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New Serenity Spa Location

My favorite spa in Nairobi is Serenity Spa. They now have a Kitisuru location! I went there a couple weeks ago and I’m happy to say that the service is just as good and the atmosphere just as relaxing. I hate to cheat on my usual spa therapist at the Gigiri location, but…well, it’s just so much closer to me! The new location is on Ngecha Road, but the map on the website isn’t accurate. Here is the correct location on a map:    

Taking Care of Appearances

It’s time for another list: a beauty list. Here are the main things I’ve learned in regard to trying to look good: For beauty products: Linton’s is the place to go and there are several throughout Nairobi. Estée Lauder brands are carried as well as some others. Note: Each store varies in what it carries. MAC is also in Nairobi and tends to have better range in terms of shades that match your skin tone. If you have access, the UN Commissary is also good. They recently expanded and it’s like an airport duty free shop, limited but with options. When you’re shopping for your various beauty items—be it make up, conditioner, cleanser, whatever—get more than one. Things run out and don’t necessarily get restocked quickly. For this reason, I’ve got about six months worth of conditioner in the bathroom. I make no apologies for this. If you are north of the city, Serenity Spa is excellent for massages, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Salon Malibu in The Village Market is great for hair. They …

The garden at Serenity Spa


Last week was detox week for me, after over doing it the week before. Between feeling rough around the edges from that week and feeling off kilter since my flight here from the States, I needed some pampering. I decided to check out Serenity Spa. It. Was. Amazing. I got a 90 minute hot stone massage that made everything better. Evelyn was my massage therapist and I’ll be going back to her to help keep my muscles happy (not to mention ease some sciatic pain that kicked back in after that flight). The spa is in Gigiri, near the United Nations and U.S. Embassy. It’s safe, quiet, and peaceful. There is a beautiful garden where you can lounge before your treatment. The room for the massage was gorgeous and quite spacious. There was a bathroom en suite (no walking to the hallway bathroom in your robe). My “view” when I was face down on the massage table was a bowl of rose petals – a very nice touch. I spent some time at the garden after …