Kenyan Beach Retreat

Lamu, Coast Province, Kenya
3 Nights
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About Your Trip

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This DreamTrips™ retreat takes you to an enchanting hideaway on Manda Island in Kenya. Kick back and enjoy beach life with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, and fill your days with relaxation, recreation or both.

Enjoy complimentary access to non-motorized watersports at the Manda Bay lodge, including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. A great way to see the archipelago is from the resort’s 60-foot sailing jahazi, Utamaduni. Take a walk in the coastal bush behind the lodge for a chance to encounter native wildlife, and at sundown, venture through fields and palm trees to explore the Manda town ruins — with remains of stone buildings that date back to the 9th century — to a clearing atop a sand dune for stargazing on a comfortable lounge.

What we love:
• Wildlife on Manda Island consists of dik-diks — a genus of antelope just 14-16 inches tall, bushpig, buffalo, bushbuck, mongooses and civets.
• The nearby Takwa settlement ruins are the remains of a once thriving Swahili settlement.
• The colorful coral gardens at neighboring Manda Toto Island are a popular destination for snorkeling enthusiasts.

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This trip will close by November 8.


What's Included
• 4 days and 3 nights on Manda Island in Lamu, Kenya.
• Activities provided by the resort include sundowner walks, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, sailing and other non-motorized water sports.*
• Pillow gift.
• 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. All meals include water.
• Boat transfers to and from Manda Airport, also called Lamu Airport (LAU) are provided by the hotel.
• Laundry service.
• An In-destination Support team member will be provided on this trip. Their goal is to ensure you have a great DreamTrips™ experience from landing to liftoff. They host a welcome reception on arrival day, attend scheduled activities throughout the trip, notify the group of itinerary updates and more.

See itinerary for more information.

*Additional activities such as water skiing, snorkeling, wakeboarding, etc. are available according to the tides. These activities will be charged to the room and payable prior to departure. A motorized boat is required to get to the snorkeling sites.



Hotel Details
Manda Bay is an idyllic beach resort located on the northwestern end of Manda Island in Kenya. This tropical oasis is set on the water’s edge with uninterrupted bay views. Traditional coastal-style thatched cottages are situated for guests to take advantage of radiant sunrises and cool sea breezes.

Relax by the infinity pool on lama beds, loungers or hammocks, or sunbathe on golden sand beaches. Water sports enthusiasts will be in paradise with all the activities available at the hotel.

Featured hotel amenities:
• 1 outdoor infinity pool.
• 1 restaurant and 1 bar/lounge.
• Quiet reading room with bay and garden views.

Garden Room accommodations with 1 full bed.
• Maximum occupancy 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
• En suite bathroom.
• Ceiling fans.
• Veranda.
• Single basin.
• Walk-in mosquito net.
• Internet is available upon request in the manager's house or lodge office.

Check-in: 11:30 a.m.
Check-out: 11:30 a.m.
Minimum check-in age is 18.

Manda Bay
Manda Island
Lamu 00502, Kenya

  • Destination
    Manda Bay Island is part of the Lamu archipelago of Kenya. Rich in natural beauty, it offers long, secluded beaches and acres of coastal bush in addition to rich marine life. On the south side of the island are the ruins of the Takwa settlement, a small town that was abandoned around 1700, just 200 years after being founded.

    Manda Bay Island is linked by ferry to Lamu Island; Lamu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the oldest and best preserved living Swahili towns in East Africa, with buildings that date back to the 12th century. This pedestrian-only town is full of history and culture, from mosques and forts to ruins. Visitors to Lamu should consider dressing in accordance with Muslim cultural norms, keeping their shoulders and knees covered.
  • Platinum Inclusions

    As a Platinum Member, you'll be treated to a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival (1 per room). Life is good when you’re a Platinum Member!


  • Itinerary
    Day 1

    Arrive at Manda (Lamu) Airport (LAU) and transfer by boat to Manda Bay Resort. Transfer by boat takes about 30 minutes.
    Check into the hotel any time after 11:30 a.m.
    12 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Welcome table in the lodge bar.
    6 p.m.: Welcome reception either in the bar or outside with a fire, with snacks and drinks, both alcoholic & non-alcoholic.
    8 p.m.: Welcome dinner consisting of 3 courses at a table outside (if weather permits) or in the dining room. Wine is available with dinner at an additional cost.

    Day 2

    8-10 a.m.: Breakfast in the main dining area, consisting of fruits, cereal, pancakes, toast and full English breakfast on order, in addition to tea, regular coffee and fruit juices.
    The morning at your leisure for water sports activities provided by the resort, including kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing and sailing.*
    1-1:30 p.m.: Lunch buffet in the main dining area.
    8 p.m.: Dinner consisting of 3-course set menu.

    Day 3

    8-10 a.m.: Breakfast in the main dining area, consisting of fruits, cereal, pancakes, toast and full English breakfast on order, in addition to tea, regular coffee and fruit juices.
    The morning at your leisure for water sports activities provided by the resort, including kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing and sailing.*
    1 p.m.: Lunch buffet in the main dining area.
    The afternoon at your leisure for water sports activities provided by the resort, including kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing and sailing.*
    4:30 p.m.: Tea served before afternoon drive/walk or boat trip.
    8 p.m.: Dinner consisting of 3-course set menu at outside tables.

    Day 4

    8:30-9 a.m.: Buffet breakfast and eggs on order in the main dining area.
    The morning at your leisure.
    Check out of the hotel by 11:30 a.m. and transfer by boat to Manda (Lamu) Airport (LAU).

    Itinerary subject to change. Any special dietary issues should be advised prior to arrival.

    *Additional activities such as water skiing, snorkeling, wakeboarding, etc. are available according to the tides. These activities will be charged to the room and payable prior to departure. A motorized boat is required to get to the snorkeling sites.

  • Additional Information
    Adult and children’s pricing may vary depending on the travel date. Click on BOOK IT to see detailed pricing information.

    We base children’s pricing on their age at the time of travel. Their reservation has to be booked and paid for in order for you to check them in.

    Please remember to book a reservation for everyone you’re bringing along on your DreamTrip before you travel. Otherwise, they’ll be charged the hotel’s prevailing rate, not the trip price.

    Gratuities are not included. We suggest US$20 per night, which is distributed to the lodge’s staff.

    Although in-room refrigerators are not available, medications can be placed in the main lodge's refrigerator by request.

    Don’t forget all the necessary gear for warm weather, including:
    • Sunglasses.
    • Sunblock.
    • Hats.
    • Light clothing.

    Visitors to Lamu should also consider dressing in accordance with Muslim cultural norms, keeping their shoulders and knees covered.

  • Transportation
    Airfare is not included in the trip price! The closest commercial airport to the hotel is Manda Airport, also called Lamu Airport (LAU), approximately 30 minutes from the hotel. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for any trip.

    We’ve got you covered when it comes to transfers between the airport and your hotel.

    Your trip includes 2 airport transfers by motorboat:*
    December 8, timing based on arrival: From Manda Airport, also called Lamu Airport (LAU), to the hotel.
    December 11, timing based on departure: From the hotel to Manda Airport, also called Lamu Airport (LAU).

    To get free access to airport transfers, you must submit your flight information here by November 24, 2016. Helpful reminder: Flights are not included in the price.

    *These transfers are available only for the airport(s) and dates listed above.

  • Policies
    Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 36 days or more before the start date of your trip, you’ll get a full refund. If you cancel within 35 days of the start date of your trip, your trip will not be refunded.

    Name Change Policy: If you change any name(s) on your booking 30 days or more before the start date of your trip, you’ll be charged a fee of US$50 per name change. Name changes are not permitted within 30 days of the start date of your trip.

    Members can’t combine DreamTrips™ Points. Your membership level determines the maximum amount of DreamTrips Points you can use. If you have more than 50 Rovia Bucks, you can apply them in the checkout process.

    Contact Travel Support if you have special requests regarding bedding, meals or medical needs, or any other questions about this trip.

    At the time of booking, you will see a page with your order number and trip cost. This is your confirmation. Please retain and bring this information with you on your trip.

    Hotel/resort credits and/or discounts cannot be converted to cash, and any not used during your stay will expire immediately upon your departure. Member is responsible for paying any taxes that may be added to items purchased with hotel/resort credit.

    In the unfortunate event that an activity or excursion is no longer available, we will substitute a similar activity of equal or greater value.

    As always, make sure that your passport/visa is up-to-date before you leave! It’s very important to double check that you have all the necessary identification required for the specific country you’re traveling to. Keep in mind that many countries require passports and/or visas to be valid for a minimum of six months after the end date of the trip.

    Please note: Due to contractual supplier policies, we may not be able to confirm requested name or room changes to existing bookings for trips that are scheduled to travel within 30 days of your request.

    Members with additional people in room, not booked prior to travel, will be charged the hotel’s prevailing rate, not the trip price.

    Pricing shown is for each person, and is based on two adults per room.

    Please don’t consider your change requests official until you receive a confirmation email from us.

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