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Enjoy Barefoot Luxury Experience in Lamu Archipelago at Manda Bay

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Get ready to indulge… Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself in Manda Bay, walking along a dirt path that meanders through tropical trees to a small stone building in the distance. You inhale deeply, drawing in the exotic scent of bougainvillea petals crowding the verdant canopy overhead.

Manda Bay, a jewel in Kenya’s stunning coastline, is the perfect escape for families, honeymooners, and couples looking for the ultimate ‘no shoes, no news’ experience. The small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoilt, idyllic island in Lamu’s archipelago where you, kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living space.

The last year was challenging and you need a fresh start. You have traveled to the Island of the Gods in order to return to your very best self. A petite barefoot woman in a neatly ironed uniform greets you with head bowed and hands folded prayer-like. Without a word, she leads you into a spacious tiled room, open at one end to fresh air and sunlight.  Kneeling before you, she gently removes your shoes and presses hot, steamy towels around your calves.  “Is okay Miss?” she politely asks. “Yes, it’s perfect,” you reply softly as the warmth spreads throughout your body. You can feel the stress floating away.

Now open your eyes and prepare to experience a spa ritual like none other. Your day of pampering is only the beginning to your personal retreat at the Manda Spa Resort Lamu. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to take better care of yourself and travel more, you are in luck! During your time at Spa, you’ll be guided through an inner and outer journey as you dine on healthy fare, enjoy daily spa treatments and explore the beauty of this magical isle.

Wake up early the next morning and hop into a traditional Dhow, or “Speed Boat,” to watch the sunrise over the sea. Imagine your surprise as playful spinner dolphins leap from the water nearby. It’s a magical sight you won’t soon forget!  After breakfast, put on your hiking shoes for a trek to a stunning white sand beach. The energy of this natural wonder engulfs you as you quietly meditate under the falling mist.

In the evenings, you’ll relax under the stars while floating on a massive raft in the infinity pool. You can choose headphones to deliver a meditative lullaby or simply tune in to the subtle sounds of the creatures hiding in the foliage nearby. The gentle ocean breezes blow over you as your cares drift quietly away. You’re in Good Hands. Every little detail is taken care of, including transportation to and from the resort. Your room, all meals, daily spa treatments and tours are covered. Daily lifestyle coaching sessions incorporate Yoga and meditation and are included in this personalize retreat experience.

Manda Bay combines a bush and beach experience. Whilst miles of soft yellow sand and coconut palms surround the lodge itself, the bush behind the lodge is dry country scattered with Doum palms, Acacia Tortilis and savannah-like scrub, Manda Bay is committed to making a sustainable difference to the people in surrounding communities to protecting the environment, marine life and wildlife.

Manda is a member of the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust: working with the local community and other co-owners of the Lamu district to preserve the Manda Toto snorkeling site in the vicinity of Pate Island, significant for its marine biodiversity and distinct coral reef ecosystem hosting a variety of tropical fish species. Through educating local residents and the Beach Management Units, the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust encourages locals to preserve this site and make it a ‘net free zone’. Manda Bay houses and feeds 2 rangers, supplies fuel and accommodates 2 volunteers to patrol and collect information daily to report on fishing movements. Manda supports The Northern Rangelands Trust, which is actively setting up conservancies and community projects within the Lamu Region. Since setting aside a conservation area behind the lodge ten years ago, a resident herd of buffalo have moved in and we feed and water this herd from the lodge water supply.

The island forms part of the Lamu Archipelago. Manda Bay offers a barefoot luxury experience with Kenya accommodation offered in beachfront palm thatched cottages. Manda Island offers a unique bush and beach experience with its endless beaches of soft sand and a wide variety of watersports such as sailing, windsurfing and wakeboarding. Behind the lodge the area is full of wildlife and thick vegetation where game drives reveal an astounding number of birds and animals, including; bush buck, buffalo, dik dik and a host of small predators such as civets and mongoose. The birdlife includes; carmine bee eaters, fish eagles, osprey and Eastern nicators. Delight in discovering the beauty of the coral reefs on snorkelling expeditions or enjoy sipping on refreshing sundowners during a sunset sail on a traditional dhow.

The region around Manda Island is renowned for its excellent sport fishing for Marlin and Sailfish. Shore fishing on the island is also rewarding for avid anglers. Explore the coastline on excursions to the interesting historic town of Lamu and the Ruins of the Manda Settlement surrounded by ancient Baobab trees. If that these activities sounds like too much, then just relax and soak up the sun during your Kenya beach holiday.

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