In the third episode of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, airing on Monday 10 April at 9.00pm on BBC Two, Giles and Monica discover Giraffe Manor, a unique hotel where giraffes, staff and guests all co-exist in a 1930s Scottish-style hunting lodge on the edge of Nairobi National Park.
It’s the operational headquarters of Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley, fourth generation Kenyans who also own three satellite luxury lodges and camps throughout Kenya and East Africa’s wilderness. But it is at Giraffe Manor that they serve a breakfast like no other, as giraffes join guests in the hotel dining room.
Going a very long way beyond the lobby, Giles and Monica travel to the remote but luxurious outpost of Sasaab Lodge, a six-acre plot set within 82,000 acres of land owned by Samburu tribespeople. The Samburu are the hotel’s landlords, receiving a fee for every guest that stays, and they make up 75 percent of the staff.
Giles and Monica follow their new co-workers back to their village to find out how the hotel has impacted tribal life. Giles spends time with Samburu warrior Jacob, who trained for three years to be a safari guide, as he takes Giles on a cross-country camel ride that he won’t forget.
Pictured is Giles with two Samburu warriors
Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby Episode 3 (of 6) airs on Monday 10 April 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.