World's Best Hotel Beds

by Josey Miller

KENYA: A Bed in the Great Outdoors

Safari slumber party: Leave your teddy bear at home in favor of some real wildlife at Loisaba Wilderness, a 61,000-acre private resort located just off the equator in Northern Laikipia, Kenya. Bunk down in a four-poster, mosquito-netted Star Bed on a raised, open-air deck.

Snooze factor: Low. Whether your Star Bed sits above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River or overlooks a vast, unfenced pastoral panorama, the view from your pillow—including elephants, lions, leopards, zebras, buffalo, hippos, cheetahs, giraffes, and wild dogs—is so exciting you may not want to sleep.

Who goes there: Anyone who ever dreamed of being Mowgli, or Tarzan, or Jane—and wasn't scared by Where the Wild Things Are. Loisaba is also a photographer's dreamland: Whether your equipment is professional or point-and-shoot, be sure your batteries are fully charged.

Undercover info: A good night's sleep here is a good thing for the community: Through the Loisaba Community Trust (LCT) charitable organization, the neighboring village owns a stake in the Star Beds; their profits help fund scholarships, build classrooms, pay teacher salaries, and provide school supplies for local children.

Loisaba Wilderness
Tel: 254 62 31072
Star Bed accommodations from $495 per person, including meals, alcohol, and game-viewing drives

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