The 8 Best Luxury Hotels
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shaded by the acacia trees typical of Nairobi, the luxurious tented suites at Sarara Camp boast verandas perfect for savouring your morning tea.
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!).
As one of East Africa’s original luxury safari experiences, Borana is an eco-lodge constructed with the environment in mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Organic coffee is produced onsite, and a 10-acre organic garden provides 90% of the ingredients needed for their fresh, home-cooked meals.