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is located in the Kinondo and Gazi
area of the South Coast
Travelling south from the busy Diani Beach area, the level of tourist development falls away sharply and the beaches of the Kinondo Peninsular feel blissfully remote by comparison, just a gorgeous stretch of white sand, backed by dirt tracks through pleasant traditional villages. The plots along the back of the beach are mostly empty, with a few containing the holiday homes of up-country Kenyans and just a couple with small and upmarket beach lodges.
Situated at the northern end of a lovely beach, Kinondo Kwetu is a relatively upmarket option which aims to provide the same kind of small lodge intimacy and quality that one finds at the better safari lodges upcountry.
The lodge is centred on a main building containing reception and lounge areas, leading out onto an open area with a small swimming pool and on down to a dining terrace down by the beach. Guest accommodation is in a range of one and two storey bungalows, plus a larger building know as Mama Taa with a further six bedrooms, for a maximum of 38 guests in total. Beyond that is a much larger swimming pool, with spa and watersports facilities alongside. Service and food are to very high standards.
Activities include walking and mountain biking around the villages, remote beaches and mangrove forests of the area, plus snorkelling, paddle-boarding, body boarding, sailing and kayaking offshore, yoga and spa treatments at the lodge. Day trips further afield are available for excellent diving, snorkelling and swimming with dolphins in the Kisite Marine Reserve to the south, plus golf. kite-surfing, wind-surfing, sky-diving and other such facilities back in the Diani Beach area to the north.
The main potential downsides are the very high price of the lodge and the slightly disjointed layout of the place.Prices