Rating: Mid-range Price from: Â£315-Â£390 pp full board
Kinondo Kwetu is on a private beach and has spacious rooms and gardens. The resort is owned and run by the Anderssons, a Swedish family related to famous Baron Blixen. It has a real home from home feel.
There are several areas of accommodation including suites and cottages, some accommodating up to 5 people, so are ideal for families. All have en-suite bathrooms, fans and mosquito nets and many have verandas. Kinondo Kewtu can accommodate a maximum of 38 guests and has many places where you can relax, so it never feels crowded.
The facilities include two swimming pools, one in the shape of a 3 leaf clover, a tennis court and water tower from which guests can enjoy spectacular sunset views. Guests seeking seclusion will like the tranquil atmosphere of the library and the living rooms. You will enjoy delicious breakfasts, 3-course lunches and dinners at various locations including on the beach and in the gardens.
Kinondo Kwetu offers a huge range of watersports including diving for all levels of experience. The reef is so close that great dives can be enjoyed just 5 minutes from the shore! Snorkelling and kite surfing are also popular. Guests can enjoy a dhow cruise or go sailing on one of the resort's outriggers. There is a golf course nearby. Kinondu Kwetu has its own riding stables and guests can go riding along the beach and in the forest. Excursions can be arranged to the local village and to Shimba Hills National Park for safaris.
Health and well being is at the forefront at Kinondo. The spa offers treatments and therapies to revive, re-energise and rejuvenate, set against the soothing sound of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy relaxing massages and pamper yourself with beauty treatments including facials, manicures and pedicures. There is a 'secret' spot on the cliffs overlooking the sea, ideal for quiet meditation and yoga. Yoga and aerobics classes can be arranged. The Finish sauna is fired up each day towards sunset - a perfect way to relax after a busy day.
Open: Kinondo Kwetu is open from 1st July to 30th April.
Location: Kinondo Kwetu is on Galu beach near Diani, about a 90 minute drive south of Mombasa. Charter flights arrive at Ukunda airstrip 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
Rooms: The resort has a several different room types including garden rooms, cottages and family rooms. It accommodates a maximum of 38 guests. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and mosquito nets and some have private verandas with hammocks. They are decorated in Swahili style
Activities: The hotel arranges snorkelling trips sand islands by the reef and to Kisite Marine Park. Diving is also offered and there is a dive master on site. Kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, waterskiing and wake boarding are popular. Deep sea fishing can be arranged. Dhow cruises and boat picnics are a good way to relax and enjoy the ocean. On land activities offered include horse riding, tennis and golf. Safaris can be organised in Shimba Hills National Park just 45 minutes’ drive way. You can indulge in a spa treatment, meditate or practise yoga, enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool or ocean and sunbathe on the beach. At low tide you can walk along the jetty to reach the water.
Facilities: The hotel has a private beach and attractive gardens. There is a large swimming pool in the shape of a 3 leaf clover. There are areas for yoga, pilates and aerobics. The spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials and manicures, and there is a sauna.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in various locations including on the beach, in the garden or in your own room. There is no fixed dining area.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are family rooms and cottages. Babysitting can be arranged.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is a laptop with Wi-Fi internet access in the office near the hotel entrance.
inondo Kwetu has founded the Kinondo Kwetu Medical Clinic which caters for up to 16,000 patients a year and is an important role model to other clinics in the province. It has made a significant impact in decreasing the number of malaria cases in the area and has a programme helping some 320 HIV clients per month. It is involved in providing nutritional support for severly malnourished and underweight children and in promoting safe chilbirth. Kinondo Kwetu encourages talented pupils to stay in school by paying their school fees and supports the rebuilding of the local primary school