While most people love the prospect of travelling to an African country to experience the beauty of the wildlife and the beaches, they also want an element of luxury. Kenya has incredible boutique hotels that are an oasis of comfort and luxury to retreat to after tours, safaris and other adventures. Here are the top 12 boutique hotels to look out for next time you visit.
The Bedelle is grand in many ways, and the décor and stately gardens make a statement from the minute you walk in. It is discreet enough for couples but still family friendly. The services are personalized, with luxury guaranteed at every turn, from the furnishings to the ambiance. The food is always masterfully made by the property’s Le Cordon Bleu chefs, who use the freshest ingredients. Each meal is accompanied by exceptional pairings with international wines and sherries or port to cap off the evening.
True to its name, the lodge is amazingly charming and inviting. Imagine spending your holiday in a luxurious room within a watchtower that guarantees exceptional views. You can enjoy a deluxe room with cosy furnishings and a lovely patio or you could opt for the top tower room, which has exclusive access to the roof terrace. Travellers will enjoy the sweet marriage between the modern and traditional architectural concepts and furnishings. Alternatively, you can stay in the historical suites, which were built using old construction methods and embody the historic coastal charm and serenity. You can get tours of Watamu and the ruins of Gede, visit the Arabuko Sokoke National Park or sail on a dhow, among other adventures.
This is a water-themed property on Kenyan South Coast’s Diani Beach. The name Maji is Swahili for water. The Indian Ocean closely beckons from the reserved beaches of the hotel and the swimming pool surrounds three sides of the property, giving the impression that it is springing out of the inviting water. It features 15 uniquely designed bedrooms and is a haven for romantic getaways and honeymoons. The team is attentive and aim to ensure that you relax in your dream destination.
This property is located inside a marine park, where you have the option of seeing dolphins and vibrant coral reefs as you enjoy incredible views from its lofty cliff-top perch. The hotel caters to families as well as adventure seekers, providing exciting activities like big-game fishing, deep-sea diving and relaxing snorkelling sessions in the corals with spectacular sights of vibrant tropical fish. The resort is uniquely created and features old sails and beautifully crafted wood furnishings to provide shade. The rooms have African-inspired décor and unique concepts that reflect the coastal theme. It is the ideal place to experience and enjoy the coastal hospitality Kenya is well known for.
Whether you have a long stay or a short visit to Nairobi, Palacina Residence and Suites has something for everyone. You will enjoy the premium suites as well as the luxurious serviced apartments that are operated like a full-service hotel. The surroundings are serene and the property serves up wonderful food with impeccable hospitality. It is a stone’s throw away from the city centre, but still far enough to ensure that you do not have to contend with the bustle of city activities. This is a family-owned property so you are in for detailed and personalized service and attention.
From stunning views to perfect hospitality, there is nothing you will want for at Afrika Pearl and Spa. It is a great place for families with kids, as it has a kids club to occupy the little ones as you immerse yourself in the indoor or outdoor jacuzzi. From the outdoor jacuzzi, you’ll have spectacular views of the ocean and a relaxing outdoor ambiance. Fun activities like quad biking on the beach or bicycle riding, as well as camel-bush tours and deep-sea diving are available.
Although this property is described as quaint, there is a quiet magnificence about it. It is located along Diani Beach on the Mombasa South Coast and houses eight suites featuring coastal luxury, a penthouse apartment and a self-contained luxury villa. Travellers looking for a serene, uncrowded environment on the oceanfront will have a wonderful time here. The turtle-shaped swimming pool makes for a great relaxation spot when you want to do nothing but soak up the sun. It is also a great place for couples because it is intimate and romantic.
The first thing you’ll notice at Almanara Luxury Villas is the beautiful, bendy palm trees swaying in the lush gardens. The property has six beautiful villas, including a Presidential Villa, and offers exceptional seven-star services. You will find bespoke furniture in all the villas, all of which have three bedrooms. The beach is pristine and picturesque with uninhibited views of the beautiful Indian Ocean. Dine at Sails, a unique architectural marvel on the property with sails covering the overhead beams, creating a superb ambiance for both romantic and family dinners. If you are looking for the lap of luxury, this is it.
House of Waine in Nairobi is the epitome of African elegance. With only 11 individually named luxury bedrooms sitting on a 2.5-acre piece of land, you will have privacy and serenity throughout your holiday. It is the perfect place to retreat to after visiting the nearby tourist hot spots, like the David Sheldrick Wildlife trust for a little baby elephant time; interaction with the giraffes at the giraffe center and shopping for beautifully crafted beadwork from the nearby Kazuri Beads. Its location affords you undisturbed relaxation while also allowing you to be within reach of the city for a night out if you so wish.
The DusitD2 has taken Thai hospitality and mixed it with homegrown Kenyan hospitality to create an amazing experience for travelers. Situated just 20 minutes outside of the city it allows you to enjoy the calm and serenity of a suburb with the option of getting to the city’s social scene in a heartbeat. The décor is modern and warm and the award-winning spa provides you with an intimate and timeless ambiance for complete rejuvenation. The property features a striking red pool, which is the perfect retreat for residents and discerning visitors alike.
This five-star tropical paradise property is blessed with a pristine white beach and clear, inviting turquoise waters that provide an unforgettable holiday getaway. It is situated in the middle of the Watamu Marine National Park, and there are plenty of things to do, including golfing, kite surfing, safaris to the nearby Tsavo National Park and tours of the Gede ruins, an Arabic settlement from the 13th century. For those who want nothing more than lazy days, you can sunbathe in front of your room on a luxurious lawn or take a dip in their botanical pool.
The Sankara Hotel in Nairobi aims to provide visitors to the city with an authentically chic Nairobi experience. From the décor and the art to the hotel culture, everything is uniquely vibrant and urban, reflecting the character of the city. The property is home to six world-class bars, an exquisite rooftop pool and a heavenly spa. Sankara is synonymous with the upmarket social scene in Nairobi while still maintaining exclusivity and impeccable service.