We finished our honeymoon with a week at Kinondo. It was just the perfect tonic after a gorilla trek in Rwanda and a safari in the Masai Mara. A band greet you on arrival and you soon feel very at home....if only home was like this though! Our room and balcony were fabulous, filled with tropical flowers and traditional African artwork but with all the mod cons you would wish for.
The staff were amazing, and we felt we knew them all by the end of the week. They really want to go the extra mile for you; the housekeeper left messages in flowers on the bed ('nice day', 'I wish you a nice flight' being some examples), a daily cocktail is delivered to wherever you are lounging at 11am on the dot, afternoon tea & cake is served by the pool at 4pm, they will fix you some light pre-dinner snacks (my husband highly rated the homemade samosas) and you are taken to a different location around the resort for dinner every evening. On our last night we were very lucky to be given the roof of the water tower to watch the sunset with a gin and tonic, followed by our evening meal (surrounded by petals) served by our private waiter.
The beach is very private and lovely, and the locals seem not to come to the Kinondo beach like they do on the beaches further up; we suspect they have immunity from this as they fully support the local village school and health clinic/small hospital, which were fascinating to visit. There are watersports on offer but after a busy week on safari, we were a bit lazy and were content with our fabulously comfortable beach beds and books - except for a touch of kite-surfing at the local kiting beach when the wind was good enough.
It is a very romantic place, but I wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for a wild party...things wind down after dinner, although you can have nightcaps and cocktails at either of the bar areas. Diani beach town is a 20 minute taxi ride ($15) away which would be the nearest nightlife. It did however, feel a very safe and happy place and I could have stayed longer for certain. The only strenuous activity required all day was getting off the bed to help ourselves to another drink...
Probably the best thing about the hotel was the food, which was just amazing. From the breakfast buffet, to the 3 course lunch by the beach, and then the evening meal, there was not one dish we both didn't thoroughly enjoy. The wines also lovely. But the highlight of the day was definitely checking out the upcoming day's menus! Lots of tropical fruit, freshly-caught seafood and delicious little desserts were the norm. We had grilled lobster and filet steak twice during our week; quite different from your average all-inclusive!
It really is a fabulous place, perfect for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing retreat with gorgeous grounds, a secluded beach, fabulous food and out of this world service.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Kinondo Kwetu Hotel Ukunda