Resort guide: One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda

Resort guide: One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda

Nestled in a lush tea plantation, One&Only Nyungwe House serves as a sanctuary for humans and wildlife 

Key selling points for travel agents:

  • The resort is set on the edge of Rwanda’s lush Nyungwe Forest 
  • The resort’s newly-extended private decks offer the perfect vantage point to watch wildlife.
  • Guests have the opportunity to of up-close encounters with rare primates, reptiles, butterflies, exotic birds and indigenous flora
  • Chefs are on hand to prepare a selection of authentic local cuisine that can be served picnic-style among the wildernes
  • Along with the resort’s sustainable operating procedures, guests are encouraged to get their hands dirty by working the land, building a fence or tending to animals
  • A bespoke itinerary is created for each guest and can include anything from private dining on a deck above the rainforest to an al fresco couples’ spa treatment 

Embedded into its pristine lush surroundings, One&Only Nyungwe House offers dramatic mountain landscapes and access to the planet’s rarest creatures in their natural habitat while delivering world-class dining experiences and wellness. Set among the rich tea plantations of Gisakura, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park, guests have direct access to one of the last mountain rainforest habitats on the planet.

Situated across eight clusters of wooden villas, the resort’s 22 treetop-skimming luxury rooms and suites are secluded in wonderfully untamed surroundings. Guests have a choice of two room types: a Nyungwe Room with its immersive tree-grazing balcony, chic African design and furnishings, or a two-bedroom Forest Suite, ideal for those travelling with friends and family.

The suites accommodate four adults and feature a four-poster king-sized bed in the master bedroom, large living spaces and private outdoor decks

Twin room

Food and Drink
One&Only Nyungwe House is home to three onsite dining concepts. The resort’s signature restaurant, The Dining Room, overlooks the vivid green tea plantation and offers an intimate dining experience that showcases locally-grown ingredients. The menu features dishes inspired by the Rwandan heartland, with chefs on hand to tailor the  daily offering to suit individual tastes.

Elsewhere, the Tea Lounge serves light bites, throughout the day, including baked goods. Tuck into the signature tea-infused scones while you savour unforgettable views.

Guests can immerse themselves in a Rwandan tea ceremony

Private dining

An ideal spot to unwind after a day spent exploring the nature, the Tea Lounge Bar offers rainforest views from its alfresco deck, directly overlooking the edge of iconic Nyungwe National Park. Expert bartenders are on hand to prepare classic cocktails with a local twist.

The resort also offers several private dining options. The team will help to plan an intimate meal on a hilltop, immersed in the foliage of the tea plantation or on a privacy terrace in a guest room. With the resident chef, guests are able to curate a bespoke menu with options that delve deep into Rwanda’s culinary heritage.

The intimate spa features two spacious treatment rooms, an expansive deck and a lounge area. Guests are invited to soak up the healing energy of the forest with a cup of tea made from local herbs after their chosen treatment.

Spa reception

The resort’s indigenous spa therapies include a Fire Ritual that transforms pain into healing energy, releasing stiffness. Guests can also opt to be immersed in a deliciously scented Rwandan coffee and mint detox wrap to promote lymphatic drainage and boost circulation.

The spa’s signature treatment is the full-body Intoga Amasatchi deep tissue massage, which utilises hands and traditional wooden sticks stretch out tightness and soothe aches to melt away tension.

Chimpanzee trek

With such a unique location, compelling activities at One&Only Nyungwe House include the opportunity to take mountain bike rides, helicopter tours, a guided tour of the tea plantation and jungle treks, where guests can enjoy remarkable animal encounters curated by expert guides.

Perhaps the most popular experience is the chimpanzee discovery trek, which allows guests to convene with Nyungwe National Park’s most charismatic residents. The resort’s experienced guides lead guests through the protected jungle, which borders the property, to the natural home of one of East Africa’s rare chimpanzee populations and troops of colobus monkeys.

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