A stay at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is a snapshot of Africa from a bygone era. Founded in 1959 by the late Hollywood actor William Holden, the club became the retreat of royalty and celebrities. Still today the 120-room luxury hotel has retained the grandeur of an exclusive country club.
Straddling the equator, Fairmont Mount Kenya sits in 100-acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with a golf course, croquet lawn, bowling green, tennis courts and stables. Stepping inside, you’ll find the white marble reception area, a hand-carved bar and wide corridors decorated with hunting trophies, photographs and other memorabilia.
The main hotel building looks directly onto Mount Kenya: its snow-capped peak clearly visible from most of the rooms. Or take in the views of the distant peak while sipping afternoon tea on the manicured lawns or relaxing alongside the outdoor heated pool. It’s a spectacular setting made all the more memorable by the storks, peacocks and monkeys that freely roam the grounds.
Service is excellent with friendly and professional staff always on hand. The hotel restaurant Tusk has both an outdoor terrace for sunny breakfasts and lunches, and an indoor dining area around the original grand fireplace. Food is excellent with a wide variety of options to choose from and most of the vegetables grown organically in the hotel gardens.