Richard Branson’s ‘Mahali Mzuri’ ranked best hotel globally

Mahali Mzuri, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya [Image:courestey]
Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari camp located in the private olare Motorogi conservancy camp has been named as World’s number one hotel in 2021 by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

The survey which allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences in top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships and survey was concluded in May after 5 months of voting, rating based on facilities, location, service, food and overall value.

The resort boasts a 40-foot infinity pool and an spa resting above acacia-dotted valley, offering tourists a perfect view of the numerous and various animals in the surrounding.

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has admired the win as a testimony to the destination’s mission towards attracting international luxury travelers.

Mahali Mzuri was set up in partnership with former chair of the Kenya Tourism Federation Jake Grieves cook in 2007 as a way of getting closer to the wildlife and feeding back into the Maasai Mara.

“It is an exceptional honor and dream come true to be named as the Number One Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure’s knowledgeable readers,” says General Manager Wilson Odhiambo.

“Being recognized in any capacity by one of the most respected and renowned resources on travel globally is incredible in itself. Receiving two accolades, including Number One Safari Lodge alongside World’s Best, is exemplary and a recognition of the hard work and dedication that every single person in our Virgin Limited-Edition team puts into Mahali Mzuri and serving its incredible guests each and every day.”

KTB CEO Dr. Betty Raider disclosed that Kenya, over the years, has been working towards profiling the destination to attract niche clients who have specific preferences and needs.

“This is coming after the inaugural Roar Africa and Emirates executive private jet safari- a world class conservation safari to Masai Mara for luxury experiences in facilities within Mara, this shows that we have enough facilities to accommodate the luxury traveler,” said Betty.