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“A Rare Gem” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   PO Box 1512 | Nanyuki, 10400, Kenya   |  
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“A Rare Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2010

My family have just returned from a holiday which included a 3 night stay at Ol Lentille.
Ol Lentille is the most tranquil and magical place. It is incredibly well run by the owner managers the Elias's and the service was impeccable.
Ol Lentille is situated in a most beautiful and remote part of Kenya The area is in a very low maleria risk area so it was a pleasure not having to douse ourselves in deet spray everyday.
The accomodation we had was in a beautiful and spacious, included a large bedroom, living area, dressing area and indulgent bathroom with wonderful views. My children 12 and 10 had a separate bedroom/ lounge and bathroom, both complimented with terraces .

The service was wonderful we had two great butlers looking after our every needs as well as a housekeeper. Go hungary because the food is excellent , all bread and bakery goods are made freshly on the premises. Every meal and snack was delicious , we were so impressed given how remote the area is. There is even a spa and all treatments are included in the price. At night we felt very safe as 2 Maasi eschuri (security)were on guard directly outside our lodge all night. Every little detail has been considered and it all works so effortlessly.

We so enjoyed our time with our Maasai guide Timothy and it was so interesting to meet the local Maasai and visit their new primary school.

Our stay included game drives, sundowners , walks, archery, relaxing around the pool, a picnic in a dry river bed, visiting a Maasai village and visiting the local school.
We left feeling totally relaxed and with wonderful and special memories of this unique place, I would highly recommend anyone considering a trip to Kenya to include it on there itinerary.

One tip it would be advisable on maybe the outward leg of the journey which was not suggested to us by our travel agent to fly into Nanuki(not sure if spelt correctly) and be driven to Ol Lentille. Although this is an 1hr and half transfer , our guide told us that there is the opportunity to see wonderful game viewing on the journey .

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2009

What an amazing place! Fantastic people, great views, and a superbly run hotel. The place is managed on the basis of a partnership with the local community and all staff are relaxed, friendly and genuinly happy to look after you. There are many activities to choose from and we went hiking, did a night safari drive (spotted bush babies, a genet, various antelopes, and lots of night birds), went camel riding , enjoyed archery, and visited a Masai village. The infinity swimming pool is fantastic - with views over the conservancy and a number of resident elephants, and we found the spa, especially the stone massage, most relaxing. The food was superb - using the locally grown ingredients to produce the best in international cuisine - the Christmas turkey stuffing was the best we ever had. Our butler was great - an easy going man with a great sense of humour - we laughed a lot together; and our Masai guide was a lovely, professional man, with in-depth knowledge of the environment and the Masai people. It really was a unigue, the best short break we ever had and we wish we stayed longer.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ol Lentille, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

Having been fortunate enough to have stayed here in September 2007 I was able to return last month; albeit for only a week-end and mainly to see the nurse on the ranch; but in a very short space of time we were able to sample the many delights The Sanctuary and the people involved have to offer.
We were able to see how the local community have benefitted so much from the work of John and Gill Elias, the managers of The Sanctuary. The clinic, under the guidance of nurse Stephen, is providing healthcare for a wide area covering five ranches. The only school that we had time to visit has been transformed since we were last here. It is so humbling to see the children who all appear to be happy and they have so little, we take so much for granted in the western world. John Elias is also working hard with the community to help the conservation on the ranch and although we visited in the middle of one of the longest droughts in memory we still were able to see a wide variety of animals, wether it was on our drive to the clinic or our evening walk with our guide for our sundowner; still not managed to see the elusive leopard though, heard but not seen!, but one highlight was seeing two lions on the trip back to the airport at Nanyuki!

This time we stayed in 'The Colonel's House', with the same magnificent views as 'The Chief's House' that we were in last time and had equally attentive yet discreet staff. Chef also managed to provide excellent meals, be it by the pool for lunch or in the middle of the bush for dinner.
I am looking forward to being able to return and stay for longer to be able to savour all this wonderful location has to offer.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2009

Ol lentille - a Sanctuary that satisfies mind and body, with excellent accommodation, personal and friendly service from all staff, a fantastic location that includes beautiful views, breathtaking locations for bushmeals or sundowners, a professional health spa and an inifinity pool. Most recommended - Quad bikes through the bush - thrilling and a great rush. Least liked - The steep steps at 6000feet above sea level! a warning to the unfit (like me) these are hard work lol. This is a premier Lodge and if you choose to stay here I seriously doubt you will regret it!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2009

What a gem! If you want a holiday that is far from the madding crowd in style, then go to Ol Lentille. John and Gill Elias are the perfect hosts, and, together with the friendliest staff made our stay the best holiday we’ve ever had.
The lodges, built into the hill all have the most fabulous views. They are finished to an extremely high standard, and attention to detail is exact. The staff are perfect, always being there when you want them and not there when you don’t. Nothing is too much trouble and the lodge is an oasis of calm and efficiency .The perfect place to recharge your batteries.
Food and drink were of the highest standard in keeping with the rest of the facilities. Chef produced meals of the very highest quality and the cellar is well stocked.
There was plenty to do from game drives, quad biking and horse riding to chilling out in the fantastic library. Make sure you visit the markets, walk with the Maasi herdsmen and visit at least one school. I defy anyone not to be touched by the charm and openness of the people and countryside.
John and Gill have many links with the local community, schools health clinics and conservancy areas which made our stay so much more than the normal poolside getaway. To become involved in the locality enriched the whole vacation experience.
All in all a fantastic retreat with so much more.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2009

My wife and I travelled to Ol Lentille for our honeymoon after getting married in Ireland. We chose Ol Lentille because 1) we'd heard about it from a friend, 2) the reviews on TripAdvisor were fantastic and 3) the website has stunning shots of the four houses that comprise the Sanctuary resort.

After a long flight from London to Nairobi and a short flight in a small small plane from Nairobi to Ol Lentille we arrived at a little bush airstrip (really just a cleared strip of runway). There we met Solomon, who was to be our askari (guide) during our stay. From the very first minutes we met him, we found Solomon to be a very fun and likeable guy. Although he's a true Masai and a real son of Kenya, he had been to London before (to run the Marathon!) and so we had great fun talking to him about his time in London!

When we arrived at the Sanctuary we found everything to be as beautiful as the pictures on the website promise. We stayed in the Sultan's house, which is divided into two large areas (a lounge/dining room and a very large bedroom). In total it's probably 150-200 square metres. Sometimes when you walk into a hotel room you feel let down from what you expected. I can unreservedly say that that was not the case here. The level of care (and sheer hard work) that has gone into the construction of the place is amazing. The more we found out about the story of the building of the Sanctuary the more impressed we were. The whole of the resort is beautifully built, designed and maintained and is every bit as perfect as it looks on the website. Our room looked out over bush and hills for about 1k in every direction. It really does feel as if it's your personal home in Africa. My personal favourite room was the Library, which is stunning.

We were extremely well looked after by Solomon, Chris (our butler) and Faith (our maid). They did everything they could to make our stay special and were all very likeable and fun people.

The food was absolutely top notch. Cyrill, the chef at Ol Lentille, worked for many years in London at some of the top-level restaurants, and his food is absolutely up to the standard you'd expect from any of London's best chefs.

John and Jill Elias, who run the Sanctuary, are extremely fine people, very dedicated to making the Sanctuary a success and benefitting the local area and the local community who are equal partners with them in the business.

We spent our time at the Sanctuary relaxing, quad-biking in the local area, using the spa (where we were very well looked after) and seeing wildlife from the jeep. Solomon was available to take us places, pretty much whenever we wanted, or leave us to relax as we desired. We visited the local school, where some great work is being done by the teachers and by foreigners who have provided funds to build the school buildings.

The wildlife in the immediate local area includes elephants, antelopes, leopards (we heard him but didn't see him!) and birds. We travelled to Ol Pejetta, about 2.5 hours by road, to see more wildlife including rhino, hippo, giraffe and zebra. We didn't see any lions during our stay, so we have that to look forward to on our next visit to Africa.

We only had one week for our honeymoon, so it was very important to us that we went somewhere amazing. We made absolutely the right choice going to Ol Lentille.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an amazing experience of Africa. The surroundings, the buildings, the design, the wonderful friendly staff, the food, the ability to have your holiday as you wanted, together make this an incredible experience.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

Our time at The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille ranked with the best of our holidays and we've been to many places. The Sanctuary combines five star luxury with genuine, unspoiled, Massai country and bush. We were there for ten days, staying in the Sultan's House (by far the best in our opinion) and made full use of all the amenities. We couldn't have asked for better service from our butler, housemaid, guide and spotter. Wonderful meals were prepared and served to us wherever on the property we fancied and nothing was too much trouble. We went out most days looking for wildlife and were never disappointed: Elephants, Impala, Kudu, Baboons, Rock Hyrax, Klipspringers, Mongoose, Eagles .... the list is endless. We also appreciated the opportunity to learn about the Massai people, first hand, with no touristy traps. John and Gill Elias have created a spectacular haven which benefits the local community without infringing upon it. I would recommend this place, without hesitation, to anyone who appreciates quality and luxury coupled with a genuine safari.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 1512 | Nanyuki, 10400, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Laikipia District
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sanctuary at Ol Lentille 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four luxurious architect-designed private houses in the bush, each with its own staff, personal Maasai guide and vehicle. Sleeps: 6+4+4+2=16. Fabulous pool and spa. Stunning scenery. Day and night game walks and drives, horse and camel-riding. Quad and mountain biking. Jogging trail. Croquet and boules. Or just chill out. ... more   less 
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Sanctuary At Ol Lentille Kenya/Laikipia District

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