Villa Kijani is just as perfect as it looks. The rooms are modern, simple, clean and more importantly, easy to keep clean while you're there. The polished concrete floor didn't have those pesky grout lines like in tile floor homes for sand to gather in.
The kitchen had everything our family of five needed to prepare meals. There are a few market options nearby from a small one 4 minutes away to a major market 15 minutes away.
Each of the 3 bedrooms has their own bathrooms. We loved the open showers and especially the one in the back that was a little open to the fresh air.
The whole rear wall slides away so if the way is mild you can enjoy the bay breeze or if you're there in the humid season, like us and the mosquitoes are a little rough, you can close the wall and have the air conditioning from the bedrooms. A little bug spray and a few citronella candles under the roofed area kept it clear.
The pool was great! Very clean and just large and deep enough. We used it after eating our breakfast outside, after getting back from a hot boat ride from Pinel, and plenty of times at night with cocktails.
A major plus is that the family that owns this home also owns the nearby Karibuni Lodge and the Karibuni Beach restaurant on Pinel, so you have all of the support staff and amenities that you would of a five star hotel.
Their property manager, Karl, was fantastic! Soo accessible, friendly, and accommodating. And just an all around wonderful host. Aside from answering questions and giving great options on where to shop and eat, each morning that we wanted to visit Pinel, he would call over and arrange reserved seating for our family of five, with a baby, at Karibuni on Pinel.
You have to go to Pinel. Each day we had the server, Jordan. Before we arrived, he set up and held chairs and umbrellas on the breeziest part of the beach. He was running over fresh cold drinks just as the last were being finished. We also tried Orient once, which was nice, but the gypsies hassle you every 5 minutes to buy something. You get none of that nonsense and just peace and quiet and calm waters on Pinel.
Thanks again to Manon and her team. This was our first vacation with our 6 month old since before my wife was even pregnant and it could not have been better. See you again next year!
-Kevin & Chrysti