French hospitality group AccorHotels is expanding its footprint in East Africa with the opening of the first Mantis property in Kenya.
In a statement, it says the Mantis Masai Mara Eco-Lodge is set to become a highlight property for the brand and the group, offering direct access to the Mara-Serengeti game reserve.
Mantis was founded in 2000 by conservationist Adrian Gardiner and features a diverse collection of destinations around the globe.
Mantis Masai Mara Eco-Lodge will be strategically located in the Enonkishu Conservancy, on the Northern boundary of the Mara-Serengeti game reserve, and will feature 20 tented suites, one restaurant and bar, events space, a sauna and a wellness facility.
The group is partnering with Rakam Investment, a limited company engaged in investment, focusing on real estate since its inception in 2016, and which has developed commercial and residential properties in the Greater Nairobi Metropolitan Area.
Ann Rutere, CEO Rakam Investment stated, “We are pleased to bring Accor’s brand, Mantis, to one of the most distinct and exclusive locations in Masai Mara. In addition to the brand’s uniqueness and awareness in the market, our confidence in this project comes from the high focus to sustainability and preservation of natural heritage offered by the Enonkishu Conservancy and Mantis expertise in the industry.”
As with every Mantis across the world, guests staying at the Mantis Masai Mara eco-lodge will be immersed in an environment celebrating conservation, locality and sustainability.
Paul Gardiner, CEO of the Mantis collection commented, “We will provide fresh experiences which enable guests to make authentic connections with both nature and the people, all whilst supporting sustainability, conservation and community empowerment and upliftment, the founding core pillars of Mantis.”
Accor currently operates 156 properties (26,598 keys) in Africa with 84 properties (17,739 keys) in the pipeline.