Kilindi Zanzibar, comprising of a series of white-domed Pavilion guest rooms all set in 50 acres of lush tropical gardens, is a rarity in the world of luxury boutique hotels.
Originally designed for Benny Andersson – one of the members of the 1970’s pop group ABBA – Kilindi is a true blend of the very best of diverse cultures to be found in Tanzania and on its adjacent island of Zanzibar.
Kilindi achieves the perfect marriage between Scandinavian minimalism and the dramatic architectural overtones of Middle Eastern heritage, whilst encouraging an open, ‘back-to-nature’ ambiance throughout.
In each of the Pavilion suites, white wooden-slatted shutters embrace wide-arched glassless windows each affording spectacular views over the Indian Ocean.
This same openness allows the gentle ocean breeze to waft throughout each of the rooms and carry with it the delightful soundtrack of Kilindi’s colourful birdlife. Any stay at Kilindi will be a delight for the senses.
IF YOU LOVE NATURE, YOU WILL LOVE KILINDI
Kilindi’s ‘open-to-nature’ approach provides the true essence to any stay and crafts a private, intimate and ‘barefoot’ appeal that so many crave. If you love nature, you will adore Kilindi.
THE MAIN PAVILION
A ‘waterfall’ bar with the Main Pavilion overlooks a large 25-metre infinity pool which itself affords views out across the sparkling warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Dining takes place either on the alfresco terrace or even along the pristine white beach, which runs the length of the property.
THE PAVILIONS – SIMPLE PERFECTION.
15 eastern-styled domed Pavilions nestling amongst a 35-acre tropical garden are the perfect and intimate retreat for each and every guest.
The Pavilions have their very own private plunge pool, and possess a separate but extraordinary ‘rainfall’ shower room which is annexed to each of the Pavilion rooms. These same showers provide not only a spectacular view to the Ocean but the liberating sensation of being ‘at one with nature’.
INTIMACY, PRIVACY AND TRANQUILITY
With each Pavilion set in its own private tropical gardens and served by a dedicated butler, privacy is guaranteed. It is this same dedicated butler who will offer you a wide selection of places to enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And should our guests wish to leave the oasis of tranquility and calm of their private Pavilion, the butler can help, advise and arrange as to the many activities and excursions that Kilindi and the island can offer.
A PURE RETREAT FOR COUPLES
Kilindi Zanzibar is certainly a rarity and one that will reward all those who venture to experience all that it has to offer. A favourite with honeymooners and lovers, any stay at Kilindi will not only become a memory of a lifetime, but also the standard to surpass.
15-domed Pavilion Suites, nestling amongst a 50-acre tropical garden estate, are the perfect intimate retreats for all who come to stay at Kilindi Zanzibar.
The Pavilion Suites have their very own private plunge pool, and possess extraordinary ‘rainfall’ shower rooms that truly give the liberating feeling of being ‘at one with nature’.
The windows are glasless being instead replaced with traditional wooden shutters that allow the sea breeze to permeate throughout the room.
The Pavilion Suites complex extends to a seperate Shower Room Pavilion annex that provides a rainfall shower, his and her vanity wash basins, a toilet and affords views across the gardens to the ocean beyond. Each domed Pavilion Suite includes:
- Magnificient Ocean Views
- Adjoining ‘rainfall’ shower Pavilion
- Private plunge pool
- Day Pavilion, sun terrace with lounge furniture
- In-room electronic safe
- Internal telephone system
- WiFi available in both the main areas and Guest Pavillions
- Room service from guest ambassador
- Laundry service
Kilindi Spa : Deserved Indulgences
Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Kilindi’s tropical gardens we invite you to discover Kilindi Spa. Reflecting its picturesque island setting and inspired by the natural elements , the spa offers a range of treatments in a serene and elegant setting to improve well-being and enhance relaxation.
We have created spa programs and treatments to suit your needs using only the best products. This experience will transform your holiday. We can design a bespoke or custom made spa program for you to either Relax, Pamper, Detox or be Rejuvenated.
Our skin care products have been developed to revitalize the skin and prevent damage done to the skin by free-radicals, stress and the African climate.
The active ingredients in our skin care products are valuable in the repair process and assist with the restoration of damaged skin tissue. You can never be too young to start this preventative process.
While our physical bodies will eventually age, we can slow the process down in a powerful way. Derma cosmetics focus on the dermis, protecting it from water loss and damage from free radicals. The use of energy in daily practice helps repair damage in each and every cell in our bodies, working from the inside out.
A positive inner world creates an ageless being. With every thought, sensation and feeling you have, your nervous system undergoes subtle shifts in physiology, generating chemical messages that regulate your body.
These bio-chemical communicators continuously mould the molecules that comprise your cells, tissues and organs.
HISTORICAL STONE TOWN TOUR
Enjoy a comprehensive view and walk in Stone Town, and attain a deeper insight into the rich cultural heritage and history of the island of Zanzibar. The tour highlights include:
- Visit the City Market where tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and fresh fish are sold
- Visit the old Anglican Church of Christ
- Visit the Sultan’s Palace Museum built for members of the Sultan’s family
- House of Wonders built in 1883
- Africa House formerly the English Club
- Forodhani Park, a local evening food market
- The Old Fort built by Arabs for defense against the Portuguese
SAFARI BLUE DOLPHIN & SNORKELING TOUR
Experience the beautiful Minai Bay Conservation Area whilst cruising in one of the traditional Zanzibari dhows. Get a chance to see the dolphins, as well as swim on one of the pristine sandbanks.
Your tour will also visit some of the nearby islets and provide opportinuties to snorkel at the coral reefs. Your full-day includes snorkeling equipment with guides and instructions and a sea food barbeque with fish, calamari and slipper lobster served hot from the grill.
A PRIVATE SUNSET DHOW CRUISE
Following a short 10-minute transfer arranged by the hotel, you will join the dhow crew who in turn will warmly welcome you aboard a wooden sailing dhow.
This hand-crafted dhow, constructed with the same traditional techniques that have been used for a thousand years, willl then take sail to begin what will be an undeniably memorable 2-3 hour journey along the coastline of north-west Zanzibar.
As part of this exotic and iconic experience, you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the warm and soothing ocean and admire the marine life that can be found along the Kendwa reef. Snacks and a selection be provided ahead of your return to Kilindi and your evening dinner.
ISLAND SPICE TOUR
Enjoy a unique chance to visit to a local spice farm on Zanzibar and see why traders from afar would travel the oceans to reach this magical isle.
A spectacular opportunity to see, smell and taste a variety of spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, tumeric, nutmeg, and vanilla, as well as tropical fruits and tropical plants.
DEEP SEA FISHING
With its location on Zanzibar’s northern tip, Zanzibar Watersports is situated in close proximity to some of Africa’s best deep sea fishing grounds. The waters between Zanzibar and Pemba are home to some excellent game fishing opportunities.
Three professional deep sea fishing boats are on offer: Haraka, Timimi and Suli Suli. All are equipped to the highest international safety standards. They also have the latest technology, with GPS navigational aids, echo sounders and fishfinders.
A full set of tackle is provided with Shimano, Fenwick, Harnell or KC rods and Shimano or Penn international reels, spooled with 80 1b, 50 1b and 30 1b mono line. Clients who wish to use their own lighter tackle are welcome, and we are conversant with the IGFA fly – fishing regulations.
Our experienced skippers can instruct novices and talk fishermen through any procedure in the course of reeling in their catch. Tag and release is generally encouraged for all big fish unless it is the fisherman’s first ever catch, his biggest to date, or if it is likely to be an East African or All Africa record.
August to November provides really good sport for the big Yellowfin Tuna, one of the strongest fish around. Big Blue Marlin and a number of Striped and Black Marlin are also found, as well as Sailfish.
During this season, multiple hook ups are normal, when the ocean can come alive with huge schools of Tuna in pursuit of smaller fish.
During the billfish season, which is from November to March, Striped Marlin are the most prolific, sometimes showing in packs of up to ten. Large Blue and Black Marlin are also quite common during this period.
Located on the north-west coast of Zanzibar, and lying adjacent to the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, sits the extraordinary and mesmerising resort of Kilindi Zanzibar airport is a 1hr 15min drive from the hotel.
- Many regional airlines service this airport, including Coastal Aviation, Regional Air, Precision Air, ZanAir and Auric Air.
- International airlines service this airport, including Qatar Airways, Alitalia, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.
Dotted across over 50 acres of lush tropical garden and blessed with a secluded powder-white sand beachfront extending over half a kilometre, Kilindi Zanzibar with its arched pavilion style villas overlooks an ocean that has witnessed the spice trade route for over 500 years.
The Story of an Island Paradise
The very mention of Zanzibar – the beautiful and historic spice island lying just off the coast of Tanzania – is enough to conjure up a multitude of mental images that are both exotic and striking.
It is this emotional reaction that has caused this Indian Ocean island to become one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations.
STEPPING BACK IN TIME
The island’s history is indelibly stamped by hundreds of years of trade in spices – nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron to name-but-three – with itinerant merchants traveling by sailing ship from as far away as Europe, the Middle East and even China.
It has been this commodity – one as valuable as gold in its time – that has driven and shaped the cultural flavors of the island.
Zanzibar’s architecture, language and religion are a reflection of both the island’s distant and recent past; with the passing dhows that constantly sail along the coastline and the murmurs of the fishermen drifting on the sea breeze, that past is seemingly not so distant.
The magical island has been likened to that of a time capsule, one that has been unopened by modern tourism. And now – courtesy of Kilindi Zanzibar – the opportunity has arisen to unlock all that is best of this wondrous destination.
DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT ZANZIBAR
- The people of Zanzibar are known as Zanzibaris and their native language is Kiswahili, commonly known internationally as Swahili.
- Zanzibar used to be the world’s largest producer of cloves, and its history was heavily influenced by the this activity.
- Zanzibar is popularly known as the “spice islands.”
- Zanzibar is located about 30Km off the coast of mainland Tanzania in the Indian Ocean.
- Zanzibar is actually an archipelago with the two main Islands of Zanzibar (also known as Unguja, the larger one) and Pemba (the smaller of the two).
- Zanzibar was incorporated into the United Republic of Tanzania in 1964.
- Zanzibar, has its own democratically elected president and government that run the internal affairs of the Islands.
- Zanzibar’s Stone Town has 50 mosques and four Hindu temples.
- The House of Wonders is one of the first buildings in East Africa to have electricity and Stone Town’s oldest existing building.
- Zanzibar’s oldest remaining building is the 11th century mosque at Kizimkazi
- The name Swahili comes from the Arab word sawahil which means ‘coast’
- The rare Kirk’s Red Colobus monkey is only found in Zanzibar, predominantly in Jozani Forest.
- The Shortest War in History was fought in Zanzibar in 1896. On 25 August, Sultan Hamid bin Thuwaini died, and two hours later, an usurper broke into the Palace and declared himself ruler. In a show of Victorian Gunboat Diplomacy, the Royal Navy was asked to evict him. At precisely 9 o’ clock on the 27th, three warships opened fire and in 45 minutes reduced the Palace to rubble, and deposed the usurper. The bombardment has since been called the “Shortest War in History” as verified by the Guinness Book of Records.