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
143 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 128
  • Very Good 8
  • Average 4
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 2

What to Expect

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  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Feb 11, 2019

Attention to Detail = Amazing

Hong Kong, China

On the Coast of Kenya this “Little Swedish” influenced destination is everything a perfect restful holiday is all about. The attention to small details happen all day every day! so the experience is nothing less than perfect They even rake the beach every morning so the guests feet are as comfortable as there lounge chair. No meal resembles the previous days , the menu is nothing short of a foodies wonderland ! the ingredients is fresh and local and prepared with thought and love . Meals, lunch , dinner are served in different spots across the property and each guest is shown to tables specially selected for them , so one night it’s dinner on the beach , one day it’s under the stars It’s “the little things” from daily “Sundowner Escapes” on the property to fresh healthy snacks to brighten the day. Oh yes somehow the “Indian Ocean” manages to keep the mosquito and flys away it’s like your expected to see them but they don’t arrive apart from the odd occasion. It’s not something I have experienced before even at night time. Anna who manages the place is incredible! She is a text book manager with all the bells and whistles! And then some Nothing is too much trouble , she really brings the magic alive ! With a constant smile .
Jan 30, 2019

Perfect hidaway

Lincoln, United Kingdom

What can I loved this place, just what we needed after we had been on Safari. The food was amazing I am a fish lover so just up my street, but they will cook other dishes for you. We chilled out and recharged our batteries. We did have a visit to the school and clinic which was interesting, but apart from that we just enjoyed the resort. We had a cottage with the smaller pool out the door and it was like having our own pool, as nearly everyone used the larger pool. The only thing I would say is can you learn to make a proper pimms cocktail as I just received it with pimms lemonade ice and a slice, but only a little thing, maybe you don’t do strawberries so that was why. Gin and tonics good though. The staff are fantastic Thank you all once again.
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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
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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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