Spotting the big five in Kenya… Nairobi’s most iconic hotel… and an Indian Ocean haven in Seychelles. This spring, Fairmont Kenya and Raffles Praslin Seychelles showcase the very best of these magical destinations, combining three hotels – and two majestic countries – in one trip.
The journey begins at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club, set on an ox-bow of the hippo-filled Mara River, in luxury tents, with four-poster beds and wide verandas. Arriving from Nairobi by plane, the expanse of the Masai Mara becomes clear – a tiny taste of things to come in one of the world’s richest wildlife reserves.
Guests head out into the bush on early morning and afternoon game drives, in search of the Big Five – as well as zebra, wildebeest and gazelles galore. Among other experiences, guests can enjoy dinner in the bush around a roaring fire and visit a local Masai village, witnessing the mesmerizing hum of traditional Masai songs and the ‘Adumu’ – the iconic jumping dance, synonymous with Kenya.
From the bush to the buzz of Nairobi and Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel: the most iconic hotel in the city, with its own private tropical gardens, and at the heart of Kenya’s colourful history. Sip sundowners on the Lord Delamere Terrace, before the best steak in the city at Tatu restaurant – ultra-modern, a perfect contrast to the hotel’s Victorian architecture.
Finally, hop across the Indian Ocean to spot the Seychelles archipelago appearing from the blue. Check-in to Raffles Praslin, Seychelles, enjoying a private villa with its own plunge pool, sweeping views over the sea, with a Raffles Butler on hand 24/7. Rise and shine in paradise: snorkel in turquoise waters from the beach and try stand-up paddle boarding; take a trip to La Digue island, visiting the giant tortoises and Anse Source d’Argent, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vallée de Mai, home to the endemic Coco de Mer.
Or disappear into the Raffles Spa – the largest spa in the Seychelles – with outdoor treatment rooms for complete relaxation to the sound of the sea, before ending the day in style, with a sunset cruise, cocktails at Pti Zil Beach Bar, or supper under the stars…
This is a true adventure from start to finish, full of memories, from the great plains of Africa… to the paradise setting of Seychelles.