Sarova Hotels & Resorts Celebrates 50 Years of Unparalleled Hospitality

Sarova Hotels & Resorts, a cornerstone of Kenya’s tourism industry, celebrated its 50th anniversary this April, marking a significant milestone in its rich history of hospitality excellence. This golden jubilee is a testament to Sarova’s enduring legacy of service and deep-rooted values.

Dr. Alfred N. Mutua, Tourism & Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Kenya poses alongside Sarova’s founding families – Jimi Kariuki, Managing Director, Sarova Hotels, Hon. J.N. Kariuki, Chairman Sarova Hotels & Directors at Sarova Hotels – Mrs Varsha Vohra, Mita Vohra, Saveer Vohra, Samman Vohra, Pravir Vohra & Rayna Vohra during the anniversary celebrations.

Founded in 1974 by G.S. Vohra, Mohinder Singh Vohra, and John Ngata Kariuki, Sarova Hotels began its journey with the acquisition of the Ambassadeur Hotel on Moi Avenue. The name SAROVA is an acronym derived from their wives’ first names: Swaran Vohra, Rose Kariuki, and Varsha Vohra.

Expanding Horizons

Over the years, Sarova has expanded its footprint across Kenya, boasting a portfolio of nine properties. These include Sarova Stanley and Sarova Panafric in Nairobi, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa, Sarova Woodlands Hotel & 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 Sarova Maiyan in Nanyuki. Each property reflects a commitment to quality and innovation, embodying the essence of Kenyan culture.

In 2023, Sarova launched its first standalone speciality restaurant, Thai Chi by Sarova in Nairobi, further expanding its culinary footprint.

Mr.Steve Kinguli, Head Concierge at Sarova Stanley presents an insightful historical tour of the Sarova journey to Tourism & Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Dr. Alfred N. Mutua, showcasing the transformative changes of the group over the past 50 years.

Commitment to People and Sustainability

Sarova Hotels is dedicated to nurturing talent, fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, and empowering local communities through employment and skill development. The company implements sustainable practices such as responsible waste management, water conservation, and renewable energy initiatives. These efforts ensure that Kenya’s natural beauty is preserved for future generations.

A Legacy of Excellence

“Achieving 50 years of operation is not merely a milestone but a hallmark of resilience, adaptation, and enduring commitment to quality and innovation,” remarked Jimi Kariuki, Managing Director of Sarova Hotels, during the anniversary celebrations at Sarova Stanley. “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.”

Ms. Mita Vohra, Director of Sales, Marketing, Revenue & Distribution, added, “Sarova Hotels is a heartwarming story of family and friendships coming together to realize a dream in hospitality. Celebrating this milestone of 50 years is a tribute to our founders and all of you, our partners, who have anchored and supported us through the decades.”

Sarova’s journey is one of unwavering dedication to showcasing the best of Kenya, offering guests luxury intertwined with a connection to the land, its people, and its soul. From its humble beginnings, Sarova has grown into Kenya’s leading independently owned hotel and resort chain, with a vision to impact surrounding communities and build a sustainable future.

As Sarova Hotels & Resorts celebrates this golden jubilee, it looks forward to continuing its legacy of excellence, innovation, and deep-rooted commitment to Kenya’s hospitality industry.

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