A gracious hilltop country retreat in remote northwestern Kenya
Laragai House is a strikingly lovely property, perched on the edge of a 1000-metre-high plateau in central northwestern Kenya's Borana Conservancy. Sitting far north of Mount Kenya, it's the perfect destination if you're wanting to holiday with family or friends (there are eight bedrooms) in a quiet area, where the game viewing is plentiful and other visitors are rare. Laragai is a private home that is rented out when the owners are away, so the atmosphere is warm and homely, with everything you could wish for, from attentive staff to a well-equipped gym and views to infinity.
At the lodge
This sister lodge to Borana, eight kilometres away, is a large country retreat. Here, locally made furniture combines with exotic fabrics and unique Rajasthan rugs. The thatched sitting room has interesting wall art and a top-end sound system. Meals are served around the house – breakfast on a deck overlooking the waterhole, lunch in the pool house (the barman makes a mean Bloody Mary!) and dinner in the dining room. There's a heated pool, tennis court and gym. Wi-fi throughout.
The house has eight serviced bedrooms for private groups of six to 14 guests, all furnished with the very best – large beds, fine linen, en-suite bathrooms. You'll need time to make the most of the place, so it's the perfect place for a longer stay. Children of all ages are welcome.
See the game from a safari vehicle, on horseback or on foot, or while pedalling a mountain bike. Visit local villages, see a flower farm, camp outdoors in a fly tent, go fishing, take a helicopter ride, play football with the truly wonderful staff (many with terrific ball skills), work out or practise yoga in the gym, or just give in to the sunshine and take a post-lunch nap in one of the shady alcoves surrounding the pool.