The welcome and send-off we received was unlike any we had received anywhere. Maasai warriors performed for us on arrival and our departure.
The staff was delightful, accommodating, always cheerful. John (maître d') memorized everyone's name in our group of 11 within minutes. He recalled whether we wanted soup, our wine choices and if we had special dietary requirements. Food was excellent and in good quantity. Other management staff, Fairman and Desmond, were always available to answer questions.
Oh, and did I mention the rooms? Beautifully appointed, every amenity thought of. Some rooms had outdoor showers overlooking the Mara - completely sheltered and private. All rooms had the most delightful bathtubs and hot water was never an issue to wash the dust of the day. The only complaint is the room lighting at night - it is a little dark, but certainly doable. Mostly we were abed by 10 because we were up sooo early. Huge beds - larger than king-size were in the standard rooms. In single rooms - two doubles and very comfortable.
At night, one could hear the animals passing through - hippos especially and some lions nearby. What a treat.
Overall, I would recommend the Olare Mara to anyone who wished to stay at this location and avoid the hordes of people at the Mara River crossing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara is located in Olare Orok Conservancy. The resort comprises of 12 deluxe suites tents of which 1 is a honeymoon suite. The deluxe suites cover an area of 80 sq m and are furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large four poster beds and reproduction furniture, offset by modern amenities. The honeymoon suite has its very own plunge pool, ideal for watching the sun set over the Mara and toasting to life together with champagne. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve