Luxury Hotels, Camps & Lodges in Kenya

From luxury lodges and intimate tented camps to some of the oldest camps in Africa, Kenya offers a vast array of choice on the quality and style of accommodation in the bush - and our experts can help you choose absolutely the right one for you. Meanwhile, we've cherry-picked the best hotels on the coast too.

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Encounter Mara

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Tucked away in the exclusive Naboisho Conservancy yet part of Kenya’s legendary Masai Mara, Encounter Mara is an award-winning and traditional safari-style - meaning there’s nothing between you and the bush but canvas. Combining luxury and eco-standards seamlessly, this intimate camp is an excellent choice for encountering the Mara’s wealth of wildlife while staying in lavish comfort.

Best for: Couples, Lodge, Hideaway, Guiding

Ole-Sereni

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley & Western Kenya | Kenya

The closest Nairobi has to an airport hotel, Ole-Sereni is ideally located for an overnight stay in the capital. A luxurious city hotel with wildlife spotting from the bar, the Ole-Sereni is a one-of-a-kind and offers world-class facilities, great personalised service and a panoramic view that makes for an excellent sundowner spot.

Best for: City Hotel, Unusual, Wildlife & Nature

Segera Retreat

Location: Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya | Kenya

Sleeping in the heart of the African wilderness may not instantly bring the word ‘luxury’ to mind, but the recently-opened Segera Resort, on the Laikipia Plateau, raises the bar for safari lodges with its spacious and stylish villas, excellent food and soothing spa to rejuvenate after a day’s drive getting up close and personal with the retreat’s incredible game.

Best for: Family-friendly, Private Groups, Luxury Hotel, Lodge

Mahali Mzuri

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Mahali Mzuri is part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition properties designed to provide you with unique, luxury retreats. This stunning Eco-Camp has been built in the Motorogi Conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. Everything at Mahali Mzuri is designed to wow the guests from start to finish. A truly exceptional place to spend your safari.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views

Cottars 1920's Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Step back in time to an era of romance, antique luxury and old world charm at Cottars 1920’s Safari Camp. Reminiscent of the golden era, the superb service, professional guiding, adventure and elegance bring back the original essence of safari.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views

Hemingways Watamu

Location: Kenya Coast | Kenya

Lining the idyllic white sands of Watamu Marine National Park, Hemingways Watumu is a chic, boutique resort on Kenya's exotic coast. As well as having incredible wildlife and picture-perfect beaches right on the doorstep, it is the ideal place to stay for thrilling activities like diving and kitesurfing.

Best for: Family-friendly, Lodge, Village Life, Beach

Almanara

Location: Kenya Coast | Kenya

If you want some buzz on your Kenyan beach holiday, but don't want to be in busy Mombasa, then the gloriously long stretch of sand at Diani is perfect. Staying in one of seven stylish Almanara villas, you'll also be just a short drive from a sleepy little town.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Village Life, Beach

Giraffe Manor

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley & Western Kenya | Kenya

Giraffe Manor is a delight for families and couples alike. A haven of peace and tranquillity away from the bustle of central Nairobi, Giraffe Manor combines the beauty of a stately English country manor house with the beasts of the African savannah roaming the gardens.

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Romantic

Medina Palms

Location: Kenya Coast | Kenya

Hugging the Indian Ocean on Kenya’s gorgeous east coast, the Medina Palms offers a dash of beach bliss to round off your luxury holiday in Kenya. Located in Watamu along a stretch of beach listed among the Indian Ocean’s top 10, spend your days nestled among tropical gardens, pools and waterfalls, or kitesurfing along the turquoise waters.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Beach, Peace & Quiet

The Majlis

Location: Kenya Coast | Kenya

Designed with stylish flair, The Majlis is a privately owned beach hotel that combines an exotic mix of ancient Swahili and Omani architecture with the ambience, comfort and intimacy of a private home.

Best for: Honeymoon, Private Groups, Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Sasaab

Location: Northern Kenya | Kenya

One of Kenya’s most stylish safari lodges, in an area particularly known for its large herds of elephant, Sasaab offers a rare combination of raw Samburu culture, arid wild landscapes, stylish Moroccan influenced design and exciting game viewing away from the crowds.

Best for: Family-friendly, Chic Design, Setting & Views, Hideaway

Lewa Safari Camp

Location: Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya | Kenya

Of all the conservancies in Kenya, Lewa would probably win the prize for the most beautiful. There’s gorgeous rolling downland, an incredible variety of activities, and extraordinary game viewing with all of the Big Five to be found on the ranch.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Romantic, Eco-tourism

Msambweni House

Location: Kenya Coast | Kenya

Msambweni House is located on a quiet, unspoilt private beach along four miles of tropical, palm-fringed coastline. This undiscovered gem is an all-inclusive villa that has just six rooms and a beautiful infinity pool.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Lodge, Beach

Il Moran

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Hidden under ancient trees in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, lies Il Moran, an intimate tented camp with 10 sumptuous tents. Camping doesn’t get more luxurious than this.

Best for: Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Guiding, Wildlife & Nature

Hemingways Ol Seki

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

This private tented camp bordering the Masai Mara is your enclave of luxury in the wildest terrain of Kenya. Located on a separate private conservancy to the rest of the Masai Mara Reserve means that you can look forward to an exclusive safari where you can watch the great wildebeest migration without the crowds.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Peace & Quiet, Romantic

Hemingways Nairobi

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley & Western Kenya | Kenya

This boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury service for anyone staying in Nairobi. The hotel is beautifully symmetric and is flooded with natural light thanks to its spacious and airy design. Everything here oozes luxury and the personal guest attention that you receive from the start of your stay until the end will ensure you have a memorable stay.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design

Loisaba Tented Camp

Location: Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya | Kenya

Sleep under the Kenyan sky and gaze at the stars in the vast African wilderness. Outstandingly beautiful, Loisaba is a luxury lodge with stunning, naturally inspired accommodation, abundant wildlife and a multitude of exciting activities.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Hideaway

Kicheche Mara Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

As safari lovers ourselves, we know there are a few essential ingredients for the perfect bush camp. Great game is a given, but experienced and entertaining guides and a warm atmosphere are also important. Kicheche Mara Camp ticks all of these boxes.

Best for: Family-friendly, Rustic, Peace & Quiet, Guiding

The Emakoko

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley & Western Kenya | Kenya

The Emakoko is a family-owned and run lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, which borders the Nairobi National Park. The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy with the unique twist of having the Nairobi skyline as your backdrop.

Best for: City Hotel

Little Governors' Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Little Governors is a small and intimate camp that is nicely tucked away in its own spot in the Masai Mara. Being one of the very few camps that is actually inside the reserve means that everything the Masai Mara and the great wildebeest migration has to offer is right on your doorstep.

Best for: Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Guiding, Wildlife & Nature

Kinondo Kwetu

Location: Kenya Coast | Kenya

The Kenyan coast has long been lacking a perfect little family beach hotel. Kinondo Kwetu fits this niche perfectly. Small enough to keep the sense of intimacy and personal hosting that the Kenyans are famed for, but offering plenty to keep children of all generations entertained. It’s an ideal stop for anyone who wants a glorious beach, a peaceful setting, and a friendly atmosphere.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Beach

Governors' Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

The oldest camps in Africa might not be where you’ll find the plunge pools and air-conditioned tents, but they’ve certainly got the pick of the prime game viewing spots. Governor’s Camp is no exception. Set in one of the most wildlife-prolific areas of the Masai Mara, it’s not unknown for elephants to stroll through camp at teatime and the wildebeest migration to pass by during lunch.

Best for: Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Guiding, Wildlife & Nature

Ol Donyo Lodge

Location: Amboseli & Southeast Kenya | Kenya

The Chyulu Hills are comprised of 275,000 acres of empty space: home to a handful of Maasai manyattas, the Big Five, and just one lodge. Ol Donyo lodge is a Relais and Chateaux property which not only promises breathtaking seclusion, but has teamed up with Ride Kenya to offer some of the best riding safaris in Africa.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Lodge

Ol Malo

Location: Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya | Kenya

Ol Malo offers the great mix of comfort, luxury and a life in harmony with nature. Set into a rocky hillside, Ol Malo has been designed to look out onto a privately owned game reserve and the result is that it has become a dream destination for anyone visiting Northern Kenya.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Private Groups, Luxury Hotel

The Villa Rosa Kempinski

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley & Western Kenya | Kenya

The Villa Rosa Kempinski is the ideal place to stay when you are in Nairobi. It’s fantastic location ensures it is the best place to be in order to make the most of the Kenyan capital. It is not just a place to sleep, the staff pride themselves on providing you with luxury at every turn so that every aspect of your stay is a highlight.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, City Hotel, Service & Hospitality

Borana

Location: Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya | Kenya

Borana is known for offering some of the best riding safaris in Kenya. Combine this with the wilderness of a private game reserve, a fabulously rustic lodge, and a team that welcomes families with beaming smiles, and we think you’ve got the perfect base for discovering Laikipia.

Best for: Family-friendly, Lodge, Setting & Views, Hideaway

Leleshwa Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

The Mara has a camp to suit every taste, and Leleshwa Camp is a welcome addition to our portfolio of old favourites. In the Siana Conservation area of the greater Mara, it’s so much more than just a wildlife experience. Surrounded by Maasai villages, here you experience the bush as those who live there do- with people and wildlife living side by side.

Best for: Family-friendly, Rustic, Peace & Quiet, Romantic

Loldia House

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley & Western Kenya | Kenya

With a lovely setting right in front of Lake Naivasha, Loldia House eases you into Kenya with gentle safaris, delicious food served in the shade of a fever tree and some of the most beautiful bird life to be found in Kenya.

Best for: Family-friendly, Private Groups, Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Location: Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya | Kenya

Home to guide Alex Hunter, and his delightful wife Diana, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp is that all too rare beast: a proper, old-fashioned bush camp that shows guests so much more than just the wildlife. If you want to know what it’s like to live in the bush, and work alongside the animals, this is for you: as far from standard as a safari can be.

Best for: Family-friendly, Rustic, Eco-tourism, Guiding

Mara Plains Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

A thousand wildebeest before breakfast? Lions after lunch? Look no further than Mara Plains Camp. Small, luxurious and located in the heart of some of the best predator country in Africa, this is private luxury safari-ing at its very best.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views

Peponi

Location: Kenya Coast | Kenya

Perched on the southern tip of Lamu Island, Peponi is an East African legend. In spite of a reputation for attracting off-duty rock stars and royalty, you shouldn’t travel there expecting glitzy 5* luxury. The draw of Peponi is in its uniquely Swahili charm. Dhows float back and forth in front of the terrace, donkeys carry coconuts through the nearby streets, and firm friendships are made each evening in the hotel bar.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Village Life

Rekero

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

The Masai Mara is famous for its astonishing concentration and range of wildlife. In the heart of the reserve lies Rekero Camp, an intimate family run establishment that seeks to bring together generations of animal lovers to experience the vivid beauty of the African plains.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality

Elsa's Kopje

Location: Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya | Kenya

Named after Elsa the lioness, Elsa’s Kopje was made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”. It remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa.

Best for: Honeymoon, Lodge, Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track

The Funzi Keys

Location: Kenya Coast | Kenya

Relax and unwind at this remote and exclusive island hideaway. With just a handful of rustic, private cottages and no clocks or TVs, The Funzi Keys is the epitome of barefoot luxury; the perfect place to escape from the outside world.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Lodge, Beach

Sosian

Location: Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya | Kenya

Sosian is a beautifully restored African ranch house that was built in the 1940s and has the exclusive air of a private home. The luxurious lodge sits in tropical gardens in a spectacular setting overlooking Mount Kenya and miles of beautiful landscapes in the heart of the wildlife-rich Laikipia plateau, with exhilarating safari experiences on offer.

Best for: Family-friendly, Private Groups, Lodge, Peace & Quiet

Tortilis

Location: Amboseli & Southeast Kenya | Kenya

Tortillis is surely a contender for being one of Africa’s most scenically located safari camps. With views of Kilimanjaro dominating the horizon and vast elephants strolling towards the waterhole, it’s almost impossible to tear yourself away from your camera.  But when you do, there are wonderfully comfortable tents, charming staff and endlessly fascinating game drives.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Lodge, Setting & Views

Sankara Nairobi

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley & Western Kenya | Kenya

Contemporary and design conscious, Sankara Nairobi is a rare five-star boutique in the heart of Nairobi. With a gallery of modern East African art decorating its walls, and a trendy rooftop shisha bar on the seventh floor, this hotel is a hub of stylish luxury.

Best for: Family-friendly, City Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage

Tawi Lodge

Location: Amboseli & Southeast Kenya | Kenya

Expect the views of a lifetime when you visit Tawi Lodge. Have your meals under the shade of an acacia tree whilst looking at elephants drinking from the nearby waterhole with Mt. Kilimanjaro looming in the background. It can’t get any more picturesque than this, a fantastic lodge in a special part of the Kenyan wilderness.

Best for: Family-friendly, Lodge, Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track

House of Waine

Location: Nairobi, Rift Valley & Western Kenya | Kenya

House of Waine was originally built in the 1970s as a private home. It was acquired by a local family and carefully refurbished over two years resulting in the unique boutique property that exists today, and retains the charm of a family home.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel, City Hotel

Offbeat Mara Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Offbeat Mara Camp is traditional safari at its very best - small and private. The camp offers excellent game viewing in one of the most famous safari destinations in the world. The size of the camp means that you can expect a truly individual and tailored approach to your holiday.

Best for: Family-friendly, Rustic, Peace & Quiet, Guiding

Kicheche Bush Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Kicheche Bush Camp is a small, classic, intimate, luxury tented camp completely unfenced, amongst stunning whistling thorn acacias. The ultra low-impact spread of six guests tents in the trees and low escarpment beyond, provide the perfect hideaway in this outstanding wilderness.

Best for: Family-friendly, Rustic, Peace & Quiet, Romantic

Elephant Pepper Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Elephant Pepper Camp is a very luxurious bush camp sitting just outside the Mara Reserve. Here you are offered fantastic game viewing all year round thanks to restrictions on human activity in the area. All the small details in the camp are looked at to give you the best stay possible in camp and the professionally certified guides will ensure you get to see all the sites you can imagine when you think of the Masai Mara and the wildebeest migration.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Peace & Quiet, Romantic

Richard's River Camp

Location: Masai Mara | Kenya

Richard's Camps offer the discerning traveller luxury tented camps in the very heart of the Masai Mara. Designed with privacy, exclusivity as well as adventure in mind, they ensure a warm and memorable safari and with a resident pride of lion, this is often very quickly accomplished.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Hideaway, Rustic

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