TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel website, earlier in March announced the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels for Families.
A total of 231 family-friendly properties and some of the finest accommodation were identified from 26 regions and countries across the globe, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, South America, South Pacific, and the US.
The awards are based on the highest ratings given to hotels by the millions of travellers who rely on the site for their travel decisions. Here, for the first time on Enchanted Landscapes Travelogue, we revisit 10 of the best Kenyan hotels showcased in their top 25 list to give you an idea of who commands the accommodation market in Kenya from the traveller’s view point.
Ocean Beach Resort and Spa, Malindi
This deluxe five-star hotel that just takes hospitality back to its essence with its unique tropical early 20th century style with wooden roofs and elegant wooden floors, occupies the top-most position in this year’s awards as the best hotel in Kenya.
It is situated in the sand dunes beach, about 2 kilometres north of Malindi. The hotel is also ranked among the top 10 hotels in Africa.
Sarova Mara Game Camp
Sarova Mara Game Camp bagged second position. Located in Narok County, this five-star luxury hotel lies at the heart of the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
At the Mara Game Camp you are offered front seats to nature’s most breathtaking show – the Great Wildebeest Migration.
The rolling plains around the tented Camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras, during the migration months and the Camp is situated right in the centre of their migration path.
The Baobab Beach Resort and Spa
Located on the world famous Diani Beach, The Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is set within 80 acres of tropical gardens, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
An oasis of tranquillity and serenity, the Resort’s picturesque location is nestled on a coral headland overlooking vast stretches of golden beach. Shaded by indigenous coastal vegetation and exotic coconut palms the resort stretches over 500 metres of golden beach front offering the ultimate luxury beach holiday.
Fairmont Mara Safari Club
The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is considered the epitome of ‘tented luxury’. Bordered by the Mara River on one side and the ‘New’ Wonder of the World, the Maasai Mara, the resort re-opened in 2009 following an extensive renovation program.
Fairmont has in the past featured on the Top 20 Luxury Resorts list by the Travel & Leisure Magazine. Today, the Fairmont Maasai Mara Resort offers one of the most luxurious hotel accommodation in the Maasai Mara.
Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa
The Pinewood Beach Resort is a multi-award-winning boutique hotel, where they say ‘natural beauty and inspired design are merged to create the perfect romantic destination’.
Situated on the unspoiled shores of the wonderfully warm Indian Ocean, this intimate and stylish beach resort prides itself on exceptional personal service and attention.
Turtle Bay Beach Club
The Turtle Bay Beach Club is regarded as Kenya’s first all-inclusive Beach Resort complete with restaurants, bars, entertainment lounge and swimming pool located on 200 metres of one of the world’s top five beaches inside the world acclaimed Watamu Marine National Park. In other words, everything about and around this resort is world-famous.
Mnarani Hotel, Kilifi
Mnarani Hotel, named after the nearby village of Mnarani, bagged 7th position to make it on our top 10 list.
The rooms are simply and tastefully decorated with hardwood furniture and a touch of Arabic style. The all-inclusive hotel nestled amid the Kilifi Creek and the glittering Indian Ocean in Kenya is what one leading travel website calls ‘a beach-side paradise touched with authentic African flair and hospitality’.
No one can put it any better than the guys at Sankara when they say this luxury hotel in Nairobi, ‘combines international five-star standards with personal service and the authentic flavour of the new Africa’.
The hotel combines contemporary style with beautiful East African art which can be seen in virtually every part of the hotel. Management says this was done intentionally to offer visitors that ‘emotional connection to our culture’.
Tribe has not stopped causing waves since the world got to know about this luxury boutique hotel in Nairobi when it featured on Conde Nast Traveller’s ‘Hot List’ in 2010. Today, the Tribe continues to takes hospitality back to its essence.
The hotel was also recently awarded a Wow Pick by Kiwi Collection as well as a listing on the prestigious Robb Report for their top 100 hotels in 2013 list.
Baobab Kole Kole, Diani
Our top 10 list is concluded by yet another of the Baobabs. This time, the Kole Kole. Part of the Baobab Beach Resort and Spa and sharing the same coral headland as The Baobab, Kole Kole enjoys the same commanding views of the Indian Ocean as its well-established and highly regarded sister property, The Baobab.
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