In Kenya, we want you to experience views which will take your breath away, whether you are standing in your bedroom, taking a bath on the terrace, having an al fresco breakfast in the bush, or enjoying a sundowner as the sun sinks red-gold below the horizon. The best lodges and camps in Kenya occupy stunning positions, and the architects have oriented the accommodation -- both guest rooms and public areas -- to make the very best of the views. You might look out towards a river where game come to bathe and drink; there might be expansive grasslands where antelope and zebra graze; and there’s a strong chance that when your eyes are drawn to the skyline, it will be faintly jagged with hills and mountain peaks. Kenya, after all, is a landscape photographer’s dream.
Ol Donyo Lodge lies at the point where the Amboseli Plains meet the Chyulu HIlls. Above this wild idyll, the magnificent snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro rises up to kiss the clouds. The local Maasai community owns this land, and you’ll see them with their vivid red dress standing starkly against the golden brown of their natural backdrop. The lodge looks out toward the plains and the mountain, captivating those fortunate enough to stay in one of the six pool suites. The architects created this space with great care and attention so that the contemporary and rustic designs blend together, complementing their surroundings. By day, stand and stare at the wildlife moving across the landscape, which is surely Kenya’s version of Eden; and after dark, listening to the haunting call of a leopard as you lie on a star bed on the private roof terrace of your suite.
The strength of Kenya’s luxury accommodation options is the way in which they match their environment so perfectly. The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille arguably has the best views in Africa. It overlooks an area three times the size of Manhattan, including the craggy peak of Mount Kenya, sacred Ololokwe, and the Karisia Hills. Each of the four villas has wrap around windows and outdoor terraces -- The Eyrie takes its name from an eagle’s nest, and the fact that it’s built in the round certainly makes the most of the location. Saruni Samburu occupies a similarly commanding position. The six eco-chic villas open out onto the Kalama Conservancy and Mount Kenya. The villas are open sided, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces. Lie upon your four-poster bed or soak in the freestanding bath tub and there will be absolutely nothing between you and the visual wonders of Kenya’s great outdoors.