THE CLIFF, NAKURU
Long seen as a stopover point for people heading to Western Kenya or on the Mara circuit, The Cliff may well be just the breath of fresh air Nakuru needs to inject some verve into its hospitality industry. Located in a protected area within Lake Nakuru National Park, it has 10 spacious tents perched on a cliff about 100m high, each with a freestanding bathtub overlooking the lake. The decor here is chic, and rates start at about Ksh 10,000.
SANCTUARY OLONANA, MAASAI MARA
Featuring 14 glass-sided suites, the camp is inspired by the Masai Mara’s breathtaking natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife and a dramatic river which runs right past its forest setting. Here, contemporary architecture is juxtaposed with time-tested building practices such as Maasai mudding and stone walls, with soothing organic tones and a variety of textures adding warmth and character. Game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, scenic flights and balloon rides can be arranged. Inquire for rates.
SILVERPALM SPA & RESORT, KILIFI
With 38 rooms, this contemporary Swahili style accommodation sets the benchmark for chic luxury accommodation. A grand pool wends its way around the midsection of the resort which majestically sits on a cliff overlooking the sea. At six of its executive suites and one premier suite, one can step right from the terrace of the living room and into the pool. There are two restaurants and bars offering everything from fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas, cocktails and a teppanyaki grill. Rates from Ksh 16,000.