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Kilindi Zanzibar

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

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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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  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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