Kick back at Peponi on the tiny, 18km-long Lamu island, which has a reputation in East Africa as a tranquil retreat. A short walk from the narrow streets of the car-free Lamu old town, Peponi has been family run since the '60s. With just 29 rooms (all with ocean views), this is a magical place to lose yourself, or float in crystal-blue seas, the peace only punctuated by the distant call to prayer of the muezzin.
Insider tip: Rent a dhow and sail across to one of the other islands for a taste of unspoiled Africa – and pack a fresh-from-the-market picnic of samosas.
From €215; peponi-lamu.com
WHAT TO PACK
INTO THE BLUE
Retreat to your room (complete with ocean view) or dip into the freshwater pool
VIEW TO THE MAINLAND
Unwind with a drink on the hotel's verandah and take in the stunning scenery