Since time immemorial, Kenya abounds with world-class hotels hosting renowned elites across the globe.
Soon after Kenya attained her independence in 1963, the country entered the annals of history by hosting big names in the world.
For instance, England’s Queen Elizabeth II visited Kenyan twice between 1952 and 1983. Her first visit was in 1952 when Kenya was under British rule and she was a Princess then.
While at Treetop Hotel in the Aberdares, her father passed on and she became the queen.
In 1983, she would return to Kenya as a special guest for then President, the late Daniel Arap Moi.
Fast forward to today, big artists, presidents, sports personalities, and business moguls have visited Kenya. So, where exactly did they spend their nights when in Kenya?
Here are the top hotels in Kenya known for hosting international elites.
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Villa Rosa Kempinski
Situated in the heart of Nairobi, Villa Rosa Kempinski is a pacesetter in the industry. The mighty architectural design towers in Westlands where it is situated.
Kempinski runs on a European Luxury, Kenya experience fusion model leaving no chance of disappointment.
It is famed for hosting the 44th US President Barrack Obama when he visited Kenya in 2015. Villa Rosa’s Presidential suite is always the talk of the town every Valentine’s Day.
The 200-roomed hotel has 10 floors in each room – except the presidential suite – costing $168 per night.
At the heart of Laikipia County is the exclusive Sirai House, owned by a British billionaire, Micheal Spencer.
So exclusive is Sirai that only a couple of millions of shillings will book you a stay at the lodge. It is tucked at the highest point of the 35,000-acre Borana Conservancy.
It’s a household name among the high and mighty from across the world. It is host to the world’s most exclusive clientele; from international movie stars to renowned athletes and global business personalities.
Sirai stands as a modern-day African lodge with six suites built below Sirai trees – the Maasai name for euphorbia tree. There are evenly spaced, indigenous cedar trees surrounding the houses.
The rooms are exclusively booked for a minimum of three nights and they have a great view of the vast conservancy.
Sirai House has a private winery with over 3,000 wine brands, a clay tennis court, a gym, and a pool. It further has a fully equipped library, horse riding and safari walks among other outstanding facilities.
Billionaire Resort in Kenya
Billionaire Resort is Malindi’s heartbeat. Owned by Italian mogul and former Formula One President Flavio Briatore, the resort oozes exclusivity from afar.
In 2020, world fashion icon Naomi Campbell vacationed here for one month. And it was not her first time to be at the resort owned by her ex-lover.
Years ago, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vacationed here. Luciano Benetton, a co-founder of the Benetton Group would later follow suit.
Hemingways Nairobi is a top five-star boutique hotel located in the post suburbs of Karen in Nairobi.
The hotel is known for its exclusivity but, the international cuisine served here is worth a million words! Chefs prepare a meal of your liking from freshly sourced farm produce in Kenya.
The hotel’s suites are tastefully designed to soak you in elegance and comfort. They come with a loft, private terrace with great space letting in natural light through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The 12-tented luxury safari camp is located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem.
It is owned by billionaire Richard Branson. Mahali Mzuri and was named the world’s best hotel in 2021.
On a vote on Travel and Leisure, Mahali Mzuri emerged as the best hotel around the world in 2021 in the World’s Best Awards 2021.