October 2017 – Segera and NAY PALAD have joined forces to launch the one-of-a-kind Bird Nest at award-winning Segera Retreat in Kenya – arguably one of the most innovative and luxurious sleep-out experiences in Africa.
Built alongside a river teeming with wildlife, the NAY PALAD Bird Nest offers a breathtaking escape in the heart of Laikipia – one of Kenya’s most iconic safari locations. Renowned for its sheer luxury and bespoke service, Segera focuses on creating the most intimate and private experiences for its guests; the new NAY PALAD Bird Nest offers just that, and more.
Perched above the treetops overlooking a river and endless plains, the Bird Nest is a new concept of nesting and sleeping like a bird – above the ground, with literally a 360 degree bird’s eye-view of this beautiful wilderness. The entire nest structure is built and designed from raw materials, such as farmed wood and actual tree branches which have been woven into a nest by local community members. The interior suite features all the trimmings guests could hope for, such as a fully-equipped bathroom with running water (solar heated) and a flushing toilet.
The Bird Nest is a collaboration between Segera and Carolin Dekeyser, founder of NAY PALAD (creator of artisanal objects and magical destinations), both of whom envisioned a peaceful jewel at the very heart of the natural world. With architect Daniel Pouzet’s imaginative approach to design bringing their idea of a bird nest to life, they have created an inspiring living space unlike anything else in the world.
“As close friends and supporters of Segera, we were delighted to work with the talented NAY PALAD team to bring this incredible vision to life”, commented Segera GM, Jens Kozany. “We cannot wait to welcome our guests to this peaceful haven and to offer them a truly authentic and unique sleep-out experience, one that is sure to surpass expectations”.
Guests wishing to spend a night at the Bird Nest will arrive there just before sunset, after enjoying an exhilarating game drive or bush walk. The nest is lit up with lanterns, with “Sundowners” of champagne and culinary delights laid out on the top deck, and inviting beds (on the top deck and within the shelter of the first floor) prepared with luxurious linens and comforting hot water bottles, ready for the night ahead.
Adventurous guests will enjoy the magical African sunset, feast on a picnic-style dinner on the top deck and fall asleep under the sparkling African sky. The following morning, guests will find a surprise picnic breakfast on their doorstep, to be enjoyed while watching elephant, giraffe and other wildlife at the river. “To wake up to the magical sound of wildlife and birds, surrounded by pristine nature as far as the eye can see, is a life-changing experience; this is a place of true, untouched wonderment”, Kozany added.
The Bird Nest is designed to sleep two guests, but a cosy family would also be welcome – for example the parents may choose to sleep in the shelter of the first floor, but the children would love the adventure of sleeping out on the top deck. The NAY PALAD Bird Nest experience is included in the rate for guests staying at Segera Retreat for five nights or more. For those on a shorter stay, the cost of the Bird Nest Experience starts at USD1 150 per night. Either way, guests’ accommodation at Segera Retreat is kept exclusively for them while they visit the Bird Nest.