One of the best-designed hotels in Zanzibar, Kilindi is the kind of luxury retreat difficult to find not only in Zanzibar but also throughout the East Africa.
Fifteen magical pavilions
The resort is located in a stunning bay, surrounded by a white coral beach, and its fifteen spacious pavilions are comfortably spread out on gentle hills.
Each pavilion features of a shaded Barraza, sun terrace, swimming pool and a huge ‘wet’ room that includes a rain shower.
The pavilion’s domed ceilings gracefully flow into the soft lines of snow-white walls.
In harmony with Africa
To create Kilindi, Architect Neil Rocher—who is also known for the Kenya’s Shompole and Chongwe River House in Zambia—combined local simplicity with African luxury.
Traditional Zanzibari elements, such as woven baskets and carved window frames mix well with classic colonial touches: wide wooden porches or upholstered chairs, while the long hotel bar is furnished with high chairs made of polished dark wood.
These aesthetics seem perfectly aligned with Kilindi’s eco-philosophy.
The guest pavilions are naturally cooled by the sea breeze. Pools and streams of fresh rainwater are part of an innovative recycling system: water collected from the conical roofs is stored in the villa to cool it and provide water for showers, toilets and basins.
The architect surrounded villas by gardens and made the best use of the natural terrain to allow for a great view of the bay from the bedroom.
Around the infinity pool
There is also the Kilindi Spa with Turkish Hamman—and the hotel restaurant and dining terrace both are overlooking the T-shaped infinity pool.
Growing a reputation as one of the best in East Africa, the restaurant places emphasis on fresh local products, often from the Kilindi’s own organic garden. The excellent selection of wines served here is brought from South Africa, Italy, France and Lebanon.
The restaurant can arrange candlelight dinners, by the pool—a magical experience we still go back to as one of the highlights of our visit to Kilindi.