Kilindi, the Perfect Romantic Retreat in Zanzibar

Kilindi Zanzibar

There are many reasons why the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is perfect for a tropical romantic getaway and this exceptional and unique hotel is one of them. Originally designed for Benny Andersson, of the pop group ABBA, this small luxury boutique hotel in Zanzibar is comprised of individual domed pavilion guest rooms with plunge pools hidden within lush tropical gardens. This love nest accommodation is complemented by exquisite amenities and services, all designed with a couple’s holiday in mind. Take a peek inside Kilindi Zanzibar below.

Kilindi Zanzibar

A Secluded Hideaway in Northwestern Zanzibar

Kilindi is now part of the Elewana collection of exceptional hotels and lodges in Tanzania and Kenya. It’s set within 50 acres of verdant tropical vegetation on the northwestern coast of Zanzibar. It’s found above the traditional fishing village of Kwenda, which adds charm and is far enough removed from the busier beach of Nunwgi, located a little further north. It’s a little over an hour’s drive from the international airport. The design blends Scandinavian minimalism and architectural features of Zanzibar’s Middle Eastern heritage. Due to the size of the property, the guest pavilions are well spaced out, offering amazing privacy.

Heavenly & Luxurious Facilities

There is a main pavilion which is home to a stylish and airy lounge, a gourmet restaurant, a waterfall bar and sublime T-shaped infinity pool surrounded by deluxe sun loungers and romantic double sun beds. There is also a private beach, where glamorous canopied sun beds await. The private facilities of each of the pavilions, described below, are also impeccable. To enhance the luxurious experience, guests have a private butler who is there to ensure all their holiday desires are met.

Kilindi Zanzibar

Romantic Domed Guest Pavilions

The 15 white-domed Pavilion guest rooms have separate entrances and are entirely surrounded by the lush garden greenery. The accommodation is divide between two pavilions. One which has an open lounge and dining area on the ground floor and a large bathroom with a ‘rainfall’ shower room, double basins and toilet on the first floor which also has gorgeous views. A spacious bedroom is found in the second pavilion. It has an extra large King bed with an alluring canopy.  There are wide, arched glassless windows, with white wooden-slatted shutters, providing spectacular  panoramic views over the ocean and gardens. Lastly, each suite has its own private plunge pool (or two), from where you can cool down and continue to take in the stunning vista. Breakfast is usually served in your pavilion, however, you can also arrange to have private candlelit dinners in your lounge. 

A Serene and Romantic Oasis

No matter where you are at Kilindi, a peaceful ambiance reigns. You’re lulled to sleep by forest sounds and awaken by gently chirping birds. If you’re lucky enough you might be visited by bushbabies or monkeys. Guests can also further experience the magic of the area by taking a sunset cruise aboard a traditional wooden sailboat or a number of other activities the hotel can arrange.

Whether it’s for a honeymoon, a special anniversary or merely an occasion to spend quality time with your loved one, Kilindi provides the ideal setting for a romantic trip to Zanzibar. It’s definitely worth the indulgent splurge. 

Discover more about Kilindi Zanzibar and book directly via its website here.

I was a guest of the hotel, however, all of the opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

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