Hotel

Extravagant Outdoor Beds

by Alison Humes

Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Nanyuki, Kenya

Loisaba, on Kenya's Laikipia Plateau, has spurred ten marriage proposals. "It's all about the beds," says owner Tom Silvester. "They are ridiculously comfortable." You're just off the equator, amid acacia woodland and savanna, not far from the Rift Valley, the birthplace of modern man. There are two Star Bed camps: Kiboko, by a huge water hole that attracts wildlife, and Koija, on the Ewaso Nyiro River (you can hike from one to the other). Inspired by a Mukokoteni handcart and built on an old Land Rover axle, each bed is on a large platform set about ten feet off the ground and 100 feet apart, ensuring privacy. In the evening, the Masai and Samburu who run the camps wheel them out from under a palm-thatch roof. The air is clear 300 days a year, granting full access to the wonder of African skies.

Loisaba Wilderness Lodge
Tel: 254 20 600 3090
doubles, $1,190

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