November 07 2009
The new Majlis hotel (pictures one to three) on Manda Island in Kenya’s Lamu archipelago has a surprise in store: it features several works by Julian Schnabel. In the dining room of the 25-room beach hotel hang a couple of Schnabels, as well as a gilded elephant head by Armando Tanzini (www.the majlisresorts.com; doubles from €480 full board).
To reach Lamu, you’ll probably need to overnight in Nairobi, in which case the refurbished Giraffe Manor (www.giraffemanor.com; doubles from $645) makes a practical stopover (pictures four and five). Just 30km from the airport, this former Scottish-baronial hunting lodge has been acquired by the Carr-Hartley family, who also own Sala’s Camp in the Masai Mara. There is a safari element here too, as eight rare Rothschild giraffes roam the grounds.