Welcome to Kinondo Kwetu
Diani, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing a cottage on a full board basis including transfers.
At a Glance
Delicious, fresh food
Walk out far on the jetty at low tide
Stunning white sandy beach and turquoise seas
Climb up the viewing tower to watch the sun set
Try kitesurfing or enjoy the more relaxing snorkeling in the warm Indian Ocean waters
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Kinondo Kwetu is closed from the beginning of May till mid July. The rainy season on the Kenyan Coast is generally during May and June. So from July onward the weather is gradually getting hotter and dryer until March/April when it reaches the high 90's (over 40 degrees C). Christmas/New Year is generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely then with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. If you want clear seas for diving then make your trip after August/Sept.
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Kinondo Kwetu
With seven suites, three cottages and a beach house, Kinondo Kwetu is a small and intimate beach hideaway. Family-owned, the emphasis is on a home-away-from-home feel. It is a paradise for those wanting a more personal experience on the Kenyan coast.
Located on a tranquil private beach south of Diani on the southern Kenyan coast, Kinondo Kwetu is distanced from any residential neighbors by rocky cliffs and endless beach. The accommodation is surrounded by green shady gardens within a short distance of the white sands. Family-owned and run by Ida and Filip Andersson and their two children, a stay at Kinondo Kwetu is more like staying with friends in their delightful beach home than in a hotel.
Kinondo Kwetu can accommodate up to 38 guests in various cottage rooms and suites, all decorated in a typical Kenyan style, making the use of local traditional craftsmanship. The seven suites are contained in the Mama Taa Villa with four upstairs and three downstairs. Three are doubles while the other four have either a double, twin or single room as a second bedroom. All rooms are en-suite.
The three cottages are double rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The Mbuyu Cottage has a connecting single room while Beach House comprises two separate en-suite double bedrooms, one above the other.
The variety of suites, standalone cottages and family cottages mean Kinondo Kwetu caters well to couples, honeymooners and families and there are plenty of areas to relax in peace and quiet. In keeping with its barefoot character, not all rooms are air conditoned, if this is an important factor please discuss this with your consultant.
In addition to relaxing in the sun and swimming in the Indian Ocean, Kinondo Kwetu offers an impressive selection of exciting activities ranging from snorkeling to deep-sea fishing, horse riding and yoga. There is one very large and one smaller outdoor pool, a tennis court and also an exercise area. Massage and beauty treatments are offered and there is also a wood-fired sauna.
The resort sits right in the beautiful white sandy beach, which is tidal, like much of the east African coastline.
Kinondo Kwetu offers a range of rooms and suites providing an option for everyone from families to couples. Every suite and cottage has an individual character; decorated in a traditional Swahili style. All rooms have expansive king size or comfortable twin beds draped with mosquito nets and some have air conditioning. Most rooms have sea views and none are further than 30 meters from the beach.
Mama Taa villa has eight suites, four upstairs and four downstairs. In particular Borelius suite is great for families, connecting to a large ensuite twin or triple room.
There are five individual cottages, three double cottages, one double cottage with a connecting single bedroom, and the beach house which is a double story cottage with an upstairs ensuite double bedroom and a downstairs double ensuite with connecting single bedroom.
Mama Tina Villa has one double bedroom and two single rooms with a shared bathroom.
|Main House Double Room||
Double, air conditioned room with en-suite bathroom.
|Main House Single Room||
Two single rooms that interconnect through a shared bathroom. The rooms have separate entrances.
|Cottages 1, 2 and 3||
Large double rooms with an en-suite bathroom, sea views and a private verandah.
Double room connecting to a single room with separate entrances. There is a shared bathroom and verandah and beautiful sea views. An extra bed can be added to the single room upon request.
Family cottage over two floors. On the ground floor there is a double bedroom and a single bedroom (an extra bed can be included upon request). Both rooms have their own bathrooms. Upstairs there is a double room with a private balcony and en-suite bathroom.
|Mamataa Villa family room||
Three family rooms are double rooms connecting to a twin room and one of the doubles connects to a single room. Both rooms all have separate en-suite bathrooms and either sea or garden views.
The Andersson Suite has one large double room and en-suite bathroom and is air conditioned. There is a private balcony with sea views.
The Borelius Suite has one large family living room, a double room and one twin room which can also have an extra bed included upon request. Both rooms have separate en-suite bathrooms and are air conditioned.
Children of all ages are very much welcome at Kinondo Kwetu and babysitting can easily be arranged where necessary. Baby cots, baths, bottle warmers and extra beds are all available on request and a baby car seat is avaiable for children up to 3 years. The owners Ida and Filip have brought their children up here, and are very accommodating to children of all ages.
Kinondo Kwetu has two swimming pools, one very large and one smaller. There is a tennis court on site for guests to use and also a sauna for those who want a bit of rejuvenation. If you feel like indulging in a bit of pampering, massages and beauty treatment can be arranged.
From Kinondo Kwetu there are plenty of water sport activities like water skiing, wake boarding, sailing, canoeing, boat excursions, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing. They specialize in scuba-diving and cater for complete beginners to the highly experienced. It is also possible to arrange horse riding, mountain biking or a day trip to Shimba Hills. You can also visit the sacred Kaya forest, home to beautiful trees, monkeys and fascinating birdlife, as well as learning about the spiritual rituals carried out here by the local communities. Guests can also enjoy cultural visits to the local village and community work that the lodge does. All the activities are with the experienced, trained staff from the hotel.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
Following a few exciting and very busy days in the Maasai Mara, Kinondo Kwetu came as a more than welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of safari. A direct flight into Ukunda, followed by a short drive to this welcoming lodge, and the shoes were off, fresh fruit punch in hand and Indian Ocean lapping at the feet. Bliss! Kinondo Kwetu is about 20 minutes south of Diani and as you move away from the coastal town the vegetation gets thicker and the signposts of the larger resorts disappear. There are no signposts here, just a discreet wooden gate set in a coral brick wall. This epitomizes Kinondo Kwetu, it is discreet, private and away from it all. The owners, Ida and Filip Andersson, moved from their native Sweden eight years ago, they planned to stay a year, but quickly fell in love with Kinondo, and have since married and have two young children. Their welcome is warm and their enthusiasm for this special corner of the Kenyan coast is infectious.
The property is bordered by thick coastal forest on either side, and the beach is as close to private as you can get in Kenya, with no risk of the constant annoyance of beach boys peddling their wares as on other stretches of this coastline. The Indian Ocean here is tidal, but a jetty and floating pontoon ensures swimming can be enjoyed at all times of the day.
Ida and Filip have created an oasis where honeymooners can be as comfortable as families. There are more than enough accommodation combinations and the grounds of the property are large enough, with strategically places sun traps, for everyone staying to enjoy themselves undisturbed.
One of the great attractions of Kinondo Kwetu is the range of activities on offer: there are specialized diving and sea fishing boats, an inhouse PADI dive master, paddle boards, kayaks, windsurfers, snorkel equipment, even a floodlit tennis court, and, to top it off, a stables offering the only beach riding along this section of the coast. Trips to the Shimba Hills Game Reserve (for those who haven't got their fix in the Mara) and nearby beaches are easily organized with Kinondo's own vehicles, air conditioned 4x4s or an open safari vehicle.
The food's great too!
Mr Charlie Gardner (Guest)
Kinondo Kwetu was wonderful. The place had so much charm and beautiful African style and our Honeymoon Suite was stunning. It bizarrely turned out we have mutual old friends with Penny and Johnny who were managing the property along with Ida and Philip. All of them were lovely and again - the staff couldn't have been more delightful. Special mentions go to Rose, Dixon, Ruben, Albert, Lucas and Henry amongst others.
The place was brilliantly run, the food was excellent and there were great imaginative touches like locating you in different lovely spots for dinner (including at the top of the water tower - our favorite!).
Location & directions
Diani, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
Kinondo Kwetu is a small private hideaway situated on Galu Beach in the south coast of Kenya, with views across the Indian Ocean.
How to get there
Flights to Mombasa via Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), take 11-hours 30-minutes. From Mombasa, Kinondo Kwetu is a 1-hour 30-minute drive by road or a private charter can be arranged to fly you directly to Ukunda airstrip which is only 10-minutes from the hotel.