TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards reveals the top 10 hotels in Kenya

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Based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world, the annual awards reflect "the best of the best" for service, quality, and customer satisfaction, from hotels and accommodations to destinations, attractions, and even brands and products.

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Five of the top 10 hotels in Kenya are at the Coast, according to the 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world, the annual awards reflect "the best of the best" for service, quality, and customer satisfaction, from hotels and accommodations to destinations, attractions, and even brands and products.

The winners are based on millions of reviews collected in a single year from American travel website TripAdvisor users worldwide.

Here are the top 10 hotels in Kenya based on these reviews.

10. Kilili Baharini Resort And Spa

Set on the Indian Ocean, this upmarket beachfront resort is 3 km from the Malindi Marine National Park and 4 km from the Malindi Tourist Market.

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Offering free Wi-Fi, and minibars, the airy, polished rooms feature Swahili-inspired decor and furnishings such as carved beds, as well as verandas and pool views, along with fans, mosquito nets and safes. Upgraded quarters and suites include sitting areas.

9. The Sands at Nomad

The hotel offers you the ultimate beach getaway. A combination of discretion, tranquility and warmth with the privilege of the award winning Diani Beach.

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Nestled into 26 Acres of pristine coastal forest The Sands at Nomad steps away from the traditional block hotel concept, into an atmosphere of space, freedom and personal care.

8. The Sands at Chale Island

A Private Island Resort with magical fusion of nature and comfort with elegance and romance.

The hotel is spread out to offer the utmost in privacy and romance, even when at full capacity one has a tremendous feeling of peace, tranquility and seclusion.

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The combination of white beach, tropical plants, laid back island flair and Kenyan hospitality is what dreams are made of.

7. Villa Rosa Kempinski

Offering the perfect fusion of European luxury and Kenyan hospitality, Villa Rosa Kempinski is positioned between Nairobi  city and countryside.

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The hotel is a unique destination where guests can spend time relaxing or working, and in addition to the 200 rooms and suites distributed throughout its ten floors, you will also find exquisite dining opportunities here.

6. Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa

A multi award-winning boutique hotel, located at the Diani, Ukunda, South Coast Mombasa, where natural beauty and inspired design are merged to create the perfect romantic destination.

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Situated on the unspoiled shores of the wonderfully warm Indian Ocean, this intimate and stylish beach resort prides itself on exceptional personal service and attention.

5. Sarova Mara Game Camp

Located in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in South West Kenya, the Camp is uniquely laid out over the sprawling grounds that include rolling manicured greens, a virtual mini forest of indigenous shrubs and exotic trees, a large pond stocked with fish, mini bird sanctuary and an authentic Maasai village adjoining the camp.

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The camp includes 20 club tents, 51 standard tents, 2 family tents, a main restaurant, bar and many bush dining options. The free swimming pool has its own pool bar.

4. Mara West Game Camp

The Camp borders the remote and wild western edge of Masai Mara National Reserve.

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Mara West Camp has eight secluded chalets, perched on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, overlooking the vast plains of the Transmara Triangle below, and eight traditional safari tents overlooking the escarpment’s bordering valley.

3. Medina Palms

Medina Palms is Watamu's newest and most luxurious resort, securely situated on the sands of Watamu Marine Park on Kenya's coast.

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Medina Palms is a place to enjoy the sound of gently lapping waves on the shore, or a pool side snooze under the equatorial sun.

2. Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Surrounded on three sides by the breathtaking Mara River, and on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World – the Masai Mara - Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the epitome of tented luxury.

The Fairmont is a host to a number of fine dining, safari and outdoor activities. 

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The main Masai Mara lodge at the center of camp hosts an indoor restaurant, bar and library with Internet access to keep the relatives up to date with safari adventures. A spacious outside deck overhangs the river and leads to a swimming pool, complete with bar and private massage tents.

1. Hemingways Nairobi

The hotel which is only a 40-minute drive away from Nairobi's international airport,completes our definitive collection which encompasses the beach and the bush.

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The 45-room boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury service for travellers in the region.

Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Its 80 square metre bedrooms each have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills.

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