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Sponsored: One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is carving a new space for adventure-led travel in Rwanda.
By Elite Traveler | January 15 2021
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is carving a new space for adventure-led travel in Rwanda. An enclave of sprawling gardens surrounded by volcanic mountains, it is a rare combination of high-end living and the untamed beauty of the natural world. Grand cutting-edge architecture, rich African art and rooms suspended over landscaped gardens create a glamorous charm, making this a rare vantage point to access the wonders of Volcanoes National Park. It’s a setting that absorbs you, where the mist, a dramatic crash of rain and the smiling sun urge life-changing adventures, while also creating a peaceful space to take a pause from everyday life. To be at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is to feel part of a rare microclimate —a unique lifestyle that combines nature, vitality and adventure with One&Only’s signature glamour.
Size – 4,402 sq ft
The richly adorned master bedroom has a spectacular private bathroom, while the large living and dining room provides space to unwind and entertain around an atmospheric fireplace. Beyond, an expansive multi-level terrace unfolds, offering an array of unique hubs to enjoy the forest from every angle. Sip aperitifs in the open-air lounge, savor fresh grilled treats on the barbecue terrace, and share stories of the day around the cosy fire pit. Enjoy a refreshing dip in your private pool among the greenery any time of day.
A range of on-resort experiences are available, including a nature walk through 3,500 fragrant roses and endless flower beds, coffee tasting, incredible Boma dance performances, archery, basket weaving, birding, uncovering gorilla myths during the Gorilla talk, and watching classic movies under the stars in selected spots at the resort. Other awe-inspiring off-site experiences include gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, uncovering the historic Musanze Caves and hiking to the grave of Dian Fossey.
The Spa offers a reception area and two treatment suites in a private building. Each treatment suite has two beds. The Recreation Lodge, a separate, private building, offers a relaxation room complete with an open-air pool surrounded by eucalyptus tree forest, fitness center, steam and sauna, and the Pool Bar. Take an invigorating morning yoga class, enjoy a customized Reiki session or realign your chakras.
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest’s main restaurant, Nest, focuses on local organic food with a fresh juice-making station. The menus are based on seasonal elements and ingredients, and produce is supplied by local farmers. The bar at Nest serves cocktails with a modern twist by incorporating rose water and eucalyptus.