By Peter Adel
The recent rating by the American travel website company, TripAdvisor on Best ‘Big Five’ star hotels in Kenya 2017 revealed the following as leading and most favorite properties of choice by travelers. Some of the new facilities in the most popular Masai Mara emerged the winners in this category as vetted by Globetrotters that conducted the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Here is the list in order of merits based on review scores:
- Hemingways Nairobi
This is a highly superior luxury boutique hotel in the classy posh Karen area that overlooks the Ngong Hills. Hemingways Nairobi is known for hosting world most popular celebrities. In a class of its own, the property is designed in purely African attractive themes with each room named after famous Kenyan or settler who greatly influenced the country’s history. Historic images form the theme of each of these rooms. The hotel is barely 4years old and was ranked in position 21 then. After recent thorough reviews based on actual visitor experience, Hemingways sharply rose to position one overall.
- Fairmont Mara Safari Club
This property is geographically located at the foot of Aitong Hills of the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservancy off the Masai Mara National Reserve. It is a family member of the Fairmont Collection that includes the historic, Fairmont The Norfolk in Nairobi and the Exclusive Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki. The Mara river curves here to form an ox-bow shape pattern that gives all en-suite tents a magical view of the hippo-filled river. The annual wildebeest migration looks fabulous from the comfort of your rooms.
- Medina Palms Watamu
Located right on the beach of Watamu, The Medina Palms has very pronounced spotless clean rooms with staffs that are ever smiling and always ready to help. This property takes the lead as the most luxurious destinations of the Eastern Africa coastline. It is developed on one of the world’s most spectacular beaches, Watamu beach.
- Mara West Camp
It is located in the western border of the Masai Mara at the edge of Oloololo escarpment. The property offers an endless opportunity view of the wildlife in the plains of the Masai Mara from all the eight luxury chalets. Glimpse of spectacular sunrise and roaming wild animals makes Mara West Camp a perfect destination of choice to a number of discerning visitors.
- Sarova Mara Game Camp
The Mara has some of the world’s hidden treasures engulfed in the wilderness.
A member of the Sarova Group of hotels, resorts and lodges, The Sarova Mara Game Camp prides itself as one of the most decorated luxury camps in the expansive Masai Mara Game Reserve and in the country having been voted by World Travel Awards as Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2016. The property is located at the heart of wildebeest migration annual wild event.
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