Desire to experience the amazing sights of an African getaway lands a safari near the top of every seasoned traveler’s bucket list. But there is no reason to leave the luxury behind when visiting the wilds. With Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, you will want for nothing on your next exotic vacation. (Image Credit: Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club)
An Exclusive Resort
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club sits on 100 acres near Mount Kenya National Park in Nanyuki. This luxury hotel was once an invitation-only resort. Actor William Holden, who himself was smitten with Africa, had a passion for animal conservation. After one of his visits, he began a conservancy coupled with a safari club. Quite quickly, it became the ideal African getaway for Hollywood’s elite.
Fairmont took ownership of the resort in 2005 and immediately set upon an extensive renovation project. However, William Holden’s cottages still stand and are some of the most lavish accommodations on the property. Tranquil and secluded, they are ideal for families and groups.
Aside from Holden’s residence, the colonial-styled luxury hotel boasts 110 rooms and villas. The Riverside Suites are easily the most spacious guest quarters with nearly 6,000 square feet of living space. Privately located, these suites have views of Mount Kenya and the forest. However, the focal point is surely the bedroom’s enormous stone fireplace soaring toward the ceiling, creating a romantic atmosphere. And the five-piece marble bath rivals that of any spa.
Two Fine Dining Establishments
Tusks is the signature restaurant at this luxury hotel. Facing Mount Kenya and boasting fantastic views, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sup inside or outdoors on the terrace. Both breakfast and lunch are served buffet style. But dinner is an elegant four-course affair.
Indeed, the newest restaurant at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Colobus Grill takes its name from the whimsical Colobus monkeys that roam the hotel grounds. Featuring a menu awash in bold, smoky flavors, the open-grill kitchen with live stations is an entertaining way to enjoy the meal. Moreover, the haute cuisine uses locally-sourced ingredients, taking each dish to the next level.
Health & Wellness
Tucked against Mount Kenya forest, Riuki Spa & Wellness Center exudes a peaceful atmosphere. Spread over nearly 2,000 square feet, the facilities offer an eclectic selection of spa services. From massage to a relaxing steam or detoxing sauna, the services at this five-star hotel focus on sustainability and feature natural and organic products.
For a more active visit to the spa, try the yoga classes. Set outside, these relaxing classes make the best of the luxury hotel’s expansive grounds. The spa also has an indoor swimming pool, fitness facilities, and walking and jogging tracks.
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Unique African Getaway Experiences
This amazing locale of this luxury hotel lends itself to a host of activities unable to experience elsewhere. First off, golfers can have the unique experience of playing on a course bisected by the equator. No other golf course in Africa lets golfers casually meander between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Moreover, the nine-hole course meets international golfing standards.
As its name might suggest, wildlife abounds at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. And the luxury hotel’s nature walks offer a delightful opportunity to observe animals in their natural habitat. On a three hour walk through the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, it is quite common to see zebras, caped buffalo and waterbucks. Or, if you’d rather, take a relaxing horseback ride through the grounds. Traveling via horse allows you to get closer to the animals.
Moreover, the Animal Orphanage at Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy abuts the property and is just minutes away. Not only does the conservancy have a breeding program to save the endangered mountain bongo, it also tends to injured, neglected and abused animals. For a memorable African getaway, be sure to visit. Or better yet, schedule a private tour of the facility.
But one experience not to be missed is an Equator Ceremony. The equator runs through this luxury hotel. And things work a bit differently at the equator. For instance, water flows in different directions mere feet apart! As such, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club makes a visit special with local music and dancing. Guests also receive a certificate to commemorate the event.
An Unforgettable Wedding Venue
Such a memorable locale would be ideal for a luxury destination wedding. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club can host an intimate gathering of ten up to an elegant affair with 200 guests. The Kirinyaga Room transforms into a stunning wedding venue. However, the ambiance of the rose garden with its flowing stream would provide an amazing backdrop for a romantic wedding. In addition, the five-star hotel has an on-site chapel. This intimate setting has a rustic motif and can accommodate only 15 guests.
But the romance doesn’t stop after the big day. In fact, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club offers a few honeymoon extras to the happy couple. Have breakfast on Mount Kenya. Enjoy private nature walks or horseback rides. Or enjoy a picnic on the shores of Lake Alice, the quiet spot where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton.
So when you’re ready to cross a safari experience off your bucket list, look no further than Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Your unforgettable African getaway is waiting!