Kinondo Kwetu

Kinondo Kwetu

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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. 

  • 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

Hotel Category


Location Type

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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

  • Full Board
Location Highlights

Kinondo Kwetu

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 135
  • Very Good 8
  • Average 4
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 2

What to Expect

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


Jul 13, 2019

Paradise experienced

Whiteparish, United Kingdom

We spent 5 nights and just savoured a wonderful experience . The hotel was anything but crowded which meant the huge staff were there for our every need . We were upgraded on arrival to the bridal suite which was elegant and full of very special African artefacts. We felt spoilt and the room was beautifully cared for throughout the day . The staff were so welcoming and charming and attended to our every need . Especially the catering staff who produced high quality food at every meal . Indeed if you didn’t take to the set meal you could request almost any alternative . My wife doesn’t like fish which is the local product but they catered splendidly for her taste. You had the opportunity to select a venue for your meal which again added to the occasion . The pools were spotlessly maintained and the access to water sports in the sea seemed most comprehensive . The manager Anna walked the hotel on a regular basis and provided sound advice on outside visits as well as looking after our daily needs . A memorable experience .
Apr 14, 2019


Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Great food, great staff, great place to stay. Very relaxed atmosphere a kilometer away from the more busy part of diani. excellent place if you like reading in the shade (they have a big library with books to borrow) but also they have kayaks and motor bots for water sports. Loved it, highly recommend to visit if you can.
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Kinondo Kweto offers a range of activities, all of which can be arranged locally.

Fitness, Health and Wellbeing

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

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

Horse Riding and Mountain Biking

The hotel can arrange horse riding and mountain biking locally

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. 


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


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

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

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

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

Board Basis Options

Full Board

Full board 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. 

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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