Claimed to be Europe’s longest-established luxury hotel company, Kempinski Hotels has announced plans to open luxury hotels and lodges in key destinations in Africa over the next few years. They have signed a management agreement with Simba Corporation Limited for a 200-room hotel in the heart of Nairobi and a luxury tented camp in the Masai Mara, both set to open under the Kempinski banner this year. Kempinski added that the development of the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra is well underway with the opening set for the end of 2012.
Expansion in the Middle East and Africa region, which has seen the opening of three hotels since September 2011 with four more set to open before the end of the year, is part of the overall strategy of Kempinski Hotels to double their portfolio to 121 hotels worldwide by 2015.
The five-star hotel in Nairobi will set a new standard of luxury as the first truly five-star hotel in the city, featuring spacious rooms and suites, an upscale restaurant and lounges, a large pillar-less ballroom for events and state-of-the art meeting and recreational facilities.
The tented camp is located in the Olare Orok Conservancy and is home to some of the Mara’s largest lion prides. The spacious luxury tents are built on elevated decks with private balconies that offer unhindered views of the Mara Plains and the Ntiakitiak River.
The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City will mark Kempinski’s entry into West Africa, and is set as the centrepiece of a larger mixed-use development, Gold Coast City, which covers an area of some 35 acres and will include residences, retail space, an exhibition centre, offices and government buildings. The hotel will feature 269 rooms and suites, including two presidential suites, as well as restaurants and lounges, 6 000m² of shopping facilities and a 2 000m² spa.
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