The Retreat Kigali is an 11-room property that expertly eases guests right into the groove of local living. This Kigali-based hotel is the perfect place to begin or end your visit to Rwanda.

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Every design detail at the Retreat Kigali sticks to the ethos of “made in Rwanda.” Consider the furniture built with locally-sourced teak, the fresh meals, and the strong Rwandan coffee. While distinctly Rwandan, the hotel has a certain international spirit. The Retreat Kigali was the brainchild of American owners, designed by Italian architects, and brought to life by a team of Rwandan builders and craftspeople.

The eco-friendly property relies on solar power. Private patios decked out with comfy seating join peaked ceiling rooms. Take your pick between the indoor and outdoor rain showers in each abode. The latter is a good choice for its view of the trees, birds, and sky. Feel the cool air on your face from the ceiling fans. Brightly-patterned art and bed linens are a nice local touch.

Fusion Restaurant is exactly that. Rwandan ingredients transform into organic dishes inspired by Italy, Mauritius, and Morocco. A refreshing passion fruit cocktail is a welcome indulgence after a day exploring Kigali. Quiet evenings can turn into a riot of energy when the local musicians and dancers come to perform.

Float in the heated saltwater pool and wander the tranquil rock gardens. Unwind in the spa with massage, meditation, and a yoga session. If you prefer to keep moving, try horseback riding on top of Mount Kigali.

Stretch your legs and your bargaining skills in the colorful market with your Ker & Downey guide. A local culinary tour will help you better understand the fruits and veggies that end up on your plate.

To really feel immersed in Rwanda’s culture and learn more about the people, weave baskets with the women at the Nyamirambo Women’s Center, where locals learn vocational skills. Spend a day on a farm, learning how to harvest the crops and then eat a home-cooked meal with a family. Meet with the artists at the Niyo Arts Gallery and be inspired by the 112 street children who benefit from their drumming, dancing, and painting lessons.

The Retreat Kigali is not only a place to rest your head, it is an opportunity for you to experience the resilience of the Rwandan people.

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