We came here for our honeymoon after a safari in the masai mara. We stayed in one of their cottages. The way this the place is laid out and the individual decor in the rooms, and common areas make this place more like staying at someones home than at a hotel!. Each room and area is unique. It is very peaceful and you can always find a spot where you are totally alone.
The beach is a beautiful private sandy beach blocked from the main beach by a large rock that is passable at low tide. You can walk for miles down the beach in either direction!.
It has lovely grounds with sandy paths throughout - swept clean every morning - there are some amazing trees with colourful flowers - we had many sightings of monkeys jumping around the trees and cottage roofs. It has 2 great pools - a smaller one that seems to be just used by the cottage and a lovely large (very deep) pool, and includes a sauna.
There are large chairs, sun loungers, double covered sun loungers with cushions everywhere....so plenty of places to relax!. They bring fresh fruit drinks to you at times during the day . We went kayaking and snorkelling off the beach, and my wife went riding on one of their horses along the beach. There is a tennis court there and we could borrow rackets and they even lent us a pair of shoes. We went deep sea fishing - an extra activity - (they row you out to the fishing boat that passes the hotel!) although sadly we didn't even have a nibble although the day before we saw someone come back with a huge fish about 4 ft long!.
Staff were always available to help us out..it didnt matter who you talked to they were always willing to help or find an answer to a question you had. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. The service was perfect..the place has an informal feel but you know you can go and ask any of the staff to help. You felt like a couple there that they knew rather than just a room number!
The cottage was great - we had cottage 2 - it has large decking on the front and back with places to sit down and relax. The cottages have been well designed to ensure you have privacy. Inside you have a large ceiling fan above a lovely canopied bed wih mosquito netting. Not sure if it was just the time of the year but we had no problems with mosquitos!. It has a large shower and bathroom area.
The food was lovely - always very fresh with alot of seafood - although you can ask for different menu if you don't like seafood. You were able to get fresh snacks between meals at the bar. Lunches and dinner are served in different places so often its the location is a surprise and one night we had our own private dinner up on a water tower overlooking the trees and beach..
As a honeymoon couple - We were worried initially when we saw some young children as some of the larger cottages have 2 rooms but the way the place is laid out meant that we just didn't even hear them or most of the time see them! They have their meals in a different area so you were assured of privacy.
For our honeymoon we looked at so many hotels by the beach in seychelles/mauritius etc. We felt they all looked a bit impersonal and most of them had reviews of indifferent service. We were so glad to come here and we could not fault the place and service. Well worth going - its worth the money!.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kinondo Kwetu is often described as a ‘home away from home’ - a paradise for those wanting a more personal experience on the Kenyan coast. Located on a tranquil private Galu beach on the south coast of Kenya.An all-inclusive boutique hotel - with room for no more than 38 guests, you will always find your own private spot at Kinondo Kwetu, which makes it a very special hideaway for honeymooners. It is also the perfect place to gather family or friends for a private celebration or wedding. In addition to relaxing in the sun and swimming in the Indian Ocean, Kinondo Kwetu offers an impressive selection of exciting activities – ranging from watersports such as Kite Surfing, Kayaking, Deep sea fishing and Scuba Diving, to land activities such as Game Drives, Horse Riding and Yoga weeks. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kinondo Kwetu Hotel Ukunda