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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

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!

    Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.

    Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.

    My boys swam in all pools!!!

    Weather better than we expected!

    Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?

    Best Nicola

    MissingNicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019

  • Hi Lisa

    We had an amazing holiday.

    Everything was fantastic.

    The transport wa spot on, great drivers, all on time, vans really comfortable and water supplied, a really nice way to travel, and you also get to hear all about the local area. Both companies were excellent.

    Virgin - was a brilliant airline, not sure why I haven't used them before, SO much better than BA.

    Rhino ridge was amazing from start to finish. We has a great female safari guide, who we got very fond of. The wildlife is more sparse but as its more challenging to find we enjoyed this, the surrounding are spectacular. Our guide had great knowledge of the birds. walking safari was excellent and highly recommend. The rooms were superb, very comfortable.

    Thonga beach lodge staff were brilliant, the whole place was amazing, the range of activities excellent and again out guides excellent. The food was wonderful. Again the bird guiding and general guiding was brilliant. We really enjoyed the cultural side of our visit, seeing the local communities and church etc. My only comment on thonga for future guests would be if they can afford it maybe to go for a lodge with a ocean view, our lodge was great , the childrens was quite cramped and low down with a very damp musty smell - not that they noticed it, but I think if people were expecting luxury they might not get what they wanted... saying that it was fantastic for us. The lodge staff were amazing and went out of their way for us.

    Oyster box was a phenomenal hotel and quite a shock to be back in the world after Thonga - but really worth the stay - we loved it, they Kindly gave us a room for the next day as we had a late flight.

    The whole experience was brilliant and really well organised- thank you. We ALL loved everything!

    On reflection:

    we loved having transport rather than driving, it meant we could relax , sleep and find out about the country from the driver.

    If we changed anything, I might spend a little less time at the beach and maybe take in another safari region also. We were repeatedly recommended the Phinda private game reserve (andBeyond) so maybe we would have spent a couple of nights there, in addition, local guides and the tour people said it would give good variety to the Rhino ridge.

    However we were 100% happy with what we did, we really look forward to our next safari !!!

    Best wishes

    Ali

    MissingAlison D reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 23 July 2019

  • Hi lisa,

    We arrived home last Sunday morning so we've been back for a week.

    Firstly, I would like to say thank you very much for the superb arrangements that you made which went like clockwork from start to finish.

    The term part of the trip went really well and we really enjoyed this. Our guide was really helpful and friendly as was our cook/ muleteer.
    We loved the first nights accommodation and the Riad Adore in Marrakech was amazing and one of the best hotel accommodation I've stayed in.Alex

    Mountain refuges were as expected.

    All arrangements by Tourdust were just perfect right up to the moment we were collected by our friendly taxi driver to take us to the airport on our return.

    I have passed Tourdust details on to several people both in Marrakech and since our return and I hope that these result in further bookings.

    Many thanks!

    Alex W

    MissingAlexander W reviewing Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 22 July 2019

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