Originally the retreat of a Hollywood movie star, this is one exclusive, elegant resort with glorious views.
Founded by the 1950s American actor, William Holden, and counting Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby amongst its former members, this refined club makes for a unique base from which to explore the region. Today, the original colonial building houses most of the facilities and rooms.
Tusks is the signature restaurant, with views from the terrace over the sprawling gardens to Mount Kenya and offering a diverse gourmet menu that showcases local produce. At the casual Zebar, your waiter will need to cross hemispheres to take your order! The afternoon tea here, served on the lawn terrace, comes recommended. There’s a pool bar and the Mawingo Room – an exclusive private dining venue set around a wood-burning fireplace with a collection of photos featuring actors from yesteryear.
You’re welcome to spend your days here as you please, taking it easy by the pool or immersing yourself in activities from golf to mountain biking. There’s also a new health and fitness centre. Tastefully furnished traditional rooms are housed in the main building, with a sitting area, fireplace, bathroom with rain shower, and views of the gardens or towards Mount Kenya. A range of suites are more spacious, some located in the original building and others in cottages throughout the grounds. The charming William Holden Cottages are simply huge, with their own private lawn area.
In the foothills of Mount Kenya, with the equator running through the grounds, next to Mount Kenya National Park
Good to know
120 rooms, suites and cottages
• Take a guided bird walk* • Go horse riding* • Visit the William Holden Animal Orphanage* • Request a private dining experience along the River Likii*.
Restaurant, bar, private dining venue
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Tusks.
*Denotes local charge