For those looking to give a special Valentine’s Day gift this year, Kenya offers a number of luxurious spots to stay. From iconic tree-houses to secluded boutique tented camps, Kenya offers something to suit every couple’s style. Looking for a romantic escape, Kenya’s most iconic safari properties come complete with private infinity pools, breathtaking views and indulgent spa treatments. If you have just one night to spend, here are 12 of the best places to stay and make your time extra special.
A gem of a hotel in Nairobi, The Hemingways has a calm and serene setting in the heart of leafy Karen. 45 suite boutique hotel that is known for its caring service, excellent cuisine and relaxing atmosphere. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Each of their 80m² suites have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view which can also be enjoyed over sun-downers at the Bar.
The Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
Known fondly as the hotel with Giraffes and one of the most iconic places to visit in Kenya and Africa. Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the langata area of Nairobi. A stunning romantic gateway this Valentines. It´s not just the Giraffes you are going to fall in love with.
The Cliff, Lake Nakuru
Perched at the top of a 100 metre high rock face sits Lake Nakuru's newest and smartest addition - The Cliff – a 10 room luxury camp. Only two and a half hours from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, the lake is protected by the surrounding national park, a mix of woodlands, bush, savannah and volcanic cliffs that make it a perfect habitat for four of Africa's Big Five. The perfect place for a romantic holiday.
Lake Elmenteita Serena, Sosyambu Conservancy
Tucked among golden barked acacia trees, only 2 hours drive from Nairobi is the quaint, luxurious tented camp with excellent views of Lake Elmenteita and the not too distant view of the `sleeping warrior´. Flamingos straddle the lake´s shores making for a perfect spot to relax and unwind.
Elewana Tortilis Camp, Amboseli
Located in a private conservancy bordering the national park, guests enjoy the exclusivity of the conservancy as well as get to experience Amboseli national park. The luxury tents are spacious, the dining world class and activities like bush breakfast set the scene for a perfect break away. To add to the beauty, stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
&Beyond Bateleur Camp, Mara
A classic and intimate camp in a private corner of the Masai Mara. Comprised of just two intimate camps of nine Luxury Tents each and a Luxury Family Tent; each with its own private butler and housekeeper reflects the ambiance and glamour of Kenyan explorers of old. Refreshing lap pools in each camp provide cool comfort in between captivating game drives. Delectable cuisine is served in a memorable setting beneath the stars and bush breakfasts and romantic sundowners offer an unforgettable African experience. This place is the epitome of luxury.
Elewana Elsa´s Kopje, Meru
Elsa´s Kopje is sculpted into Mughwango hill, above the site where George Adamson´s original camp where he raised orphaned lions. Each cottage is crafted around the rocks with a large bedroom, open sitting room, veranda and spacious bathroom, each with breathtaking views. This is surely what heaven must feel like.
Asilia Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Laikipia
Seven eco friendly tents are positioned along Ewaso Ngiro River. Sip your morning coffee while watching weaver birds flutter around the fever trees outside and spend your evenings by the camp fire under the stars. With the snow peaked Mt Kenya in the background, this is setting to remember, and is home to the only two remaining white Rhinos in the world. Lion tracking, night game drives and horse riding with Rhinos are some of the activities you can experience here.
Elewana Kifaru House, Lewa
Tucked away in an oasis of vibrant lawns, filled with birdsong, five charming cottages all with well appointed bathrooms and amenities is a perfect setting for a romantic night away. Described as a heaven of luxury, the log fires in the lounge and dining room make for a perfect setting under the African skies. The conservancy covers 65,000 acres, a vast wilderness with views to the south of snow capped Mt Kenya.
Sasaab, The Safari Collection, Samburu
Sasaab is a spectacular luxury tented camp offering the ultimate safari experience in the Samburu. Sasaab offers a fabulous range of exciting activities from exploring the wilderness on foot, camel or quadbike to fly camping under the stars and epic helicopter experiences. Or you may just want to relax by the infinity pool and spa area.
Elewana Loisaba Star Beds, Liosaba
Poised on a rocky kopje, the Loisaba Star beds command sweeping views of over an undulating valley and a permanent water hole frequented by resident wildlife. Handcrafted four-poster beds raised on wooden platforms are rolled out each night for guests to sleep under the African skies. Rustically designed to compliment the surrounding environment, each star bed is built in harmony the natural rocky features, incorporating a sitting area and open plan bathroom with a stunning view. The entire place is mesmerizing and should be part of any bucket list travel plans.
Elewana AfroChic, Diani Beach
Lying south of Mombasa, one of the most beautiful beaches in the World, AfroChic Diani is a perfect setting. With only 10 rooms this place is highly personable and exquisite in every way. The perfect romantic gateway this Valentines. Easily accessible, only an hours flight from Nairobi and within easy reach of Mombasa. Make that decision today and you will be rewarded with a perfect sun, sea and white powdery sand paradise.
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