2023 will see the debut of Marriott’s first luxury safari resort in Africa, signalling the growth of the brand across the continent. Overlooking the famed banks of the River Talek, perched on the edge of the reserve, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge’s prime location will offer guests an elevated camp from which to discover the Masai Mara National Reserve. With Baraka Lodges designing the property, plans feature 20 private tents, including one presidential canvas-topped pavilion and two interconnecting canopied suites, each with a private terrace overlooking the river. Interiors led by Kristina Zanic will be a nod to the captivating surroundings, with the local landscape reflected at every turn. Warm touches of neutral hues and natural materials will balance the earth-tone colour palette inviting guests to connect with nature and focus on their wellbeing. Shared spaces will include a restaurant, lounge bar, spa, and a large outdoor terrace with fire pits that will play host to traditional Masai dance performances in the evening. Conservation of the land and its inhabitants will be at the heart of JW Marriott Masai Mara. The safari lodge aims to employ up to 50 locals from the Masai community and will offer robust learning opportunities for guests looking to immerse themselves in the destination.
March 30, 2023
DEBUT: Marriott Heads to Masai Mara
by Sonia Sultan
JW Marriott to write its own bush story with luxury safari resort opening