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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  • 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.
764 Reviews 85% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 358
  • Very Good 286
  • Average 79
  • Poor 23
  • Terrible 18

What to Expect

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


Sep 02, 2019

Four wonderful days at the hotel

Berlin, Germany

I and my niece stayed at the Papillon Lagoon Reef for four days after having toured most of the areas upcountry and we loved it. It was so relaxing to be here with very friendly staff right from the bag carriers, gardeners, waiters, up to the managers. We felt very much welcomed and at home. The staff were always around to offer help and give any kind of information needed. The place is amazing with beautiful green garden, very clean big rooms with balcony and we had a bit of sea view, a wide variety of food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic. Drinks were available the whole day until at night and I loved the non alcoholic cocktails. The white sand beach is amazing and even though it is not a private beach, it was not crowded. There were a good range of activities offered by the animation team throughout the day which one could join and participate and every evening after dinner there were mainly live shows or performances which lasted for about 1 1/2 hrs and didn't go on till late so that those who needed to go to sleep early could do so without any disturbance. Definately we will go back again next time we travel to the Coast. Justine from Germay.
Aug 15, 2019

Beautiful Beach - average hotel

Derby, England, United Kingdom

We stayed here as a family of 6, 2 adults and 4 teens for a week following a week long safari. I would sum this hotel up as 'ok'. my expectations were not too high as we had to work within a budget given the number of us and the safari as well. The rooms were adequate, quite tired, nothing special but ok. The aircon is turned off during the day so no cool afternoon naps! Water provided on day 1 but after that only available at a charge (in an all inclusive hotel!!) The food is adequate, I was ill for a few days and for about a week when we returned. Nothing especially wrong with it, just rather basic and an issue with flies at lunchtime. Beach is stunning, you will get approached as soon as you set foot on the beach but all friendly. Pool area good, ran out of towels on a few occasions. Entertainment/sports low key which was fine by us! Drinks selection not great and soft drinks very sweet and mostly flat. Monkeys everywhere, do not take food outside! Staff on the whole friendly and helpful although service can be slow. All in all, was ok. no massive issues but no wow factors either.
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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.

Swimming Pool

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

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

Pool Bar

Swim up to the pool bar for a refreshing drink.

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

Minor offer catch all

Honeymoon Offer

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Thursday, October 31, 2019
Offer ends in 41 days