Mahali Mzuri Named #1 Hotel in the World in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2021

7th September 2021

The Virgin Limited Edition property takes two coveted spots as the World’s Best Hotel and Best Safari Lodge

Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp located in the world-famous Maasai Mara ecosystem, has been ranked as the #1 Hotel in the World, as well as the #1 Safari Lodge in Travel + Leisure’s 2021 World’s Best Awards.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2021 is an essential, trusted source for inspiration and guidance as travellers once again make plans to set out on trips around the globe. Travel + Leisure recognises the top hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, airlines, spas, and more, based on the results of their readers’ survey. Readers rated hotels on rooms/facilities, location, service, food and value.

This recognition is a powerful testament to the beauty of Mahali Mzuri and the unique experience it provides, as the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards is a leading barometer of the places and companies that satisfy some of the most passionate and discerning travellers across the globe.

Perfectly situated in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem in Kenya, Mahali Mzuri is a Virgin Limited Edition property that lives up to its name’s translation in Swahili — “beautiful place”. The accommodation, that sits in the direct path of the annual Great Migration, is both intimate and super stylish with just 12 luxury tented suites that make for the perfect retreat after a day of world-class game viewing in the vast Kenyan plains. Each tent includes an adjoining bathroom and substantial private deck, whilst at the center of the camp sits the Main Tent, where breakfast and lunch are enjoyed on an expansive deck with breathtaking views and an undeniable level of Kenyan charm. Travellers are immersed straight into local culture with intricacies such as a Maasai spear which doubles as a ‘do not disturb’ sign, whilst refreshing dips are taken in the 12-metre infinity pool overlooking the never-ending views of the majestic Maasai Mara.

Community is at the very heart of this Number One Hotel in the World where all of its staff are Kenyan and the largest number of local Maasai are employed in the area. Guests have the opportunity to visit a traditional Maasai village, help in the abundance of community projects the camp is renowned for, or simply just sit back and absorb the peace and quiet, and the beautiful surrounds that the design of the camp guarantees.

“It is an exceptional honour and dream come true to be named as the Number One Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure’s knowledgeable readers,” says General Manager Wilson Odhiambo. “Being recognised in any capacity by one of the most respected and renowned resources on travel globally is incredible in itself. Receiving two accolades, including Number One Safari Lodge alongside World’s Best, is exemplary and a recognition of the hard work and dedication that every single person in our Virgin Limited Edition team puts into Mahali Mzuri and serving its incredible guests each and every day.”

The 2021 World’s Best Awards lists, as well as survey methodology, are currently featured on and will appear in the October 2021 issue of the magazine, on newsstands September 17. This year, the awards will see the Virgin Limited Edition collection triumph as Kasbah Tamadot, its beautiful retreat in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, is also named the Number One Resort in North Africa and the Middle East for the fourth year.

For bookings please call 0800 716 919 (UK toll free) or +44 (0) 208 600 0430 alternatively visit for more details or email

For further information please contact:

Naomi Moreno-Melgar
or Caroline Sheffield

Notes to Editors:

About Virgin Limited Edition:
Virgin Limited Edition is an award-winning collection of unique retreats, chosen for their beautiful locations and magnificent surroundings; each offers a sense of fun, style, luxury and exceptional personal service. The group includes Necker Island in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier, Mahali Mzuri, a tented safari camp in Kenya, Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in South Africa, and the Son Bunyola Estate in Mallorca. Please visit for more details.

About Travel + Leisure:
Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated traveler, serving up expert intelligence and the most immersive, inspiring travel lifestyle content anywhere. Travel + Leisure captures the joy of discovering the pleasures the world has to offer—from art and design to shopping and style to food and drink—and offers compelling reasons to get up and go. With a total global audience of more than 15 million, the Travel + Leisure portfolio includes the U.S. flagship and four international editions in China, India, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. The U.S. edition of T+L, which launched in 1971, is the only monthly consumer travel magazine in print in the U.S., has an authoritative website,, and an extensive social media following of more than 13 million. Travel + Leisure also encompasses newsletters and media collaborations.

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