Glamping Diani Beach Kenya

Anytime you check into a fantastic luxury hotel, you think “I could live like this” but at Kinondo Kwetu, we literally wanted to move in. Sitting on the edge of a sacred forest of Diani Beach, Kenya, this former house became a hotel when the rave reviews and support of friends pushed them to open it to the world. Owners Ida, a former fashion exec, and Philip can now host 38 guests in suites decorated to perfection, the chicest entertaining spaces, and grounds that honor the hotel’s Swahili name “home away from home.”

Boho Africa

We arrived at Kinondo Kwetu and it was as if we had fallen into an ELLE DECOR spread. As avid collectors, the owners’ mix of antiques, fabrics, and accents could take the headline “Boho Africa.”

Glamping Suite

The series of suites and villas are built from coral rock, plaster, and macuti thatch with plenty of breezy windows in between. This double-decker beauty was ours for the three days.

Kinondo Kwetu Luxury Design

Our canopy bed was sweetly decorate with a heart made of bougainvillaea petals and accented with hibiscus. The room was beautifully decorated without distracting from Diani Beach’s greatest asset: the Indian Ocean. On the second floor we had two patios and on the first, the porch wrapped all the way around with cozy seating nooks and hammocks to sway with the sea.

Lounging at the Indian Ocean

The beach that spans the property, with its driftwood lounge chairs covered in terry cloth cushions and khoi khoi pillows, beckoned us to sit back and soak up the surroundings. The turquoise tides change dramatically throughout the day, but as they recede members of the local Digo tribe come out to pay homage to the sacred rock. Paper prayers are left in its crevices and cast out to sea when the time comes.

Beachside Food at Kinondo Kwetu

The food at Kinondo Kwetu was unbelievable (especially the fresh fish!) with the setting making us savor everything that much more.

Dining on Beached Boat

One of our favorite spots to enjoy lunch was on the old Kinondo boat. Washed up on shore during a hurricane, the boat, rather than hauled off to the junk yard, was turned it into a fanciful dining room.

Mama Ta Villa

Another thing we adored about Kinondo Kwetu was the familial nature of things. In the evenings, we would meet at the Mama Ta villa as if we were gathering for drinks at a friend’s place. With antique chess sets, beautiful coffee table books, and a well-stocked bar it was an easy place to get comfortable.

Kinondo Kwetu Excursions

As much as we could have happily lazed the days away, we were motivated to partake in Kinondo Kwetu’s plethora of activities and excursions. For our trip to Paradise Lost, horseback riding on the shore, the Africa Yoga Project and more, check out our next blog.
Kinondo Kwetu invited us to be their guest; however all opinions are our own.

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  1. I love how your travel blog emphasizes sustainable tourism and responsible travel. Your tips on reducing our ecological footprint while experiencing the world are invaluable. Thanks for being an advocate for preserving the beauty of our planet!

    1. Awwww….that means so much to us Ras. Seriously, we try to be stewards of these amazing places we visit, and your comment means the world to us!

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