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Top 10 Hotels In Kenya

Posted On : March 29, 2020

Oscar Alochi


Kenya is  one of the most beautiful and tourist destinations in Africa has luxury as its way of life and the best and luxury hotels showcase it magnificently. Whether you are a discerning traveler, business executive or you are looking for a romantic retreat, Kenya most exclusive hotels offers everything that will suit your needs, from luxury and comfortable rooms, modern facilities to luxurious services and memorable moments that you will live to cherish for the rest of your life.

We’ve hand-picked top exclusive hotels in Kenya for your perfect vacation stay. These hotels offer buttoned-up services and are ready to pamper you. Get to know why these hotels are the best hotels in Kenya and let’s go experience them together.

Elsa’s Kopje Lodge

Unashamedly romantic and beautifully styled, Elsa’s Kopje is sculpted into Mughwango Hill, above the site of George Adamson’s original camp where he raised and released orphan lions, long before conservation became fashionable.

Each cottage is crafted around the rocks, with a large bedroom, open sitting room, veranda and spacious bathroom, each with breathtaking views, Guests can enjoy inimitable seclusion in the vast expanse of Elsa’s Kopje, boasting 870 km² , the equivalent of 215,000 acres, of authentic African landscape. The park offers a thriving rhino sanctuary, and is famous for large elephant herds, hippo, lion, and bird life; Meru National Park is recognized as having more diversity of animal species than any other park in East Africa.

The rugged and remote Meru National Park was rescued from oblivion thanks to Elsa’s Kopje, an environmental award-winning, boutique lodge. Winner of the Good Safari Guide’s ‘Best Safari Property in Africa’ award, Elsa’s Kopje is widely renowned as one of the most elegant lodges in Africa.

Elsa’s Kopje was designed and built by Stefano Cheli, officially opened by Dr. Richard Leakey (Director of Kenya Wildlife Service at the time), and Virginia McKenna of Born Free fame in 1999.  One of the most beautiful parks in Kenya, Liz & Stefano included Meru National Park on most of their mobile tented safaris.

AfroChic Diani Beach

The Jewel Of Diani Continues to Shine Some destinations are timeless; others are often well kept secrets. Lying south of Mombasa, Kenya, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Afrochic Diani is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveller who wants to simply ‘flop and drop’ and enjoy the spectacular views of exotic and ancient dhows in full sail.

This exclusively intimate hotel  with only 10 guest rooms each with their own en suite bathroom, balcony and sun-loungers  is singularly personable and highly individual, In these days of large inventory beach hotels, Afrochic’s unique and eclectic style of interiors and designs makes a refreshing change from the standard alternatives.

From the moment you walk through the doors, you will be embraced by the understanding of what has made AfroChic the ‘sought-after’ destination for those seeking rest, relaxation and the personal touch, Friendly and attentive staff are on hand to provide those little but special details that have become synonymous with an Elewana Collection property.

Miles of expansive and near deserted beaches await discovery, and for those who wish a more active way to spend the day, an 18 hole Championship Golf Course is within three minutes drive from the hotel. Local boutiques, spas, and craft markets are a short ride away, and day trips to Shimba Hills Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary add to the Kenyan coastal experience.

Campi Ya Kanzi

Campi ya Kanzi is an award-winning boutique ecolodge in the Chyulu Hills of southern Kenya, in Ernest Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa”. This camp is the only Kenya luxury safari lodge on a Maasai-owned reserve spanning 283,000 acres of pristine wilderness. The Hills  volcanic summits are covered in a rich green cloud forest,  home to a completely different array of trees, flowers, insects, birds and mammals. This special Maasai land supports amazing wildlife, with an immense biodiversity, including zebra, giraffe, antelopes and apex predators like lions and leopards for game viewing.

It really began in the 60’s, when a 4 year old Luca wanted to impress his dad and slept all alone in a tent in the family Italian vineyards. He wanted to prove he could go on safari!

As Campi ya Kanzi is a partnership with the local community, by choosing it for your African safari, you will not only enjoy a unique and pristine wilderness and amazing wildlife, but you’ll actively protect them and help the Maasai community.

Angama Mara

Balanced on the rim of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara is the brainchild of Steve & Nicky Fitzgerald, and draws on their considerable experience from developing and operating safari lodges whilst at the helm of &Beyond. More than anything, Angama is founded on the underlying belief in guest delight, and brings together a fresh approach to both the safari experience and lodge design.

Angama brings a modern, elegant aesthetic to the bush, with splashes of Maasai fabrics. The camp contains 30 tents but splits them into two camps to maintain an intimate feel, with two identical guest areas. Rather than running the usual safari routine of early morning and late afternoon game drives, the camp allows guests to create a flexible timetable as packed or as leisurely as they choose. Privacy is at the fore, but a friendly and communal atmosphere is throughout. Not for the safari purist, but ideal for luxury lovers.

Tribe Hotel 

Tribe, a proud member of design hotels and SPG, takes hospitality back to its essence. Back to the nomadic days when weary travelers were greeted with sincerity, invited to feast and exchange stories, and rest in the comforts of home a very comfortable home. It is this return to core fundamentals that heralded the advent of “boutique” hotels  properties that define themselves through individualized attention, genuine concern for the guests’ needs and a sense of pride in delivering solutions not just service.

The hotel is in Gigiri, Nairobi’s diplomatic district, which means many guests are business types, but for holidaymakers it offers an easy route out of the north of Nairobi  avoiding the traffic to explore Kenya. Both airports are on the opposite side of the city and journey times range from 40 to 90 minutes depending on time of day. The hotel is next to Village Market, a shopping mall with restaurants, shops and cinemas and a Maasai craft market on Fridays. A five-minute drive away is Karura, Nairobi’s beautiful urban forest.

Mahali Mzuri

Mahali Mzuri means ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili, and we hope you agree! Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s 12-tented luxury safari camp located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem in Kenya.

Due to Mahali Mzuri’s excellent location on the Kenyan plains, you’ll have a front row seat, not just to the annual great migration, but also to the abundant game you can see all year round. During our twice daily game drives, you will have the opportunity to see lions, wildebeest, elephants, giraffes and cheetahs, but that’s just for starters!

At Mahali Mzuri, our super stylish tented suites make for the perfect retreat during your stay. We can cater for up to 24 guests in the camp at any one time, so you are guaranteed peace and quiet, as well as excellent customer service at all times.

Mahali Mzuri was voted as the ‘Favourite Safari Camp’ at the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Reader’s Choice Awards in 2017 and came 2nd in 2018!

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Located on the beautiful foothills of Mount Kenya, the elegant Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is set in 100 acres of landscaped gardens, with fantastic mountain views. There’s also an excellent golf course, an on-site animal orphanage and plenty to do, from horse riding to game viewing on bicycles.

Directly straddling the equator, the hotel sits on the slopes of Mount Kenya in the small town of Nanyuki, and offers magnificent views of Africa’s second-highest mountain. The resort can be reached by plane, with car transfers from Nanyuki Airstrip taking just over 20 minutes. The outstanding Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to the world’s last northern white rhinos, can be reached in less than an hour by car.

Borana Lodge

Borana Lodge has 8 guest rooms 4 unique stand alone cottages and two family style cottages, all decorated in unaffected but comfortable up-country style.  The lodge was built entirely from local materials by the Dyer family and craftsmen from the local community. Borana Lodge is family-friendly, yet also a romantic setting for honeymooners.

Set in a 35,000-acre property on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau, the lodge is located on a hillside at the foot of Mount Kenya, offering panoramic views of the Samangua Valley, the Lewa Plains and the Ngare Ndare Forest. Together with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, it is East Africa’s largest contiguous rhino sanctuary (there are currently 21 black rhinos). Flights from Nairobi land at Lewa Airstrip, a 90-minute drive from the property. The property has its own helipad.

Naboisho Camp

Created in 2010, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a private 50,000 acre community pastoralist and wildlife conservation area located in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. The Conservancy falls within the Greater Mara Region and was carved out of the Koiyaki-Lemek Group Ranch. It borders the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve to the southwest, the Olare Motorogi Conservancy to the west, and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to the east.

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy limits the number of beds per acre and also the number of tourists who may enter the area, thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles. Guests often find themselves the only vehicle around, giving spectacular, unspoiled views of exciting wildlife. The Conservancy has one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. And because the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is not governed by the same rules that apply to national parks, there is the flexibility to experience something truly profound and to see and do things not possible in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The passion and expertise of the guides at the conservancy facilitate this experience.

The conservancy provides the opportunity to conserve the land and wildlife, whilst simultaneously creating wealth for the Maasai landowners. By visiting the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, you will be playing a part in protecting the cultural heritage of the local Maasai community and improving their access to vital services.

Ol Malo

Ol Malo is a charming game sanctuary set on a 5,000-acre working ranch. It provides a delightful escape from urban life, set in an astounding natural landscape, and with a range of unusual safari activities on offer. Staying here is a hands-on, exciting way to experience Kenya’s wildlife.

Perched on the cliffs of the Laikipia Plateau, Ol Malo feels utterly remote, and it is, being a three-hour drive from the nearest town. To get here, either schedule a private air charter to the hotel’s own airstrip, or book a daily scheduled flight to Loisaba airstrip and you’ll be picked up for the 40-minute drive back to the ranch (a game drive in itself, as you’ll spot plenty of fascinating creatures as the 4×4 bumps along the road).

Oscar Alochi


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