The 8 Best Luxury Hotels
in Kenya

Christine Tucker

Kenya Travel Expert

At Butterfield & Robinson, our hotels aren’t prosaic—they’re pure poetry.

From castles and riads to ryokans and monasteries, we source lodgings that aren’t just places to crash, but one-of-a-kind spots as intimate, authentic and sublime as the rest of your journey—and packed with personal touches from our hotelier friends.

Below we’ve rounded up a few of the best luxury hotels in Kenya, where you can do so much more than simply rest your head.

But be warned: there may be tears when it’s time to say goodbye!

Ngare Serian, Mara North Conservancy

This eco-conscious lodge consists of a shared mess tent and four private sleeping tents. Overlooking the river, the spacious structures are understated and incredibly comfortable.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, Ngare Serian Mara North Conservancy

Each tented suite has a private deck, a four-post bed, a shower with a view, a separate bathroom and plenty of room within which to change, store personal effects and stretch after hours spent travelling the conservancy’s many trails.

One Forty Eight, Nairobi

Originally built as a private home, this boutique hotel displays the previous owner’s collection of artwork—in fact, the suites have been converted from what was once the onsite art studio.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, One Forty Eight Nairobi

The hotel itself spares no modern convenience; delicious food and wine, beautifully appointed rooms and first class service make for a comfortable stay alongside the boutique designer shops and amazing restaurants, museums and wildlife.

Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills

Nestled amongst the thorny arms of acacia trees the thatched-roof suites at Ol Donyo all include a private veranda, indoor and outdoor showers, and flush toilets.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, Ol Donyo Lodge Chyulu Hills

A sure highlight is the rooftop star-beds; accessible from the veranda using a winding stone staircase, they offer breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the starry sky above.

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Sarara Camp, Nairobi

Shaded by the acacia trees typical of Nairobi, the luxurious tented suites at Sarara Camp boast verandas perfect for savouring your morning tea.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, Sarara Camp Nairobi

The romantic decor combines an earthy simplicity and 1920’s safari Africa, featuring high ceilings, airy common rooms, heavy wooden trunks and Persian carpets. Dining is flexible and often served on the terrace (or at times, someplace a little wilder!).

Borana Lodge, Laikipia County

As one of East Africa’s original luxury safari experiences, Borana is an eco-lodge constructed with the environment in mind.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, Borana Lodge Laikipia County

Its secluded cottages are built around the contours of the hills, creating a natural haven of rock forged walls and ranch wood furniture. Cottages boast an open fireplace, a spacious en-suite bathroom and a private veranda, perfect for animal viewing.

Naboisho Camp, Naboisho Conservancy

This exclusive tented camp is located in one of the most unspoilt and game-rich areas of Kenya and offers a wide range of activities including game drives, walking safaris, night drives, off-roading, and fly-camping.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, Naboisho Camp Naboisho Conservancy

The eight spacious tents have been designed to combine the traditional bush style with a fresh modern feel. High levels of personalized service, along with a team that has worked together for many years, make for a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Sayari Camp, Mara River

The remote landscape of the Northern Serengeti inspired the design of Sayari’s 15 tented suites, which are subtle nods to the iconic flat-topped volcanic Turner Hill nearby. The rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone, and acacia reflect the hues and textures of the natural terrain.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, Sayari Camp Mara River

Your suite is the ideal place to relax after a day of safari (might we add – some of the best safari viewing in the world), as is the rim-flow swimming pool that overlooks the northern plains. Unsurprisingly, Sayari is consistently awarded as one of the top safari escapes on the planet.

Gibbs Farm, Karatu

Gibbs is a working farm on the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It embodies warm, rustic luxury; featuring 20 ensuite cottages, complete with cozy living rooms and reading nooks.

Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, Gibbs Farm Karatu

Organic coffee is produced onsite, and a 10-acre organic garden provides 90% of the ingredients needed for their fresh, home-cooked meals.

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