Fodor's Expert Review Kinondo Kwetu

Diani Beach Rd., Kinondo, Kwale, Kenya

Owned by a Swedish family, the delightful Kinondo Kwetu was built in an idyllic location in a section of sacred forest on Galu Beach. Tribal elders advised on the layout so that the most important trees—ancient baobabs included—were preserved, adding a certain spirituality to this exclusive and spacious retreat. It has an excellent reputation for wellness, with a Finnish sauna, spa treatments, yoga platform, and a special meditation site on a nearby cliff. Diving, dhow sailing trips, and horse riding are also available. The suites in the main house, and cottages and two-bedroom Beach House, either face the sea or one of the two swimming pools, and while decor is contemporary it's accented with traditional Kenyan artifacts and textiles. All around the property—along the beach and in alcoves in the extensive gardens—you'll find daybeds and loungers inviting you to soak up the serene atmosphere.

PROS

  • Dinner is served in a variety of romantically secluded locations
  • There's a good choice of activities
  • Very professional and welcoming staff

CONS

  • The beach is only swimmable at high tide
  • No children under five
  • Wi-Fi only in reception

QUICK FACTS

Resort
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0710-898--030

HOTEL DETAILS

11 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Closed May–June

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