Where to Get the Best Massage in Nairobi, Kenya


If you've ever been to Nairobi, you know the city is, um, shall we say, bustling. Notorious for its traffic, noise and chaos, it's not exactly a honeymoon hotspot.

Don't get me wrong, I definitely think it has its unique charm. It's just that if peace and quiet are what you're after, you're going to have to hunt a little harder for it.  

Last autumn, I spent about a week in Nairobi, and given I'd flown in from London, which is arguably even more intense, I decided to treat myself to a little time out. On the advice of a friend who's spent the last few years in the city, I booked a massage and treatment at the Kaya Spa in the Tribe Hotel.

Located in Nairobi's sophisticated Village Market, the hotel has a chic rooftop bar, stunning locally-designed interiors and seriously good service. 

Feeling the need to indulge (this was pre-backpacking budget, mind you), I treated myself to the Kenya Gold experience, which included a coffee detox body polish, a body mask and an hour-long massage. And what a brilliant experience!

I arrived at the spa, packed my belongings in a lush wooden locker and slipped into a cotton waffle dressing gown before being guided to the treatment room where the candles and soft scent drifted me into relaxation mode. 

I was laid onto the massage table and lathered up in coffee granules, sugar and natural oils and botanicals. Though left on for nearly 30 minutes, my skin soaked up the mixture immediately. Then it was straight to the shower to wash off the concoction with Malin + Goetz goodies, leaving me energised and ready for part deux. The therapist then covered me in a dreamy, silky mask meant to detoxify the pores, increase skin elasticity and encourage cell growth. 

One more shower and then back to the mat to melt into an gentle, hour-long coconut-oil based massage that stimulated my circulation and left my body fully restored. 

Fully switched off, I stumbled back into the showers for a final Bergamot body wash wake-up before slipping back into my robe and heading into the lounge for some tasty post-treatment tea. I lingered for as long as I could before heading out to meet my friends for dinner. 

So if you're in Nairobi and have some "me" time to spare, make the trip to Tribe. It'll be a treat yo self moment you won't forget. 

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