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Whether you are looking for a place to pitch a tent or a luxury suite in a fancy resort, our team at Idyllic will help you avoid the fuss and stick to the fun stuff.
Hemingways Nairobi is a 45-suite boutique hotel that elevates the standard of luxury for travellers in the region. It is beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light. Each of the suites have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view which can also be enjoyed over sundowners at the Bar. Service is personal and sincere, offering a luxury experience from the moment you touchdown in Kenya.
HEMINGWAYS OL SEKI MARA
Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is located in the heart of the Naboisho Conservancy which borders the Maasai Mara Reserve. The conservancy limits entry to clients actually staying inside the area and offers an incredibly private safari experience. There is a choice of ten exclusive tents accompanied by some breathtaking views and the warmest Kenyan hospitality you could wish for. Ol Seki Hemingways is small and aims to personally tailor every day to suit what you want making your time in the Mara an unparalleled adventure in the realms of safari.
OL TUKAI LODGE
Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephant with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Writers have described Ol Tukai and the surrounding Amboseli National Park ‘as a home for the Gods’.
Governors’ Camp Collection was started over 40 years ago by Aris and Romi Grammaticas. Governors’ Camp was Africa’s first Luxury permanent tented camp and has been a pioneer in classic safaris enabling guests to live the full safari experience – sleeping under canvas while being fully immersed in the wild. From kayaking amongst the hippos along the Mara river in the early days to opening six lodes in Kenya and Rwanda it’s been an incredible journey…
Created in 1972, Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best. The Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo, and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. It was also the first permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara and occupies the best wildlife viewing location in the National Park. Today the camp enjoys the same prime location and is perfect for couples, families, and friends wanting to experience the best of what a safari in the Masai Mara has to offer.
LITTLE GOVERNORS’ CAMP
The camp is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole teeming with both birds and wildlife. Located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, the camp is accessed by a very short boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far riverbank and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed. The guest tents at Little Governors’ have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the marsh in front of camp.
GOVERNORS’ IL MORAN CAMP
Hidden under ancient trees deep in the forest, are just ten tents which line the winding banks of the Mara River. Dark chunky wooden tables contrast with oversized blue couches and a central, colourfully beaded chandelier, while tribal portraits and African artefacts are dotted around. Il Moran Camp is for those who want that extra bit of luxury. It is small and intimate, with added touches that make this the top of the range safari.
MARA PLAINS KENYA
Mara Plains Camp hides in the thick forest on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River. It is inside the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy and bordering Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve, and the camp itself Mara Plains is a stunning and intimate experience of its own in one of the most iconic wildlife destinations on the planet. As you arrive at the camp, you cross a bridge and climb a few giant steps, you are greeted by an endless horizon with a single, flat-topped acacia, the quintessential shape of East Africa. The design and decor pay homage to the essence of East Africa; Swahili heritage is reflected in large wooden doors from the island of Lamu, and accents of red to honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors. With the rich leathers, copper and brass used in campaign-style furniture, you have a lavish yet comfortable atmosphere that complements, rather than overwhelms the surrounding wilderness. This camp speaks to the intersection of cultures and as a meeting place to talk, share ideas and to share experiences, like the ones you will have here each day.
Loldia House is an original Kenyan home set on an old farm on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Here guests can enjoy a gentle pace of life; relax by the pool, take in the views, head off on a game drive or indulge in a variety of treatments from our poolside spa room. The house offers a choice of accommodation either in the old family house or in cottages in the grounds. In the main house, there is one en-suite double room. Loldia House is only a two hour drive from Nairobi and is within easy reach of Nairobi’s International Airport. It is also conveniently located for day trips to the famous Lake Nakuru National Park
GOVERNORS’ MUGIE HOUSE
Mugie House is the latest addition to the Governors’ Camp Collection, and perfectly combines with our other properties – expanding an already diverse array of wildlife locations and activities. Set on a private conservancy, Mugie House offers a myriad of activities by which to explore and enjoy its vast open landscapes and abundant wildlife. Perched on a hill are eight stone cottages, each with sweeping views of the Laikipia landscape. A large main house with open log fires will host guests for relaxing cocktails and scrumptious meals, prepared from a creative menu with ingredients sourced from our own vegetable garden. An infinity pool offers lovely shaded areas and a casual alfresco dining area, while a waterhole set in front of Mugie House attracts a variety of wildlife with a hide to offer some close encounters.
Hemingways is the definitive portfolio of luxury travel in Kenya. Their three iconic properties, built on decades of experience in tailored travel, will make you feel at home in the myriad landscapes of Kenya.
With the stunning greens and golds of Nairobi National Park’s landscape punctuated by giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo lounging near our waterhole, the views alone make Ole-Sereni one-of-a-kind.
BAMBURI BEACH HOTEL
Bamburi Beach Hotel is located on the north coast of Mombasa, Kenya. Set amid lush tropical gardens—this glamorous all-inclusive hotel seduces with sweeping water views and an extensive white sandy beach, overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean.
SOUTHERN PALMS HOTEL
Discover an oceanfront hotel that captures the essence and allure of Mombasa and The Indian Ocean. Feel the warmth of the sun and the friendliness of Mombasa from your home away from home that is, Southern Palms Beach Resort.
LEOPARD BEACH RESORT
As well as enjoying a prime position on Diani Beach on Kenya’s South Coast, the resort has extensively upgraded accommodation and facilities making it the preferred destination for holidaymakers and business travelers alike.
Located in the heart of Laikipia Plateau, just north of the Equator in Kenya, is Segera a unique destination with both arid and savannah landscapes. Just eight luxury villas in a private game reserve of 50,000 acres in the foothills of Mt Kenya makes Segera very private and exclusive. See all of the Big Five in addition to rarer species such as Wild Dog, Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra. The reserve enjoys stunning landscapes, including views of Mount Kenya right from the lodge. All villas have en-suite bathroom & showers, Romantic outdoor nature bath, Private outdoor deck with sunlounger on hanging outdoor swing-beds to enjoy nature, two of the villas have a private garden & pool. It is a Solar-powered lodge with a back up generator.
Raised up in the air and offering a 360 degree bird’s-eye-view of the surrounding wilderness, Nay Palad Bird Nest is a collaboration between Segera, Nay Palad and the architect Daniel Pouzet. Guests spend a night here following a wildlife drive or guided walk. The nest is lit with lanterns and champagne and delicious food set out on the open-air top level of the nest. Inviting beds (either open-air or within the shelter of the first floor) are prepared with soft linens and hot water bottles, ready for the night ahead. From the comfort of the nest, guests will watch a sunset, feast on a picnic-style dinner and fall asleep under the starry sky.
Hemingways Watamu sits right in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park with its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. The exceptional personal service and sincere charm of this established hotel has come to represent Kenyan coastal luxury to so many travellers for close to 30 years.
Learn to kite-surf; get your PADI certificate, take a sunset dhow cruise on Mida Creek, play a round of golf on the nearby world class golf course, Vipingo Ridge; or go on safari for a few days in Tsavo or the Maasai Mara.
Mara Explorer is situated on a broad, thickly forested bend of the Talek River in the very heart of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This luxurious tented camp lies at the confluence of the Masai Mara’s four main game-viewing areas, and enjoys prime views of the spectacular wildebeest migration between July and September. During the remainder of the year, herds of watering elephant, hippos and other animals can often be seen from your private veranda. Come and enjoy our marvellous camp!
VOYAGER BEACH RESORT
Voyager Beach Resort is a vibrant, ship-themed resort famous for hosting some of Africa’s finest family entertainments and animation programmes, including unique themed journeys across the seven seas, culinary extravaganzas, and special music, fashion, comedy and acrobatic shows. Fashioned along the lines of a luxury cruise ship, the MV Voyager is about to take you on a wonderful voyage of the sea with no creature comfort spared.
With a spectacular view of mystical Mount Kilimanjaro and easy access to the wild attractions of Tsavo West National Park, Voyager Ziwani offers a tranquil retreat in one of the wildest places left on Earth. Located on a private sanctuary on the western edge of Tsavo, the camp sits on a secluded dam on the Sante River – home to turtles, crocodiles, and hundreds of basking hippos. Tsavo West invites children to join the resident naturalist and culturalist to learn about Tsavo West, it’s wildlife and people.
GREAT RIFT VALLEY LODGE
From its panoramic perch above Lake Naivasha, the Great Rift Valley Lodge enjoys one of humankind’s oldest views. An hour and a half’s drive or a 30-minute flight from Nairobi , the Lodge is built on the Eburru, a mountain that the Maasai call Ol Donyo Opurru, meaning mountain of smoke. It sits at about 7,000 feet, from which elevation it enjoys magnificent views to the west and east. The vistas stretch from the sparkling waters of Lake Naivasha to the jagged volcanic crater of Mount Longonot and, beyond, the sloping shoulders of the Aberdare Mountains – Kenya’s most important watershed.
Welcome to Mara Intrepids which sits overlooking the Talek River, at the very confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing areas. The camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world’s best-known wilderness. Rolling grassland teem with dazzling herds of zebra, giraffes canter against the silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro as the Maasai carry on with their traditions. There is an adventures club for children accompanying their parents on safari. This program provides an exciting opportunity for kids to learn about the wild from Maasai naturalists who specialize in plants, wildlife and survival skills.
Samburu Intrepids is a lush oasis on the banks of the great Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve. The tented luxury camp is a delight to be in – deliciously cooled by the river breeze and the forest. The camp sits on raised decks overlooking the brown river where the elephants sometimes make an appearance or the crocodiles come out to lounge by the river’s banks. Samburu skies are stunning. Close to the equator and lying on the edge of the Northern hemisphere, so close to the southern hemisphere the resident naturalist can take you on a celestial journey helping you to identify more than 60 constellations of the 88 known ones. Children accompanying their parents on safari also have the opportunity to join the adventurer’s club and be a part of fun activities at the camp.
THE SAFARI COLLECTION
The Safari Collection manages a portfolio of four luxury boutique camps and lodges in the finest locations, it also ground handles for a select group of international agents/operators and creates tailor-made, personalized itineraries throughout East Africa.
Glamourous and inspiring, dusitD2 Nairobi is a vibrant city hotel retreat where style, food, entertainment, and art thrill your soul. With intriguingly designed spaces balancing modern yet timeless elegance in an intimate boutique setting, dusitD2 Nairobi is the very definition of contemporary chic.