As a collaboration between Italian architects and top Rwandan craftsmen and artisans, The Retreat is arguably Kigali’s premier boutique hotel. In the heart of the capital, this chic combination of stone and teak provides a tranquil refuge from one of Africa’s most exciting modern cities and a welcome sanctuary after a long-haul flight or an exhilarating gorilla trek.
Power by sunshine to lighten its environmental impact, The Retreat is not only concerned with the planet’s wellbeing but also that of guests. There is a large saltwater swimming pool for refreshing dips while yoga, meditation and personal fitness classes are also on offer. The spa will ensure your outer being is finely tuned with massage and beauty therapies.
The casual restaurant – aptly named, Heaven – serves up fresh local produce made into stunning international dishes such as Nile perch, cassava chimichurri, mango panna cotta and African coffee ice cream. For fine dining that taps the cuisines of Italy, Morocco and Mauritius, make a reservation at Fusion, which overlooks the calming waters of the pool and lushness of the indigenous garden.