Resting against the splendid setting of Mount Kilimanjaro that is the nation’s highest mountain, the Amboseli Serena Lodge in the Amboseli National Park is besides the flowing natural spring, green swamps formed by the melting snow, and the woods of savannah’s acacias rendering it the most scenic luxury lodge amidst the lush surroundings. Canopied by the 6000 m Kilimanjaro draped with snow, the inn is designed in the typical Masai hamlet style and looks over a floodlit as well as salty water hole – the famous site for some exciting game views. So, the Amboseli Serena Lodge promises game viewing in one of the best park locations. Besides the vistas of the water hole, the other two top appeals are its game viewing decks of natural timber and the acacia-canopied pool.
Something for which East Africa is well known; the big game is always seen over the lodge in form of wildebeests, cheetahs, buffaloes, lions, giraffes, elephants, gazelles, and baboons. Especially, the elephants here can be viewed quite beautifully here. In fact, there is no need to leave your room for spotting the varied species of migratory as well as swamp birds.
No matter what others say, the Amboseli Serena Lodge is the wonderful inn featuring a better concord with the environment, native architecture, interiors with the unique African motifs, and rooms with individual embellishments with genuine native murals created by a regional artist. Further, the décor here showcases the gleaming primary colors as well as legendary shapes of the past warriors. And yes, although it is a lodge, you can expect all the five-star hotel comforts.
At the Amboseli Serena Lodge, there are 92 rooms all of which promise a nonstop clear vista of the most dynamic African plains. If you want experience the ultimate touch of opulence, I would recommend going for the Ol Donyor Oibor Suite ensuring a great vista of the Mount Kilimanjaro, roof terrace, private balcony, separate lounge area, a king-size bed, luxury bathroom, Jacuzzi, shower, steward, and mini bar.
All the opulent ensuite rooms are tucked individually in two edifices of single storeys that can be seen soaring to the right of the reception as well as to the left of dining areas. Each of them engulfs a hand-painted wall fresco inspired by the Maasai style, chic twins or king-sized bed, bathroom with shower, private veranda, mosquito-curtaining, writing/vanity unit, shower/tub combination, Wireless high-speed Internet access (complimentary), ceiling fan, free toiletries, safe, slippers, bathrobes, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Further, each one of them are individually furnished as well as decorated.
- Coffee in lobby • Currency exchange • Babysitting or child care • Restaurant(s) in hotel • Audio-visual equipment • Dry cleaning/laundry service • Express check-in and check-out • Secretarial services • Wireless (high-speed) Internet access – complimentary • Multilingual staff • Gift shops • Multiple conference/meeting rooms • On-site medical aid
- Beauty services • Massage – spa treatment room(s) • Swimming pool – outdoor • Picnic area • Garden • Spa services on site • Game drives • Bush dinning • Sundowners at the Observation Hill • Balloon safari • Tree planting at the Lodge • Running track/path • Eco tours • Nature walks and birding • Visit to the Masai hamlet • Hiking/biking trails • 2 guided game drives daily • Masai dances • Guitarist • Board games • Children’s menu • Restaurants
The well decorated as well as hand painted is the main dining zone flanked by the water gardens and containing the time-honored Masai artifacts. Not only its interior is fascinating, but also is exterior area where a meltwater stream offers a timbered bridge to excitingly reach the room. Once you reach here, you enjoy on the wide dinning terrace, watching animals that descend due to thirst, a buffet-style breakfast encompassing cooked as well as continental items, occasional themed dinners such as Kenyan night or Pasta night, fresh produce, and meals on the bush.
Both breakfast and lunch are offered here as a buffet of many international items in a classical safari style. Breakfast might include European options, whereas the lunch offers delicious vegetarian options. Coming to dinners, they include soups, salad buffet, pudding, entrée, tea, coffee, and biscuits along with the vegetarian options. Sometimes, theme nights are arranged such as the Pasta Night offering traditional Italian sauces and pastas, Mongolian Night with BBQs and roasts, and Kenyan Night serving Posho (maize), soft drinks, and ‘Sukuma’ (a fusion of tomatoes, spinach, coriander, onions, and garlic).
The best way to experience the meals is to be in the bush. A ‘bush dining’ site is near the lodge from where you can enjoy many panoramic sites like the mountain and the Observation Hill. Here, there are safari chairs, tables, bush kitchen all of which turn to be like a show amidst the lamp-lit ambiance at night.