Kinondo Kwetu is a family run beach lodge situated on a wide expanse of beautiful, peaceful beach to the south of Mombasa. The lodge is set in spacious grounds with many large, mature trees, and colourful gardens. The grounds are bordered to the south by a large piece of sacred forest, and to the north by open, undeveloped land, giving the lodge a remarkable feeling of space and peace. The lodge is very family friendly, children of all ages are welcome and are well catered for.
Accommodation & Facilities
There are six spacious and beautifully decorated en-suite rooms in one large house, each with a large verandah, and a private access. There are a further five cottages with en-suite rooms, and a family villa. The rooms all feature wonderful African artefacts and antiques, and are designed to be airy, light, and spacious. The lodge offers superb food which is served in a variety of settings throughout the grounds. The main building houses a bar, library and lounge.
There are four family rooms, three of which comprise a double bedroom with bathroom interconnecting to a twin bedroom with bathroom. The fourth family room is a double connecting to a single room. Families can also be accommodated in cottages 4 and 5. Cottage 5 sleeps up to five with space for two extra beds if required. Cottage 4 sleeps three with space for one extra bed if needed. The Mamataa Villa has two rooms which can accommodate families: the Borelius Room can sleep two adults and up to three children while the Andersson Room, a large room upstairs in Mamataa Villa, can also accommodate three children and two adults in plenty of space
There are two pools at Kinondo Kwetu. The biggest pool is very child friendly and is 27metres long with a shallow end and baby corner and a sloping bottom to the deep end.
Eating & Sleeping
Guests can dine at times to suit but what tends to happen is children eat dinner at 6pm and adults at 8pm or the whole family together at 7pm. Dinner can be served on the guest verandas, on the beach or in the dining area – whatever suits. There is a children’s menu designed for younger guests including home made fish fingers from red snapper, home made chicken gougons, pizza, chips, panfried or fresh grilled fish, any style pasta, and home made ice-cream etc.
A complimentary listening service is offered whereby the Askari or guard will listen outside the children’s room and alert parents if the children wake. A nanny can also be arranged for USD20 / day. The nannies are English speaking and have worked at Kinondo Kwetu for a long time.
Kinondo Kwetu has two pools, one of which is deep enough for dive training, and the other suited to small children. The activities available include tennis, horse riding, kayaks, scuba diving (first PADI diving lesson is included), snorkelling, sailing, canoeing, kite surfing, deep-sea fishing, wind surfing, water skiing, boat trips, mountain biking, massage and beauty treatments, sauna, yoga and basic exercise equipment, cultural visits to Kinondo village, and golf nearby. The beach has a jetty out to sea and a raft moored out beyond the low tide mark where swimmers may get out of the water to relax and sun bathe if they wish.
Specifically for children ….
The owners live here with their own young children so the staff are used to young guests. There is lots to do for children and activities include:
• Pony riding.
• Snorkelling trips.
• Acrobat displays come weekly.
• The snake park comes for a visit and shows chameleons and snakes for the ones who wants to see.
• The Colobus Trust comes to do talks about the monkeys for children.
• Kayak trips (life vests available in kids sizes).
• Children’s tennis with coach .
• Lots of board games and beach toys.
• Beach toys