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Papillon Lagoon Reef

Traditional Swahili-style hotel on the beach

Occupying a tropical location, nestled in exotic gardens, the Papillon Lagoon Reef is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya. Built in a traditional Swahili style, the resort has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where colobus monkeys populate ancient baobab trees

A range of water sports are available including diving, which can be organised through the PADI dive centre. 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 Baobab Restaurant with an open-air terrace 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.

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Guide Price

 £1,399  per person
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Diani Beach

Hotel highlights

  • Located on beautiful Diani Beach and a short taxi ride to Diani Town
  • Optional one night safari to Ngutuni Lodge
  • PADI dive centre
  • Family rooms available

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • Check-out Time:
  • 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.
789 Reviews 85% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 375
  • Very Good 291
  • Average 81
  • Poor 24
  • Terrible 18

What to Expect

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


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
Dec 08, 2019

The staff are what made it

Ipswich, United Kingdom

What lovely staff so polite and helpful despite working very long hours - couldn’t fault them at all. Initially we were in room 116 but had to move due to the damp and musky smell , even the bed sheets were damp. Not nice at all. There was no problem getting a move I think the hotel knew these rooms were damp and just hoped we wouldn’t complain! 208 was so much better. I loved the monkeys that roamed around the venue even when they shared my wine! There was always something different to eat ,BBQ night was the best and there was a lovely stir fry lunch one day. Drinks could have been better and there was only ever one bar open at a time when we were there in November. No tea or coffee facilities in the rooms.Safari was amazing but yet again another room change on our return as you have to pack up and leave the suitcases at reception whilst you are away for the night. We were put back in another downstairs room 146 on our return. Similar damp smell but no where near as bad as 116. If you get a choice go for an upstairs room. Pool was lovely however I would have preferred some music during the day as I am not one for silence but if this is your preference it would be perfect for you.. All in all a great holiday but avoid if you want 5*
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Sports Facilities

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

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Swimming Pool

The meandering lagoon swimming pool overlooks the azure waters of the Indian 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 and 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.

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Room Types

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 17:30) for drinks only at an extra charge.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
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 other amenities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

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 other amenities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
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Food & Drink

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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.

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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 times breakfast - 7.30 – 22.00; lunch - 12.30 –14.30; afternoon tea - 16.00 – 17.00.

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Pool Bar

Swim up to the pool bar for a refreshing drink.

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Beach Bar

The Beach Bar serves a selection of drinks.

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 dinner, a choice of cocktails, local beers, soft drinks, house spirits, house wines and mineral water, served by the glass. Tennis, free pool scuba demonstration, regular evening entertainment, Taxes and tips.

Please 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.

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Special Offers

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon Offer

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

Friday, November 1, 2019 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Offer ends in 280 days

Early booking discount

Save up to 20% on accommodation

This offer applies to bookings staying 7 nights or more, valid in all room types. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Offer ends in 66 days