Kenyatta Rd, Lamu, Kenya
Photo courtesy of Lamu House
Lamu HouseGuests are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful accommodation choices in magical Lamu, but the seafronted Lamu House is up there with the best. Accessed via boat, the 10-bedroom boutique hotel is just a few steps away from the jetty in charming, ancient Old Town. Location-wise, it’s ideal for exploring the cobbled streets of this ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site. (A great starting point is the Lamu Museum, which is just a couple of minutes’ walk away.) Staying in the heart of Old Town also allows travelers to feel part of the action, with days spent weaving in and out of Lamu’s resident donkey population and chatting with locals. The hotel is split across two houses, with each room individually decorated with traditional Swahili finishes from carved wooden doors to coral-set walls. The central courtyard swimming pool makes for a tranquil spot when the daytime heat gets too much. With nothing but the heavens above, taking a nighttime dip and gazing up at the starry sky is also highly recommended. Final tip: Ask for a sea-view room, and leave the doors open—the glowing, peachy sunrise is not to be missed.