Amboseli Serena Lodge
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. Close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. These, the only sources of water in this otherwise starkly beautiful but arid park, attract huge numbers of wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos and plains game.
The lodge's décor reflects the brilliant primary colours and iconic shapes representative of the Maasai peoples. The 92 rooms (below left) are single-storey units which open directly onto the gardens; each has hand-painted wall frescoes and a small patio facing Mount Kilimanjaro. At the heart of the lodge, shaded by palm trees, is a free-form swimming pool. The central dining area is reached by a timbered bridge over a melt-water stream, while the lounge and bar feature a broad terrace and a blazing fire-pit where evening cocktails can be enjoyed.
Facilities include satellite TV (in communal areas, not the guest rooms), WiFi, a gift shop and a business centre.