Here is a fact, one of the best things about living in Kenya’s Capital is that you can be at a lake, in the wilderness, at a geothermal spa, somewhere in the mountains or enjoying therapeutic sounds of falling water and breath-taking views within 2 and half hours or less. The adventures are bottomless and the best part is that they are just a short drive away.
A few weeks ago, Qillian and I (Viola) featuring Routes Adventures (@routeadventures) hoped into a van to experience the fun-filled road trip to and a getaway at the Panari Resort, Nyahururu. It is said that a road trip is always a plan? So why not? The journey was pretty straightforward and with google maps, you stand no chance of getting lost. We took a little over the estimated 2.5 hours to arrive at the destination because the drive was super scenic. We made a couple of stops to capture these moments.
In the heart of a 20-acre tranquil forest, a luxury hideaway awaited us. The Resort stands on flawlessly manicured grounds that will entice you with its serene overflowing climate, the green of the grass, the other green of the woods, the reasonable blue skies, the crispy air and the sound of the falling waters from the close-by Thompson waterfall. A lake, a forest, a river, a waterfall all within walking and short driving distances of each other surrounding a gem of a hotel is what met us when we got to our destination. However, the many elements of surprise, discovery and luxury begin with the grand entrance!
Upon arrival, we were treated to some refreshments and biting and later driven to our rooms on a cart. Whether you are determined to achieve a short break or a longer retreat, there is provision of world-class facilities to meet your needs. Here, we spent our time being treated like royalties. We experienced the friendliest of staffs ever who were always willing to help us with whatever we needed help with at any time of the day!
The Resort offers two choices of accommodation: Cottage rooms and Courtyard rooms all offering a little extraordinary something. The Yard Rooms are facilitated in the main building and are essentially family rooms that are interconnected. From these rooms you can take in the hints of the Thompson Falls. These are the ideal spaces for families because from the rooms you can monitor kids on the kids’ playing zone. There are also rooms to cater for the physically challenged are deliberately located close to the feasting and bar areas. On the other hand, the cottage rooms are set in a tranquil and peaceful zone far from the main building and offer views over the Ewaso Nyiro River and further into the Marmanet forest.
It is not every day that you get to stay in a room with a fireplace. Nights in Nyahururu could get quite chilly. Besides adding a cozy element to the rooms, the fireplace is the perfect way to stay warm and toasty in your room. Additionally, each room features a satellite TV, a telephone, tea/ coffee making facilities, safety deposit box and an extravagant bathroom fitted with an overhead shower and amenities like a hair dryer!
The resort also offers the best culinary experience at the Olive Restaurant. We were treated to a fusion of cuisines with a touch of continental and Pan- African dishes. Interestingly, the restaurant changes menus every day. It is quite impossible to recommend any meal. Adjacent to this restaurant is the Silk Oak bar ready to treat their guests to exotic cocktails at any given time save for Thursday evenings.
We also had the opportunity to visit different facilities: There are 4 conference rooms fitted with cutting edge varying media, Wi-Fi and air conditioning. These conference rooms can house up to 200 visitors and are perfect for gatherings, weddings, and ceremonial social affairs. The resort additionally has an indoor pool complete with a very much trimmed lawn for sun bathing and a bar and eatery that offers sound choices for children and grown-ups alike. You can swim whenever regardless of the climate. The pool is warmed and once you’re finished with your laps you can have a meal or a beverage at the pool bar and eatery.
There’s also a gym fitted with world- class equipment and a trainer so guests can keep up with their workout regimen, a salon, spa and sauna offering relaxion to guests. Other outdoor activities include quad biking, cycling, excursions to the Laikipia Conservancies, Lake Ol’ Bolossat and Thompson falls. We were set for an excursion to Lake Ol’ Bolossat but the weather did not favor us.
For the loveliest sunsets, breathtaking views and a luxury hideaway in a forest, the Panari Resort, Nyahururu should top your list when you think of your next get-away with your people. Just remember to pack your jacket!
Link to our Thompson Falls feature http://www.violayasmineadventures.com/travel/thompson-falls/
Featuring @Qillian_saiya and @Routesadventures
Article by @ess_opiyo.
Photography by @routesadventures