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Serenity by the oak

The first time I went to Oak Place Hotel was during my nephew’s first birthday party. The hotel is situated off Kiambu Road, along the Ridgeways Garden Estate Road.

If you use a private car from Nairobi CBD, it will take you about half an hour to get there. When I got there, I was fully encompassed with a sense of serenity.

The design and architecture of this facility borrows a lot from African traditional influences. This aspect is plainly noticeable at the reception.

The property stands on a five-acre land and the lush garden offers space for parties and events. There is also a kiddie area equipped with a variety of children gaming facilities.

The Gardenview Restaurant. Photo/COURTESY

The party had not yet started, so I decided to take a stroll in the hotel. I headed straight to the executive lounge and bar area that overlooks the garden.

It is called the Gardenview Restaurant. I expected it to have less light since it’s a bit indoors, but it was the complete opposite. It was bright with light and the décor fused well with the whole set up.

On one side of the restaurant is a swimming pool. It’s gorgeous. I like that it is less crowded. There is also a seating area that serves food and drinks from the restaurant, just beside the pool.

I had to inquire about the accommodation, which I thought I’d check out later. Back to the garden party, there was a buffet with assorted meals, but the restaurant offers a la carte dishes.

The party didn’t have the ordinary dishes that we are used to. The buffet was Indian; an Indian food paradise. I was impressed by the flavorful Indian meals and the hotel’s superb service. When creating a variety of dishes, it’s quite difficult to be consistent with perfect flavours.

The hotel pulled this one off so perfectly. I was informed this was an inspired Bengali cuisine. Some of my favorites were the biryani, Muri  (puffed rice) and the chicken tikka masala. I was roused that they considered the children and had their separate dish with no spices.

There was a serving of complementary juices, and so, I ordered a fig mojito for a little indulgence. This was a first and it had a new flavour that I wasn’t accustomed to. It had lime and mint tastes.

Shortly after, I visited the hotel rooms to find out about their accommodation. In one of the rooms, I noticed they had a similar theme. It incorporated a brown touch and the bed’s headboard depicted the Egyptian Pharaoh.

I absolutely loved the bathtub that had a unique colour code. Little things like coffee machine and forty-inch TV can make your stay worthwhile.

I never got to spend a night to get the whole experience, but it is something I would definitely like to. A standard room goes for Sh12,000. However, I was a bit disappointed that the hotel doesn’t have certain facilities such as a spa or gym.

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