Kenya is a destination of choice for many foreigners. From the white beaches, to the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the fantastic coral reefs ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling, to the unmatchable wildlife safari’s in the Maasai Mara, Kenya has a lot to offer every safari palette.
Many Hollywood celebrities holiday in different parts of Kenya and they are not penny pinchers like most local tourists. They are willing to pay as little as Ksh 30,000 per night to a whopping Ksh 350,000 per night.
In 2001 American actor, director and producer Danny DeVito spent some time touring Kisumu and the Maasai Mara with his wife Rhea Perlman and their three children.
Speaking about his trip on shortsupport.org deVito said, “It was spectacular. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. But I was a little nervous. There were just the five of us and a guide, and life and death are all around you all the time when you’re there.”
He said, “You’re in the middle of nowhere. I am not like Indiana Jones. I am just a guy from Jersey — in the middle of the jungle. I thought, ‘What am I doing here?’ “If you’re not a hippo, a rhino, an elephant or a water buffalo, then you’re either a cat, or cat food.”
DeVito cheerfully told of living in tents and hearing the animals at night. The guards had spears. He said, “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before.”
Lewa Downs has been a favoured destination for British Monarch Prince William.
Lewa Downs is a private game sanctuary at the foot of Mt Kenya. In 2003, the Prince stayed at the award winning Il Ngwesi Eco Lodge. The lodge has six spacious bandas with open air showers.
The local Maasai community runs the lodge. It costs about USD 450 per night to rent a banda.
In 2005, Gillian Anderson who played Agent Scully on X-Files tied the knot December 29 to documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne at the romantic Shella Village on Lamu Island.
According to People Magazine, the couple hosted a dinner of fresh lobsters, crab, and king-size prawns, and fireworks and a fire dancer provided the backdrop.
Shella House in Mombasa is very popular for wedding parties.
The Beach House at Shella, which sleeps a maximum of 12 people costs between Ksh 78,000 to Ksh 223,000 per night depending on the season.
Sadly, Gillian and Julian divorced after 16 months.
Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spent some time at the exclusive Alfajiri Villas in 2005 when they were rumoured to be dating. Alfajiri Villas located in the South Coast of Mombasa was described
in 2006 by Conde Nast Traveller as “…one of the most luxurious villas in the world. The villas offer privacy and come with own swimming pool, ensuite bedrooms and fresh seafood is served daily. According to Kiwicollection.com if you would like to stay at Alfajiri Villas you must be willing to part with Ksh 91,000 to Ksh 356,017 per night. In 2008, Alfajiri Villas offered discounted rates to families and honeymooners. The rates were between Ksh 91,000 to Ksh150,000. Are the Alfajiri Villas worth it? Hell Yea!
When Bill Gates came to Kenya in 2006, he chose to stay the private conservancy eco-lodge Shompole Lodge with his family.
The Microsoft founder and one of the richest men in the World fell in love with the simplicity of Shompole Lodge, whose best selling point is the privacy it offers its clientele.
Shompole Lodge is located in Kajiado District and has been described as the most stylish lodge in Kenya. A four-day stay at Shompole would cost you Ksh 83,000 per person per night.
Campi ya Kanzi is another popular destination for American celebrities. American legal thrillers author John Grisham stayed there in 2006 and Edward Norton, of the Fight Club and The Hulk fame, stayed there in
2009. It is a hidden treasure bordering the Amboseli National Park. It accommodates a maximum of 12 people. There are six tents with a wooden floors ending with a verandah. Each tent has an elegant bathroom, with brass taps, bidet, basin, shower, flush toilet and hot and cold running water. It costs a minimum of Ksh 30,000 per night to stay at Campi ya Kanzi.
Lion in the Sun Resort in Malindi is a much-loved destination by renowned UK model Naomi Campbell. She most recently stayed there Easter 2008 defying travel advisories against Kenya following the post election violence. Lion in the Sun is one of the most exclusive resorts in Kenya. It has an excellent spa, the ThalaSpa Henri Chenot.
Speaking after her stay there, Naomi said. “Malindi for me is Africa. I like to come here and relax, to take care of myself with good food and very professional spa treatments. U2 lead singer Bono has also stayed there.
“My family had a wonderful time at Lion in the Sun, a truly amazing place. We booked the entire resort for ourselves. Great food, highly professional treatments at ThalaSpa, fantastic beaches and sea to explore with the house speedboat. A suite costs Ksh 60,000 per night.
So there you have it. Will you be holidaying celebrity style this December?