2 independent reviews for Manda Island beach resort in Lamu, Kenya

Reviews for Manda Island beach resort in Lamu, Kenya

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review 21 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The place is relatively small and isolated making it ideal for a quiet getaway. That said, Pizza and Film night on a Friday brings people from all around to share some time together. Great Pizza too. We got to do Yoga (Fri, Sun, Tue and Fri) whilst there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Embrace local culture. Day trips to the ruins, Shela, Lamu are all worth doing. It is eco so be prepared. Fresh water is limited so the mantra "if its yellow, let it mellow, if its brown flush it down" is gospel.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Staff work long and hard and goods are relatively cheap and worth buying. Everyone is very friendly.. Solar power, rain water harvesting, grey water reuse all contribute to less impact on the environment whilst helping staff get some benefits.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great relaxing holiday. There may have been solar panels on the bandas and buildings but I also felt fully recharged afterwards.

review 21 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Being in a very special part of Africa, with an amazing host.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I would highly recommend the resort. It is very eco friendly with solar panels, bio soap and Rachel even collects rain water. The food is so fresh and an excellent standard of cuisine. It is very difficult to describe the sense of calm the place has, with one's own Banda ( coconut leaves cabin) with garden area with chairs and table and a double swinging chill out swing bed, allowing gentle amounts of the sun through. The whole place has a beautiful ambience and is quietly very efficient. I travelled alone and felt extremely comfortable and it was very safe and secure. It is beautifully situated in an unspoilt environment and there are a number of water based activities on offer too- paddle boarding, kite surfing, sunset dhow rides etc. The bar/ eating area allows amazing views of the beautiful sunsets through the acacia trees. One can also take a short boat ride and visit the lovely village of Shela and also take a tour of the interesting small town of Lamu. On the day I left there was a yoga class at 5, followed by the showing of a French movie... I was sad to leave and will certainly return. The staff were very kind as were all of the other locals I met. Highly recommended.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes the owner of the resort is very eco friendly and encourages everyone to support this initiative. She employs many local people and some have worked for her for more than 12 years.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely brilliant Rachel was a perfect host and I will return.

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