Kenya’s Olare Mara Kempinski ranks 9th in World’s top luxury hotels

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Olare Kempinski Maasai Mara photographed by Susan WOng 2012

Top 10 luxury hotels in the World

Olare Mara Kempinski has been featured as the only East African resort in the UK-based Daily Mail list of Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the World.

Olare Mara Kempinski ranked 9th in the survey that gauged hotel performance based on online reputation and social media analytics. Nearly 900,000 online guest reviews published during 2013 on more than 100 online travel agencies and review sites in five continents were analyzed. A total of 1,696 properties and 84 luxury hotel brands were considered.

“We are humbled  and delighted that Kenya is on the world map of luxury. The country has always been acclaimed for hospitality and the recognition of the impeccable service at Olare Mara Kempinksi bears further testament to that fact,” said Manish Nambiar, General Manager, Olare Mara Kempinksi and sister property Villa Rosa Kempinksi in Nairobi.

Since January 2013, Olare Mara Kempinski has been offering guests an authentic bush experience with unique luxurious European touches that Kempinski has come to be known for.

Olare Mara Kempinski is located in the expansive Olare Motorogi Consevancy that borders the world renown Masai Mara Game Reserve where guests indulge in a super-premium safari experience.

Olare Kempinski Maasai Mara photographed by Susan WOng 2012

Finer pleasures in life

The twelve 80 square metre tents of Olare Mara Kempinski feature an expansive patio, built from wood endemic to Kenya.  Inside, plush Turkish rugs line the hardwood floors, a seating area faces out to where zebras and wildebeest often graze, a tall inviting king-sized bed with crisp linens and over-sized pillows claim the center of the tent – looking on to the French doors that open to the wrap-around patio – and beyond the wooden writing desk, a folding wooden screen shields the vast bathroom from the rest of the soothing tent.  A rain-shower, luxurious vintage-looking classic clawfoot tub, outdoor shower and organic spa products wait to pamper you.

Olare Kempinski Maasai Mara photographed by Susan WOng 2012

Wake up from a restful evening of dreaming to the distinct sounds of the bush and the warmth from not one, but three hot water bottles nestled in between the crisp white sheets and your toes.

In the morning sun, time underneath the outdoor shower will refresh you as the soft rays warm your skin.

Next, be driven to an idyllic location next to another river, home to numerous hippos and crocodiles for a delicious bush breakfast.  Basked in sunlight, your table is set perfectly with flower centerpieces and lavish crockery.  “How would you like your eggs Miss?” asks the Chef.

For lunch and dinner, head back to the camp and make a stop at their organic farm – the largest in Maasai Mara – and pick fresh produce for the kitchen to prepare to your personal preference.

Best of all, enjoy an afternoon in the Conservancy, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Maasai Mara, linger in the sun next to the pool, or enjoy a good book in the library as the sun sets.  The safari experience has truly never been as indulgent, splendid and authentic as this.

 

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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