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Luxury Africa Travel To The Red Pepper House Lamu

The historical island of Lamu off the Kenyan coast is home to The Red Pepper House, a stylish luxury Africa travel boutique hotel that nestles between Neem and Acacia trees, and interestingly not a Red Pepper tree in sight, the owner just liked the name. Situated close to the Old Town, The Red Pepper House brings together influences in the form of African, Arabic, Indian and European; that have all had an impact on Swahili Culture dating back hundreds of years.
[Image credit: Dining – The Red Pepper House]

A large Makuti thatched roof covers The Red Pepper House helping it blend in with the unspoilt surroundings. From far the roof is just visible amongst the trees in the form of organic dips and falls. Construction of the building brought together local artisans skilled in the ancient style of Swahili architecture, that has been preserved across the island. The hotel makes use of large open spaces with few walls in place designed to maximise on the climate, views of the forest and the beach; and enabling guests to make the most of the tranquil surroundings. A Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List selection in 2011, The Red Pepper House was originally built as a five-bedroom family home; and now comprises five Nyumbas (houses), each with their own views of the Indian Ocean and access to the idyllic beach. The décor is inspired by the Swahili way of life combined with art and antiques drawn from across the globe. Crystal chandeliers hang from the thatched roof; traditional Swahili furniture such as pili pili beds add to the ambience of leisurely luxury Africa travel style. African art is dotted around the existing walls; and antiques and ornate lamps add a touch of romance when lit in the evenings.
[Image credit: top, Exterior via Condé Nast Traveller
centre, Lounge Area; bottom, Nyuma – The Red Pepper House]
Guests are invited to do nothing at all but take advantage of the time to relax and unwind; however if feeling a bit energetic various activities are on offer including: snorkeling, fishing and trips on the hotel’s Dhow from where you can travel around the archipelago, or enjoy spectacular sundowners and dinners onboard. The hotel’s services also include the Kuzi Pamper House Spa, which provides a range of treatments; a library; and pool. Lamu’s Old Town is a short walk away, and the hotel is neighbour to the Anidan Shelter House, an orphanage that was built with donations from The Red Pepper House and other well wishers; and guests are invited to visit. The Orphanage comprises a children’s hospital, dormitories and a nursery.
[Image credit: Pool at Night – The Red Pepper House]

Whether in your Nyumba, around the pool or aboard the Dhow, dining at The Red Pepper House is an informal and flexible experience. Guest are free choose when and where they want to take their meals. The food primarily draws on traditional Swahili cooking and Mediterranean flavours, and is made using fresh and organic ingredients.

…time to put your feet up and indulge in some luxury Africa travel style
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Rates: £635 per person per night
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