JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge, Kenya

JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge Talek River, Masai Mara Reserve, 00100, Kenya

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The new lodge – Marriott International’s debut in the luxury safari sector – opened its doors, rolled up its canvas blinds, and welcomed guests this month to an authentic safari experience and peaceful sanctuary, with interiors designed by Kristina Zanic Consultants.

The lodge sits on the banks of the Talek river and overlooks the plains of the Masai Mara wildlife reserve, offering a new destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Finding a wealth of inspiration in the setting, the design studio set out to create an uplifting and harmonious environment with a nature-driven narrative that promotes discovery, well-being and connection with the location. The sophisticated interiors reflect the character of the rustic savannah, diverse wildlife, tribal crafts, and epic views.

The project scope involved the design of 20 tented suites with private terraces and river views, an arrival pavilion, all-day dining restaurant, bar lounge, outdoor fire-pit deck, meeting room, teen club, gym, spa, and indoor and outdoor pool decks.

The architecture consists of temporary timber frameworks, with wooden walls in public areas and bathrooms, and foldable canvas blinds in tented suites for endless views of the landscape and roaming wildlife.

The interior design approach continues this seamless indoor-outdoor flow, but also considers the function of the lodge as a refuge from the elements, allowing guests to experience a luxurious JW Marriott stay with local flair. It follows the brand direction of creating inviting serene spaces that encourage social connection and nourish the soul.

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