In Kenya, A Luxury Hotel Lets You Sleep in a Giant Bird’s Nest

published Feb 1, 2020
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Overlooking the majestic plains of Laikipia in Kenya is the Nay Palad Bird Nest, a luxury accommodation that looks like a giant—you guessed it—bird’s nest. 

The two-story suite features a timber frame woven entirely from locally-sourced materials such as tree branches and farmed wood. Its viewing platform, though not ideal for laying eggs, is ideal for having breakfast and coffee while enjoying a breathtaking view of a nearby river and the animals that visit it.

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Designed by architect Daniel Pouzet, the nest comes with a bathroom with solar-powered running water, a flushing toilet, a bedroom with a double bed that can fit a couple or small family, and even arrangements for those who want to sleep under the stars on the upper level.

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Those looking to roost (pun intended) in this suite can expect to begin their day with a safari tour of the Segera Retreat, the 60,000-acre wildlife sanctuary where the Bird Nest is located. Upon returning at sunset, guests are greeted with champagne, a romantic picnic dinner up on the platform, and beds surrounded by ambient lighting set by lanterns.

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“To wake up to the magical sound of wildlife and birds, surrounded by pristine nature as far as the eye can see, is a life-changing experience; this is a place of true, untouched wonderment,” said Jens Kozany, the general manager of Segera Retreat.

Rates start at $1,150 per night. You can learn more about this idyllic stay by heading over to the Segera Retreat website.