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Review of Kinondo Kwetu

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Kinondo Kwetu
Ranked #16 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We have just come back from Kinondo Kwetu and we (family of 4 with 2 children aged 8 and 11) highly recommend it. Swedish owned but run by a wonderful British/American couple, this hotel strikes the perfect balance between warmth and luxury. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. Each room seems far away from the next. Common areas are also elegantly decorated African-style and each is set up for rest and relaxation, from the beautiful yoga/exercise room overlooking the Indian Ocean to the main reception area for evening drinks. We ate extremely well at Kinondo, with the food consisting mostly of fresh local produce, herbs and spices. Everyone greets you with a smile and the staff is very friendly whilst still discreet. Plenty of activities are available if you so wish but none are pushed on you. Fantastic place which we hope to get back to!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank camille j
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

An excellant welcome with Finn taking our orange slices, suberb accomadation, excellant location, sand to die for and pools that were just what the doctor ordered. Johnny, Penny and the staff could not be faulted nothing a problem and it was a wrench to leave. Barefoot living and so relaxing. Can't fault it.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We've stayed three nights at Kinondo Kwetu in February, 4 adults and one child (2 years old). This was absolutely perfect:
- Service, service, service. Friendly, efficient, extremely professional staff. This is really top class service;
- Beautiful location, far from the big resorts of Diani, nice beach, beautiful garden and swimming pool;
- Absolutely amazing rooms and lounges, beautiful and stylish decoration everywhere;
- Excellent food.

More generally, a sense of detail and perfection in the service, setting and facilities that you don't usually find in Kenyan hotels.

One advice: put some safes in the rooms, I found that was the only thing lacking (and thanks God no TV or loud music there!!!!!)

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank manutokyo
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

As you drive into Diani your heart sinks: another coastal strip of hotel after appartment block after hotel, the occasional shopping precinct, gift shops and so on. Then the tarmac road turns into a red top, the town is left behind, there is open country to your right and the occasional building hidden by vegetation to your left.
Finally you drive into the little paradise that is Kinondo Kwetu. A few stables and a paddock to your right, bushes trees and flowers all around, then the main building, then a beautiful sea front area shaded by tall trees and the sandy beach and the green and blue sea.
That was a good start.
The welcome from the managers Penny and Johnie was so warm that we thought there must be a case of mistaken identity. However, this warmth and friendliness is general.
Whoever is in charge of staff selection here is doing a wonderful job: all the staff, whether waiters, bar, gardening, security etc, were friendly, cheerful and efficient. And there are lots and lots of them!
The individual round houses are tastefully decorated, open up well to make the most of the sea breezes and have comfortable beds, plenty of space and good bathrooms.
Breakfast is taken in front of the main house on a terrace looking through the lawned shady area to the sea; lunch is taken in a beachside restaurant with breathtaking but shaded views of the ocean; dinner is often taken just with your partner, with wonderful attention from your private waiter and in a variety of places that are so romantic that even a heart of stone should melt. We felt like royalty!
Food is very good and varied,from very juicy steak, to tuna to lobster etc. The vegetables are cooked to perfection, slightly scrunchy and packed with flavour. Apart from the Kenyan white, all the wines we tasted were from South Africa and very good. In spite of eating three meals daily the food was light enough for us never to feel bloated and always hungry before the next meal. In fact, though living the good life as never at home, I didn't put on any weight.
The sea is remarkably warm and although it's very shallow and a bit rocky for a long way out, there is a concrete walkway under the sea to get you to where you can swim. Borrow swimming shoes from the poolmaster to guard against slipping. If you don't like sea swimming, the pool is huge and very warm.
You can walk along the beach without being pestered, which cannot be said of the nearby Diani! In fact, on morning and evening strolls we generally met nobody.
Although there are excursions, we only did one to the local sacred wood, a few minutes down the road, where the guide explained his tribe's customs and beliefs: an education stroll in an ancient wood that we found surprisingly enjoyable.
We didn't bother with other excursions: when you are in paradise, why go outside?
Most of the guests were from northern Europe: discreet, polite and the ideal people with whom to share a resort. In spite of Kinondo Kwetu being "all included" nobody seemed to be drinking very much; noblesse oblige!
Staff must number somewhere between 50 and 80 (at a guess). Everything worked very smoothly, so some-one in back office is working very hard. Many thanks to Penny and Johnie for making this the most memorable resort stay of our lives. It'll be hard act to follow!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We are not surprised to read the wonderful comments preceding this 'post'
Kinondo is a lovely place; guests are eclectic ie interesting; rooms (at least ours!) are luxurious; beach and gardens superb; food, varied and delicious...it's rare to find such an oasis, and it is managed beautifully by two special people.
Sue and I would not hesitate to recommend it...GO!

Stayed: December 2012
Thank AmanJunkieToo
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Me and my boyfriend spent two amazing weeks at Kinondo. We got recommended by friends and it was the luckiest thing ever, I travel all the the time for work and this is easiest one of the top 5 hotels I have ever visited.

To keep it simple, this place is nothing but perfect. The staff, the beautiful surroundings, amazing food, great management (they helped us book an unforgettable safari trip) and great activities.

This place is surely a piece of heaven!

Thank you

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sperven
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We had the most amazing time here for our honeymoon! The management is so kind and warm and made such an effort to make our trip special. Every night they would arrange a different place for us to have dinner (which was always delicious), whether on the beach or high up on a terrace. One lunchtime, we even ate in a beached fishing boat, which was a fun novel experience. The service was fantastic with nothing being too much trouble. The rooms are elegant and unfussy and the common parts are very stylishly decorated with African ornaments. We enjoyed spending time in the outdoor and indoor living rooms (of which there are a few) playing chess, having drinks or reading books from their library. This is a really special place.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Tom A
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Address: Galu Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kinondo Kwetu 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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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