The Retreat by Heaven

Kigali, Kigali and central Rwanda, Rwanda

At a Glance

  • Intimate eco- friendly boutique hotel with only eleven rooms

  • Stretch out those muscles after a gorilla trek or long haul flight in a yoga class

  • Enjoy delicious locally sourced food in the popular on site restaurant

  • Refresh in the pool, or indulge in a selection of spa and massage treatments

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Rwanda can be visited at any time of year. There are two annual rainy seasons: the long rains which last from mid-February to the beginning of June, and the short rains from mid-September to mid-December. Rainfall, especially over the mountains, is heavy during these two periods, particularly from March to May.

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Insider's View

Make sure you save your shopping for beautiful local artefacts at the boutique at The Retreat Hotel which supports the local communities and all monies go to benefit them.

Make sure you arrive early to have a massage in their charming Spa Room before dinner on their beautiful pool terrace looking at the stars.

Do the banana wine and cooking course to get a taste of the delicious local flavours.

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The Retreat by Heaven is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Kigali with 11 rooms offering a haven in the city. The latest addition to the Heaven group, which includes the famed Kigali restaurant, The Retreat is seen as the place to stay in Kigali.

The Retreat by Heaven is Kigali's first entirely eco friendly solar powered resort with an emphasis on locally crafted furnishings and bold colour schemes which reflect Rwanda's vibrant culture.

This luxury boutique hotel situated in a leafy suburb of Kigali offers eleven air conditioned rooms of two different types; Superior King Suites and Deluxe King Rooms.  All room types have a private patio, indoor rain showers, and offer the option of interconnecting rooms. Superior King Suites are the more spacious of the two and offer an additional front terrace and an outside shower.

The Retreat hosts the popular Fusion Restaurant where you can enjoy locally sourced international and Rwandan flavours. The intimate resort also boasts a large outside swimming pool, a gym and a wellness centre offering spa services and yoga classes. The perfect "retreat" to unwind before or after your gorilla trekking adventure.



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Sian Frost (Staff)

A truly wonderful hotel in the heart of Kigali. One could easily spend a few days here as a cite, especially if you have a keen interest in food, culture or fashion. The owners create bespoke tours to fit completely with what interests you as a half or full day option. Although the hotel is in the middle of city you could easily mistake it for a dreamlike wellness retreat, with excellent food, wines, fitness classes and quiet surroundings. The owners are lovely and have a really interesting story of their time in Rwanda so make time to have a drink with them at the bar and find out more about this wonderful country.


Jules Maury (Staff)

The name says it all and this charming boutique hotel sits in a quiet residential district of Kigali minutes away from the main city attractions.  Founded by the owners Alissa and Josh who had a vision to create an oasis in the middle of a growing city whilst making a contribution to the local community, this is the perfect place to spend a day or two whilst exploring Kigali and all it has to offer.  They have designed every suite, the beautiful pool area and surrounding gardens, the fabulous poolside restaurant and bar and sitting under a full moon with the lights of Kigali twinkling in the distance was a real treat.  As was their food which is both creative and beautifully presented.  Soft beds and linens to fall into after reading a few chapters of their book - A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda which documents their journey and commitment to the local people.  You will find it difficult to tear yourself away from their incredible stories along with their charming hospitality.  Worth the cost.  There is also their famous restaurant Heaven for a second night which is always full of the locals and their friends.

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Kigali, Kigali and central Rwanda, Rwanda

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