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Manda Bay is located on a long stretch of sandy, protected beach on the north-western tip of Manda Island, in the Lamu archipelago.
All of 16 cottages come with a choice of double or twin beds, surrounded by large flowing mosquito nets and cooled by overhead fans inside the nets. Eleven of these rooms are on the beachfront, and five are behind and above the first five beachfront rooms.
There is a central dining room and bar area overlooking the bay and a separate secluded lounge area perfect for unwinding with a refreshing drink.
Cuisine at Manda Bay is based on freshly caught seafood, and private dining on your veranda is also available.
The warm, clear waters immediately in front of the lodge are perfect for snorkelling, and other activities include windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing and exploring the nearby mangrove creeks. In season, there is deep sea fishing (with a tag and release system for all billfish) and scuba diving can also be arranged.
Alternatively, guests can just relax on the soft white sands or enjoy a massage. The (somewhat superfluous) swimming pool is now up and running as well.
Altogether, Manda Bay makes a perfect retreat offering seclusion, peace and barefoot luxury.
Why we love it
The lodge also has its own private, 60-foot traditional dhow for visiting some of the other idyllic islands of the archipelago or for sundowner cruises.
Eleanor, Original Traveller