18 Jan 2023

The Royals’ Retreat in Kigali

Town & Country and The New York Times describe The Retreat in Kigali as one of the top boutique hotels of the world.  The American owners of Heaven Restaurant created The Retreat, a 20-room luxury boutique hotel located on a tree-lined street steps from Kigali City Center and 20 minutes from the airport.  8 new luxury pool villas and a new wine lounge and deck are now open and recently hosted King Charles III and Camilla Queen Consort of the United Kingdom.

The Retreat is Kigali’s first eco-friendly resort and features solar electricity, organic toiletries, locally crafted furniture from a Tanzanian sustainable teak farm, outdoor showers, private terraces, a yoga and meditation deck, spa, large heated saltwater swimming pool with jacuzzi and diving rocks, and an open-air fitness center. 

Fusion Restaurant and its Swahili-inspired bar, located at The Retreat, offer delicious farm-to-table international cuisine, while Heaven Restaurant (reached through the Retreat’s “Stairway to Heaven”) offers an innovative modern African menu.

The Retreat is the perfect choice to host guests for first 2 nights or several days as guests enjoy the property, Kigali, and exciting onsite cultural experiences and activities. Josh Ruxin co-owner is the author of the book "A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope & a Restaurant in Rwanda" which shares the whole of the Ruxin family story.