My wife and I visited Kinasi Lodge in October 2013 and it was fantastic - better than expected. The staff was incredible, the service personnel very friendly and the management (Andreas) went out of their way to ensure we had an excellent stay while on Mafia Island.
Food - I cant say enough, incredibly fresh and looked forward to eating every day. It was like having a home cooked meal. The seafood was fresh caught and everything else was fresh too.
Grounds - the entire setup was great, our villa had a spectacular ocean view, great hammock to relax/read, the pool was excellent, bars and lounge area perfect with great views as well.
Services - the dive center and manager Duly were fantastic, the $35 snorkeling excursions worth every cent out in Chole Bay! There are kayaks available for free which I used to kayak to Chole Island and back and there is a $15 boat excursion to Kua Island to see the ruins and the 'Blue Lagoon' which is a MUST SEE as the channel on the way is just amazing. The entire staff is very friendly/helpful as well.
Excursions - WHALE SHARKS!!! A MUST do! We went out twice, the first time we didn't see anything, we had went with the hotel recommend group (South African company) for $100/each. The second time we went with a local company/guide for $40/each and it was amazing! We got the chance to snorkel with Humpback whales, go chill at a beautiful sandbar and we spotted our first Whale Shark! The guide was very respectful not to harass it and we had several chances to snorkel next to it/above it .... simply amazing! Go with the local guide, its cheaper and I believe they have more connections/knowledge on where to find the sharks.
Overall, Kinasi lodge was spectacular, I would visit again for sure. Mafia Island in general is a very relaxed place far off the beaten path, so be prepared to chill for a few days; but there is plenty to do. Highly recommend Kinasi and highly recommend Mafia Island!
Ben & Meher .... October 2013
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kinasi Lodge is a boutique hotel on Mafia Island, approximately 100 km south of Dar es Salaam. A short ride across the island from the airport and the main town of Kilindoni, the lodge overlooks Chole Bay in Mafia Island Marine Park. This intimate and lovely resort, situated in an old cashew and coconut plantation, provides a luxury stay amidst stylish décor and magnificent natural surroundings of the protected marine park. The swimming pool is surrounded by verdant gardens with sunbeds and alfresco lunchtime seating on the pool terrace. To add refinement there is a wine cellar with a signature wine list and an outdoor pergola cocktail bar, a spa with expert Thai personnel providing aromatherapy, Thai massage and hydrotherapy and a host of leisure time options for those after-work periods. Everything about this elegant hotel - from design and furnishing to our food & beverage and staff service - is done with a passion for perfection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kinasi Hotel Mafia Island