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Manda Bay Resort, Lamu

$400 or more
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Tel: 254 42 633475's insider take:

Crowning a quiet strip of beach backed by mangroves and palms, Manda Bay is Gilligan's Island with a luxury twist. Its 16 thatched-roof bungalows are bright, airy, and spacious; you could fit a full-size palm tree at the foot of your bed. Aside from the majestic four-poster beds with billowing mosquito nets, the decor remains restrained, keeping the focus on the broad ocean views. Lazing around in a hammock might be Manda Bay's main attraction, but the sumptuous seafood meals sure don't hurt. If you've got energy to burn, there's plenty to keep you occupied, from snorkeling in the surrounding coral gardens to "fly-by" safaris over the mainland and sundowner cruises aboard the resort's private dhow. Though it feels miles removed from civilization, the resort is a 20-minute boat ride from neighboring Lamu. Visits to the World Heritage town there are easily arranged, and if you're up for a quick tipple, expat haven Shella—and the buzzing scene at the Peponi Hotel—are also just a short ride away.

Closed mid-April through mid-July.

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