Sarova Hotels Kenya celebrates 50th anniversary

Heritage luxury property looks back at legacy
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Sarova Hotels Kenya celebrates 50th anniversary

Sarova has now expanded its footprint across Kenya with a portfolio of 5 owned and 4 managed properties

Sarova Hotels Kenya, the nation's homegrown brand, is celebrating its golden jubilee 50th anniversary in April 2024.
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Sarova Hotels, one of Kenya’s leading hotel resorts, also known to have hosted some global high profile guests including Queen Elizabeth II among many others is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In a press statement, the heritage luxury property, looking back on its legacy, says that the vision for this indigenous hotel brand was born in 1974. The name Sarova was coined as an acronym derived from the founding patriarchs’s wives’ first names, it says.

It includes Sa- Swaran Vohra (Mohinder Singh Vohra’s wife), Ro- Rose Kariuki (John Ngata Kariuki’s wife) and Va- Varsha Vohra (GS Vohra’s wife). Soon after, their first venture in the hotel industry began with the acquisition of the Ambassadeur Hotel on Moi Avenue, owned by the family until 1998.

The statement adds that Sarova has now expanded its footprint across Kenya with a portfolio of 5 owned and 4 managed properties, including Sarova Stanley and Sarova Panafric in Nairobi, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa in Mombasa, Sarova Woodlands Hotel and Spa and Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge in Nakuru, Sarova Shaba Game Lodge in Samburu, Sarova Mara Game Camp in Masai Mara, Sarova Imperial Hotel in Kisumu and most recently, Sarova Maiyan in Nanyuki.

Jimi Kariuki

Jimi Kariuki

“Achieving 50 years of operation is not merely a milestone but a hallmark of resilience, adaptation, and enduring commitment to quality and innovation. It places Sarova Hotels and Resorts in an elite group that has withstood the test of time, evolving with technological advancements, economic shifts, and changing consumer behaviours. This achievement reflects a blend of tradition and foresight, a testament to the enduring legacy and forward-thinking approach that Sarova Hotels aims to embody as it celebrates its own half-century of excellence,” says Jimi Kariuki, Managing Director, Sarova Hotels.

The statement adds that a key highlight for this indigenous brand is recognition of renewable energy, innovation and sustainable practices, from responsible waste management and water conservation to community-driven economic empowering initiatives have been implemented.

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