TEMPLE POINT RESORT, WATAMU
On the site of an ancient temple whose ruins still stand on the headland today, Temple Point is set in sweeping tropical gardens that expand across the whole promontory. The 100 rooms are housed in 20 thatched villas and all have modern amenities and views of the garden or bay. Also on site are snack bars, a restaurant, spa, gym, boutique, conference centre and floodlit tennis court. Rates from Ksh 8,700 B&B, and Ksh 9,800 half board.
ALFAJIRI VILLAS, DIANI
This spot has three unique villas which can be booked individually for honeymoons, romantic breaks or family adventures. Each villa includes your own butler and offers unrivaled exclusivity, impressive private swimming pools and stunning sea views. Owners Marica and Fabrizio will graciously host you during your stay. Menus here have a Mediterranean influence with fresh produce coming in daily from local farms. This is the ideal solution for families with small children and nannies can be available as needed.
OL DONYO, CHYULU
The property comprises six pool suites and one two-bedroom suite, designed with colonial-era trappings but with all of the modern comforts. Enjoy the little touches, such as the tot of whisky left in your room as a nightcap. Ol Donyo is big on activities and horse riding is a big draw here, as is the chance to go mountain biking or hiking down lava tubes in the hills. Resident rates start from Ksh 27,000, conservation fees from Ksh 5,155.
LONNO LODGE, WATAMU
With only four tower rooms and four historical suites, this boutique lodge is built using ancient techniques and Swahili styles. The open-sided restaurant beside the pool is adorned with swathes of white curtains that flutter beneath a high makuti roof. The menu combines African and European dishes with flair, using fresh ingredients bought daily from the local markets and fishermen. Rates: from Ksh 28,000 per double room, and from Ksh 18,500 pp sharing for the beach honeymoon package.
MBWEHA CAMP, NAKURU
This rustic lodge is set within Soysambu Conservancy, on the southern boundary of Lake Nakuru National Park. The living areas feel like a contemporary African hut with the signature circular shape and thatched roof. There are two family suites, four double cottages and four twins featuring private terraces and outdoor bathtubs. Activities include riding a camel to Lake Nakuru to take in its resident flamingos, followed by a drive to a serene spot overlooking the greenery- to tuck into a sumptuous bush breakfast.