Nothing beats the thrill of spotting a wild animal in its natural habitat, with dramatic scenes unfolding amid vast, dusty plains. While wilderness experiences remain a top priority for those looking for an African adventure, there is a growing interest in embracing some wellness as well. Fortunately, a growing number of luxury African properties are now providing excellent spa experiences in addition to their more traditional activities.
Here are 5 of the best safari spas in Kenya that will leave you feeling relaxed after your long hours of game drive:
1. Mara Bushtops
The Mara Bushtops’ wellness center has made a name for itself, having been voted as the top Luxury Safari Spa at the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards. The lodge’s Amani African Spa Village which was designed in collaboration with architect Andrin Schweizer, portrays a work of art, especially its rasul steam room that offers Arabian mud treatments, a hot Jacuzzi, a heated infinity pool with built-in beds, and much more, all decked out in contemporary wooden and nature-inspired design.
2. Segera Retreat Centre
Segera’s wellness center provides a wide range of luxurious holistic treatments that nourish your entire being. Their treatment room is made of rough-hewn sandstone, which adds warmth to the cool, linen-draped treatment tables. Segera’s treatments are distinguished by the use of essential oils sourced locally, as well as herbs from their garden. If you’re feeling more active, you can visit their adjacent state-of-the-art’ gym or take a leisurely stroll across the courtyard to their Rasul Steam Tower. A visit here provides an excellent opportunity to reconnect with nature, which is essential on the path to wellness.
The SpaSaab adheres to the same visual and spiritual ethos as Sasaab. Expansive views of the more remote Samburu National Reserve complete with Swahili and Moroccan flair and a focus on leaving a small ecological footprint. Treatments here combine organic Healing Earth ingredients with a selection of luxurious balms and oils to provide a one-of-a-kind pampering experience with a focus on de-stressing, relaxing, and hydrating.
4. Finch Hattons
Finch Hatton is a luxury tented camp in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park, just east of Mount Kilimanjaro. It has one of the largest bush spas in East Africa. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the property’s extensive wellness facilities, which include an infinity pool, air-conditioned massage pavilions, a comprehensive gym, and the creme de la creme, an elevated yoga deck overlooking the Chyulu Hills.
5. Mahali Mzuri
Mahali Mzuri, part of Virgin’s Limited Edition luxury collection, epitomizes safari chic. This luxury tented safari camp in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in Maasai Mara, Kenya, caters to a maximum of 24 guests at any given time and features 12 luxury suites, an infinity pool, and a spa. Its luxurious Nasaro spa offers an amazing variety of treatments such as facials, massages, and grooming treatments such as the intriguing ‘African potato experience manicure’ in an incredible setting with breathtaking views.
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