Kenya is like mini-Africa. It has something of many of the continent's most precious features, so if you only ever visit one African country then it is an excellent choice. And the best places to stay in Kenya reflect this diversity, you'll find everything from city pads, to luxury safari lodges to beach resorts.
Kenya offers some wonderful wildlife-spotting opportunities on the grassy plains of the Masai Mara and in the folds of the Rift Valley, and Kenya's Tsavo National Park is regarded as one of the best places in Africa to see elephants, lions and leopards.
Kenya also has some spectacularly white Indian Ocean beaches, palm fringed on one side and colourful with coral gardens on the other.
And it's one of the world's top birdwatching destinations.
If you're looking for adventure you find it here. Scale Mount Kenya, dive or snorkel in the Marine National Park or jump on the famous 'Lunatic Express' between Nairobi and Mombasa.
One of Kenya's first settlements, beautiful Lamu island has retained its own character, despite the influence of other cultures brought by hundreds of years of ocean bound trade. Best known for having some of Kenya's best beaches, Lamu also has some wonderful Swahili architecture dating from the 14th Century, and the sights and sounds you'll hear on Lamu's winding, carless streets make you feel as if you're in a different age. Many of the best places to say in Kenya, if you're after a beach holiday, can be found here.
Mombasa is the largest port on the East African coast, so this is a historic city, as well as a busy one. But most people who come here are here for the beaches which stretch outwards from the port in both directions. This area is also becoming known as a golfing destination...
Kenya has some of the world's best game reserves, and depending where you go you can see giraffes, lions, leopards and huge herds of zebras, buffalo and wildebeest. If you're here for the annual wildebeest migration consider trying to see it from a balloon safari… Northern Kenya is home to some fascinating tribes still living a more traditional lifestyle, so if you're interested in a cultural as well as animal experience head north.
Browse our list of the best places to stay in Kenya, and start to plan your holiday.
Two stunning, fully staffed Arab/Swahili type houses overlooking the Indian Ocean & Kilifi Creek. Large living areas and a grand communal dining table perfect for groups and exclusive hire. Fantastic outdoor terrace with swimming pool and tropical gardens.
Mara Triangle National Reserve, Kenya
A diamond in the rough, this low-key and intimate camp overlooks the Ngeng River from its dense canopy standing point. Enjoy the views whether in your room, dining area or in the shower. Activities are much as expected - safari-centric. Enjoy a sundowner with a drink and the wildlife all around.
Chyulu Hills, Kenya
Luxury lodge with exclusive access to East African wilderness. Enjoy meals in the bush or on the terrace, a drink at the bar and sundowners from the hideout. Large rooms with pool, views and welcoming hospitality. A beautiful spot!
Nanyuki, Northern Frontier District, Kenya
Sabuk is privatly owned land in North-Central Kenya. Families, couples and groups are invited to witness the wilderness and beauty that lies there. The comfortable tents offer wonderful views over the river. Game drives, camel rides and nature walks are all on the cards.
Cocooned in a coastal forest with pristine white sands and turquoise waters. A home from home with four beautiful bedrooms decorated in white with four-poster beds. A private retreat with plenty of beach activities, relaxing and an opportunity to explore the wildlife with a game drive.
A house that grew into an intimate hotel set by the calm waters of the bay. Arabic rooms painted in white with four poster beds and lovely sea views. Romantic pool dining area perfect for honeymooners. The popular fisherman's bar creates a lively atmosphere at night. Paradise.
Informal beach hotel with plenty to do and delicious food. Simple chic rooms with private balconies. Relaxed sophistication and fantastic sporting activities including big game fishing. A hotel with something for everyone.
Privacy and tranquility on a secluded palm fringed peninsula. Empty beaches, coral gardens and indigenous forest surround individual cottages, each vibrantly decorated with local fabrics and with private verandahs. A romantic, unspoiled and idyllic beach retreat with plenty of water sports.
Meru National Park, Kenya
Explore the Meru National Park from this hideaway haven oozing romance, tranquility and luxury. Large rooms offer scenic views of the rugged terrain. A magical stay is complete with safari's where seeing animals is a sure bet! Relax by the pool or picnics by the river - a very romantic stay.
Stunning, secluded eco-lodge with private bandas on the beach. Chic traditional rooms with local fabrics and private verandahs. Miles of white untouched sand and crystal clear waters. Total relaxation and wellbeing as well as plenty of activities.
A luxurious beach house and private villas set on a pristine white sand beach. An option of suites, private villas and a luxury tent, some boast private pools. Elegant rooms feature four poster beds and neutral relaxing tones. An exclusive and glamorous choice with romantic outdoor dining.
Relax and chill out in this sandy, barefoot hideaway. Palm-thatched spacious bandas with sea views with romantic king-sized beds and private verandahs. The perfect beach retreat with a range of exciting activities - dolphin watching, snorkelling, fishing, sailing and body surfing.
Loisaba offers two accommodation spots in stunning natural beauty - a tented camp with six ensuite tents, lounge and cosy fireplace; or 'Loisaba Starbeds' with four-poster beds set under the stars for a more authentic experience. Fantastic communal dining and excellent game drives. Truly romantic.
Lewa Downs, Laikipia, Kenya
Panoramic views over the Samangua Valley, this family-run lodge offers eight romantic cottages. Enjoy the private terraces, stone fireplace and designer bath. Relax poolside with a drink, retreat to the cool living area or indulge in spa treatments. Explore nature from this working ranch location.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Award-winning luxury camp in the Great Rift Valley is a beautiful stay for all the family. Large tents offer comfort while surrounded by nature. Enjoy a drink at the bar, dinner with fellow guests and Kenyan sunsets. Explore the Masai Mara by jeep, foot or hot air balloon. A truly romantic find.
Lekurruki, Laikipia Region, Kenya
Raised high, this eco-friendly retreat offers unobstructed view of the wilderness and wildlife from the six private bungalows. Rooms are comfortable and are all about being one with nature. Relax by the pool, get a in-room massage or get stuck into the nature activities that are the main draw.
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Stunning camp with overwhelming views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Luxurious tents with private bathrooms and always room for a small one. Enjoy the peace the quiet of nature in this intimate and stunning camp. Relax by the pool, enjoy the camps knowledge as you see the animals either on foot or in a jeep.
One of the finest properties on the Kenyan coast. This secluded group of three luxury villas offers privacy, romance and beach fun. Luxurious rooms with beautiful drapes and four posters. Enjoy meals overlooking the private beach. Relaxed vibes for those wanting to unwind.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
In the heart of the Masai Mara, this prime spot near the Great Migration river crossing has tents renowned in the area. Comfort and views for all. A romantic meal down by the river can be arranged. Activities are much about The Big Five and seeing what else lives in the Mara.
Intimate and quiet, this hideout overlooks the Mara North Conservancy. The eight glamorous tents offer bathrooms, views and a memorable stay. Relax in the antique filled living area tent, explore the Maasai Mara and indulge your inner-explorer. Perfect for all the family to stay for great value!
Private contemporary-designed camp in Naboisho Conservancy - the heart of the Masai Mara. The ten exclusive tents are crisp and comfortable with views overlooking the plains. Enjoy sundowners and bush walks, game drives and village visits. A tranquil spot in the heart of the Kenyan outback.