“Funky laidback guesthouse on one of Zanzibar’s best beaches, with a choice of stone bungalows or wooden beach huts”
There are various roomtypes on offer, we recommend the Coral Stone Bungalows, Coconut Wood Bungalows and the rooms in the North & South Wings - all of which have fans, mosquito nets and verandas.
We feel that the nicest rooms on offer are the Bungalows: made with either coral stone or coconut wood (as their names suggest), all are small, freestanding buildings set within the leafy gardens. (The Forest Bungalows have been added since our visit so we can't vouch for the personally.) Inside there’s a decent-sized room with 1 or 2 double beds, shelves and a small fan (they can get hot in high summer, but some have air-conditioning too), plus a little ensuite bathroom with a sun-warmed shower. Outside, under the thatched roof, is a lovely terrace with easy chairs, looking out to sea.
Most recently, 3 Beach Houses were added. We haven't seen them yet, but they're large rooms stacked on top of each other by the beach, and all have air-conditioning, so they also sound like a good option.
The North & South Wings (N&S Wings) have been built since our last visit, and are set on the higher coral rock formations, with spacious verandas and nice views of the island or the gardens. These too are built of coral stone or coconut wood. They are divided into Suites, Upstairs Rooms and Africa Rooms. Each has a different combination of beds - doubles, twins, triples - and the Upstairs Rooms have stone baths, while the Suites have a mixture of baths and showers. Africa Rooms work well for couples or solo travellers, while the others are spacious and ideal for honeymooners and families - some sleep up to 6. Some rooms also have air-conditioning and hot water (request when booking).
There are also a few shared Bandas, but they don't have proper doors so you can't leave your stuff around), which is why we don't recommend these rooms. There's no furniture besides a bed and foam mattress and the washrooms are communal. Mosquito nets and a fan are provided though.
There’s a simple bar-restaurant on the beach serving lunch and dinner. When we visited, the food ranged from disappointing to delicious (the filled chapatis and spinach soup at lunchtime were firmly in the former category, but by evening time the pumpkin curry and fish BBQ with roast potatoes and chutneys had graduated to the latter. Perhaps it was the sunset cocktails which helped!). However, recent reports on the food are more positive: the kingfish in coconut sauce with lemongrass is highly praised, and the local specialities are said to be good.
Breakfast is served in a large thatched space near reception - usually bread, jam, fresh fruit, juice and hot drinks, plus various items to order.
Kendwa Rocks welcomes families, but the laid-back party vibe is far more suited to young couples and groups of friends.
Extra Beds Available
Bear in mind that there are lots of parties on this stretch of beach, including a monthly full moon party.