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Kinasi Lodge

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Kinasi Lodge is a small and elegant choice for a luxurious stay on Mafia Island. The high standards of accommodation and service are reliably consistent at Kinasi, as it has been owner built and managed for many years, which validates the cost as being good value.

Conisiting of fourteen palm-thatched bungalows, Kinasi Lodge is set around a voluptuously hilly, palm filled garden, and each has hammocks slung in the shade of their own private veranda. Guests enjoy views over the Chole pass and Chole Island from each, and are lulled to sleep by the soft sounds of the whispering palms. Great attention to detail has been paid to all areas of the lodge, with an eye for comfort and artisan style throughout. The open-sided sitting room around the bar is comfortable and well furnished, complete with cushions, magazines and a reference library for all local interest.

The swimming pool has recently been redesigned to include a poolside barbecue and bar, and surrounded with flower beds. The main impetus of a stay at Kinasi is generally based around making the most of their fleet of various boats, which include a number of traditional lateen sailing dhows, two small dive boats and a vast 85 horsepower gamefishing and diving boat. Kinasi prides itself on its cooking, and prepares lavishly extravagant picnics and meals, with especially excellent seafood and home made breads, yoghurts and sauces and a penchant for an endless variety of soups. It is a poor place to diet.

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Written by  marc_harris.

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