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Kinondo Kwetu

Galu Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401 Kenya
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/07/27 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/07/27 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#10 of 38 hotels in Diani Beach
Kinondo Kwetu is often described as a ‘home away from home’ - a paradise for those wanting a more personal experience on the Kenyan coast. Located on a tranquil private Galu beach on the south coast of Kenya.An all-inclusive boutique hotel - with room for no more than 38 guests, you will always find your own private spot at Kinondo Kwetu, which makes it a very special hideaway for honeymooners. It is also the perfect place to gather family or friends for a private celebration or wedding. In addition to relaxing in the sun and swimming in the Indian Ocean, Kinondo Kwetu offers an impressive selection of exciting activities – ranging from watersports such as Kite Surfing, Kayaking, Deep sea fishing and Scuba Diving, to land activities such as Game Drives, Horse Riding and Yoga weeks.
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Free breakfast
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Tennis court
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Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Private beach
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Amanda E wrote a review Sep 2020
3 contributions
We came back to Kinondo Kwetu to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. The management had thoughtfully prepared a card and a little treat for us on arrival to celebrate the occasion. We stayed in Cottage 5 with a spectacular view of sunrise over the ocean from our bed and wonderful ocean breezes in a very comfortable and beautifully-decorated room. The resort looks as beautiful as ever, with a laid back luxury feel. All staff were very friendly and attentive but not at all overbearing. The COVID precautions felt very professional and responsible, but at the same time didn't ruin the experience. The resort is large and well laid out so we never felt too close to other guests. The food was delicious- very fresh and made creative use of the local ingredients and flavors. Three course dinner served on our own private balcony and a delicious made-to-order breakfast. We had a romantic walk along the deserted beach to look for shells at sunset, enjoyed massages by the sea cliff, an evening sauna and a beautiful morning lounging in the shade by the large pool. We're already looking forward to our next visit. It's such a special place and while we've enjoyed it with our kids in the past, it was also very nice to just be there as a couple. I highly recommend a visit to Kinondo Kwetu to families, couples or singles. There are a range of options for activities or for relaxing and you will feel pampered in just the right way. It's a unique place which manages to feel highly luxurious and casual at the same time.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Filip Andersson, Owner at Kinondo Kwetu
Responded 03 Sep 2020
Thank you so much for taking your time writing this review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. A review like this could not be more welcomed and a great boost to us and our team during these strange and testing times. We truly hope we get the pleasure of having you back here at Kinondo Kwetu in the near future. All the best to you from all of us at Kinondo Kwetu!
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Annette227913 wrote a review Feb 2020
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands14 contributions2 helpful votes
I was traveling alone and booked just a long weekend at the coast to be away from Nairobi. I had heard before of Kinondo Kwetu and was anxious to visit it myself. The positive reviews aren’t exaggerated. The lodge itself is a very relaxing place and very spacious. My first night I stayed in a room in the main building. The room was ok but the location was disappointing. I guess it’s the last room to be given out. Disappointing view and direct contact with bar area. The next day I luckily got an upgrade to a really nice cottage in which I felt very happy. Beautiful room, own veranda, and a nice view. The food is wonderful for as well lunch as dinner. They really must have a wonderful chef who is also very creative. They table setting is also very creative. Every day you are seated at a different table on a different spot. Can be inside, in the garden or on the beach. Anna the manager is a perfect host,the staff is very friendly and helpful and it is really the perfect place to relax , to read and to enjoy the beach and ocean. The beach itself is not as sandy as Diani and the coral makes it a bit hard to enter the ocean. For this reason they created a long cemented path into the ocean to give you easier access to the ocean. I had a wonderful horse-riding trip along the beach and through the ocean with a lovely guide named Peter. It was worth doing it. The only minus according to me are the prices which are charged for the various activities/ excursions. I think they are extremely overpriced. You think twice before doing it and some things ( transport)you can organise yourself much cheaper. Nevertheless , I had a wonderful stay and I think it’s worth to come back to.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
DayTrip593647 wrote a review Jan 2020
12 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a lovely time at Kinondo and the management were very helpful (booking things on our behalf etc) and generously upgraded us as it was our honeymoon. Kinondo Kwetu really is a haven from the crowded, slightly run down and touristy Diani and Galu beaches. The environment is stunning and spacious, and we never felt on top of other guests. The rooms are lovely, and the staff are incredibly friendly. The food is where the resort shines - it is extraordinary and some of the best we’ve eaten anywhere in the world. You’re moved to a different beautiful spot every meal and it’s genuinely heavenly. There’s a great outdoor gym, yoga area and sauna and in general a huge amount of care has been taken with the space - there’s water, towels and whatever else you might need everywhere you turn Cons - There were areas which we felt weren’t great value given the price of the hotel and the baseline cost of services in Kenya. The 15 minute shuttle from Ukunda is $50 USD each way: call Diani Taxis and they’ll do it for $15 before you even start haggling. Activities are fun, but again quite expensive for what you get - the 15 minute boat ride to a touristy sand island off Diani swarming with beach boys and glass-bottom boats will set you back 125 USD if you can’t find someone to split the trip with. Waterskiing is $25 pp every 10minutes. Nobody’s forcing you to do these though and the resort is a great place to forget about the outside world.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Jim H wrote a review Oct 2019
8 contributions4 helpful votes
Fantastic location on a quite part of the beach, lovely friendly staff who could not have been more helpful and great food. The villas are spacious and very well equipped and well laid out- we will definitely go back!
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Date of stay: October 2019
Toby & Kristy wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom10 contributions4 helpful votes
We spent the second half of our honeymoon at Kinondo, relaxing after our safari trip. It is an amazing place to escape to, the amenities are second to none (sauna, tennis court, 2 pools, a library full of paperbacks and board games) and the staff are super attentive without being overbearing. The food in particular is awesome - we'd never eaten so well (or so much!) - so special thanks to the chef and waiting staff. Vincent was our waiter most days/nights, and he was so charming and lovely, we felt very well cared for. Anna and the rest of the management team were very accomodating and were able to allow us to have late checkout given that the resort was not as busy in October, which was very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble for them, which made for a lovely honeymoon experience that we will never forget!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kinondo Kwetu
Which popular attractions are close to Kinondo Kwetu?
Nearby attractions include Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest (0.6 km) and Bora Bora Widlife Park (1.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kinondo Kwetu?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kinondo Kwetu?
Top room amenities include a desk, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Kinondo Kwetu?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kinondo Kwetu?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kinondo Kwetu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sails Beach Bar & Restaurant, Nomad Restaurant, and Colobus Shade.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kinondo Kwetu?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Kinondo Kwetu have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kinondo Kwetu offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Kinondo Kwetu have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.