Best Spas in Nairobi

Want to add a quick visit to spa before heading out on safari or before jumping on your international fight home? If so check out this list of the best spas in Nairobi.

Serena - Maisha Health Club & Spa

Maisha, meaning life in Swahili, is the concept behind the spas in all of the Serena hotels. The decor is that of a Moroccan retreat with orange walls and colorful tiles. The range of treatments include facials, body rubs and scrubs and hot stone therapies. Massages focus on specific parts of the body such as hands or feet as well as full body massages. The juice bar serves complemenary herbal teas and juices.

Sankara - Angsana Spa

Located in Westlands at the Sankara hotel, Angsana Spa was Kenya's country winner of the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards. The space is decorated in pawpaw and dark wood and exudes the scents of Thailand. Low lighting, peaceful music and a central water feature add to the serene atmosphere. The eight therapists on staff have all trained at the exclusive Banyan Tree spa in Phuket.

Dusit D2 - Devarana Spa

Opened in December 2014, this is one of Nairobi's newest hotels and is the first genuine Thai spa in Kenya. Devarana (which means Garden of Heaven in Sanskrit) offers seven treatment rooms and a wide array of treatments that combine ancient knowledge and modern practices. Treatments include an Ayurveda Indian head and neck message, a Ginger comress and classic Thai and Swedish massage. Devarana Spa in Bangkok makes its own oils from all natural ingredients and supplies all the Devarana Spas around the world.

Kempinski - The Spa

Opened in October 2013, Kempinski's The Spa, decorated in cream colors and fresh orchids, includes a swimming pool and a bar serving healthy juices and smoothies.

Tribe Hotel - Kaya Spa

Located in Village Market, in Nairobi's exclusive Gigiri neighborhood, the Tribe Hotel's Kaya Spa was listed as one of Conde Nast Travellers 2011 "hottest urban retreats in the world." Insipired by Mijikenda tribal traditions the spa is a sanctuary set around a private garden. There are five treatment rooms including a couples room and the only Rasul chamber in Kenya. The products used are locally sourced as much as possible and signature treatments include the Kaya massage, and the Kama correction.

Wild Earth Day Spa

Wild Earth is a private house set in a peaceful garden. Wild Earth is owned by an interior designer and it shows, with its ornate mirrors and brass chandeliers. The therapists are all qualified in beauty and massage, and each specalizes in a different additional treatment such as hot stones, facials or manicures.

Insider Tip: The Ole Sereni - Duma Health Club

For sheer convenience we love using the Duma Health Club at the Ole Sereni. The Ole Sereni is incredibly well located between Jomo Kenyatta and Wilson airports making it a perfect stopover on your way to your international flight. We love recommending the spa in place of a day room at the Ole Sereni. Exercise, get a massage, take a shower and then have a quick dinner and feel fresh and ready for your flight hom. The Duma Health Club features a range of the finest cardio equipment, changing rooms with showers and personal lockers. They also offer our guests salon treatments, steam room, sauna and massage facilities.

Much of the above list comes from Safari Link's in-flight magazine "The Link." Find the issue here or at http://www.flysafarilink.com.

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