Reviews of Kilindi
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A great retreat
A beautiful hotel in a good location, the rooms are amazing as is the service and the level of hospitality from all the staff.
It was very quiet when we were there, probably a little too quiet and the guests that are there you never really see. Everyone eats all over the hotel each night and there are no communal areas such as a bar inside and outside, where you can sit and have a drink withothers around. I know people like to be by themselves on holiday to an extent but I think the hotel would be enhanced by a slightly more sociable approach and just having a good lively feeling bar with decent seating for before and after dinner would help this.
Appart from that one observation, I can not fault the hotel, it is a wonderful place.
Failed to reach the outstanding standard it was aiming for in 2010Read more about the whole beach holiday
It was lovely. We were looked after extremely well by Edgar, who was introduced as our Butler: but the poor chap seemed to be the Butler to ALL the guests so had a potentially arduous job! He was wondeerful.
The grounds were beautiful. our 'dwelling' was spacious and airy and delightful. The bathroom was interesting in that it faced towards the beach and had no screening at all. It also had virtually no light at all at night, except the carried in oil lamps, but we gathered this was going to be changed.
The food was mostly delicious, and drinks were too, though we found the coffee an extremely bitter blend.
Would be happy to recommend it as a very good holiday destination. Plus the road there (new) was excellent so it only took about 40 Mins from the airport.
Amazing location, great food and very relaxed.
Buruti our butler was so attentive and made sure we were very well looked after.
Some of the meals were a bit confused so I think the chefs may not be experienced enough to cook all western dishes (e.g The meringue was more like a marshmallow and the red snapper was rather spolit with the sauce tasting like a bolognese sauce.
Better than we thought ever possible fantaasticRead more about the whole beach holiday
Honest review of Kilindi
The concept of Kilindi is great.
Neil Rocher (who designed Chongwe River House where we've also stayed) has created a really interesting hotel with great rooms. However, we understand that Kilindi is, perhaps, about to undergo a change of management which can only be for the good.
All the basics are there but certain things were unacceptable, especially for the price.
The situation of the Kilindi is beautiful with stunning views accross the sea. The pavillions are also very nice and the food delicious. The central pool and sunsets are beautiful.
It is clear that the accomodation is still new and there are some things that could be improved; most importantly;
- there is no way of contacting the staff from your room without walking to the main lodge
- it would be nice to have a fridge in the room as water gets hot quickly!
- there is no information on the activities / spa treatments in the room so hard to know what to do / ask for