Coastal Basecamp

The Red Pepper House

Lamu Island, Kenya

Prices From: $630

Situated within an archipelago off the coast of Kenya, Lamu is a rare gem declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is where the thousand year old Swahili culture has been preserved for hundreds of years thanks to its isolation.

The Red Pepper House was born from the union of a wonderful idea by the Spanish architect Urko Sanchez and the owners desire to create something truly unique and influenced by the Swahili and African way of life, in order to atract tourists.

Its architecture is considered to be among the most beautiful in Africa and each one of its five Nyumbas (houses) enjoys a sea view. Built in traditional swahili techniques with reef, mangrove and fibres. They have bathrooms in the rooms, fans, minibar, covered and uncovered exterior sitting area and a private Boma with exterior shower and private beach access. Perfectly integrated into its surroundings, the Red Pepper House is covered by a gigantic makuti thatched roof, which rises and falls, creating natural forms.

The majority of the spaces in the hotel do not have any walls, allowing guests to make the most of the tropical climate and the views of the beach and the forest.

The restaurant offers authentic tastes ranging from traditional Swahili barbecue cooking to the flavors of the Mediterranean.

Sustainability mission: At the Hotel they believe that Africa gives them so much and that tourism should in return make a positive contribution to the local community in a number of ways. The House aims to achieve the maximum level of comfort for its guests whilst also minimizing the impact upon the environment. They have a state of the art solar power system for electricity and hot water. They take care of the surrounding forest and the beach so that there will only be positive impact effects.

Some of the activities available are: snorkeling, water sports, fishing, local tours, cultural festivals, traditional Dhow sailing tours, speed boat tours, swahili cookery classes, massages and Henna tattoos.


Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Lamu Island


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