The Charming Lonno Lodge
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Stunning architecture that blends Swahili style and Italian design
- All rooms are equipped with a kitchenette and a balcony or patio overlooking the Indian Ocean
- Wines served at the restaurant are imported from Italy
What To Know
- Italian owners provide a very warm welcome
- Rooms feature international electrical outlets, so no need to pack an adapter
- It's a quiet resort with just eight rooms; don't expect a party scene
- Staff can arrange excursions, guided tours and game drives
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Watamu, a fishing village on the Kenyan coast, Lonno Lodge is a petite beach retreat with just eight guestrooms. Built from native materials including coral limestone, the property combines Swahili style and Italian design flourishes — the creative vision of owner and architect Aldo Calegari. Stone archways, carved wood doors and imported furniture dot the resort, and palm-shaded walkways cut through the gardens, linking the open-sided public areas to the guestrooms, which are in an observation tower. There’s access to a private white sand beach, and the restaurant serves Italian and African cuisine under a lofty thatch roof. Solar panels and wind turbines boost its eco credentials.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are dominated by individually designed kingsize four-poster netted beds, which are topped with imported Italian linens. Built-in daybeds and antique Somali sofas are scattered with cushions and pillows covered in Maasai prints, and African carvings and artwork decorate the walls. All rooms feature a kitchenette and come with a balcony or patio overlooking the ocean and coral reef. The spacious bathrooms feature Italian porcelain fixtures and African soaps and bath products. Flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free WiFi, Italian coffeemakers and water dispensers come standard.
The breezy restaurant overlooks the pool and the ocean beyond and serves top-notch Italian cuisine. A five-course menu includes such traditional dishes as risotto with asparagus and pumpkin ravioli. African dishes incorporate fresh fish and ingredients bought at the local market. Spend leisurely days around the pool or lounge on the gorgeous stretch of white sand just in front of the resort. There’s no spa, but massages are available in a raised thatch-roofed hut, and the staff can arrange ocean and land excursions, from snorkeling adventures to game drives to Kilimanjaro treks with experienced guides.
In the Area
Lonno Lodge is within easy reach of Tsavo East National Park, home to the Big Five (elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino). The historical ruins of Gede, once a thriving Arab seaport, are a 20-minute drive away; there you can learn about the area’s Swahili origins and the Kiswahili language, still spoken today. Additional excursions include a guided trek to Mount Kilimanjaro, an expedition to Amboseli National Park, which is considered one of the best places in Africa to spot elephants, and the Maasai Mara national reserve. Closer to the resort you can stroll out on the seabed at low tide to see normally submerged islands, or explore the Mida Creek lagoon in a canoe.
How to Get There
One of the loveliest places I have ever stayed; gracious hosts, mesmerizing views, tranquil rest, attention to detail and exquisite design. I will go back as often as I am able. It is a very special place.
Thanks to Silvia and Aldo with the help of their excellent staff members our six-night stay was faultless. We echo what previous guests have said totally. The whole experience was really topped by the attention to detail given to everything.
We went out for a few afternoons ( marine reserve, Watamu, Gede ruins, snake park, mangroves ) but we all looked forward to coming back for a drink on our terrace followed by a delicious dinner and being served by Allan and John, who were charming and professional.
The ladies at breakfast were perfect too.
Thank you Silvia and Allan for sharing your lovely lodge with us.
Everything was perfect and so coordinated from the airport transfer to the hotel ... Silvia and Aldo greeted us when we got there and it makes one feel at home, the catered to our different likes and dislikes when it comes to food... The staff were so polite and very open and welcoming... We got the Top Tower Room which was AMAZING! better than the photos, perfect view of the ocean and reef.. You can walk to Watamu town by walking down the reef and beach during the low tide ( which I highly recommend) It was a great place to sort of power down and just chill, relax, enjoy great food and enjoy the surrounding.... Can't wait to go back!!
Everything in this hotel is just perfect !!! we had an amazing time. it's beautiful peaceful super clean and safe. The owners ( Silvia and Aldo) and their team are just adorable and always there for you !!! the food is really good and fresh.
I hope i will go back one day !!
don't change anything .... thanks for this marvellous week. We were with friends et our the children. it was amazing for all.
a lot of good advices and help for organistation.
food & services are really good