We’d been on Zanzibar for nearly two weeks by the time we checked into Kilindi Zanzibar and had high hopes after the few photos we had seen of the resort. Kilindi is a collection of well-spaced white domed villas that look as if they were built for a sultan. Although no Sultan was involved in the making they do feel fit for a King and Queen. We found Kilindi Zanzibar to be the best escape for anyone looking for a Zanzibar honeymoon.
The Ultimate Zanzibar Honeymoon at Kilindi
The pavilions at Kilindi are one of a kind, designed tastefully with minimalistic flair. Each “room” has three circle pavilions that open up to the tranquility of the Indian ocean. There is the main bedroom, open air bathroom, and then a private lounging deck. In each setting, you are completely at one with the Zanzibar nature.
There are two pools in each of the villas. An upper pool extends right off the main room, and lower larger pool for a little more space and sunbathing. The pools are private which is just what is needed for a relaxing couples holiday on Zanzibar.
Each room also comes with a personal valet. Someone who is there to answer any request you may have. Would you like coffee? No problem! Do you need your laundry done? Sure thing! No request is too small for the wonderful staff at Kilindi Zanzibar. They go out of their way to make sure your Zanzibar holiday is perfect on all accounts.
The Food Experience
Speaking of personal butlers, your Kilindi butler is also there to help you with all food decisions. It’s safe to say that after the first day he or she will completely remember what you like and prefer and will cater to all your dietary requests.
The food at Kilindi is some of the best that we’ve had in all of Africa. Each breakfast, lunch, and dinner has a plethora of seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes sure to satisfy any appetite.
We chose to start each day off with breakfast in our room that consisted of things like a lobster and egg tower, mango smoothies, and stuffed banana crepes. Lunch can be had in your room, at the beach, or at the main lobby overlooking the pool and beach. Lunch is always a blend of healthy lightweight options from the land and nearby sea.
We met with the head chef at our first dinner at Kilindi Zanzibar. He introduced himself and told us all about how Kilindi will buy all their seafood day of from the local Zanzibari fishermen. “A true resort should give back to the local people,” he told us. Something that we find to be so true at the African lodges we stay at. From then on out we ordered as much seafood as we could handle, knowing that the lobster, prawns, and fish were all fresh from the surrounding sea.
Kilindi Zanzibar is located on the northwest coast of Zanzibar island right near Kendwa beach. The cove that Kilindi overlooks is almost private, with the only people around being the local Zanzibari fishermen and villagers. The view from the massive infinity pool at Kilindi offers the most breathtaking views of the clear blue and turquoise waters and is the perfect spot to enjoy a Zanzibar honeymoon from. It’s hard to pick between the views at the pool or the white sand beach at Kilindi. We were also informed that the beach near Kilindi is so clean because they hire out the locals to do a monthly cleanup. Again, it’s this “give back” mentality that draws us into resorts like this.
It’s safe to say that Kilindi Zanzibar is a rare retreat reserved for those who want a truly special experience. We personally think it is the best hotel in Zanzibar for a honeymoon. The ambiance, seclusion, and attentive staff make this one of the very top resorts to choose from on Zanzibar. We can’t wait to return one day.
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Sometimes it’s nice just to have a real book in your hands when traveling. We recommend picking up a Lonely Planet to get you through the wireless nights.
Zanzibar uses the British three prong plug. It’s best to have a universal adaptor with you before your trip.
Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun in Africa since you’re near the equator. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses, but they do make a huge difference from the crappy $10 ones.
Skin cancer is for real! Don’t forget your SPF when traveling to the around Africa. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the African sun and it can be very hard to find outside major cities.
We highly recommend getting an eco friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals if you go into the ocean. They’re mineral based and usually only cost a few dollars more to help protect our oceans. If you’re not going to swim in the ocean just go with a reliable name brand.
Thank you to the Elewana Collection for hosting us at Kilindi Zanzibar. As always all opinions expressed are our own.
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