When: Solio Lodge first opened its doors in 2010.
Why: The Carr-Hartley family has strong historical ties to Solio, which became Kenya’s first private game reserve and rhino sanctuary. Formerly a working cattle ranch, it was transformed into a wildlife sanctuary in 1973, and Mikey’s father and uncles were asked to relocate rhinos and other wildlife back into the area. This attracted Mikey and his father to use the sanctuary as a location for their mobile safaris. When the opportunity arose to create an exclusive five bedroom property on a 49,000-acre ranch with over 200 rhinos, the decision was easy, and this unique and historical destination was added to the portfolio.
The inspiration behind the design: Simple, chic and modern, Solio offers a fresh look at lodge design. The glass frontage and large spaces allow light and views of Mount Kenya to flood into the rooms. Tanya and Mikey chose to veer away from a traditional rustic lodge feel, towards a cleaner look with plants as an interior theme, embracing the vegetation around the area. Guests can unwind in a double-ended bathtub, gazing out at the star-lit night’s sky.