejuice, giant prawns in garlic butter, a sudden flashing smile from my waiter.
Swimming at dawn, the turquoise Indian Ocean, sailing in a dhow. These are just
a few of my memories. Visit and take away your own." - E. Colvin