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

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.
769 Reviews 85% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 361
  • Very Good 287
  • Average 80
  • Poor 23
  • Terrible 18

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Oct 12, 2019

First visit

craigavon

Our first time in this resort and have to say its a lovely hotel if you want to do nothing except eat and lie in the sun. The staff are amazing and the food is good, the entertainment guys were always on hand to keep you entertained, and there was always entertainment in the evening, which didn't last too long for those who wanted an early night. Have to say our rooms were kept really clean and the guys were amazing and couldn't do enough for you. We were disappointed there were no sunbeds on the beach but then discovered why!! You couldn't go for a walk on the beach without being pestered by the sellers, and they even walked quite a way with you to get you into their shops or to buy one of their very expensive boat trips. We found this very annoying, as all we wanted was a quiet walk to ourselves. You could not go outside the hotel for a walk in the evening as it was too dangerous. Females on their own found they couldn't go for a swim without being pestered by the large amount of male sellers on the beach. We took a tuc-tuc outside of the resort and found it very expensive and wouldn't have explored surroundings on our own as we didn't feel safe enough to do so. We definitely will not return as it wasn't our kind of holiday, but then everyone is different.
Oct 06, 2019

Third Visit

Yet again we had a very enjoyable time at this hotel. The staff are all very friendly and it seems that nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in a beachfront room on the top floor - superb. The food is of a good standard and quite varied. Vincent's omelets at breakfast are super! Patrick, Henry, Casper, and the rest of the boys see to your every need. Looking foward to our next visit.
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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.

Swimming Pool

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

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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Minor offer catch all

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Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

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Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on Accommodation

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Save up to £12 pppn on accommodation

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Early booking discount

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Early booking discount

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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.