Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Masai Mara National Park, Kenya
Set high on a bush-cloaked hill, embraced by arcing vistas and washed by a sea of richly rolling grasslands, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas and has a ringside seat for the greatest wildlife show on Earth, the legendary migration of the wildebeest. Drawing its inspiration from the traditional Maasai cultural motif of a cluster of domed, mud-coloured huts encircled by a “Boma” of brushwood, the Mara Serena offers a rare blend of raw African splendor and sumptuous sophistication. The essentially ethnic décor also draws on a vibrant color-palette of sun-burst colours, embellished by a unique selection of Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. Individual rooms feature their own balcony and view of eternity, a sky-blue swimming pool, and a spectacular restaurant, overlooking a water hole where a fantasia of creatures collect to drink.
Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp Western Serengeti
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The most exclusive of the Serena Group’s many Safari venues, the exquisite Kirawira tented camp is the epitome of classic safari camp in luxury travel and a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.
In keeping with the theme of colonial opulence, the elegant dining tents feature Edwardian-styled dining furniture, sprung floors, crisp-starched napery, delicate blue and white china, and weighty silver accoutrements, whilst the staff are attired in classical colonial ‘mess’ uniform of white Swahili robes and turbans.
The lodge offers 25 luxury tents, each with a private terrace (5 King Size and 20 Twin Bedded Tents). The essentially colonial ambiance of the tented-rooms evokes colorful memories of the famous safaris of days gone by, when such romantic figures as Teddy Roosevelt and Edward, Prince of Wales indulged in lavish East African shooting safaris of unrivaled elegance. Each room has been accommodated in a spacious canvas tent, erected on raised platforms of rope-lashed logs and sheltered by a bush-thatch roof.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Sensitively constructed so as to take nothing from its environment whilst affording endless vistas over the heat-shimmering reaches of the crater below, the clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees.
Strung around the crater rim, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, the rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors, Maasai carvings, and flamboyant prehistoric wall motifs depicting such African wildlife as fleeing giraffes, stylised gazelle, and plunging buffalo. Each room draws on a cave-grey, indigo-blue and jasper-red colour-scheme and enjoys uninterrupted views over the Crater’s unmatched splendor.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline waters, the Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley.
Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the Lodge draws on an inspirational architectural motif that melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ (encampments) whilst the vibrantly coloured frescoes lining the walls are designed to depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.
The circular, closely-thatched rooms echo the traditional Maasai ‘Boma’ style of construction whilst featuring a vibrant interior design concept that reflects the Maasai people’s abiding love of brilliant scarlet-and-indigo checked ‘Shukas’ (cloaks) and bright yellow, white, blue and orange beadwork. Each room has a private veranda and breathtaking views of the shimmering reaches of the flamingo-frosted Lake.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Framed against the glorious backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the magnificently beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro, surrounded by miles of rolling grasslands, patrolled by vast herds of elephant, shaded by the lush, feathered-green of an acacia grove and hugging the banks of a gently flowing river, this very traditional yet supremely luxurious lodge is the safari destination of a lifetime.
The rooms, each with an uninterrupted view over the ever-changing vistas of the African plains, are styled to a traditional Maasai concept featuring beadwork, gourds, hand-painted murals and the clever use of the traditional manyatta bent-brushwood effect so as to blend an authentic nomadic aura with all the comforts of unabashed five star luxuries.
Guests can also enjoy an acacia-shaded swimming pool fed daily by the melt-waters of Kilimanjaro, a selection of natural timber game viewing decks, a water hole for the African wildlife, and an alluring selection of watering holes for the guests.
Nairobi Serena Hotel
As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Superior First-Class Nairobi Serena Hotel is known in luxury travel for its superior quality, service, and hospitality. Considered to be one of the finest hotels in Nairobi, the Serena stands amidst verdant tropical gardens with panoramic views of the city’s Central Park and the dazzling downtown skyline. Regardless of its central location, the hotel offers a serene setting among the bustle of one of Africa’s most dynamic cites. Relax and enjoy all the comforts of home, including exquisitely appointed guestrooms featuring Moroccan influences and pan-African décor. All guestrooms have satellite TV, a mini bar, safe, and a host of other features. Hotel amenities include five restaurants and lounges, outdoor pool, fitness center, and an exclusive spa offering a range of treatments.
Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Sweetwaters, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Nanyuki, Kenya
The setting for this Superior First-Class rated tented camp is not to be believed. Situated within the 24,000-acre private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is home to all members of the "Big Five," the Sweetwaters Tented Camp
offers the ultimate in luxury safari accommodations. All 39 of the camp's tents have private verandas from which guests can observe a watering hole frequently visited by the conservancy's animals, from chimpanzees to the legendary black rhino. Additional onsite features include a swimming pool, a bar from which wildlife can be spotted, and a restaurant that offers both regional and international cuisine.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel
London, United Kingdom
Though located close to Heathrow Airport and the train station, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow features relaxing country-house ambiance and sumptuous earth tones. Your non-smoking room will feature air conditioning, a coffeemaker, daily maid service, an iron and ironing board, telephone, refrigerator, in-room safe, TV with cable, and wireless internet access. There are three on-site restaurants.