Marriott International will open its first luxury safari resort in Kenya next year, according to the company. In addition to 20 individual tents, the resort will also have a presidential canvas-topped pavilion. It will be located inside Africa’s Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, with a view of the Talek river and the Masai Mara National Reserve.
A restaurant, a lounge bar, a spa, and an outdoor patio with fire pits will be among the amenities available to guests. Traditional Masai dancing performances will take place in the evenings at the venue.
The resort intends to hire up to 50 locals from the Masai community to assist with land and animal conservation on the property. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to participate in educational activities.
In June, the reserve, which is home to lions, elephants, and rhinos, serves as a stopover for migrating wildebeest on their yearly 1,800-mile journey from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
This is Marriott’s first safari offering, and it will be developed in collaboration with family-run Baraka Lodges. Kristina Zanic will be in charge of the interior design, which will draw inspiration from the surrounding scenery.
When it opens in 2019, the JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will provide guests with a luxurious backdrop against which to create once in a lifetime memories while connecting with nature and wildlife like never before, according to Bruce Rohr, vice president and brand leader at JW Marriott, Marriott International.
It is our pleasure to welcome adventurous tourists, especially families, to this breathtaking region of the globe under the JW Marriott brand.
“This historic initiative is in response to travelers’ rising need for experience products that allow them to form a deeper connection with their chosen location,” said Jerome Briet, chief development officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Marriott International.