Love & Romance

10 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Alternatives to Kempinski

Cottar’s Camp

Roses are red, money is green. The two colors might give an icky brown shade when mixed but you definitely can’t say the same for romance and finance. When those two blend the results are pure magnificence!

And if there’s ever a time of year when a union between love and cash is best appreciated, it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s no secret that the romance of the day is nowadays best expressed by lavishly spending on your dearest.

It’s no wonder that establishments go to full lengths so they can create unforgettable experiences for the lovebirds on this day. Everything just shy of the stars and the moon are on offer.

Unfortunately, the biggest talk of town, The Villa Rosa Kempinski Presidential Valentine’s Day Treatment – which costs a generous Ksh 2.34 Million – is already fully booked for the weekend. Lucky for you, there are still a pick of cheaper yet still wildly romantic Valentine’s soirées to keep the romance burning. Here’s a compilation of the best ones according to Travel Start:

  1. Leopard Beach Resort
    Leopard Beach Resort
    Tucked away in Diani, Kenya’s South Coast, this is without doubt one of Kenya’s best luxury beach resorts. It is an ideal destination to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The resort is peaceful and pleasant with all-inclusive facilities including Wi Fi. The beach resort offers a variety of food and drinks, a pool bistro, bars, spa and fitness facilities, outdoor Jacuzzi and other variety of resort activities.
  2. The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille Lodge
    The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille Lodge
    The Santuary at Ol Lentille Lodge is located in Northern Laikipia.  It is a magnificent lodge, full of natural splendor and romantic panoramas. It is one of the most exclusive and luxurious getaways in Africa. The resort prides in its privacy and remoteness, which is great for lovebirds. Ol Lentille Lodge’s glamorous beauty captures the lush appeal of Kenya. You can enjoy the amazing views of Mount Kenya, wine and dine at your own convenience. You can dazzle your body with Ol Lentille Spa treatments. Pamper your loved one at Ol Lentille Lodge on Valentine’s Day and enjoy exclusive romance that you will never forget.
  3. Dodo’s Tower at Hippo Point
    Located on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Dodo’s Tower at Hippo Point is another excellent romantic gateway for lovers. Inside the tower, there are five elegant bedrooms which offer amazing views of the surroundings. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of your surroundings. The bedrooms’ fitting is a perfect definition of luxury. The tower is beautifully furnished and decorated with breathtaking Maasai crafts and antiques. You can enjoy a healthy romantic breakfast outside, under the towering yellow fever acacias and an intimate candlelit dinner with your loved one.
  4. Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa
    Located on Galu Beach, south of Mombasa, Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa is an idyllic holiday destination on a fine sandy beach. The resort has finest-dining restaurants and bars, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, spa treatments and WI-FI. The resort also offers water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. It has about 36 deluxe rooms with balcony overlooking the beautiful garden and the sea. If you want to enjoy a quiet and relaxing Valentine’s Day or weekend with your loved one, Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa is the place for you.
  5. Cottar’s Camp
    Cottar’s Camp
    Cottar’s Camp is located one kilometer from the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The beautiful camp has all-inclusive 8 deluxe and private tents. You can pamper yourself with a soul and body renewing treatment at the Spa. Enjoy safari shower or bath, swim the day away with your loved one at the amazing pool in the Camp. Wine and dine in a romantic way. Escape to Cottar’s camp and discover the true meaning of romance.
  6. Saruni Samburu Lodge
    Saruni Samburu Lodge
    Revel in magnificent luxury at Saruni Samburu. The lodge is regarded as one of the most memorable romantic escapes in Kenya.  Saruni boasts luxury accommodation that taps into East Africa’s spirit and inspires guests with range of activities which makes it a perfect getaway for a passionate holiday. You can explore nature and wildlife, enjoy swimming with remarkable views over Samburu land, enjoy game drives inside Samburu National Reserve and enjoy Saruni’s unique cuisine during breakfast or romantic dinner. Saruni offers couples an idyllic happiness and complete relaxation.
  7. Manda Bay
    Manda Bay
    Manda Bay is an ideal spot for a romantic celebration with perfect atmosphere to stargaze once the sun has set. Enjoy a candlelight dinner for just the two of you under the stars, with the ocean lapping gently on the shore. Like sea foods? Sea foods are delivered fresh by the local fishermen. Manda Bay provides an intimate experience for couples that want to spend quality time together. It is the perfect setting for Valentine’s Day Romance!
  8. Borana Lodge
    Borana Lodge
    Borana Lodge is still one of the most beautiful of resorts in Kenya and an idyllic location for a romantic holiday. The lodge offers 8 cottages which are epitome of luxury with bold interiors which soothe the eye all at once. The lodge offers couples safari experience, massive and spacious bathrooms, colorful gardens, game drives, mountain biking, swimming pools and amazing views of Mount Kenya, Samangua Valley and the Lewa Plains to the Ngare Ndare Forest. The lodge has friendly staff and guides. There are plenty of secluded spots for romance.
  9. Sarara Camp
    Sarara Camp
    Enjoy the stunning views of animal watering hole and The Mathews Range of mountains at Sarara luxury tents. The tents have luxury facilities including outdoor bathroom, private terrace with table and chair and romantic dinner out in the lugga. Sarara offers a beautiful experience that will always make you remember your holiday and smile.
  10. Loisiijo Lodge Shompole
    Loisiijo Lodge Shompole
    Loisiijo Lodge Shompole has four independent cottages with a river view and shaded by huge fit trees lining the river banks. There is no phone signal at the lodge, a perfect opportunity to spend time with your loved one. However, you can get phone signal about 200 meters walk from the lodge.

Make your 2015 Valentine’s Day memorable for all the right reasons, not for breaking the bank.


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