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The Retreat

Discover The Retreat

Voted one of the top new hotels in the world in 2018 by Town & Country and The New York Times, The Retreat is a 20-room luxury boutique hotel created by the American owners of Heaven Restaurant. Located on a tree-lined street you are steps away from the attractions of downtown Kigali including markets, malls and restaurants. Taxis are available, and the streets around the hotel are pedestrian-friendly.

A first for Kigali, The Retreat is the city's first eco-friendly resort featuring solar electricity, organic toiletries and locally-crafted furniture from a Tanzanian sustainable teak farm. There are 4 room types: a luxury pool villa, a superior king suite with pool view, a super king suite and a deluxe king room. The hotel features outdoor showers and private terraces in the rooms as well as a yoga and meditation room, spa, large heated saltwater swimming pool with jacuzzi and open-air fitness center. Delicious farm-to-table international cuisine is served at Fusion Restaurant and its Swahili-inspired bar, while Heaven Restaurant offers an innovative modern African menu. The Retreat is a base from which to explore Kigali and offers innovative, curated cultural experiences and exciting activities in and around the city.

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Expert View

  • A luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Kigali
  • Combines leafy tranquility, Rwandan flair and contemporary buzz
  • Dining at Heaven Restaurant and fine dining restaurant Fusion
  • A wellness retreat after a long flight or gorilla tracking expedition

At a glance

  • 20 Rooms
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • B&B
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We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"The Heaven Unique City Tour is a full-day tour. In addition to the market and Imigongo art painting, you'll stop for coffee and meet the collective making a difference in one of Rwanda's most well-known products."

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Adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most.

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Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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