(eTN) – Serena’s latest addition to their growing collection in East Africa, the Soysambu-based Elmenteita Serena on the shores of Lake Elmenteita, was yesterday officially opened by the Minister of Tourism Hon. Najib Balala in the presence of His Highness Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Serena’s Group Managing Director Mahmud Jan Mohamed, and other officials.
The 24-tent development closes a gap for Serena in their safari circuit, connecting the Mara Serena Lodge with their Samburu Serena Lodge, or for that matter Sweetwaters Camp or the Mountain Lodge. Safari itineraries prefer a stopover along the Rift Valley lakes when either heading to or coming from the Masai Mara Game Reserve and the absence of a Serena property along the lakes had left that market to the competition, until now that is.
The Nairobi Serena flagship hotel of the group in Kenya is also due for a major upgrade and expansion.
Starting later this year, the hotel will see another 60-room wing added in one section of the present upper car park, while the present hotel is due to get another floor added on top, before eventually, on a wing by wing basis, turning three present rooms into two, similar to the Garden Suites, giving the faithful Serena guests a truly luxury environment to stay in.
It was also revealed during the opening of the Elmenteita Serena that the car park opposite the hotel will in another phase of expansion be turned into a dedicated 300-seat conference center with an underground car park, adding another much in-demand facility to the Nairobi Serena to cement its leading market position.
In a related development, it was also learned that construction on a new lodge in Rwanda, on a site near the Parc de Volcanoes, is also due to commence soon, adding a third Serena property after the Kigali Serena Hotel and the Lake Kivu Serena Resort.