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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 154 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
154 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 139
  • Very Good 8
  • Average 4
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 2

What to Expect

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


Oct 24, 2019

Paradise in Kenya

Fantastic location on a quite part of the beach, lovely friendly staff who could not have been more helpful and great food. The villas are spacious and very well equipped and well laid out- we will definitely go back!
Oct 18, 2019

Tropical paradise

London, United Kingdom

We spent the second half of our honeymoon at Kinondo, relaxing after our safari trip. It is an amazing place to escape to, the amenities are second to none (sauna, tennis court, 2 pools, a library full of paperbacks and board games) and the staff are super attentive without being overbearing. The food in particular is awesome - we'd never eaten so well (or so much!) - so special thanks to the chef and waiting staff. Vincent was our waiter most days/nights, and he was so charming and lovely, we felt very well cared for. Anna and the rest of the management team were very accomodating and were able to allow us to have late checkout given that the resort was not as busy in October, which was very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble for them, which made for a lovely honeymoon experience that we will never forget!
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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 394 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 393 days

Free night offer

Stay 7 Pay 6

Valid for stays: 

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

Offer ends in 345 days

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