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The East African : Mar 9th 2015
The EastAfrican IV MAGAZINE MARCH 7-13,2015 cove≥ sto≥y Mna≥ani Club Driving north from Mombasa to- ward’s Kenya’s North Coast, and just before you get to the Kilifi bridge (about 60km from Mombasa) across the Kilifi creek, a sign on your right will direct you to the Mnarani Club. Set in 40 acres of landscaped tropical gardens, Mnarani offers peace and tranquility, punctuated by some unhurried sailing, a sanctuary of coastal serenity with a beach bar set in its own little sandy cove. The club has 84 air-conditioned rooms, all ensuite. The option of selecting between the creek and garden room view. Expect to enjoy Swahili, Continental, Italian, Chinese, barbeque and the Fisherman’s Delight, a veritable feast of fresh seafood. Activities here naturally centre on the ocean: Windsurfing, dhow sailing, deep sea fishing, water skiing and snorkeling among others. An evening boat trip to the nearby Kilifi “salt lakes” and bird islands is strongly recommended. The sight of hundreds of birds, literally “coming home to roost” is unforgettable. The pier at the Mnarani Club in Kilifi. The stretch of beach is one of the most exclusive. Picture: Laban Walloga and Courtesy Kongoni Camp Just outside Nanyuki town is a little paradise called Kongoni Camp. About 100m off the main Nanyuki highway, Kongoni is a must-visit for the visitor seeking a short but complete break from the demands of corporate and executive life. With a choice of rondavels, single or double rooms, Kongoni guarantees a warm welcome to Mt Kenya’s famous town of Nanyuki. The Kongoni Camp spa is justifiably celebrated as it offers world-class treatments including the classic Hot Stone massage, pure back cleanse, sea salts and body peel, reflexology and much more. Kongoni also provides the ideal base in Nanyuki for excursions into and around town. The Aberdare National Park is 50km away, the Samburu National Reserve only 80km away. Fou≥ Seasons Safa≥i Lodge The Four Seasons Safari Lodge, also Fundu lagoon Off Tanzania’s coast lies Pemba Is- land to the extreme north. On the island’s western side is Fundu Lagoon, a small boutique hotel reached by boat or plane from Pemba’s more famous sister island Zanzibar. Pemba sees far less tourist traffic than Zanzibar. This is either a brilliant marketing strategy to keep it as exclusive as possible, or the island simply isn’t marketed enough. Eighteen tented luxury bungalows, on the beach and on a hillside, provide the accommo- dation at Fundu Lagoon. The hotel has earned an enviable reputation as a honeymoon destination over the years. The main attraction of Fundu Lagoon is the deserted white beaches. Fundu Lagoon has some of the best diving in the world and has recently been voted the Best Marine Safari Property in Africa. Fundu Lagoon, famous also for the quality of its coral life, makes a the perfect quiet beach getaway. in the Serengeti, in Tanzania’s northern region, is a large hotel that offers you the opportunity to connect with local people and get a taste of their culture. With 72 rooms and five villas, there is nothing small about the lodge. For the claustrophobic, this is the perfect way to view game. There is an arts-and-crafts room for the kids and a fully-equipped business centre for the adults. As one would expect from the Serena group, all the rooms have a high standard of comfort and finish. The 45-minute trip to the lodge from the Seronera airstrip is a game drive in itself. Four Seasons Safari Lodge is ideal for the guest looking for a getaway in the wild without totally disconnecting from their busy work schedule. Kilifi Bay Beach Reso≥t The Kilifi Bay Beach Resort offers spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the ocean. The property sits on five acres of tropical gardens with a 60-metre sea frontage. Kilifi has some of the quietest beaches on the Kenyan coast. Sunbathers and beach walkers enjoy a quiet time on the pristine white sandy beaches. With only 50 rooms, the emphasis is on personalised service, which includes free massages for guests. Apart from the usual array of water sports, the resort has a glass-bottomed boat for watching fish in their natural habitat. Other activities include creek cruises, table tennis, archery, tennis, billiards, scuba diving, wind surfing and big game fishing. There are two swimming pools and a restaurant offering indoor and outdoor banqueting. The Kilifi Bay Beach Resort is the perfect off the beaten track destination.
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