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The Majlis Resort

The Majlis hotel is a privately owned luxury beach hotel on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago, off Kenya’s Northern Coast. It is one of the most unique luxury resorts in Kenya.
With a superb beachfront location and breathtaking views over the bay and Lamu Island, it offers the perfect setting and the ideal accommodation for barefoot luxury and informal pampering on your trip to Kenya. The boutique hotel offers 25 exquisite deluxe rooms and suites divided into three beachfront villas.

Room Types:

  • 01 x Two Bedroomed Royal Suite
  • 06 x Junior Suites
  • 18 x Deluxe Garden Rooms
  • 13 x Deluxe Sea View Rooms

There is a total of 38 rooms from our initial 27 rooms. There are 02 family suites, which consist of 01 double and 01 twin sea-facing rooms with an interconnecting door. Twin rooms, with 02 single beds are in the deluxe sea-facing category.


The Majlis Resort offers a series of a full day and half-day experiences which focus on wellness, Swahili culture, sports, arts & crafts as well as environmentally conscious excursions. Our guest relations staff and sports/activities coordinator will be happy to provide more details and to organize tailor-made excursions to match your preferences. Please contact them at reception during the day or the terrace bar in the evening.

For ease of reference, the activities have been grouped as follows:

  • Fishing
  • Boat excursions
  • Boat & Mainland Safaris
  • Transfer & scenic flights
  • Water sports, Snorkeling & Diving
  • Fitness, Yoga, cardio & wellness
  • Cultural excursions

Deep-sea fishing Deep sea fishing in the Lamu archipelago waters is famous worldwide both for its variety and for the quantity of sport fish caught, including Marlin (striped, black, and blue), Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Barracuda, Giant Trevally, and Kingfish. The best fishing season is from October through to April and is a wonderful way to spend either a half or full day out on the Indian Ocean. Deep-sea fishing requires 24 hours notice. Reef and river-creek and fishing Reef and river-creek fishing in the mangrove channels can be done with traditional hand lines. Our boat captain will bring you to the best spots in the area. This is a half-day activity. Please note that catching fish – every time of the year – is not guaranteed.

Excursion around Lamu Island by boat Lamu Island is the island facing the Majlis hotel. Depending on the weather, the trip around Lamu Island can be arranged clockwise from the open sea or by following the channel between the mainland and Lamu Island. The boat will stop on the beach of Kizingo point. On the way back, there is an option to visit the Matondoni or Kipungani villages. The trip is typically organized by speed boat but our dhow sailing boat can also be used. This is a half-day trip and can take up to 3-4 hours. The Majlis will provide for a speed boat with captain and drinks. A barbeque lunch can also be arranged at your request. Excursion around Manda Island by boat This is a half-day trip on the other side of the island with a stop-over in Manda Toto, a small island made up of sand off Manda Island. Access to the other side of Manda Island is possible by navigating into a narrow mangrove channel on the west coast of the island. The excursion can be organized with a speed boat or by dhow. This is a half-day trip and can take 3-4 hours depending on the stops. The Majlis will provide for a speed boat with captain and drinks. A barbeque lunch can also be arranged at your request. Excursion to Kiwayu Island by boat Kiwayu is a small island in the northeastern part of the Lamu Archipelago, situated in the Kiunga Marine Reserve. The main attraction on Kiwayu is the tidal pools and snorkeling/diving pools located on the eastern side of the island. We can organize a boat trip to the island with a picnic lunch. This is a full day trip with snorkeling included and it takes about 1 hour & 1/2 one way by boat. Fishing can also be organized on the way to Kiwayu.

Game drive safari to Lake Kenyatta The Majlis is ideally located to offer you the best of Kenya’s beach & bush without having to commute too far during your holidays. Across from Lamu Island, on the mainland, lies Lake Kenyatta, an area of pristine indigenous bush, rich in wildlife, including zebra, topi, hippo, waterbuck, buffalo, warthog, elephant, and other seasonal game. The Majlis offers a half-day safari with a guide from Kenya’s Wildlife Service. Depending on the tide level, it is possible to organize the trip in the early morning or late afternoon. Departure is from the hotel by boat to reach Kenya’s mainland (15-30 minutes depending on the tide level) and then by Jeep (15- 40 minutes) to reach Lake Kenyatta and the wildlife area. This trip is for a maximum of 4 persons and requires 24 hours’ notice. If requested, we organize a picnic lunch. Excursion to Tana River delta by boat The Tana River starts its long journey on the slopes of Mt Kenya and meets the Indian Ocean just south of Lamu in a magnificent River Delta, teeming with birdlife and game. Considered to be one of Kenya’s great coastal wilderness, it is a wildlife refuge and a particularly important site for thousands of breeding birds. The river boasts more than 40 recorded fish species and this rich environment is a haven for elephants, lions, buffalo, crocodiles, and over 800 hippos. The Majlis offers a fantastic full-day trip into the Delta, by boat from the hotel to the River (1 hour & 1⁄2 one way) and includes fishing on the estuary, fascinating bird and animal watching with a qualified guide, and a visit to the historical Town of Kipini. The trip is for a maximum of 6 people. We organize a picnic lunch.

Lamu can be reached by air from Kenya’s main airports, namely: Nairobi, Mombasa, and Malindi. All flights land on Manda Island, just across the channel from Lamu. The Majlis organizes tailor-made pick-ups from Kenya’s main airports for those guests wishing to save time or avoid having to fly to Lamu with local commercial airplanes. Daily flight trips can also be pre-booked to exclusive destinations in Kenya along the coast or in-game parks. Scenic flights are highly recommended as small planes can fly over beautiful stretches of undisturbed beaches, thick mangrove forests, remote islands, or the bush where wildlife can be spotted. The most popular scenic flights are those to Kiwayu Island and a sunset flight over the Tana River delta. Please ask reception for more details. Please note that we may require up to 48 hours’ notice to book the planes.


The Majlis offers a full range of water sports. The calm waters of the Ras Kitau bay and the Takwa mangrove creek behind the hotel are ideal for water-skiing, wakeboarding, and doughnut rides. The Majlis has many efficient speed motorboats specifically dedicated to these activities. Waterskiing & wakeboarding Depending on the tide level and wind direction, waterskiing is possible in the Ras Kitau bay or in the mangrove channel (Takwa Creek) which is just 5 minutes away. We have a range of water-skis both for adults and children and wakeboards. Windsurfing & Kite-surfing Windsurfing & kite-surfing is possible on the seafront of the hotel in Ras Kitau bay. Our captains are available to set up the equipment and will be on duty to help our guests. We also provide windsurfing lessons with a professional instructor and kite-surfing way-outs and rentals. Sailing with lasers in the Ras Kitau bay The Majlis has two sailing boats available of type Laser 1 which can be used all day long in front of the hotel.

The maximum capacity for each laser is 2 people. Our captains can provide sailing lessons for beginners with a professional instructor. Sailing with the dhow Sailing is organized on our Mozambique-styled dhow which can carry up to 8/10 people. An expert captain is required to sail this boat. Sailing can be done in the bay, but also the mangrove channels, or around Lamu & Manda islands. We can also organize a half-day trip also with a picnic lunch or sailing in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset while sipping a nice cocktail drink or a soft drink. Snorkeling & Diving The Lamu archipelago offers some of the finest snorkeling & diving in the Indian Ocean to explore untouched coral reefs and discover an astounding array of exotic marine wildlife. Daily excursions are organized on our motorboats to a destination of your choosing, with the possibility to organize also a picnic lunch on an isolated beach. Two of the most highly recommended sites are Kiniyka Island (30 minutes south-east of Lamu) and Manda Toto Island (40 minutes north of Manda Island). It is a half-day activity. Kayaking The Majlis has on the offer of a single and a double fiberglass kayak which can be used on the seafront of the hotel or in the mangrove creek. The mangrove is a fascinating place to explore and encounter many species of colorful birds and fish. If you wish to engage in an adventurous paddling tour, we recommend a tour at high tide from the seafront of the hotel to the pontoon in the mangroves or vice versa. The estimated time for this adventurous trip is 30-45 minutes.

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