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

Luxury

Location Type

Beach
  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 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
135 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 122
  • Very Good 6
  • Average 4
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 2

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Apr 04, 2018

We found Paradise

Maun, Botswana

Beautiful setting, quiet beach, excellent service, warm atmosphere, delicious food. the lodge is spacious with several pools, a huge variety of activities are on offer. Our chalet was comfortable with two bedrooms, private terrace.
Mar 23, 2018

avoid during the hot season

my partner and i stayed there as part of our trip to Kenya. it is such a laid back amazing property but we felt shortchanged when we realised that most of the villas do not have air conditioning. If you intend to travel during the months of October to March, i would sincerely suggest a different hotel. All of us have slummed it and stayed in hostels but some of the cheaper hotels we stayed in on the coast of kenya also had airconditioning so we could not understand the logic of saving on that and making people suffer when the wind dropped. the food was superbly prepared, tasty and well presented. A truly wonderful property but the owners need to stop shortchanging clients by promising the world and forgetting to inform them that they will not have airconditioning in their rooms. we visited the supermarket chandrana on one of the days and saw that the amount we paid for just two nights stay was enough to buy a whole airconditioner so why not buy one and fit into the rooms? definitely not visiting again.
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Facilities

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

Excursions

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.

Kinondo Kwetu

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. 

Cottages

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

Suites

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
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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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