Contemporary grandeur with a colonial flavour, Hemingways Nairobi is a brand new boutique hotel set in luscious grounds that truly is an oasis of serenity away from the bustle of the city centre. Located in the upmarket suburb of Karen, with leafy views over the Ngong hills, echoes of a bygone age are re-interpreted for five star comfort, with a wonderful spa, beautiful swimming pool and a newly established reputation for the best steaks in town. Conveniently located for the Karen Blixen museum, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre, Hemingways is ideal for a luxury stopover before a Kenya safari.

The opulent lobby with double circle of staircase is reminiscent of a grand old plantation house, the light and airy feel extending to the 45 spacious suites where high ceilings and tall windows open onto balconies giving stunning views over the lawns and hills. The suites are arranged in several two storey buildings along the hillside a short golf cart ride away from the main building.

Four poster beds made up in fine Egyptian cotton are draped in mosquito netting, and graceful furnishings evoke the safari chic of yesteryear, combining it subtly with all the modern conveniences, so that the 40” flat screen television pops up from a leather and brass studded safari trunk. Air-conditioning and complimentary wi-fi are a given, as are the laptop safe, mini-bar and phone with conference call capability. Beautiful en-suite bathrooms are lined with Italian marble with a big oval tub, separate shower and double vanity as well as a walk-in closet. Your butler is at your service for unpacking and pressing and any concierge service required.

Enjoy world-class spa treatments favoured by in the know locals, relax beside the sparkling pool and spoil yourself with afternoon tea on the verandah to absorb the peace and tranquillity in style. The elegant Brasserie serves choice cuts of steak and simple cuisine featuring European classics in elegant but unpretentious surroundings and is known for its fabulous breakfasts too. For plenty of pampering and a tranquil five-star Nairobi stopover, Hemingways has created a niche all of its own.