Karen is one of Kenya’s oldest colonial neighbourhoods, located just 15 kilometres from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi city centre. For the longest time, the area has been known for it’s exclusivity, offering some of the best getaways spots out of town. So if you have a few days to spare or get away this weekend, we have six quick weekend getaway spots within driving distance of Nairobi where you can enjoy an overnight treat.
Hemingways’ serves European classics with a modern twist. They produce the best steaks and char-grilled flavour all prepared with a special blend of charcoal fire. Their menu also features several seafood favourites including lobsters, prawns or crab and a selection of deliciously delicate desserts. They have a stunning 45-room boutique hotel, which is flooded with natural light and bursting with character, making it nothing short of amazing.
Set in green and tranquil avenues of Karen, Karen Country Lodge is renowned for offering wining & dining in a myriad of ambient settings. Their internationally trained chefs create exceptional menus from around the globe. Also get to unwind at their bar every weekend over smooth cocktails, live bands and music. For accommodation they have 7 chic boutique cottages that are an oasis of comfort for business and pleasure.
Purdy Arms overlooks lush gardens full of indigenous trees and resident wildlife; they offer a choice of fine dining with a whole new selection off their continental menu. Enjoy good old pub grub either at the bar, out on the terrace or even in their private dining area. They also recently opened a new Indian Kitchen which we hear is a must try. For accommodation they have 5 unique rooms, each with a different feel to appeal to your liking.
Karen Blixen Coffee garden is known for its beautiful scenery and adorable cottages, located in the midst of one of the oldest formal gardens in the leafy suburbs of Karen. They house 8 cottages that can host up to 30 guests in one sitting. It is also home to two fantastic restaurants, Tamambo and Tamarind. You can therefore be sure that you will have all of your culinary cravings satisfied.
Made up of Initials of the family members, House of Waine was originally a family house, before it was converted in 2004. They have exquisite interior design that takes its cue from the Matriarch of the family and is imbued with a timeless elegance.
Margarita House has a simple yet delicious continental a la carte and buffet menu, designed to meet the diverse needs of their clientèle. Their wide range of dishes are served on a daily basis and their buffet menus are tailor-made for groups on demand. They also have 16 en suite rooms each equipped with a TV, a terrace, private bath and WiFi, perfect for a good weekend getaway.