Mara Serena and Mombasa Serena set for face lift



Work has been progressing well at the Mara Serena Lodge where since February this year part of the public areas like the reception, the boutique, the main bar, lounge and the Spa are being transformed and given a new look. The extended timeframe is a result of work actually only being carried out when guests are out on their game drives, to keep any disturbance to an absolute minimum. Final touches are being applied now to be ready for the onset of the busy holiday season in December. Meanwhile are tented dining facilities being put up in preparation of a complete remodeling of the dining room, which will see more space being added and when re-opening in June next year also see a fresh shine with new furniture, fittings and equipment, giving guests a that unique dining experience found right across the entire collection of Serena properties.

Meanwhile at the coast are 16 village rooms being completely overhauled at the Serena Beach Hotel and Spa, ready for occupation by early December this year. According to information at hand this involves the far end units of the ‘Swahili Village’ which was built in the early 70’s to reflect the unique architecture found along the Swahili coast line of Kenya and Eastern Africa. The intention then, still valid today, was to give guests that unique feel of how life at the Kenya coast of old once was. Further such work is expected to progressively see all these units given a face lift, cementing Serena’s position as the leading East African hospitality group.

All lodges and resorts now also extend free wireless services to guests staying there, a move which has already resulted in increase visibility on the social media, as visitors can now free of charge send pictures to their Twitter timeline or post on their Facebook pages, an promotional tool increasing in importance in leaps and bounds. Watch this space for regular updates from East Africa’s hospitality scene.

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