In the heart of the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, where the untamed wilderness meets luxury, lies the JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge. With its 20 spacious tents nestled along the Talek River, this safari haven marks Marriott’s debut in the safari experience. Forget skyscrapers; think intimate, safari-chic, and the thrill of spotting wildlife right from your doorstep.
Opened in April 2023, this camp is Marriott’s smallest outpost yet, signaling a new chapter for the global hotel giant. The JW Marriott Masai Mara is a unique sandbox experiment, showcasing Marriott’s trusted formula in the heart of the African bush. The promise of an authentic, unfiltered safari experience has drawn travelers from around the globe, with the camp consistently booked months in advance.
Each of the 20 tents overlooks the Talek River and exudes safari-chic charm, blending comfort with the allure of the wild. The rooms, adorned with Maasai warrior busts and tribal motifs, boast canopied balconies overlooking the river, providing an intimate connection with nature. With amenities like outdoor hot tubs and marble-adorned showers, it’s a plush retreat amidst the rugged landscape.
Sarabi restaurant and the Fig Tree Bar and Lounge, the heart of the camp, offer a culinary journey amidst the savannah. From pre-game-drive croissants to bush breakfasts under acacia trees, the dining experience is a blend of global cuisines sourced locally. Rotating three-course menus minimizes food waste, with the option for off-menu local specialties, delivering a true Kenyan feast.
Another dining option comes in the form of the to-go bush breakfasts and meals, all packed in a fancy picnic box for you to enjoy while on a game drive. Prepared by the chef, your guide will set up a makeshift dining area, complete with a table and folding chairs, under a tree somewhere in the park.
The Spa by JW, with an African touch, invites guests to rejuvenate post-safari. From rubdowns to sunburn-soothing facials, the spa overlooks the bush, creating a tranquil setting for relaxation. The commitment to warm service extends across the camp, with the majority of the staff being Maasai locals. Other amenities include an infinity pool, indoor-outdoor gym, game room, and the hotel’s gift shop stocked with Masai-made souvenirs.
The lodge’s strategic location on the Masai Mara National Reserve’s northeastern perimeter ensures close encounters with the Big Five via the game drives. The Talek River and neighboring watering holes attract a diverse array of wildlife, providing a front-row seat to nature’s spectacle. Guests are also well-placed to witness the famed wildebeest migration from July to October. Other additional activities available include cultural village visits and hot air balloon safaris.
Accessible via the Keekorok airstrip, a direct turboprop connection from Nairobi sets the stage for a thrilling arrival. A 45-minute drive from the airstrip is included in the rate and immerses guests in the camp’s enchanting ambiance. The lodge is a scenic five-hour drive from Nairobi for the more adventurous.
This unparalleled safari experience comes with a price tag starting at $2,900 for two people per night. The exclusivity, all-inclusive offerings, and the promise of an unforgettable safari adventure make it a sought-after destination, delivering an all-inclusive package excluding premium add-ons.
In the world of luxury safari experiences, the JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge stands as a testament to Marriott’s ability to redefine hospitality in diverse landscapes. As the camp continues to evolve, it’s poised to become a central player in the global safari industry, attracting adventurers seeking a perfect blend of comfort and untamed wilderness. For more information and to book a stay, please visit the JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge website.