…an idyllic spot in a remote part of Kenya. Set on top of a hill, the aptly named Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is an architect’s dream; a collection of quirky, eclectic buildings making up this little piece of paradise.
There are not many places in the world where you can lie in bed, float in your plunge pool and relax on your deck whilst watching the sun rise and later in the day, watch it set from the very same spot. You can do this from The Eyrie, a beautifully designed private space with breath-taking 360 degree views across northern Kenya. Ideal for couples young and old, honeymooners, those needing to de-stress and those simply wanting to relax, guests are left to their own devices by discreet staff to be as active or as lazy as they want.
I wondered about keeping fit (I was running a marathon a few days after my visit) but I need not have worried. There are steps everywhere (I guess there are bound to be at the top of a hill) plus you can ride a horse, bicycle, quad bike or a camel, take a game drive or a walk. If you want something less strenuous, try a game of croquet, some yoga (Gill, the owner, is a trained yoga instructor) a treatment in the spa or a few laps of the rim flow pool.
Ol Lentille is about space and solitude; it is not uncommon to never see another guest during your stay. The area on which Ol Lentille sits is huge (three times the size of Manhattan); the only people you might meet on your safari are the odd Samburu herdsmen. Owner run, Ol Lentille is a successful example of how partnerships with the local community can work; in the ten years of its existence, funds raised have built several schools and hospitals in the area.
The real secret to Ol Lentille is the unbelievably good value. A fully inclusive stay starts at US$500.00 per person per night and, as it is their 10th birthday this year, guests who stay four nights get one of them free.
It doesn’t get much better than that really …