There are few places more synonymous with the view of Mt Kenya than the lawns outside of the Zebar Bar at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. From Ernest Hemingway to Winston Churchill, what was once an exclusive private members’ club—the place where the jetset glitterati of the time would come to kick back and get away from it all, remains today one of the most sought after destinations for discerning travellers in Kenya. The founder of the Mt Kenya Safari Club, the Oscar winning heartthrob William Holden, bought the property in 1959 from an American Heiress who had acquired it some two decades earlier. Over the subsequent years, Holden developed and expanded the Club’s facilities and turned the property into a serene and luxurious natural reserve and animal conservancy. Here are 10 stunning shots guaranteed to make you want to drive out here on your next days off:
1) Vacations provide the perfect excuse to have a drink before you even get out of bed. Bubbly breakfast, anyone?
2) Deluxe guest room at the club. Don’t know about you, but one of the best things about staying at a hotel is never having to make your bed.
3) This club has some of the best chefs in the country; Chef Kibet and Chef Doxis Bekris (Taste Chef of the Year 2015).
4) Zebar Bar sits right on the equator. Your waiter will literally come from the northern to the southern hemisphere to bring you your cocktail!
5) The club sits on about 120 acres of land, and the main building is LIT!
6) Forget breakfast at Tiffany’s…breakfast on the balcony of your suite- I bet Audrey Hepburn would approve.
7) Quite the idyllic dinner set up around River Likii.
8) Relax with some Merlot as you listen to Adelle’s new album and fight the urge to call up your ex….or just listen to Sauti Sol’s latest album and sing along.
9) Plenty of zebra, buffalo and waterbucks can be spotted milling around. Occasionally, you will also see leopards and rhinos.
10) Can I just pack my suitcases and move in here? Seriously, can I?
11) Bonus: There are lots of recreational activities at the club. For instance, there’s a maze with shrub walls almost 6m high. Who says your ‘Maze Runner’ fantasies can never come to life?
Find a more in-depth review on Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in the latest issue of Yummy Magazine here.