Press release re Bilila Lodge Kempinski – April 2009
Bilila Lodge Kempinski, the most luxurious lodge in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, has unveiled a special opening offer – stay for three nights, pay for just two – to entice visitors to be among the first to stay in this idyllic new hideaway, which melds beautifully into the unspoilt Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The opening offer is valid from 1st June, the date that the hotel launches, till 30th September 2009, and rates start at 500 Euros for two people sharing per night inclusive of full board, 20% VAT and a 5% service charge.
As an added temptation, Bilila Lodge Kempinski’s sister hotel Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski is offering “seven nights for the price of five” over the same period, so that guests can enjoy the complete Tanzania package: the ultimate safari experience and a luxurious beach holiday on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.
These two offers can be booked either on their own or together, but there are certain conditions attached, which are detailed below:
- Neither offer can be combined with other promotions of special offers, other than the ones stated here
- The offer is valid on new reservations only, with arrivals during the inclusive period, namely 1 June to 30 September 2009
- The offer is based on the room rate only and does not include extras, such as transfers from and to the airstrip, games drives etc.
- The offer is only valid on request and subject to availability.
With just 74 rooms (including two private villas), Bilila Lodge Kempinski perfectly combines the intimacy of a lodge and the facilities expected of a much larger hotel, such as several different dining options (indoor restaurant, poolside, moonlit barbecues in a traditional boma), an infinity pool overlooking the grasslands and a watering hole where wild animals come to drink, and an Anantara Spa.
Other public areas include a lounge, a bar, a wine cellar, a conference room accommodating up to 80 people, a library, a games room with full-size billiard table, a fitness centre, an art gallery and gift shops. All the guest rooms have luxury ensuite bathrooms, multimedia DVD players, over 50 satellite TV and radio channels, coffee/tea making facilities and a teak deck for relaxing while watching game (personal telescope included); suites have their own private plunge pool.
Due to strict building controls in the National Park, this will be the largest lodge ever built in the Serengeti, but, as expected of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lodge has been built in keeping with the landscape.
Not only does the arc-shaped building follow the natural contours of the land, but as far as possible only local materials have been used in its construction to ensure that it blends into its surrounds. For example, over a million traditional “chelewa” brooms have been used to create the thatched roof and the stone for the walls was sourced from nearby Mugumu. The interiors also reflect the natural colours of the African landscape, with the work of local artists adding colourful highlights.
Bilila Lodge Kempinski is located in the Central North of the Serengeti National Park, in an untouched part of the Park where the hotel will have its own private game drives. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from the Seronera airstrip, which in turn is a 50-minute flight from Arusha, the nearest international airport, into which KLM currently flies on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Airlines such as SWISS, Emirates, British Airways, South African Airways and Qatar fly into either Nairobi or Dar-es-Salaam, from where connecting flights to Arusha can be picked up.For detailed information about Tanzania and Zanzibar please look at our site – www.tanzaniaodyssey.com, and click here for information about a Tanzania safari.
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