New Villas Open in Kenya's Masai Mara


Saruni Mara, a luxury safari lodge in Kenya’s Masai Mara, has opened a new family villa and completed the refurbishment of its existing villas in to six themed rooms.

The new villa has two en-suite bedrooms and a large lounge complete with dining area and sofas sounding the fireplace. There is also a large veranda overlooking the scenery of the Masai Mara. (Who needs TV?) The remaining villas have been refurbished to incorporate themes like art, astronomy, photography, literature, natural history or romance.

Cool touch: All furniture, carpets, lamps and bedding was either sourced locally in Nairobi or designed by Kenyan interior decorator Larissa Hoops and then made by local craftsmen.

The Art room has an easel and paint as well as a desk with drawing materials. For star gazers, the Astronomy room has a vintage brass telescope, moon map and selection of interesting material on all things cosmic. Book worms and budding writers will enjoy staying in the Literature room with its vintage typewriter, leather reading chairs, desk with brass reading lamp, quill pen and leather blotter. (There is also a selection of classic and African literature.) 

For clients that prefer to view life through the lens, the Photography room has an old box browning camera, antique photographic equipment catalogue and prints along the walls. 

The Family villa also doubles as the Natural History room and is decorated with a selection of antique and vintage prints. There is also relevant reading material such a books on mammals, reptiles, tree’s and birds. And the Honeymoon room has been simply designed for a relaxing romantic break with comfy furniture and antiques.

Saruni Mara is owned and run by Italian author Riccardo Orizio. This resort is the Masai Mara’s smallest permanent lodge and and gives guests an exclusive experience with their own private vehicle and guide. Evenings can be spent in the common area enjoying fine cuisine influenced by Riccardo’s Italian family heritage. Guests can also enjoy bush breakfasts and dinners in the middle of an acacia forest, if they prefer.

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