Kilindi has a logically-eco ethos is evident with solar power, a state-of-the-art water treatment plant that recycles the waste water for reuse in toilets and gardens. Kilindi seek to make bold claims about sustainable, responsible resource management, spreading their pavilions across 50 acres and 500 m of beachfront to ensure that the land is used wisely with minimal impact to the environment. Set back from the Pavilions and beach front, close to the entrance where all guests arrive at an elevated point, sits a Sheesha bar above a communications lounge where there is access to the internet and telephones, though the spirit of Kilindi really is to leave all notion of time and space on the outside and succumb to the pleasures of nature.
Zanzibar is home to the world famous Mnemba Atoll, a protected marine park with some of the best diving in East Africa. Hawksbill and Green turtles rest on top of plate corals, oblivious to hovering divers snapping pictures. Lion fish hide beneath the reef, Moorish Idols dart through the corals and Clown Fish dance possessively around anemones. Turn to the sky and watch hundreds of fish, schooling and circling through the water, yellow snappers a vivid contrast to the blue of the water. It’s not uncommon to see White Tip Reef sharks and divers are sometimes lucky enough to have a pod of dolphins as an escort on the way back to the dive centre or catch a glimpse of humpback whales with their calves.