A very beautiful and private spot on the north-west coast of Zanzibar

Designed and built for ABBA's Benny Andersson

Adult-only, all inclusive, and with a beautiful beach

Facilities at Kilindi

Air Conditioning
Plunge Pools
Swimming Pool

When to go to Kilindi


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Kilindi is the perfect spot for those wishing to retreat from the world, with the focus being on peace, privacy and a minimalist ‘back-to-nature’ approach. Each of the 15 Pavilion Suites is found through it’s own large wooden front door, which opens up to your own private world, with a spacious day pavilion, 2 private plunge pools, a sun deck, and your bedroom suite with it’s traditional wooden shutters that open to allow the sea breeze to flood through your room. Windowless arches in your shower room pavilion allow the riches of nature to permeate right the way through and from every part of your luxurious domain you can enjoy the glorious views out to the ocean. The ‘open to the elements’ approach reflects the hotel’s aim of allowing guests to be ‘at one with nature’. It is worth noting that the open design of the rooms does mean that exterior steps from the bedroom pavilion reach the bathroom. Each of the bathroom pavilions contains his and her basins, a loo, views of the ocean, and an enormous rainfall shower.

At Kilindi no expense has been spared on ensuring that guests are offered every luxury they could wish for, with a butler dedicated to each and every suite, easily reachable via the mobile phone unit they place in each room for requesting service. This allows guests to have as much privacy as possible, and not even leave their suite should they so wish as meals and drinks can be served in your day pavilions should you prefer not to venture up to the main restaurant.
Beyond the realm of each suite there is also plenty to enjoy however, with a vast infinity pool and a luxury spa, as well as a white sand beach below extending the length of the property with billowing day beds. In the main hotel area guests will find the ‘waterfall’ bar serving and extensive range of cocktails, and the restaurant itself, although meals tend to be enjoyed alfresco, either on the terrace, by the pool, on the beach below.

As if Kilindi were not exciting and exotic enough already, visitors will be interested to learn that it was in fact originally built for ABBA’s Benny Andersson, before he sold it on to the Elewana Hotel group in 2010. As such the hotel is fashionably designed with minimalistic and contemporary furnishings, very unlike the other hotels on the island, and quite Scandinavian in style.

Kilindi is set on the north-west coast of Zanzibar, about an hour away from Stone Town, at the end of a long driveway giving it a remote and private location, far away from the busy beaches of the East Coast. The resort overlooks the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, and the pavilion suites are set amongst 50 acres of tropical gardens, each suite enjoying beautiful sea views. This particular spot on the island is particularly fortunate as the tides do not effect the beach in the dramatic way they do elsewhere on the island. As a result guests at Kilindi can enjoy the beautiful sandy beach all day long. 

What we particularly love about Kilindi is the freedom that it offers to do exactly as you please. Guests tend to find they rarely eat in the same place twice; the butlers are incredibly inventive when it comes to finding romantic little spots to set up a table, and the service is truly excellent. Kilindi offers real elegance and lavishness, even to the extent of a lobster and champagne breakfast option. For a romantic and peaceful retreat we don’t feel like you could find one better than Kilindi on the island of Zanzibar. Not only is it an adult-only property (only accepting guests over the age of 16), the whole intent of the resort is to offer guests their own little world to enjoy the beautiful setting and luxurious offerings of the resort with the maximum amount of privacy possible. It is also one of the few properties on the island where a stay is on an all-inclusive basis, making life as easy as possible for their guests.

15-domed Pavilion Suite, nestled amongst a 50-acre tropical garden, each with their own plunge pool.

Stays at Kilindi are on a Fully Inclusive basis. Rates include: all meals including beach dinners, room service, soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits and snacks, laundry services. Rates exclude: spa treatments, champagne, premium wines, cognacs, single malt whiskeys and cigars, gratuities, transfers, activities and excursions. 

The beds within the Pavilions have a specialised 'Cool Air' system which provides a cold air flow over and around the bed. The windows have traditional wooden shutters rather than glass and so these also allow the sea breeze to flow through the room. 

Each villa in equipped with a mobile phone so guests can contact their butler at any point. 

There is Wi-Fi in the main reception area, bar and restaurant. 

All guests must be aged 16 or over.


Scuba Diving
Knee Boarding
Banana Boats
Fly Fishing
Deep-sea Fishing
Catamaran Cruises
Sunset Dhow Cruises
Visit Stone Town
Spice Farm Tour
Visit Jozani Forest
Island Spice Tour
Island Excursions

Long stay offers - Stay for 5 nights and pay for only 4, or Stay for 7 nights and pay for only 6. (Excludes festive season).