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Kilindi Zanzibar

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Infinity pools
- Beautiful suites
- Not family-friendly
- Overlooking Indian Ocean

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Overview

This is luxury at its simplest. Spread across tropical gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean, Kilindi Zanzibar finds a great balance between intimacy and openness with white-domed Pavilion guest rooms, private butlers, and an alfresco approach to living. Attractive primarily for adult couples wishing to share their relaxing privacy with the nature that surrounds them and not suitable for families with young children.

Kilindi Zanzibar rests on 35-acres of tropical gardens. It was originally built for ABBA's Benny Andersson, hence the Scandinavian minimalism that is infused with Islamic architecture and the African embrace of nature that defines the uniqueness of the resort’s experience.

Outside the main pavilion floats a 25-metre infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. This is surrounded by a powder-white secluded beachfront on which guests may dine. The island of Zanzibar is drenched in a history centred on trade in spice, from nutmeg to cinnamon and saffron, with the Middle East, China, and Europe. Guests can still see this history today when dhows sail past their abodes.

13 domed pavilion suites constitute the resort’s guest accommodation. All suites have their own private plunge pool and ‘rainfall’ shower rooms that are designed to bring guests closer to nature. The most attractive aspect of the guest rooms is the view on offer—the ocean during the day is breath-taking, and can be seen whilst lounging on the suite’s private sun terrace.

Kilindi Zanzibar helps to arrange water-based activities for guests, such as deep-sea fishing, scuba-diving and snorkelling, jet and water skiing, fly fishing, and banana boating. Guests can also relax on catamaran and sunset dhow cruises, or go Kizimkazi dolphin spotting. On land, guests can visit the nearby Jozani Forest, home to animals exclusive to the region such as the Red Colobus monkey and Zanzibar servaline genet, visit nearby Stone Town, and tour the island’s famous spice farms.

The resort is predominantly adult-only, and guests must be a minimum of 16 years of age. A two-bedroom pavilion is available, and consists of one double and one twin pavilion bedroom each with spectacular views and a private plunge pool, and features a private garden as well as a private Day Pavilion. It is the only accommodation suitable for families. Family groups must book out the resort exclusively.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
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    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
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    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
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    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
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    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
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    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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