Six of the past top ten World’s Best Hotels are African safari lodges and although they are not all in Kenya this a clear indication that you do not have to “rough it.” Kenya has an excellent variety of accommodations available.
Nairobi has luxury hotels in the city and unique small lodges in the outskirts. Mombasa, the coast “capital,” has two or three star hotels. However, many beach hotels have four or five stars and offer excellent quality and comfort levels with friendly and attentive services, sophisticated health spas and international restaurants, and a wide range of activities. Some exclusive beach camps are more expensive than the hotels.
In the game parks and reserves most tented camps offer a range of creature comforts. Exclusivity provides luxury; small camps are often more expensive but infinitely worthwhile. All lodges are of a high standard. Some are built in forest glades as tree-lodges to allow visitors to relax with a drink in hand whilst the game comes to you at a saltlick.
Private home stays and small camps in conservancies are often expensive but unique and especially charming as your hosts will be old Kenya hands full of insights into the culture and history of the country.
Villa and house rentals are available in Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Diani. Recently, boutique beach hotels have arrived on the scene with their own special flavour.