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
Lonno is the pure defination of luxury. Personalized treatment made me feel special and not alone despite the fact that I was on a solo trip. Aldo and silvia and so warm with amazing stories. The rooms are so spacious and even without going anywhere, one can have an amazing time in house with their great wifi, wonderful view and the great TV that has numerous channels..oh not to forget their food is amazing..this place should definately be in your travel bucket list!
We loved our time at Lonnolodge! Sylvia, Aldo and the wonderful staff looked after us so warmly. The architecture and gardens of the Lodge are superbly designed, built and maintained. The menu was so generous, varied and delicious. The coastal environs are so interesting and beautiful to explore, ever respectful of all the tiny sea creatures. We would love to return one day and give Bea (one of their friendly family dogs) another treat😉😘
Perfect, just perfect. Food was excellent, service was superb....and the hosts were very friendly. The room & ambiance... warm and on point. It was magically special. Will definitely be going back there soon
We spent a fabulous 5 nights at Lonno Lodge and loved the gorgeous property, coast, pool, and delicious food. The atmosphere was one of calm beauty and warm hospitality from Silvia, Aldo and team. Everything was truly perfect and we can't wait to return!
Stay at the Lonno Lodge was nothing short of AMAZING! Lonno Lodge is one of the most beautiful, luxurious, intimate facilities visited so far. The rooms are spacious, nicely furnished and the cleanliness level is very high. The lodge has access to the ocean where you can walk during low tide. I highly recommend this place to any traveler looking for a perfect place to truly unwind, relax & switch off.
Thank you Silvia and Aldo for being amazing hosts and a huge thank you to all the amazing staff for the excellent service.