The Segera Retreat in Laikipia, Kenya

At the heart of the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya, lies the award-winning Segera Retreat.  Settled between the glorious Mount Kenya and the great Rift Valley, and surrounded by a diverse and magical environment boasting magnificent natural wonders, is Conde Nast Traveler’s most recently awarded “Best Way-Out-There” hotel.

Segera Retreat, conceptualized and designed by the highly acclaimed South African firm, LIFE Architecture + Interiors + Creative Direction, is a wildlife sanctuary which offers a unique experience of utmost luxury amidst natural beauty and personal enrichment from conscientious, sustainable living.The Segera lifestyle, focused around conservation, community, culture and commerce is carefully designed to inspire your soul as much as your senses while promoting practices that impact the environment and the community in positive ways.

Evident in the carefully considered interior and exterior of Segera Retreat, is the many talents that is LIFE.  This multi-award-winning company specializes in the design and conceptualization of top luxury resorts, boutique hotels, exclusive residences, retail, restaurant and corporate projects.

In April 2014, Segera was awarded the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Award that labels the Retreat as one of the “Best Way-Out-There” hotels.

The retreat is the only hotel in Africa to make both the UK and USA Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Hot Lists of the editors’ favourite new places to stay.

From a field of over 500 nominees, only 33 hotels were chosen for this respected listing on the grounds of their sense of place, personality and intuitive service.



The Segera Retreat is an extension of the work LIFE has already done across the globe in exotic locations like the Seychelles, Namibia, Kenya, Botswana, Johannesburg, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.

LIFE’s talented team of accredited designers, registered architects, qualified, design assistants, procurers and project managers, headed by Founder and CEO Maira Koutsoudakis, together with her husband, John Koutsoudakis and Associate Tony Pereira, draws on their varied experience gleaned from projects completed in diverse geographical locations and disciplines to craft dreams which transcend style and type, yet still make the heart beat faster.

LIFE has pioneered an acclaimed, organic aesthetic which focuses on respect for the environment, the use of sustainable resources, and originality of form, fresh ideas and unusual materials which have become their recognized hallmarks.



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