Surrounded by swaying eucalyptus trees, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest awakens a wild spirit of adventure. A place that encourages you to gaze into the mirror through eye opening encounters with majestic mountain gorillas and experience the story of Rwanda.
An unassuming addition to Rwanda’s healthy luxury hotel scene is tucked amongst roses and bamboo for discreet, excellent gorilla access. There’s no need to scroll silks for this vacation – unlike the Group’s famous beach resorts, this is a nature retreat for adventurers : gorilla trekking, golden monkeys and Musanze caves are just so… completely out of the ordinary that you will elevate social conversations for years. Other nearby visits
include villages where locals farm the volcanic-rich soil, hiking trails, the Karisoke Gorilla Research Center, mountain biking and archery, or, for something more chilled out, basket weaving and coffee tasting. Outside the estate, Volcanoes National Park is a nearby sanctuary with over 300 bird species, located on the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The 21-room property boasts rooms, suites, lodges (for families or corporate groups) and a Spa for quintessential pampering after your daily excursions. Staff service is not exemplary ‘bought’, rather, genuine and from the heart. As you kick off your muddy boots and dip into the tub, they will reappear later, gleaming and dirt-free along with fresh rain jackets. Conde Nast reviews “The stilted wooden lodges incorporate local volcanic stone in the decor, which mixes a palette of browns with traditional black and
white Rwandan imigongo prints (geometric patterns originally created from cow dung). Designed to draw the outside in, some rooms have bath tubs or showers on their wooden decks; others have baths looking onto the greenery that’s so close it almost reaches out to tickle your face.” Gas log fireplaces and double-seat floating cane chairs on the timber balcony create a snuggle-worthy atmosphere year ‘round.
Onsite you will find the Nest Restaurant which showcases local, exotic produce with Mediterranean and European influences. At the adjoining bar, enjoy cocktail classics with a twist that incorporate rose water and fresh plucked eucalyptus from the estate. There are several other dining and bar options where the topic of conversation is not surprisingly all matters ‘gorilla’.
For a safari experience where you can submerge into fragrant bath bubbles after a day’s hike or melt into a sumptuous mattress, put your trust (like thousands of loyal O&O Members) in One&Only Gorilla’s Nest.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest complies with health and safety orders and for comfort, are providing PCR testing at checkin. As a low-contact boutique hotel, guests can be sure of a healthy journey. Unlock your One&Only Discount by Signing Up before booking.
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…OF SPIRITUAL + PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT, A WEALTH OF TREATMENTS + EXPERIENCES AWAIT, DRAWING FROM TRADITIONAL AFRICAN WISDOM.
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