Review by: Chelsea Ratcliff

Overall Impressions

We could not have asked for a better holiday. Every place we visited was incredible and every person who took care of us along the way was wonderful. For a multi-country, multi-week trip, it was completely carefree and fun. We were shocked and thankful at how easy Stuart made it for us! It was an unforgettable holiday.

Countries Visited

United Arab Emirates

Dubai is a fabulous city with beautiful architecture, fun nightlife, and incredible cuisine. It is a world-class city with every luxury amenity one could ever want.

Kenya

The scenery was incredible and the people were warm. We felt very welcomed by every person we encountered. The Mara North Conservancy is a very special place and we are so glad we decided on that specific location.

Seychelles

The Seychelles is breathtakingly beautiful. The islands are diverse and spectacular. This is what comes to mind when thinking of an isolated island paradise.

Accommodation Visited

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel

Our stay at this hotel was a wonderful way to start our holiday. Upon arrival, we were escorted to our room to find a special anniversary dessert waiting for us, which was a nice surprise. Our room had a spectacular view of the Burj Khalifa and the furnishings were very stylish and high-tech. After a 14-hour flight, we definitely appreciated the incredibly comfortable bed and luxurious bathroom. Also, the hotel staff were very accommodating and gave us some great recommendations for dinner and things to see. If we travel to Dubai in the future, we would look to stay here again.

Ole Sereni Hotel

Our room overlooked the Nairobi National Park and we thoroughly enjoyed watching animals gathering at the watering hole. We were able to enjoy an early dinner on the patio watching zebras, giraffes, and Cape buffalo. Our room was very comfortable and the staff were warm and welcoming. Ole Sereni was a great place to stay for a night.

Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp is a truly special place. From the moment we were picked up at the airstrip, we were treated like royalty. Our game driver was excellent and fun. He was able to take us to see so many incredible things, including two river crossings during the Great Migration. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with him on the drives and learning as much as we could about the camp, the Masai Mara, and the animals. We saw every animal you could hope for on a Kenyan safari. The camp itself was very comfortable and every staff member was incredibly attentive and friendly. Our server for the week was excellent and we were happy to be able to spend some time visiting with him at every meal. Our tent had an amazing view of the river and we lounged on our front patio watching elephants, giraffes, and hippos. It was surreal. The food was fantastic, the service was unmatched, and the game drives left us wishing we could stay indefinitely. We fully intend to return to Karen Blixen Camp sometime in the future and would recommend it to anyone considering a safari in the Masai Mara. It was absolutely wonderful!

Four Seasons Desroches Island

The Four Seasons Desroches is amazing in every way. From the second you step off the plane, your every wish is already granted. The villas are each impeccably designed with a private pool, cabana, and beach area. The furnishings are luxe and incredibly comfortable. The service is world-class and the staff are absolutely wonderful. Every detail is taken care of and the staff pay careful attention to your preferences. We were surprised constantly with how thoughtful the staff was. Every meal was more delicious than the last. We cannot compliment the food enough. Seriously, truly incredible and adventurous. We rode our bikes all over the island during our stay and were able to spend time at each gorgeous beach. There are so many beautiful areas to explore on the island, but North Point at the very end of the island is well worth the trip through the forest and sand. It's glorious. We fed the giant tortoises each time we would bike past their sanctuary and it was so fun to spend time with such rare animals. We read books in our private cabana and cooled off in our pool. We walked on beaches alone in the afternoons. We hung out at the main bar with our favorite bartender and tried many of their very delicious signature cocktails. It was honestly a dream holiday. We could not have asked for more in a place that allows you to relax and recharge away from the rest of the world.

Staff Review

Stuart is a rockstar! A 16-day trip from Seattle, Washington, USA to UAE, Kenya, and the Seychelles is a logistical nightmare, but he somehow made it absolutely carefree and seamless for us. We don't know how he figured it out, but he listened to exactly what we wanted and magically made it happen! The travel is such that we could not have worked it out for ourselves, so we are very thankful to have found Mahlatini and Stuart. He planned an absolutely unforgettable 10th anniversary holiday for us! It was so special. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The local transport personnel were wonderful, as well. Everyone took such good care of us between picking us up at the airports, driving us to/from our hotels, and getting us to our next flights. We felt that we were in good hands the entire time and they made our transitions completely stress-free.