CHUI LODGE, LAKE NAIVASHA
The Zwager family originally built Chui as guest accommodation for Oserian flower farm, naming it after the area’s healthy leopard population. There are eight, well-spaced luxurious cottages each with its own veranda and views of the Rift Valley escarpment and the Sanctuary. The bedrooms have magnificent four poster king size olive wood beds, roaring log fires, en-suite bathrooms and unique décor. On site is a large swimming pool overlooking the waterhole, and four course candle-lit dinners under the stars are highly recommended.
LANTANA GALU, SOUTH COAST
If all-inclusive doesn’t do it for you, try this spot on Galu Beach. The resort offers familysized apartments with lots of privacy and the kids can paddle and potter on the sand or take a dip in a choice of pools. Apartments can be booked either on a self-catering or meal plan basis as the resort also includes its own beachside restaurant and bar. Low season prices start from Ksh 26,900 for a two-bedroom apartment and Ksh 20,900 for a penthouse.
SIEKU GLAMPING LAIKIPIA, TIMAU
Sieku has taken the concept of glamping – or glamorous camping – and made it Kenyan. These bell tents have snug beds with quilted duvets, fluffy rugs and views over the distant valley. With an enticing mess tent and a selection of hammocks, swing beds and other chill out areas, there are plenty of places to while away your day. We particularly enjoyed the outdoor bathrooms and loos-with- a-view! Ngare Ndare is easily accessible from here. Rates: 5,500 Ksh per double tent
LEOPARD HILL, MARA NAIBOSHO CONSERVANCY
Situated next to a series of watering holes where wildlife flock to drink, this spot offers privacy, exclusivity and magnificent views from four uniquely designed and spacious deluxe tents, a family tent or a honeymoon suite. Dubbed the Star bed, there is an adjustable motorised roof in the tents which can provide an unhindered stunning view of the night sky. With indoor and outdoor showers, each tent has its own theme and lower deck which allows for proximity to wildlife.