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The Charming Lonno Lodge
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Was there with my sisters for five days for a special family celebration. The quietness of the lodge was exactly what we needed in order to talk and laugh and spend time. The rooms are clean and built in a very interesting way. The main food menu is Italian, but they also have an excellent Kenyan Menu for those who would prefer that.
Our host Bruno was attentive to detail about any need.
Allan and Rehema were also very friendly. If you are a dog lover you will love their dogs which are just lovely.
The swimming pool was excellent. Big enough.
There are many things to do while at Watamu and we were busy everyday. You can visit Bio-Ken snake park just nearby, the Gede Ruins, Kipepeo Project, Mida Creek, go to Watamu or Malindi town for shopping. We used a tuk-tuk to go around, it was more interesting and they had an excellent guide/ tuk-tuk owner called Robert

Room Tip: First floor and top floor rooms have excellent view of Indian Ocean
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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LonnoLodge, Owner at The Charming Lonno Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2017

Thank you Rosa W for your exhaustive and detailed review, and also for pointing out the long list of activites one can experience while in Watamu, we truly appreciate that!
Our staff too is glad you enjoyed your stay, we all hope you'll repeat it again in the future.

Thnx!
Aldo & Silvia

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Reviewed 25 May 2017

Exceptional location set apart for tranquility on the beach.
Outstanding restaurant service front and back of house.
Tower rooms overlook the sea. Changing weather off-peak provides endlessly changing vistas as enchanting as successive days of sunshine.

Room Tip: Tower views over endlessly dynamic seascape.
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alan G
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LonnoLodge, Owner at The Charming Lonno Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2017

Alan G
thank you for taking the time to review our Lodge, and thank you also for your nice words.
We wish you all the best, and also to sse you again :-)

Aldo & Silvia

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

The lodge is upscale, beautifully set out and extremely relaxing. We were a family of 5 staying in the two bedroom villa which was very comfortable with an ocean view. Silvia and Aldo went out of their way to make us and our kids feel welcome. They arranged all of our excursions and activities out of Lonno Lodge. The food was fantastic! They catered to our individual needs and we all stuffed ourselves so much we've put on weight!! The staff were helpful and friendly.

We will return....

Room Tip: all rooms have great view of ocean
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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LonnoLodge, Owner at The Charming Lonno Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2017

helenb352017,
thank you for choosing The Charming Lonno Lodge for your family holiday in Watamu. We're sorry you've put up on weight because of our restaurante but ... hey, it's holiday! :-)

Thnx!

Aldo & Silvia

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

My girlfriend and I chose Lonno Lodge for our quick 4 days holiday over Easter break and we couldn't have chosen better. A couple of days before our arrival, we contacted Lonno to arrange our pick up at Mombasa airport, which was a very good choice, with the driver waiting for us for c.1 hour more than the scheduled time who accommodate us on a very comfortable minivan with fresh water and wifi. Once arrived at Lonno, you immediately realize that your expectations won't be betrayed...The place is amazing and the pool+ocean view, terrific. Due to the limited number of private apartments (#8), the lovely Aldo and Silvia, can manage the resort in a very friendly and easy going -but also professional- way, and are able to accommodate (almost) all of guests' requests, including the (very important) planning of activities and excursions, whether you want to try a safari (that we didn't do due to a lack of days), a boat trip, mountain bike or quad bike excursion, snorkeling etc. The apartment and all the resort are very clean and very well finished. Food simply amazing, with top class fish dishes and Italian wines. It will be hard not spending all day lying on the sunbeds by the pool, with the ocean on the background. To be mentioned that the sea is only accessible in the low tide hours (typically 11-15). All in all, there is nothing I would change about the place, which is a great choice either for couples, families and solo travelers. Watamu is a place for relax and activities during the day, rather than crazy nights out and, in this respect, Lonno is the best choice you can find. We promised Silvia that we'll be back one day, and you can bet we'll keep our word!

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Matteo B
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LonnoLodge, Owner at The Charming Lonno Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2017

Thank you Matteo B for your long and detailed review!
We're really happy you enjoyed your stay at The Lonno Lodge, transfer from Mombasa to the lodge included.
We take your word for granted :-), and we truly hope to see you back one day.

Thank you again, have a great day!

Silvia & Aldo

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Actually - I would give this 4.5 stars but TA doesn't give me that option!

I needed a week of quiet and beauty and this is what I found when I spent 5 days that Lonno Lodge. The lodge only has 8 rooms - so 24 guests max. Sylvia and Aldo are amazing hosts with attention to even the smallest details. Aldo is a man of all trades and his experience as an architect is clear. Sylvia runs the reservations, kitchen, etc and she was so helpful in the planning process. She watches over each guest's needs and preferences. She has trained the staff so that the service is absolutely exceptional. The pool is absolutely stunning with glorious views of the sea. The lodge sits atop a cliff and as the tide goes in and out the colors of the sea are constantly changing. The rooms are so very spacious and a gentle breeze keeps them cool. At night I did need the fan to sleep a bit more comfortably. The meals are delicious - I mostly had dinner but the fresh pasta made specifically for each meal and the fish were exceptional.

The only thing to know is that there really isn't a sandy beach at the lodge - it didn't matter to me but if that is something that is key to a holiday it is just something to know... no walking on the long sandy beaches of Watamu (unless you drive over) or walk over (about 1.5 km) during low tide. While there were several familles there during my stay, this lodge may or may not suite a family's needs if you want a sand beach experience - there are no beach boys - no kite surfing or jet skiing or..... which was perfect for me - not sure about for those children who need to be busy all the time. Alternatively, Sylvia will arrange for snorkeling trips, kayaking, etc and none of those departure points are far from the lodge.

I traveled alone and it was lovely - they offer a solo female traveler special that was amazing and so very, very reasonable - and included a free massage which was also a wonderful treat. I would definitely go back! Look for me soon!

Room Tip: There are only 8 rooms and they all have good views - it just depends on the room you require (room...
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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LonnoLodge, Owner at The Charming Lonno Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

IntlTeacher
your review was really attentive and accurate, thank you for that! You're absolutely right that we don't feature the "postcard beach" :-), even if at low tide you can walk on the sand and reach the tiny islands in front of the lodge. Let me only add that this also has a few side advantages, the main one being to give the you choice to be completely on your privacy, or decide to join other tourists, which unfortunately also attract more "souvenir seller" :-).
And thank you for pointing out the Female Solo Traveller package, particulary tailored to female guests willing to take a break in full and complete relax.

We're looking forward to welcome you again at The Charming Lonno Lodge, have a great day!

Aldo & Silvia

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Lonno Lodge is an amazing place to stay. Beautiful rooms, pool area and wonderful hosts combined with great food. What else could you ask for?

The Lodge is location on a quite part of the cost and and at low tide you can walk to the reef islands or all the way to Watamu village.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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LonnoLodge, Owner at The Charming Lonno Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Mark S,
thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you here, and we do hope you'll choose Lonno Lodge again when visiting the coast!

Thank you!

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Well, I am not sure where we should start? Our trip to Kenya was fantastic, in many ways because our stay at The Charming Lonno Lodge was simply amazing. From the driver and car that the lodge provided us for the drive from Mombasa to Watamu to the terrific accommodations, delicious food, excellent service, unique location and more importantly for the personal attention Silvia and Aldo (the owners) give all of their guests. We have been to a lot of nice and unique places but I must say that Lonno Lodge is without a doubt my wife & mine favourite place. We can't wait to go back to Watamu to spend another 10-days in paradise. Our warmest thanks for Silvia and Aldo for taking such good care of us and for being such great people. We also would like to thank Alain, Janet, Dorothy, Rehema and Kaparo for looking after us during our stay, your kindness will be forever embedded in our hearts. Fratello & Sorella please keep another bottle of Prosecco on ice, as we are planning to come back sooner than later to enjoy your company once again and of course to eat the BEST home made lasagna in the world. Thanks for everything, Sue & Paulo.

Room Tip: The Tower Room is a great choice, the views are amazing.
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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LonnoLodge, Owner at The Charming Lonno Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Thank you for nice review, our staff too is really happy you appreciated our efforts in making your holiday in Watamu an enjoyable one
And thank you for considering The Charming Lonno Lodge for your next stay on the coast, Lasagne and Prosecco will be waiting for you :-).

Thank you again
Aldo & Silvia

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Address: 390 Kanani Road, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#1 Family Hotel in Watamu
#2 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: $317 - $374 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Charming Lonno Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Charming Lonno Lodge Watamu is a luxury hotel on the sea side of the Watamu Marine Park, Kenya. Its secluded structure, with nested private tiny beaches, is the optimal spot to relax and indulge on the white beach of Kenya. Despite the proximity with the sea, a huge double swimming pool with salt water is available for our guests. Guests whose presence is limited in number to provide everyone with privacy, silence and top quality service. ... more   less 
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