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Kinondo Kwetu
Ranked #15 of 29 Hotels in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 29, 2013

I went to this hotel with my wife to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We had heard a lot of positive things about this place and it turns out that all of them were true. The location is wonderfully beautiful, the food is delicious, the service perfect, the sea right in front of you. An oasis of tranquility with lots of activities if you want them. We went for a full-moon horse-ride on the beach one night which is exceptional.
Whoever is looking for some beautifully relaxed days on the Kenyan coast. This place I can only recommend highly.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The owners of Kinondo Kwetu have created an incredibly beautiful place, I could have spent all day just looking at the fabrics, pictures and pieces of art. The main house - where you can take breakfast - opens gracefully onto the gardens, and the guest cottages are gorgeous. Beautiful linens and great little touches, like always adding drinking water without having to ask. The large pool is great for lengths and floating around. So often pools are too small. Not this one. Staff are extremely helpful, perfect balance of attentiveness without being overbearing. Highly recommend.

Room Tip: I didn't look at all the rooms, but spoke to other guests who were all happy.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Kinondo Kwetu is heaven. it was the final stop on a four country trip - Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya -with my adult son. I balked a little at first when I saw the prices, but as it was highly recommended by my fabulous travel agent, I decided to go for it. And thank God I did. This is a beautiful, tasteful, fun, quiet spot that is a perfect place to escape and relax. Managers Johnnie and Penny are a charming young couple who make running a hotel look like a piece of cake. They could not be more helpful or friendly - or efficient! Staff cooperative, warm yet discreet. The setting is gorgeous, and the rooms are beautifully decorated with local crafts and furniture. There are many nooks and crannies to hide away in or lots of activities - horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking etc. - if that's your preference. The food is yummy, served daily in a different place - the beach, the boathouse, on the shady lawn. You name it, they've thought of it. If you're looking for the perfect place, look no more. You have found it at Kinondo Kwetu.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank naomi l
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Didn't quite know what to expect travelling through rural Kenya, astounded to find this artsy, exquisite well spread set of beautiful and spacious villas. The beach and pool are fantastic, food served on different locations including on the water tower high up, was great. Staff very warm and helpful. Were extremely sad to leave Johnny and Penny, the managers of this Swedish hotel, but we will hopefully be returning during our next African trip.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank GeralGB
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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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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.

Room Tip: ask the hut by the small pool makes it seem like its your own!
  • 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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Additional Information about Kinondo Kwetu

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:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Diani Beach
Price Range: $491 - $988 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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