- Infinity pools
- Beautiful suites
- Not family-friendly
- Overlooking Indian Ocean
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.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019