Kenya beach resort on Manda Island



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Kenya beach resort on Manda Island

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Most of the residents on Manda do not have a boat, there is nothing on Manda apart form their homes and our business so we provide a free ferry service to Manda residents. Locals get a discount in the restaurant, if they need coal, paraffin, water, milk etc we always give it to them. We also have a volleyball net up on the beach where the locals come every evening and play, they really like it when guests join in too. There are various projects on Lamu island which we have contributed funds to such as the local school fund. I have recently built a small school for my daughter and hope it can grow and educate more kids in the area.

In addition:

There is no fresh water on Manda Island, the used water from showers and sinks is all re-used on the garden.
Fruit and veg waste is given to the donkeys, we burn paper, use bottles that can be returned to wholesalers.
All buildings are locally designed and natural local materials so we blend into the landscape.

We buy all produce from the local market and shops, all fish from local fisherman.
We offer cooking lessons and give the profit to our chef.
We arrange walking excursions and give all money to the two local brothers who know the island best.


As there are no cars on the island transport is by boat and we encourage guests to use local boat providers for short "taxi" trips and longer day trips sailing and snorkeling. We suggest local guides and cafes in Lamu town.

We have 15 staff from the local area and we provide good salaries, food and accommodation and pay service charge. Some staff have training which we highly encourage.

100% of our furniture and building materials are made in the area and I encourage guests to buy local products.

30 Reviews of Kenya beach resort on Manda Island

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2017 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2016 by

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

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2010 by

It was just incredible- I honestly, honestly mean that and I can be very hard to please! I will never forget it and have come home feeling more rested and content than I have ever been before. It was the best start to married life for us we could have possibly had. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2010 by

It was all memorable. We pretty much had the whole island to ourselves, total tranquility and relaxation. Rachael and the staff made the whole vacation unforgettable...10 out of 10. We have come back feeling completely relaxed. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2010 by

The most memorable part was our trip to mandatoto - a full day out on a dhow... a great day full of humour, with fantastic snorkelling and brilliant food (they caught a barracuda, marinated it and cooked it over charcoal on the boat) Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2009 by

Rachael made us feel welcome from the moment we stepped off the boat that had collected us from the airstrip at Manda. We could have cocktails overlooking the Indian Ocean. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2009 by

This beach resort provided a wonderful haven of tranquillity at the end of our vacation. After 3 weeks traveling around, it could not have been a more perfect destination. We stayed one week, but wished it had been for longer. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2009 by

We thoroughly enjoyed this vacation and it would be difficult to single out one part of it. The setting is amazing – white sand, warm sea, local fishermen – and an idyllic slow pace of life. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2009 by

This unique vacation had everything we wanted. Simple easygoing down to earth charm... The fantastic team works hard to make your stay a friendly, comfortable and idyllic experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2009 by

Imagine a white sand beach with a clear warm sea just yards from your 'banda', beautifully prepared meals - often fish that you have seen being brought out of the 'dhow' and up the beach by the fisherman. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2009 by

This is a fantastic place, very chilled, very low-key and low-impact. The food is just wonderful and I think well priced actually. Rachael is the kind of host you dream about - very friendly very chilled and with a great team that cares about the resort and making the customers happy. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2009 by

The staff were wonderful and very helpful. Spent the days relaxing, reading and swimming. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2009 by

It was a fantastic resort made thorough persona by the wonderful management and staff. Too many memories to list, luminescence, dolphins at sunset, dhow tripping, awesome food and PEACE and quiet! Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Dec 2008 by

Perfection! We had the most wonderful time. It was a proper Robinson Crusoe experience with a deserted, perfect beach, beautiful and simple accommodation, super friendly and helpful staff, a real community feeling Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2008 by

We were in the treehouse and this was the most amazing experience - having the tree trunks coming through the window! The staff and surroundings were fantastic, daily sunsets were unforgettable! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2008 by

It was just what I was looking for. Relaxing, friendly, not very expensive, not to many people but also not boring. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2008 by

Everything was memorable about our stay. Staying in the treehouse for 5 nights, our family felt like Swiss Family Robinson. Seeing phosphorescence sparkling in the moonlight when the tide came up to the entrance of the village was magical. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2008 by

The dhow trip to Manda Toto was probably the best break from routine (if you can call swimming, lying in a hammock reading, walking on the beach, enjoying great food and the excellent bar "routine") but this is not an activity vacation venue; the highlight is just being there and chilling out. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2008 by

Very good, well organised, considering that they are on a desert island with no natural fresh water and every single thing has to be shipped in. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2007 by

This is the ultimate' away from it all ' rustic luxury very very friendly welcoming people, just one big family. The best part for me will be going back to see my new friends very soon. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2007 by

We spent some of this time just swimming in the Indian Ocean which is just a few metres from the place; taking walks on the long beach; picking shells; and enjoying a cold Tusker overlooking the ocean in the evenings before dinner. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Apr 2007 by

From the first swim of the day in the lovely warm waters of the Indian Ocean, to sitting on a swing seat reading or dozing through the hottest part of the day, to strolling along Shela beach at sunset, to the first caipirinha of the day! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2007 by

A great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the beach and the sun. The staff there are extremely friendly and always willing to help out. The location is beautiful, and being able to eat at the restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean was definitely a great advantage. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2007 by

The remote location and tranquil surroundings were incredible. The setting is truly idyllic and highly recommended. People are friendly and the environment safe. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2006 by

The most memorable part was snorkelling off a small desert island called Manda Toto, sailing in the dhows and the beautiful beach on Manda Island. The sheer peace and quiet of the village and waking up in the morning in my banda seeing blue sky outside. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2006 by

Memorable or exciting part - the people. No doubt. They will be in our hearts always. We would give it 6 stars if possible. But I guess I will have to settle with 5* ! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2006 by

The most memorable part was sitting at a table, by the beach, watching the dhow sail past as the sun was setting. I would return to this Village because it was so relaxing and quiet. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2005 by

We very much enjoyed our vacation to Kenya and the week on Lamu. This accommodation is situated in an excellent location and made a very nice contrast with staying in Lamu Town...Overall, an excellent vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2005 by

We are back from what was a splendid honeymoon in Kenya. We had fun in Nairobi and did some trips to Nakuru National Park and the Elephant Orphanage while we were there. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2005 by

The Banda's which we stayed in are great. Really simple but very clean, all built out of local material. It's a perfect place to get away from it all. The Kenyan staff were so friendly, they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Read full review

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