It was always the same - holidays were approaching, and I was all out of ideas of where to stay. There was that place in Laikipia that a friend had mentioned - what was it, "Ole, Ale, Ome.. something" and no amount of Google searching would bring it up. By now, all that remained on Airbnb were cramped, down-at-heel dwellings that held little appeal. Searching for hotels brought up the same tired booking sites aimed at mass tourism. What I really wanted was a quirky little place to rest up for a few days. There was a need, I felt, for a website that listed all these places - whether it's laid-back coastal spots, hotels set up for young children, or a super lodge for that large family gathering planned for next year.
I warn you - this a highly subjective list. Every place listed here passes some kind of chaotic checklist, whether it's charm, value for money, location or something a bit more unique. It's a curated list of the very best places that we think Kenya has to offer. Search by category or simply browse by destination. Many places are not listed - either because we haven't been there, or we just didn't like it that much. But those that we do like - well, have a look. We are not a booking site - we don't take any payment from any of the places listed - and we pay our own way. If we don't, then we'll tell you. But it won't make any difference to how we rate it. We are always on the road, and our list will keep on growing.
About the Author
I'm a former travel magazine editor, focused on Kenya, before which I covered news in Africa and beyond. These days, I travel with my kids.