Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic Indian Ocean island of Lamu, just off the coast of Kenya.

Peponi is still run by the Korschen family who opened the hotel in 1967, and it has retained much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari, or a hide-away holiday from modern life.

The hotel has a total of 24 rooms, which are divided into superior and standard rooms and all have ocean views. The superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size, private outside area, indoor plants, artwork and Swahili furnishings. No two rooms are alike - five of the rooms are built right on the beach, with private veranda areas overlooking the sea, while the rest have a combination of ocean and garden views. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes.

The bar is a favourite watering hole for quests and Shela village inhabitants alike, with "its nexus of entertainment and its fountain of gossip". To dine one can choose to either be outside at the grill, under the colourful bougainvillea, where you can dig your feet in fresh white coral sand, or on the terrace overlooking the ocean, the movement of dhows and the local fishermen bringing in their catch.

Dinner is distinguished by its plethora of new ways to celebrate seafood - with ginger, lime and garlic. Mangrove crabs, warm water lobster, squid, giant prawns and fish of all varieties are available and for something a little more local, a Swahili menu is also available, which can be eaten in the traditional way, on the floor, around a huge brass platter.