Despite sharing a name with a literary Frenchman famous for escaping prisons, escape will be the last thing on your mind while staying at the idyllic Papillion Lagoon Reef, in fact it would be a joy to spend a lifetime here. Built in a traditional Swahili style, the hotel is based on the stunning sands of Diani Beach, widely regarded as the finest in the whole of Kenya, and is surrounded by lush, exotic gardens, ancient baobab trees and even the odd misbehaving colobus monkey. The hotel’s outstanding location makes it an excellent base from which to take a safari tour deep into the romantic African wilderness.
Down on the beach, the alluring waters of the Indian Ocean await you and are best explored by scuba diving. The hotel’s resident dive team will be happy to take you to the colourful and kaleidoscopic coral reefs that lie just off the coast. Alternatively, you can stay at the beach and enjoy a spot of fishing and maybe catch something for the BBQ later, or try your hand at the various water sports on offer. If you tire of the beach, unlikely though it is, the hotel also provides onsite tennis courts. Beach football and volleyball are popular activities too.
Children are really well provided for at the Papillion Lagoon Reef. Highchairs and cots are available on request, although if you need to prepare milk or food yourself, it is recommended you book a beachfront room, as these come with a fridge. There is also a fun indoor play area, and range of activities to enjoy such as table tennis, pool, table football and board games. The hotel also provides a babysitting service, allowing parents to enjoy some time to themselves knowing their children are in a safe and supervised environment (24hr prior notice is usually required).
The right choice?
Representing outstanding value for money, the Papillon Lagoon Reef is a tranquil, relaxing and truly idyllic beachside retreat with a touch of the exotic and exceptional facilities. The perfect base for memorable escape to beautiful East Africa.
There is a wonderful outdoor swimming pool complete with a swim-up bar for those times when the temptation of an exotic cocktail is not quite enough to force you to leave the pool! The hotel also provides a separate pool designed for children.
Eating and drinking
The hotel’s main restaurant is the stunning Makuti-roofed Baobab, which features a buffet service of both authentic Kenyan cuisine and international classics.
By the pool, there is a the Bistro Bar & Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, and features regular evening entertainment and popular BBQ events.
Complementing the dining establishments, there is a the swim-up Pool Bar and the Beach Bar, open from 6pm to midnight.
Please note: dress codes (smart casual) apply in the restaurants: Men must wear collared shirts, long trousers and shoes in the evening. Dress code for breakfast and lunch is casual but modestly covered. Sleeveless t-shirts, vests and swim wear may not be worn, however please feel free to wear t-shirts (with sleeves), shorts and beach wraps.
The hotel operates on an All Inclusive basis.
Room service is available.
Accommodation consists of:
16 family rooms, capable of accommodating up to two adults and two children. These rooms overlook the garden.
110 garden rooms, capable of accommodation up to three adults or two adults and one child. These rooms overlook the garden or swimming pool area.
- Mosquito nets
- Safety deposit box for hire
In addition, there are 24 beachfront rooms, capable of accommodating up to two adults or two adults and one child (with a Swahili Sofa for the child). These rooms features the same amenities as the family and garden rooms plus:
Certain amenities may be payable locally.
New Safari Tour
DAY 1. After an early breakfast at Papillon Lagoon Reef (0500) drive to Tsavo East National Park. Enter at the Bachuma Gate and proceed on a game drive along the River Circuit to Ngutuni Game Reserve and Ngutuni Lodge. Lunch and then return to Tsavo East for an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge at dusk. Dinner & overnight stay at Ngutuni Lodge FB.
DAY 2. Early morning game drive in Ngutuni's private 10,000 acre game sanctuary. Return to the lodge for breakfast and then continue to Papillon Lagoon Reef arriving in time for lunch (1300).
Couples, friends and families.