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Kinondo Kwetu

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9/10

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Highlights

- Tranquil, oceanfront setting
- Spacious and flexible accommodation
- Wide variety of activities

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Overview

Kinondo Kwetu is a family owned and run, all-inclusive resort situated on Galu Beach, on the south coast of Kenya. Approximately two hours’ drive from Mombasa airport and 15 minutes from the local Ukunda airstrip, the property occupies a tranquil location overlooking a secluded white sand beach, with splendid views of the Indian Ocean.

Set within extensive, peaceful gardens, the main house features dark wooden beams and white walls decorated with African art and Moorish lanterns. Guest areas comprise an airy and spacious central lounge, bar and dining area. Outside is a generous shaded terrace with comfortable sofas. There is a very large swimming pool with loungers, plus a smaller plunge pool, a tennis court, sauna and spa.

Mealtimes are relaxed, with friendly, efficient service at individual tables. Locally sourced cuisine is served either indoors or outdoors, on the thatched terrace, within the gardens or on the beach. Private dining can be accommodated.

An impressive range of activities is offered, including snorkelling and boating excursions, catamaran sailing (previous sailing experience required), kite and windsurfing, kayaking, and deep sea fishing. Scuba diving sessions with an onsite PADI instructor are available for both beginners and experienced divers. Land based activities include horse-riding, tennis, skateboarding, and golf. Excursions include game drives to Shimba Hills National Park, famed for its elephant population, plus nature walks, and cultural visits. Private yoga and aerobics sessions, massages and beauty treatments can be arranged.

The resort accommodates up to 38 guests in a variety of well-appointed rooms and suites. The main house sleeps up to four guests in one double room with ensuite bathroom, plus two single rooms with a shared bathroom. A second, spacious, villa comprises eight suites, each sleeping between two and five guests. There are five additional cottages in the grounds, all with private veranda and sea views, each accommodating between two and five guests. All units come with washbasins and shower or bath, plus mosquito nets, and air conditioning or ceiling fan.

Children are extremely welcome at Kinondo Kwetu. A dedicated family villa is available with two double bedrooms and an ensuite single room. The largest villa, Mama Taa, has four family suites, each comprising a double room with an interconnecting twin bedroom. Babysitting services can be arranged.

With its peaceful, beachfront location, excellent, discreet service and variety of activities, Kinondo Kwetu offers a luxurious stay in idyllic surroundings. The variety and flexibility of accommodation makes it a good option for couples, as well as families and larger group gatherings.

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Average Rating

based on 532 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • Dear Lisa, We are now back home and had a fantastic time. All the arrangements went seamlessly, transport and hotels were great. Laikipia was amazing, a very personal experience and they did all they could to accommodate everything we wanted to do. The river location was fantastic and ideal for the children as they got to swim in it. It is somewhere we would all like to return to. There might not have been the numbers that you get on the Masai Mara however we got to see lions with cubs, two black leopards, a golden leopard and the wild dogs as well as a huge number of other animals and birds. Thank you for suggesting to stay for 4 nights, it was just the right amount of time. The tamarin Hotel was a good choice as we were able to eat at the Carnivore restaurant which was an experience. Mauritius was lovely and relaxing, just what we needed after a very active time in Laikipia. Accommodation and service was great. Weather was good for most of the time, a few showers over the last couple of days. Thank you once again for organising it all. Sally

    MissingSally M reviewing Laikipia Wilderness and Plains on 11 August 2023

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

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