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Children on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Children on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Sofas and Bar
Double Room Cottage Pool
Children on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Children on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Mama Taa Twin Room
Cooking at Kinondo Kwetu
Cooking at Kinondo Kwetu
Kinondo Kwetu from the Water Tower Lounge
Kids Diving At Kisite Marine Park
Fruit Platter at Kinondo Kwetu
Fruit Platter at Kinondo Kwetu
Boy on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Boy on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Cottage Interior
Boreilus Room Master at Kinondo Kwetu
Boreilus Room Master at Kinondo Kwetu
Double Room Cottage Veranda
Relaxing area at Kinondo Kwetu
Relaxing area at Kinondo Kwetu
Beach Sofa+
Cottage exterior at Kinondo Kwetu
Cottage exterior at Kinondo Kwetu
Beach Beds

Kinondo Kwetu

Described as a ‘Home Away from Home’ (Kinondo Kwetu means ‘Our Home at Kinondo’ in Swahili), this small, charming all-inclusive hideaway on the Kenya Coast is set on the powder white sands of quiet Galu Beach at the far southern end of Diani.

The rustic chic Scandinavian design reflects the style of the Swedish owners, Ida and Filip Andersson (Filip is related to Baron Blixen of ‘Out of Africa’ fame). Filip and Ida visited the coast in 2004 and decided to stay! Being family owned and run, the service is warm and genuine, whilst the beach is pristine and the water is clear and turquoise.

Group dining on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Cottage views from Kinondo Kwetu
Lounging on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Coconuts on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu
Lunch on the beach boat at Kinondo Kwetu
Beach fun at Kinondo Kwetu
Star bed on the beach at Kinondo Kwetu

PLAY

Health and wellbeing is a big thing here. Exclusive yoga weeks are held several times a year and the fresh cuisine suits a detox or revitalising escape. There’s also tennis, horse riding (Kinondo Kwetu has its own stables), two swimming pools and a host of watersports including kite surfing, water skiing, wind surfing, sailing, canoeing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving (there are some incredible dive spots just a short distance away by boat). The best time for diving is between September and March when the winds are favourable. Riders can canter along the beach or through the protected Kaya forest close-by. And for those who haven’t been on safari – you’re bound to make an acquaintance with the colobus monkeys or you can see elephants and antelope on a trip to the Shimba Hills!

SLEEP

Accommodation is provided in a series of five characterful Cottages, two of which can accommodate families in various interconnecting configurations. There are also eight Suites (four upstairs and four downstairs) in the Mama Taa Villa and several of these interconnect for families. This Villa can also be booked for exclusive use. The Main House, known as the Mama Tina Villa, has a few rooms, better suited to singles or children. Kinondo Kwetu is just a 20 minute drive from Ukunda airport so it’s perfect for a post-safari wind down! 

Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.

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Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.