Marasa Africa completed the refurbishment of the Aberdare Country Club in Kenya coinciding with its 75th anniversary. Prior to Marasa, ACC was a Fairmont hotel.
The Aberdare Country Club is set on the crest of a hill in a wildlife sanctuary that covers the higher areas of the heavily forested Aberdare Mountain range of central Kenya. “The goal in refurbishing the ACC,” said Managing Director Roni Madhvani, “was to maintain the heritage of the property with its English country club look and its decadent 1930’s colonial high-life atmosphere.” Cottages are set into the hillside with commanding views of the lodge’s extravagant landscaping and a breathtaking panorama of the mountains beyond.
Rooms and suites boast fireplaces, and beds are warmed with hot water bottles to stave off chilly evenings. Completely renovated bathrooms use high-standard, natural materials, wood and stone. The refurbishment included staff housing and kitchens. The club comprises 19 two-bedroom cottages, twins and doubles, plus one three-bedroom and one five-bedroom cottage. In addition, there is one deluxe suite, making a total of 47 rooms.
Common areas that have been refurbished include the bar, reception area, swimming pool and conference room. A Health Club featuring gym and yoga areas is a new addition, as is a VIP suite replete with self-contained kitchen. Golf carts ease transportation for guests staying in the elevated cottages. Other upgrades include renovation of the riding stables, bringing the nine-hole golf course up to standard, and re-stocking the game sanctuary with a greater variety of wildlife. Activities include day and night game drives, nature walks, golf, gym, sauna, steam and massage, tennis, horseback riding and swimming in a heated pool. Rates start at $150 for a single room, low season.