An exclusive enclave from local poverty, Lonno is the ideal retreat from reality. Spotless and impeccably run by a husband and wife team, it boasts superb service and exquisite food (although perhaps a bit too much of the latter as felt our waistlines expand daily!). We were there at the very end of the season and almost had the hotel to ourselves. The surroundings are gorgeous and the architecture of the hotel is reminiscent of the intricate network of an ancient Arabic village. Our room was a large, airy duplex suite which would have benefited from air conditioning, given the extreme heat and humidity. Having said this though, it was liberating to sleep with all the doors and windows wide open. Mosquitoes were non-existent. The swimming pool was beautiful and there was easy access to the tidal flats in front of the hotel at low tide. The children loved exploring this area and discovering coral, crabs and other sea creatures. The hotel provided suitable footwear for such excursions, which was invaluable.
While management was readily available when we needed them, they were not proactive in terms of promoting local activities or excursions. We felt we had to tease information out of them, but once this was done, their guidance proved very reliable. For a fee, the hotel offered air-conditioned transport to local airports and attractions.
Unusually, there was not one single sign of written information or communication anywhere in the entire hotel complex. Coming from the over-controlling UK environment, we were surprised to find no paperwork in the room, fire information, or even a sign to the bar! In a way this was refreshing and we felt our hosts were overly keen not to state the obvious.
We had slight security concerns before our trip, but once there, could not have felt safer. Not a single pirate!
Our stay was very comfortable, utterly delicious, and our every need was provided for. Silvia and Aldo run a very tight ship and are to be commended for their service and style. We would not hesitate to recommend Lonno Lodge to friends. Asante sana Lonno Lodge!