Befitting Kigali’s renaissance, this luxury Serena offering might just be its finest accommodation. Wrapped in slick granite and dressed in Rwandan artworks, it offers comfortable rooms, spa facilities and a full range of leisure amenities. And, although it’s centrally located, you’ll be able to escape the city bustle with its sundeck or with a dip in the statement pool.

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Each room is simply but tastefully furnished, decorated in muted tones and plush fabrics. Hand-picked artwork provides a sense of place, while the complimentary daily newspapers and the coffee makers are a nice touch. The Presidential Suite is the highlight. Set on its own floor, it features everything from a Jacuzzi and private office to a dining room and kitchen.

Although you’re within easy reach of many of the city’s, and indeed country’s, finest restaurants, most guests opt to eat in. And, who can blame them, with a choice of two excellent restaurants. For live music, colourful cocktails and pan-African buffets, look to Sokoni – a favourite among guests and locals alike. Otherwise, consider Milima, where à la carte options range from Rwandan delicacies to international favourites. Expect seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers. Lastly, there’s a 24-hour room service, whether you’re after a classic club sandwich or canapés on your terrace.

In terms of amenities, the tropically landscaped pool stands out most, fringed by lush gardens. Then, if you want further respite – or to relax after your gorilla trek – head to the sundeck or book into the spa. Alongside a state-of-the-art gym and a range of fitness classes, it offers a full range of treatments. Then, there’s always the bar of the stylish Executive Lounge.


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