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Kinondo Kwetu

A paradise retreat on the Mombasa coast

Located on tranquil Galu Beach south of Diani, Kinondo Kwetu has a wonderfully secluded feel due to its position, nestled between rocky cliffs and long stretches of white sand beach.

Surrounded by sacred baobab trees, family-owned Kinondo Kwetu provides rustic, barefoot luxury with a home-away-from-home feel. The intimate resort has just seven suites, three cottages and a beach house – each with its own character; accommodation here has been individually designed and features traditional craftsmanship and Swahili-style decor. 

Kinondo Kwetu offers a range of activities, from horse riding to scuba diving, as well as water sports including water skiing, wake boarding, sailing, canoeing, boat excursions, stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling and deep sea fishing. This is also the perfect place to relax – bask in the sun with a chilled cocktail in hand, take part in a gentle yoga class or unwind with a massage or beauty treatment at the spa. Ascend the viewing tower to watch as the sun sets over the crystal clear Indian Ocean or enjoy a meal here, if celebrating a special occasion.

Suited to couples and families, Kinondo Kwetu is a truly special beach hideaway on the Mombasa coastline. Retreat here for a warm welcome and unwind in whatever way suits you. 

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Guide Price

 £2,699  per person
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Tripadvisor rating 157 Reviews
Diani Beach

Hotel highlights

  • Partake in a variety of activities or relax – the choice is yours
  • Situated in a secluded hidden beach location
  • Viewing tower is perfect for watching the sun set
  • Try kitesurfing on the warm Indian Ocean

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 11 rooms
  • 1.5 hours from Mombasa airport
  • Closest airstrip is Ukunda/Diani which is a 15-minute drive away
  • Originally built as a family home
  • Offers a range of activities that can be booked locally

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Weddings
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Barefoot style
  • Boutique
  • Eco-friendly
  • Hidden gem

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Kinondo Kwetu

  • Beach
  • 1.5 hours from Mombasa airport
157 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 141
  • Very Good 9
  • Average 4
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 2

What to Expect

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


Feb 08, 2020

Perfect place to stay at Galu beach

Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

I was traveling alone and booked just a long weekend at the coast to be away from Nairobi. I had heard before of Kinondo Kwetu and was anxious to visit it myself. The positive reviews aren’t exaggerated. The lodge itself is a very relaxing place and very spacious. My first night I stayed in a room in the main building. The room was ok but the location was disappointing. I guess it’s the last room to be given out. Disappointing view and direct contact with bar area. The next day I luckily got an upgrade to a really nice cottage in which I felt very happy. Beautiful room, own veranda, and a nice view. The food is wonderful for as well lunch as dinner. They really must have a wonderful chef who is also very creative. They table setting is also very creative. Every day you are seated at a different table on a different spot. Can be inside, in the garden or on the beach. Anna the manager is a perfect host,the staff is very friendly and helpful and it is really the perfect place to relax , to read and to enjoy the beach and ocean. The beach itself is not as sandy as Diani and the coral makes it a bit hard to enter the ocean. For this reason they created a long cemented path into the ocean to give you easier access to the ocean. I had a wonderful horse-riding trip along the beach and through the ocean with a lovely guide named Peter. It was worth doing it. The only minus according to me are the prices which are charged for the various activities/ excursions. I think they are extremely overpriced. You think twice before doing it and some things ( transport)you can organise yourself much cheaper. Nevertheless , I had a wonderful stay and I think it’s worth to come back to.
Jan 19, 2020

Beautiful retreat - but not perfect value

We had a lovely time at Kinondo and the management were very helpful (booking things on our behalf etc) and generously upgraded us as it was our honeymoon. Kinondo Kwetu really is a haven from the crowded, slightly run down and touristy Diani and Galu beaches. The environment is stunning and spacious, and we never felt on top of other guests. The rooms are lovely, and the staff are incredibly friendly. The food is where the resort shines - it is extraordinary and some of the best we’ve eaten anywhere in the world. You’re moved to a different beautiful spot every meal and it’s genuinely heavenly. There’s a great outdoor gym, yoga area and sauna and in general a huge amount of care has been taken with the space - there’s water, towels and whatever else you might need everywhere you turn Cons - There were areas which we felt weren’t great value given the price of the hotel and the baseline cost of services in Kenya. The 15 minute shuttle from Ukunda is $50 USD each way: call Diani Taxis and they’ll do it for $15 before you even start haggling. Activities are fun, but again quite expensive for what you get - the 15 minute boat ride to a touristy sand island off Diani swarming with beach boys and glass-bottom boats will set you back 125 USD if you can’t find someone to split the trip with. Waterskiing is $25 pp every 10minutes. Nobody’s forcing you to do these though and the resort is a great place to forget about the outside world.
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Kinondo Kweto offers a range of activities, all of which can be arranged locally.

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Fitness, Health and Wellbeing

The hotel offers yoga and exercise classes as well as massage and beauty treatments.

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Water Sports

The hotel specialises in scuba diving and caters for complete beginners to the highly experienced. They also offer snorkelling, sailing, canoeing, kite surfing (courses available off site but close by), deep sea fishing, wind surfing, water skiing, stand-up paddle boarding

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Horse Riding and Mountain Biking

The hotel can arrange horse riding and mountain biking locally

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Swimming Pools

The hotel has two swimming pools

Mombasa boat trip, Kenya


The hotel can arrange boat excursions to ‘Paradise Lost’; shopping and sightseeing trips to Ukunda or Mombasa; cultural visits to Kinondo village & Kinondo Kwetu Community works; and game drives within Shimba Hills National Reserve.

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Room Types

Kinondo Kwetu offers several room types, each with its own style and character that fits in with the atmosphere of the hotel. All rooms are equipped with King-size beds, fans and mosquito nets. 

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Three of the cottages have large double rooms with an en suite bathroom, sea views and a private verandah. The fourth cottage has a double room connecting to a single room with separate entrances, while the fifth cottage is a family cottage set over two floors.

  • Bath
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
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The Andersson Suite – designed for honeymooners and couples – has a lounge, one large double room, an en suite bathroom and a private balcony with sea views.

The Borelius Suite – designed for families – has one large living room, a double room, en suite bathrooms and one twin room which can also have an extra bed included, upon request. This suite also has a balcony with Indian Ocean views. Both suites are air-conditioned.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
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Mamataa Villa Family Rooms

The villa has three family rooms, each has a double bedroom connecting to a twin or single room. They all have en suites and either a sea or garden view

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Sea View
  • Towels included
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Main House

Choose from either a double bedroom or twin bedroom with en suite.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Separate Shower
  • Shower over bath
  • Towels included
Kinondo Kwetu

Food & Drink

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Kinondo Kwetu offers freshly prepared meals, often with fish caught that day, along with seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Board Basis Options

All Inclusive

All Inclusive includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Soft drinks, beer, house liquor/wines (excluding Champagne)
  • Yoga platform, yoga equipment, tennis court, wood-fired sauna
  • Canoeing and kayaking equipment
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Limited laundry service
  • Wifi 

Kinondo Kwetu

Family Friendly Facilities



Children are welcomed at Kinondo Kwetu and baby-sitting can be arranged. Cots, baths, bottle warmers and extra beds are all available upon request, as well as car seats for under-three year olds.

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Special Offers

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon Offer

Bride receives a 50% discount on her stay. 

Not combinable with any other offers. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to Sunday, December 20, 2020
Offer ends in 265 days

Free night offer

Stay 5 Pay 4

Valid for stays:

  • 2nd March - 30th April 2020 
  • 1st - 20th July 2020
  • 1st September - 16th October 2020  
  • 2nd November - 19th December 2020

Offer ends in 264 days

Free night offer

Stay 7 Pay 6

Valid for stays: 

  • 8th January - 1st March 2020
  • 17th October - 1st November 2020

Offer ends in 216 days

Free nights

Stay 6 Pay 4

Late availability travel special offer : Stay 6 Pay 4

Sunday, March 1, 2020 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
Offer ends in 31 days

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