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Papillon Lagoon Reef

Traditional Swahili style hotel on the beach

Nestled in exotic gardens dotted with Baobab trees, the Papillon Lagoon Reef occupies a tropical location and is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya where a range of water sports are available such as diving which can be organised through the PADI Dive centre.

Built in a traditional Swahili style, the resort has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where colobus monkeys populate ancient baobab trees. Swim up to the poolside bar for a refreshing drink throughout the day and on fine evenings dine under the stars at the popular Baobab Terrace. In addition, the spectacular rooftop Baobab Restaurant serves a selection of international and Kenyan buffet cuisine, while breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed at the poolside bar and bistro.

Ideal for couples and families, the Papillon Lagoon Reef offers an idyllic location, many activities and a children’s pool and play area for younger guest’s enjoyment.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Trusted
Location Type
Beach
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Diani Beach

Hotel highlights

  • Family Rooms
  • Short taxi ride to Diani Town
  • PADI dive centre
  • Optional one night safari to Ngutuni Lodge

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    15:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 150 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 90 minutes from Mombasa Airport.
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Outdoor pool

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Rooms
  • Kid's Pool

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Papillon Lagoon Reef

  • Beach
  • Approx. 90 minutes from Mombasa Airport.
794 Reviews 85% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 379
  • Very Good 291
  • Average 82
  • Poor 24
  • Terrible 18

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jan 28, 2020

Paradise

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Paradise ! Stunning does not do the location and the venue justice ! Astoundingly beautiful . What makes this ideal establishment so incredibly special are all the staff . It was a delight to encounter such professional and friendly staff in all areas of the hotel . Always a genuine beautiful smile and nothing was too much trouble . The standards of service in all areas was outstanding . The quality and variety of food was exceptional . All meals were beautifully prepared and presented with a delicious selection of local ingredients . Special mentions for restaurant staff reception staff housekeeping staff ( I love the Hybiscus placed on the bed a beautiful touch ) The entertainment staff were so talented and their incredible energy was infectious . We had an idyllic stay of 10 days and I cannot recommend this establishment highly enough . A Wonderful relaxing Oasis in beautiful surroundings with incredible staff . Thank you to all for a most idyllic stay. We will definitely be back
Dec 22, 2019

2nd visit - still as good

Bristol, United Kingdom

Stayed in a beach front room 6/12 to 19/12 View of beach from the room was good , monkeys running around keeping everyone entertained Pool lovely not to deep Always able to find something to eat at meal times. Did the one night safari to Tsavo East stayed in Ngutuni lodge for the second time was as amazing as before , saw male lions from the lodge also saw elephants , zebra , giraffe and lots more from the jeep Thanks to Raphael in the pool bar , knew what we wanted before we asked We will return again
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Papillon Lagoon Reef

Facilities

Sports Facilities

A range of sports facilities can be found at the resort including:table tennis, pool, bar football, board games, plus beach football and volleyball. Payable locally: scuba-diving,glass bottom boat & deep sea fishing, fitness centre.

a pool next to a body of water

Swimming Pool

The meandering lagoon swimming pool overlooks the azure waters of the ocean and features a swim up bar.

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Ngutuni Safari

Optional one night safari which can be booked and paid for in advance when booking your holiday. The price is a supplement which will be added to the overnight rate of the hotel. Itinerary: Day 1: After an early breakfast at Papillon Lagoon Reef drive to Tsavo East National Park. Enter at the Bachuma Gate and proceed on a game drive along the River Circuit to Ngutuni Game Sanctuary and Ngutuni Lodge. After lunch partake in an afternoon game drive in Tsavo East. Dinner & overnight at Ngutuni Lodge on a full board basis. Day 2: Early morning game drive in the 10,000 acre Ngutuni Game Sanctuary. Return to the lodge for breakfast and then continue to Papillon Lagoon Reef arriving in time for lunch. Restrictions: The safari usually takes place on either a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday however guests will be advised on arrival when the day of the safari will be.

Papillon Lagoon Reef

Room Types

Family Room

Family Rooms offer rear garden views and a balcony or patio area where you can enjoy the lush surroundings. A drinks service is available throughout the day from 10:30am until 5:30pm at an extra charge locally whilst room safes can be requested locally for an extra charge. Rooms come with a mosquito net among many amenities other amenities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Butler Service
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Garden Room

Garden Room

Garden Rooms have a balcony or patio with garden or pool views. Room safes are available locally for an additional fee. Room service is available throughout the day (10:00am to 5:30pm) for drinks only at an extra charge.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Butler Service
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Beach Front Room

Beachfront Room

Beachfront Rooms as you would expect are located perfectly to ensure you enjoy stunning views of Diani Beach which is widely considered to be Kenya's most beautiful beach. All are fitted with a luxurious 4-poster double bed, a Swahili sofa which is ideal for smaller children and upgraded furnishings throughout.Rooms come with a mosquito net among many amenities other amenities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Butler Service
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Papillon Lagoon Reef

Food & Drink

Beach Bar

The Beach Bar serves a selection of drinks.

Baobab Restaurant

Baobab Restaurant is a buffet style restaurant with an open-air terrace, serving International dishes and Kenyan cuisine. Restrictions: Guests are requested to dress smart casual for dinner and men must wear collared shirts, long trousers and shoes. Dress 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.

Bistro Bar and Restaurant

Located by the swimming pool, the Bistro Bar and Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you can enjoy evening entertainment and barbeques.Opening TimesBreakfast - 07.30am - 10.00amLunch - 12.30pm - 2.30pmAfternoon Tea - 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Swimming pool

Pool Bar

Swim up to the pool bar for a refreshing drink.

Board Basis Options

All Inclusive

Papillon Lagoon Reef is an all-inclusive only resort. The following elements are included:Full buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinnerA choice of cocktailsLocal beers, soft drinks, house spirits, house wines and mineral water, served by the glass. TennisFree pool scuba demonstrationRegular evening entertainmentTaxes and tipsPlease note that á la carte meals, room service and snacks, non-house brand wines and spirits and bottled water are excluded and must be paid for locally.

Papillon Lagoon Reef

Special Offers

Minor offer catch all

Honeymoon Offer

Couples receive a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit platter in rooms on arrival.

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on accommodation

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Spa Offer

Max 2 guests per booking receive either 1 x massage or 1 x pedicure.

Each adult will receive one of the activities, though one person out of the two could receive both if the other person does not wish to receive any. The offer cannot be swapped with another treatment.

Sale campaign

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Save upto £8 pppn on accommodation

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Minor offer catch all

Save upto £11 pppn on accommodation

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Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Minor offer catch all

Save up to £12 pppn on accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

Non combinable with any other offer.

Early booking discount

Save up to 20% on Accommodation

20% discount for stays of 4 nights or more when booked more than 11 months (330 days) in advance.
Non combinable with any other offer.