Camps

KAREN GABLES

A charming, characterful and luxurious new boutique guest house, quietly situated in one of Nairobi’s best neighbourhoods, Karen Gables is a world away from the hubbub of central Nairobi and close to the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and all the other attractions of the area.

With its prominent twin gables and broad porch, this boutique property is unmistakable. Karen Gables delivers all the warmth and charm associated with its classic Cape Dutch facade – mornings on the veranda sipping coffee, delicious breakfasts with homemade breads and jams, evenings by the fire. Set in the upmarket suburb of Karen in southwest Nairobi, the hotel lies peacefully in its surrounding greenery, undisturbed by the traffic jams and chaos of other parts of the city. And there’s something of the old colonial atmosphere in the air.

There is a small but professional staff who look after your every need, from your in-house experience to your airport shuttle and adventures in Nairobi.

The gardens ramble, alive with mature trees, rolling lawns, a gentle river and offer plenty of places to enjoy tea or a quiet and restful place to enjoy that good book.

There are seven double rooms in this rambling house, each with a different vantage on the garden. All have large windows with oodles of natural light, en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, and an abundance of unique character. With classic features such as window seats, wood-panelled walls, skylights and French doors, they’re undeniably charming. Second-storey rooms have a balcony, while those on the ground floor lead into the garden.

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

This property offers total privacy and total seclusion. It can be either an adventurers’ paradise or a relaxing retreat to start or finish your Kenya adventures! Laikipia offers a truly exceptional experience and is best combined with the iconic Masai Mara, an easy combination offering two very contrasting and different experiences.

Staying here is, notably, a “holiday” and there is downtime to enjoy the numerous unique and special activities that the lodge and Laikipia offer. Your stay is not the safari format of game drives every morning and evening (yes you can do this if you want) but as most guests combine this property with the Masai Mara where they will be in cars for the duration of their stay Ol Lentille prefers to show their guests the space and isolation of their stunning location. They often don’t even put guests in a car and prefer to do walking safaris and other activities that Laikipia is renowned for. Guided by Samburu and Maasai warriors this is a very special journey into their ancient lands.

Importantly, your stay is designed to be restful, guests aren’t woken up at 5.30 / 6am for the first activity (unless they want to be) – instead you have a full night’s sleep and have a private breakfast in your villa at the time of your choice and then do the morning private activity of your choice. This flexibility combined with unlimited spa treatments ensures guests relax in this stunning environment and leave revitalized!

Perched on the flanks of a wooded rocky hill in the heart of a private conservation area, is The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – a collection of four private, full-service, fully staffed villas for the discerning few. The four private villas are one, two or three bedrooms and are all individually designed and themed offering an incredibly high standard of accommodation with discreet butler service and wow factor. The property is ideally set up for families, groups of friends, honeymooners, and couples wanting privacy and exclusivity.

Activities offered from camp: village visits, bush walks, spa.

Ngare Serian Camp

Ngare Serian is one of the most intimate and luxurious exclusive camps in the Mara.

This camp is located in the Mara North Conservancy and has an air of seclusion – the camp can only be accessed via a rope bridge.

Ngare provides fabulously stylish and charismatic lodging – each of its four luxury marquees with Four poster beds are situated on an elevated, solid hardwood decks offering views of the local pod of hippos. Bathrooms are built skillfully into the decking, producing a seamless style, with endless comfy chairs and sofas to relax whilst watching the wildlife go by.

Each tent is provided with a personal game viewing vehicle and trained guide for optimal game viewing and decorated in stylish, yet traditional safari style. The communal dining area is great for relaxing with a good book.

Friend and family groups will enjoy this intimate 4 000-acre setting; and there are a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained: from walking safaris to river fishing. Expect to be wowed by gorgeous views overlooking the Mara River from your bedroom and waking up to the rich inimitable smell of the bush each morning.

Adventures offered from camp: Hot air ballooning and fly camping.

Almanara Boutique Hotel

Set on the beautiful white Diani Beach in southern Mombasa is Almanara Boutique Hotel. Nestled within lush gardens, Almanara offers a beautifully tranquil stay in one of the most stunning areas of the Kenyan coast.

Almanara Boutique Hotel is an exclusive private home offering incredible access to the white sands of Diani Beach and clear blue seas of the Indian Ocean. Perfect for those after total seclusion, Almanara comprises of just three ocean view rooms and two ocean suites to provide guests with an exclusive feel within a spacious hotel. The dramatic entrance of the hotel starts with a gorgeous glass walkway positioned across the Koi pond to welcome guests into the beautiful property.

With excellent access to the beach, guests staying at Almanara have the choice of a range of activities, from relaxing on the unspoilt beach to a range of watersports on the ocean. Strong coastal winds and low tides provide excellent kite and windsurfing opportunities while a colourful coral reef home to a myriad of marine life serves up numerous dive sites, including a purpose sunk plane wreck. The hotel can also organise snorkelling trips along with dolphin and whale shark spotting from onboard a local dhow.

Guests staying at Almanara should also make full use of the Health & Beauty Spa. Offering a variety of massage and beauty treatments along with yoga, pilates and meditation classes, there are plenty of opportunities for utter relaxation.