An hour and a half south of bustling Mombasa, Kinondo Kwetu’s secluded position means that its beach and adjoining gardens are utterly private. After bathing in the sea, you can completely relax in the hotel’s grounds and two pools, beneath the shade of towering baobab and palm trees.
Kinondo Kwetu is the charming home of Ida and Filip Andersson, where Scandinavian contemporary design meets with traditional Kenyan arts and textiles. The name means ‘Our Home at Kinondo’ in Swahili, and there is a real sense of homeliness and true hospitality resonating throughout.
Activity seekers can enjoy watersports such as diving, kite surfing, deep sea fishing and paddle boarding. There is a hard tennis court, a spa and two pools, one of which is large enough to enable PADI training. You can ride one of the hotel’s three horses and do some traditional sailing on a dhow or outrigger. Local excursions include a guided walk through the extraordinary Kaya Kinondo sacred forest or a safari in the Shimba Hills Reserve which is just 45 minutes away.
The hotel caters for 38 guests in 16 rooms; seven suites in the central Mama Taa Villa and three cottages with en-suite double rooms, as well as a Beach House, which has two separate en-suite double rooms. Kinondo Kwetu is popular with families and friends as well as romantic couples and can be specially configured for larger groups. Kinondo Kwetu is a fabled chill-out destination that also offers lots to do – and you will never forget you are in Africa.