The JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge is set to welcome guests from April 1. JW Marriott forms part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio of 30 hotel brands.
The lodge will mark the brand’s very first luxury safari lodge and will be located within the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya – one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife conservation and wilderness regions.
Overlooking the banks of the River Talek on the edge of the reserve, the lodge will offer guests a backdrop of the reserve’s landscape, endless plains, and abundant wildlife, including the Big Five.
The Masai Mara is also home to lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceros and elephants.
Between June and September, the reserve plays host to the annual great wildebeest migration which sees more than 10 million animals travel 2 897km from the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania.
JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will feature 20 private tents, including a Honeymoon tented suite with a private plunge pool and two interconnecting canopied suites, each with a private terrace and Jacuzzi.
Each of the lodge’s 20 private tents will come with amenities by Rituals and Healing Earth, and in-room spa treatments will be available to book.
In addition, the lodge will offer a restaurant, lounge and bar, swimming pool, and fire pit area.
At the heart of the camp is the JW Garden, where guests can meditate in unique seating areas.
The garden will also provide the camp chefs with home-grown, sustainable ingredients to craft personalised meals, mocktails and cocktails for guests, as well as daily event programming such as live cooking and chef-led walks.
“With an abundance of natural beauty and calming surroundings, the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is a perfect retreat for the mind, body and soul,” said Candice D’Cruz, Vice President Luxury Brands, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will offer guests a serene backdrop to make once-in-a-lifetime memories as they connect with nature and leave feeling revitalised following a holistic, wellness-forward stay,” D’Cruz added.
The Spa by JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will offer tailored experiences and signature treatments that blend locally inspired techniques and therapies complemented by natural and organic products by the African skincare brand, Healing Earth.
Treatments will also include guided yoga, and a ‘Mara Celebration’ treatment using local botanicals and therapies.