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Kinondo Kwetu

Lamu & the Coast

Rating: Mid-range    

Kinondo Kwetu overview

Kinondo Kwetu is on a private beach and has spacious rooms and several hectares of gardens. The resort is owned and run by the Anderssons, a Swedish family related to famous Baron Blixen, and 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. There are many seclude spots 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 a 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 are served 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 water sports 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, SUP, wakeboarding and windsurfing are also popular. You can sail on one of the resort's outriggers and explore nearby Robinsson Sand Island. There is a golf course nearby. Kinondu Kwetu has its own riding stables so you 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 yoga, and aerobics classes can be arranged.


Open: Kinondo Kwetu is open from 1st July to 30th April.

Location: Kinondo Kwetu is on Galu Beach south of Diani, about a 90 minute drive south of Mombasa. Charter flights arrive at Ukunda airstrip 15 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 43 guests, and some accommodation areas can be booked for exclusive use. 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, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and stand-up paddle boarding are popular. Cruises 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. Sightseeing trips in Ukunda and Mombasa and visits to Kinondo village can be organised. You can indulge in a spa treatment, 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 over 6 hectares of 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.

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Kinondo 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



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