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.