Zanzibar Coast, Tanzania
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights based on two sharing in a luxury pavilion on a fully inclusive basis, includes transfers.
At a Glance
Stunning and unique accommodation
Private plunge pools
Personal butler for every suite
Four poster beach beds
Best time to Visit
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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
Located on the northwest coast of Zanzibar the very private Kilindi brings some real style to the island. This boutique hotel offers fantastic accommodation in 15 Omani-style villas on 500m of beautiful private beach.
Set in 35 acres of tropical gardens overlooking the sea, Kilindi's imaginatively designed villas offer unique and extremely stylish accommodation on Zanzibar's main island, Unguja. There is 500m of private beach front on a sweeping bay 1km from the nearest hotel and one hour from Stone Town.
The hotel commands breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, traditional wooden dhows and Tumbatu Island can be seen across the sandy beach and from the T-shaped, 24 meter infinity swimming pool. The main building is open at the front through archways to a terrace overlooking the beach. There is a spacious bar with a waterfall feature and an indoor/outdoor dining area.
Each domed residence offers guests a serious amount of space including a small courtyard garden, two plunge pools, outdoor daybed, huge wet room and, of course, a beautiful bedroom with floor-length shutters opening onto a stunning tropical view.
The highly-experienced restaurant team are on hand to create delicious fresh meals from locally caught fish and produce and guests are encouraged to venture down to the bar for pre-dinner cocktails.
If you can tear yourself away from your room there is a main pool to enjoy and even a mini-cinema. Otherwise, recline on your daybed and watch the fishermen's dhows glide serenely by. There is also the Kilindi Spa tucked quietly away in a peaceful corner of the tropical gardens and offering a range of treatments in a serene setting.
The hotel prides itself on being 'logically eco' by practising rainwater harvesting, using solar energy, it has a water treatment & recycling plant and also an organic market garden with seasonal produce being used in all the delicious cuisine. The hotel runs profit-sharing initiatives with local community partners to support the locals as much as possible.
The stylish accommodation at Kilindi is in 15-domed Pavilion Suites each with cascading waterfall pools, magnificent ocean views and butler service. These uniquely designed rooms have a domed bed chamber with stained glass skylight and a spacious wet room with a rainfall shower. They are all set amongst lush tropical gardens and have their own day pavilion and sun terrace with lounge furniture. Each stunning villa has two private plunge pools that are linked by water features and a waterfall. All rooms also have an air con system.
There is also a two bedroom pavilion consisting of two adjoining Pavilion Suites, on double and one twin with a shared en suite Pavilion shower room.
There are 13 spilt-level domed pavillions each one is individual in design but all are very spacious with en-suite bathrooms and are set in private gardens with a plunge pool.
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There are 2 spilt-level domed pavillions both individual in design but very spacious family rooms which sleep up to four. The rooms are en-suite and are set in private gardens with a plunge pool.
Although there are not specific childcare facilities available, children are most welcome to come and stay at Kilindi where menus and meal times can easily be tailored to suit the younger guests. Babysitting can also be arranged for those that require it.
Kilindi boasts a fine dining room with a lovely alfresco terrace and spacious public sitting area just near to the stylish bar area. There is also a great deck area surrounding the 25m infinity pool. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage and other treatments in the spa or a film in the mini-cinema. If needed all guests can obtain internet access.
Activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, jet skiing, water skiing, banana boating, knee boarding, ringos, fly fishing, sailing, dhow cruises, spice tours and Jozani Forest and Stone Town tours can all be arranged. There is a spa on site so guests can relax with a range of treatments or if feeling more energetic there is a gym nearby which guests can use. The hotel can also arrange trips to do some Kizimakazi dolphin spotting.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
Kilindi feels like a secret as you enter - the main reception area has incredible views down to the coast and then you are ushered down the steps, on paths which wind their way down and through beautifully manicured gardens dotted with flowers. The rooms here are totally and utterly secluded meaning the lodge is perfect for honeymooners or guest who don't wish to see another soul - it's completely private.
The rooms themselves, reached by long paths and hidden behind traditional Zanzibari doors, are quirkily designed and each is breathtaking. Huge high domed bedrooms with gigantic beds, linked by stairs and walkways to a wide decked area, and a separate (and very open!) bathroom) curve round the main plunge pool. Each room is differently designed and each has little touches - light up steps in the evening, and some rooms even have a second, smaller plunge pool on the bedroom balcony! It's utterly quirky, very refreshing, and like nothing else you will find in Zanzibar - organic, curving, pale cream walls and incredible views in every direction - it gives a very calming and cooling feel to the lodge even in Zanzibar's heat. Each villa - unsurprisingly - comes with its own private butler to tend to your every need.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from your room then the main area is also beautiful, with a long bar (complete with water feature which glistens in the sunlight), and a deck leading to the main swimming pool - easily big enough to swim laps, surrounded by sun loungers - and the perfect place from which to view the sunset. Upstairs is a terrace lounge where real coffees are served from the lodge's cappucino machine (delicous - we came back for a second!)
There is also a cool and airy spa, offering treatments such as massage, pedicure and manicure, and for honeymooners, a double massage.
Kilindi is quite unique on Zanzibar, and just perfect for couples or those wishing to truly get away from it all.
Camilla Whitworth (Staff)
If you are looking for somewhere totally unique then look no further. As soon as I arrived I knew this was somewhere special. Each suite is located behind giant wooden Zanzibari doors so 100% private. The structures I felt were like mini castle turrets which are totally open aside from huge wooden shutters in the windows. Outside one window is a small plunge pool which flows down to another at ground level, beside which are two white sun loungers. For me this gave the place a very exclusive feel, and having breakfast delivered to my outdoor seating area was a real treat. Some choose to spend their entire time at their suite, but I think this is a bit of shame as the hotel has such other lovely areas...the main pool is huge surrounded by decking and day beds, the beach is found down a winding path where they have 4 poster day beds with billowing white drapes and they are soon building a beach bar. Before dinner I went to the stylish bar for a drink and had some really tasty canapes, and then had dinner beside the pool under the stars. This hotel is for those who are happy doing very little (as well as for those who don't want to see another guest!) but also for those who are happy with accommodation having a very open feel - your bathroom is located outside the bedroom and has no windows or doors and although no one can see in monkeys are known to make a visit! Kilindi is a real favorite of mine and somewhere I would highly recommend.
Best for beachside beauty
Overlooking a stunning beach and turquoise waters, Kilindi is a picture perfect getaway resort in Northern Zanzibar. At this African spa guests stay in the 15 pavilions with their large domed roofs providing both shade and privacy. Floor-length shutters open out onto views of the sea, lush tropical gardens and rainwater pools. The uShawari spa, staffed by East African therapists, features a hammam suite within a walled garden in which to enjoy post-treatment champagne. The Swahili carvings and whitewashed walls give the spa a traditional feel.
Not since the last sultan's palace has there been anything so stylish on this fabled east African isle. The designers have created a landscape of whitewashed domes and arches that seem to mushroom up organically from the forested folds of Zanzibar's north shore. Kilindi is generous with space: Fifteen pavilions are set on 52 lush acres with 1,640 feet of beachfront. Each hideaway is a maze of split levels and staircases latticed by a waterfall and two plunge pools (which double as an ecologically smart plumbing system). The breezy rooms are cooled by the trade winds (instead of air-conditioning), and the decor is uncluttered: handwoven baskets, a few seashells, and the odd cotton kikoy throw. By night, the scene softens with storm lanterns lit by Masai warriors, who also patrol the premises. The hitch is the beach, which is used primarily by local fishermen and thus can be pungent. Better to laze by the T-shaped infinity pool and watch the dhows sail out while sipping top-notch cocktails from a bar that's easily one of the best on the Swahili coast. The kitchen serves up yellowfin sashimi, octopus masala, and just about anything you fancy: When I found a plump mango that had fallen off a tree, the chef chopped it into my crab salad.
A dhow trip on the coast of Zanzibar
Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar, is the best way to view the island's coastline. Sailing in the late evening to watch the sun set is the best time of day and is wonderfully romantic.
A historic walk through Stone Town
Visit Zanzibar Towns old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.
Beach Bars in Kendwa
In the lively bars in Kendwa, northern Zanzibar, enjoy local cocktails and watch the sunset as a mix of traditional African and reggae music plays.
Diving in Zanzibar
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar, or take a trip to its neighboring island of Pemba.
Explore Jozani Forest
Escape the beach for an afternoon by visiting Jozani Forest in the center of Zanzibar, home to the endemic and rare Kirk's colobus monkeys.
Shopping in Stone Town
Stone Town, Zanzibar Town's old quarter, has an abundance of local shops selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, and jewelry. Spend a whole day wondering through the narrow streets and pick up some truly unique finds.
With the Spice Islands named as they are you cannot visit this particular part of the world and not delve into its history by taking a Spice Tour on the island.
Location & directions
Zanzibar Coast, Tanzania
Kilindi Resort Zanzibar is located on the northeast coast of Zanzibar, just south of Kendwa, less than an hour's drive from Zanzibar airport and the Stone Town.
How to get there
8.5 hour international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and then a short flight to Zanzibar. Kilindi is less than an hour's drive from the airport.