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BEST of the BEST 2014 | Journeys | Resorts: Segera Retreat

  • Jackie Caradonio

Following an early-morning game drive at Segera Retreat (+27.11.807.1800, www.segera.com), guests often retire to the private observation decks of their villas for a prelunch nap. But unruly neighbors—mischievous vervet monkeys bouncing on the roof, trumpeting elephants passing through the backyard, and squawking Von der Decken’s hornbills flying overhead—often preclude even the briefest moments of shut-eye. Opened in April 2013, Segera is set within a 50,000-acre private reserve in northern Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. Eight thatch-roofed accommodations—each filled with ebony furnishings and contemporary African art—include the palatial Segera House, which comes with a vintage Land Cruiser and Rolls-Royce and a private saltwater pool. Grounds overflowing with botanical gardens are also home to a spa, a swimming pool, a 2,500-bottle wine cellar, and the Paddock House, which is adorned with antique canvas chests and leather trunks. Most impressive, however, is Segera’s wildlife—including such species as the rare eastern patas monkey and the endemic reticulated giraffe—which guests can encounter on a bush walk, a game drive, or a casual stroll to dinner. ($970–$1,800 per person, all inclusive)