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Segera Retreat
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“This place is paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

Absolutely stunning visit. This place is paradise. I've been on multiple safari trips in Kenya and South Africa, but have never experienced anything like this. The game drives are amazing - we were so lucky to see everything: lion, cheetah, leopard, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, mongoose, monkey, hyena... and often literally on our doorstep. The lodging and gardens exude luxe, with an impressive attention to detail. The staff really goes out of their way. The food from Chef Fred and his team was divine, healthy, and often fresh from their garden. We even had fresh crayfish caught from nearby one night! Evenings were lots of fun whether on our own or with other guests. It sounds trivial but I've never been on safari that made it easy to keep fit - you can go on walking safaris, swimming, yoga and/or to the on-site gym. The massage was first-rate. And if you're into learning - in addition to learning about animals and the area, the gardens are lush with gorgeous species to explore. And then there is the art - where else can you immerse yourself in learning about African art and artists in a setting like this? This place is unforgettable and there is something for everyone (I love game drives, but it's also nice to have variety, which I haven't always found elsewhere). Time stops at Segera - I came back feeling more rested than I have in years. HIGHLY recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013 via mobile

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak before this opened, and this is just an incredible place. Set in its own land, the size of Manhattan, you can go on walking safari (almost the only place in Kenya where this is possible), or choose the jeep. Or, just sit watching the animals walk by, whether you decide to do so from the bar, the swimming pool or the observation deck. That's once you've taken in the incredible garden, the world-class African art, or indeed the fully sustainable eco-system they've pioneered. The staff couldn't be more helpful, and the rooms/houses are like a home from home. Well, rather nice than my own home, actually. Enough to make even animal-sceptics fall in love with safari.

Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

We have traveled to many places around the world and stayed in various accommodations.. but Segera will forever remain in our hearts as "heaven on earth." Every detail incorporated by the visionary of this retreat comes together to make it a spectacular experience: lush gardens, exquisite lodgings in private two-story villas and organic, local food presented by world-class chefs. In addition, you are surrounded by captivating contemporary African art all around the grounds and in the villas. All of this is ensconsed within acres of land that is home to Africa's wild beasts. The juxtaposition of luxury and adventure is magical. The staff feels like family and anticipates your requests almost as soon as you think of it! Lounging by the pools at the end of the day is the perfect touch. Unfortunately, the spa and wine cellar were not quite open when we visited, since we were some of the earliest guests.
We plan to return with our entire family including four grandchildren as soon as they are old enough to appreciate this wonder of Segera. We cannot wait!

Room Tip: Every villa is exquisite.. they are all 5-star.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2013

This was a lifetime experience!
Segera exudes beauty from the minute you step in it. You are surrounded by most beautiful landscapes, powerful modern African art, and beautiful gardens. The villas are nothing but utter luxury and beauty as you encounter nature and see the animals from the safety of your villa.
Every minute we spent there was a heart opening experience. The food was delicious. The staff were super kind and nice. And of course there is the AMAZING safari experiences. We still bright up with excitement when we think of all the animals we saw from elephants to zebras. Both the walking and the driving safari were superb and can never choose which one we liked better: we LOVED both of them. And oh, there were the picnics by the river taking you back to scenes of a romantic movie and the amazing dinner experiences every night with new surprises of the setting and the ambiance. All of that, which we could still go the gym every day and do our rounds at the pool. It is truly a life experience. I can't wait to go back again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

Imagine a stunning tropical garden set in the middle of the vast Kenyan savannah, a garden punctuated with the most beautiful and provocative African art. Segera feels like another world, an absolutely idyllic place to relax, where can happily sit on your veranda all day long just watching the animals wandering past and the vast African skies unfurl in front of you.

But if you can tear yourself away the gardens, the pool or spa, you are minutes from the most amazing encounters with herds of elephants, giraffes, ostrich, hippo, numerous antelope and gazelle ranging free in the bush.

The whole staff from the rangers to the chef were absolutely brilliant. Unobtrusive and yet attentive. Every attention to detail was taken care of, usually before you'd thought of it yourself. The villas are incredibly comfortable and spacious, the food delicious.

Honestly, its been a few weeks now and I still can't get the place out of my mind.
I understand Segera opens up fully to the public this spring and I have no doubt will quickly become impossibly difficult to get into.

My advice - book now.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

We were lucky to get places as trial guests at Segera Retreat just before official opening. The retreat is an oasis set around a beautiful garden filled with striking modern African sculptures, in the middle of a large reserve stuffed with all the big animals, so we saw a large number of Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Water Buffalo all manner of leaping antelopes, birds etc. We also had the apparently rare opportunity to go on foot with (armed) guides as well as on drives, which offered a very different experience. The place has been built on the highest sustainability standards - if you go, definitely ask to be shown how this has been achieved with clever water recycling and hidden solar panels. Staff were lovely and food was very good - with very healthy vegetarian options. The atmosphere: very calm. A place to visit nature and feel restored.

Room Tip: All the rooms are in villas dotted around the garden and all face outwards with a porch looking out...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Segera Retreat
Address: Laikipia, Nanyuki Town, Nanyuki Municipality 10400, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County > Nanyuki Municipality > Nanyuki Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Nanyuki Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Segera Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you’re seeking to reconnect with nature and embrace a new way of viewing humanity’s relationship with the natural world then Segera is the place for you. Considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild, we bring you exceptional private service in a unique oasis. Six timber and thatch villas surround a profusion of botanical life in the landscaped gardens and from their raised wooden platforms gaze out over the savannah. The sumptuous Segera House and perfectly positioned Villa Segera boast similarly spectacular views and even greater privacy and luxury. The owner’s exceptional African Art Collection is presented throughout, while the magnificent backdrop of Mount Kenya can be viewed from our common areas. Delicious home-grown food is the order of the day at Segera, served in a number of locations around the Retreat. Experience the difference with a guided camel safari at Segera! Whether you decide to walk amongst the herd or ride through the Laikipian bush on these magnificent creatures… a camel safari promises to deliver a totally unique African experience! Our expert guides and friendly herders will take you on an adventure of a lifetime to get up-close and personal with the wildlife of this beautiful area and a delicious gourmet picnic completes your “Out of Africa” camel expedition.Did you know?With the support of the Zeitz Foundation, Segera is at the forefront of change in Kenya, in which it contributes to the vision of an ecosystem in the healthiest possible state. At 20 000 hectares, Segera consists of high-altitude acacia grasslands and is centrally located in the highlands of Laikipia. The activities here include cultural tours, bush walks, game drives and spending time with game scouts and anti-poaching staff. Helicopter flights are also available. This area is a sanctuary for elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, eland and a wealth of plains game, including the endemic reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and beisa oryx. ... more   less 
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Segera Retreat Kenya/Nanyuki Town

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