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Kinondo Kwetu
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Reviewed 25 December 2012

Me and my boyfriend spent two amazing weeks at Kinondo. We got recommended by friends and it was the luckiest thing ever, I travel all the the time for work and this is easiest one of the top 5 hotels I have ever visited.

To keep it simple, this place is nothing but perfect. The staff, the beautiful surroundings, amazing food, great management (they helped us book an unforgettable safari trip) and great activities.

This place is surely a piece of heaven!

Thank you

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sperven
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

We had the most amazing time here for our honeymoon! The management is so kind and warm and made such an effort to make our trip special. Every night they would arrange a different place for us to have dinner (which was always delicious), whether on the beach or high up on a terrace. One lunchtime, we even ate in a beached fishing boat, which was a fun novel experience. The service was fantastic with nothing being too much trouble. The rooms are elegant and unfussy and the common parts are very stylishly decorated with African ornaments. We enjoyed spending time in the outdoor and indoor living rooms (of which there are a few) playing chess, having drinks or reading books from their library. This is a really special place.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tom A
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

went with as a family, 3 kids ( 6, 3 and 5 months) and a the best time ever. great food, very children friendly, but also perfect for couples. very flexible, trying to meet all our needs. rooms are so nicely furnished. just by the beach and the pool, with limited numbers of guest we did not have to walk and kids could go as they liked. beach and pool toys for the kids ( don't have to bring bags of stuff each time we go by the pool.... food was available all day long and at top quality they manage to make the place of paradise both for honeymooners and family well done, keep on going.

Room Tip: with children best is to ask a room at the ground level
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank cecilebe
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

After 8 days on safari in Amboseli and then the Mara, we were so looking forward to the beach sector of our vacation but Kinondo Kwetu far and away exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this hotel and resort as it has the perfect location, stunning accommodation, amazing grounds, beach, gardens, pools, food (oh the food yum!). The Swedish owners Ida and Philip, together with their super team could not be more friendly and welcomed us into their 'family'. We especially like the fact that they employ local staff who one by one were proud to tell us us how much they love and appreciate their jobs from the very talented diving instructor, Hamas?, to the 2 wonderful ladies, Ngeri and Pauline, who give the best massages in the world, to Dixon, Ben, Bob, Lucas, Henry, Albert (to mention but a few of the fine waiters), to Sebastian who tidied our rooms each day perfectly and to the 90+ other members of staff who daily keep the guest happy and the place immaculate. KK is a very special place. The other great reviews don't lie. Take our advice - you must visit this place at least once in your life.

Room Tip: all excellent rooms and locations.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

My husband and I spent five nights at Kinondo Kwetu as part of a first wedding anniversary trip after a few days on safari - we really can't recommend this hotel highly enough! It is a stunningly beautiful private home that has been extended to become an intimate hotel - it is all traditional whitewashed buildings with palm thatched roofs and lovely mahogany beams and packed full of fabulous African statues, masks and primitives. Shutters are thrown open during the day onto wide , shady verandahs and in the evenings your room is lit up, the mosquito nets drawn and the bed turned down as if by magic. Then you have to decide which of the several help-yourself bars to have your evening gin and tonic at - it's tough! The estate is set amongst lush tropical gardens full of rustling palms and frangipani trees that are beautifully kept by the groundsmen. The trees around the large swimming pool are alive with very sweet colobus monkeys and a handsome hornbill, all of which you can watch from shaded day beds. The gardens lead down to a deserted stretch of private beach with calm aquamarine water and the ever present sound of surf breaking on the offshore reef. All sorts of activities can be arranged, from snorkelling and scuba diving to horse riding on the beach and yoga.

The Swedish owners, Ida and Filip, are super friendly and treat you like their personal house guests and Penny and Johnny, the British couple who run everything day to day, could not be more friendly, welcoming and good company when you're having a sundowner at the bar.

What also really makes Kinondo Kwetu special is its wonderful local staff, who are utterly charming in the most effortless way. Special mentions go to Rose, Dixon, Ruben, Lucas, Henry and Albert, but they were all fantastic and made us feel so welcome. Pauline and Ngeri give super relaxing, de-knotting massages in a little pavilion on a cliff overlooking the ocean, where there is also a space for taking yoga or other workout classes or you can just go and do your own workout - mats and free weights are there to help yourself to. Everyone's attitude was just so chilled out - nothing was ever too much trouble.

Which brings us to the food... We really loved it. Loads of fresh fish, prawns, chicken and cashew stir fry and coconut ice cream served in coconut shells were firm favourites and grilled lobster with garlic butter sauce knocked it out of the park. There is a set 3-course menu for lunch and dinner (except for a buffet on 'Curry Sundays') but if you want something different the chefs are only too happy to oblige - we asked to have lobster again on our last night as it was such a treat. A really clever and imaginative touch was that you never have dinner in the same spot twice; we had oil lamp lit dinners on the verandah of the main house, with Billy Holiday classics playing softly in the background, in the gardens by the beach, on the balcony outside our room and - best of all - at the top of the water tower, gazing out at the stars. VERY romantic, especially for honeymooners.

Overall this is just such a lovely place to relax and re-charge and we'd love to go back. Thank you to everyone at Kinondo Kwetu for a magical time! We're missing it loads!

Charlie and Charlie x

Room Tip: We didn't think to ask to see any of the other rooms (too blissed out i guess) but we were lucky enough to have the honeymoon suite, which was so spacious and beautiful, with a giant four-poster bed and a bath with a sea view across the gardens - we felt so spoilt to be in it!
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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