Kinasi Lodge and Lua Cheia are owned by the family of Antonella and Peter Byrne and their daughter Ilha. Peter first came to Mafia in 1984 to work on an agricultural project on the island (coconuts for oil production and cattle for dairy). Being born in Papua New Guinea ensured that Peter fell in love with Mafia due to its similarities and the warmth and humour of the people. Antonella arrived in the early 1990s bringing tour groups to savour the reefs of Mafia.
Since 1997 we have been together and worked as a team to create something very special for ourselves to share with our guests. We want every day to be filled with fun and new experiences for our guests and every evening to be like a friends’ dinner party. We want to share our “island life”.
Mafia is a beautiful island with so many features and the experience we can give guests here and all the facilities we have created and made available are unparalleled. Kinasi in the south on Cole Bay and in the heart of the Mafia Island Marine park provides for the snorkelling and diving while Lua Cheia is the ultimate barefoot castaway beach camp.
To further this and imprint our dream for our visitors to Mafia, Antonella and I spend a great deal of time at Kinasi, so we will be personally overseeing the food and beverages throughout the season to make sure it is the famous Kinasi standard. Ilha is now in South Africa at boarding school, a hard experience for our close family to bear, so we bury ourselves in working even harder on Kinasi and Lua Cheia. We are relentless perfectionists.
We are passionate about our wonderful Kinasi and Mafia Island and are here for our guests and will continue to have as our goal to be the best small hotel in Tanzania. And now with the creation of La Lua Cheia will ensure that Mafia no longer remains in Zanzibar’s shadow as a beach destination.
Our philosophy…Island Life at its best
It is our intention to ensure that Kinasi is Tanzania’s finest boutique hotel….. but more than that a hotel that is a home.
And – to underline this hospitality standard – we will always strive to provide a personalized and friendly experience and offer new and exciting activities to ensure the visitors are able to fully enjoy what is best about Mafia.
Mafia has everything for the person who loves the coast and islands – beaches, reefs for snorkeling and diving, outstanding array of sea life, great excursions and activities to fill the days.
On the other hand at Kinasi we have tried to live up to the standard of this marvelous natural world by providing exceptional facilities – a full spa with Thai therapists, PADI dive and snorkel centre, swimming pool, five boats, kayaks, bicycles; and the best possible services – excellent cuisine, a wine cellar, room service, a variety of excursions, meet & greet services in three airports……….we leave nothing to chance to make sure our guests have a superb experience.
The island is much as it has always been for the last eight centuries and is untainted by the inevitable impact of intense tourism: hawkers, pollution, too many vehicles….And with only 14 rooms Kinasi management and staff are able to take care of each guest, make sure they can do just what they want and the facilities and services are incomparable.
We intend to be totally professional but without sacrificing the most valuable aspect – great staff giving personalized friendly attention and the feeling that Kinasi is not a hotel. We never stop investing in Mafia, the Lodge and our staff through training and example, just as one continues to make loving improvements to a home.