One&Only Rwanda unveils an exclusive bespoke OneEscape Experience
One&One Rwanda is pleased to unveil an exclusive bespoke six night OneEscape experience, curated to immerse guests in the captivating wonders of Rwanda, combining ultra-luxury accommodations, nature and culinary experiences, and luxury helicopter transfers between One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest. An extraordinary offering, OneEscape introduces guests to an unforgettable journey through the beauty of the Land of a Thousand Hills.
“We are thrilled to introduce the OneEscape experience at our One&Only Rwanda resorts. This exclusive offering invites guests to discover both of our stunning properties and introduces them to the remarkable and beautiful country of Rwanda and its awe-inspiring surroundings,” says Craig Storkey, Area Manager for One&Only Rwanda.
From once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest to awe-inspiring chimpanzee trekking at One&Only Nyungwe House, guests are invited to experience the captivating wildlife and nature of Rwanda while creating enduring memories of their time in the breathtaking landscapes of the country. OneEscape guests also enjoy ease of travel between the two remarkable resorts, with a 35-minute helicopter transfer through a partnership with Rwanda’s Akagera Aviation, offered with compliments to guests who book a stay of six-nights or longer at One&Only Nyungwe House One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, between 01 October and 14 December 2023. This exclusive experience allows guests to seamlessly travel between the two resorts, maximizing their time to explore and indulge in the beauty of Rwanda.
Embark on an extraordinary discovery of the magical story of Rwanda with OneEscape exploring and reveling in nature with One&Only Rwanda. Upon arrival at One&Only Nyungwe guests are greeted with a traditional Rwandan welcome - a signature drink of rose tea or local coffee to refresh and revitalize, as energetic drums and local dance troupe introduce them to their Rwandan adventure in the wilderness. Situated on a working tea plantation, One&Only Nyungwe invites guests to continue their journey with a fascinating lesson led by the resort’s tea expert revealing the process of picking tea leaves and growing African tea. For those interested in active pursuits, OneEscape includes the chance to engage in ancient African traditions with guided archery and spear throwing sessions atop a scenic hilltop overlooking breathtaking landscapes at One&Only Nyungwe House. Or head out for a guided walk with Nyungwe House’s expert Field Guides for captivating birdlife tour or a nocturnal hike, as you stargaze and seek out the intriguing creatures that emerge at twilight. Following the luxurious helicopter transfer, guests arrive at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest surrounded by swaying eucalyptus trees. Enjoy the Secrets of Rwandan Coffee and learn the story of sustainably grown regional coffee, discovering the different flavours and blends. Throughout their stay guests will indulge in bespoke dining experiences and unforgettable culinary adventures, from a traditional barbeque under the stars at the recently renovated cottage of famed conservationist Jack Hanna to al fresco meals in the Chef’s Garden featuring unique regional ingredients that inspire the resort’s seasonal menus. Choose an afternoon adventure through the forest and volcanic landscape with an invigorating bike ride or a thrilling run through nature of Volcanoes National Park. Or journey into nature with a guided bird walk, learning about the endangered and beautiful birdlife.
Rooted in community and passionate about preserving the rich stories of Rwanda, One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest have worked closely with their neighbours to introduce experiences that transport guests to the heart and soul of the community, as well as support local tourism initiatives and cooperatives. Guests can take part in the meaningful experience of Umuganda, a nationwide community action programme which takes place on the last Saturday of every month at each resort. Alongside One&Only colleagues, guests can work shoulder to shoulder with Rwandans contributing to important local projects ranging from planting new trees to helping build schools. The conservation efforts at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest include the resort’s work with Handspun Hope, an organisation that supports vulnerable women who experienced trauma in the 1994 Genocide as well as those living with HIV/AIDS. Guests have the opportunity to meet some of the remarkable women artisans and see first-hand how their products are made, from conception to completion, including the impressive handmade mountain gorillas, that celebrate the endangered primate. At One&Only Nyungwe House guests also receive plush chimpanzees from Handspun Hope, a memento of these compelling creatures who live in the ancient rainforest surrounding the resort, and whose calls can be heard echoing through the canopy.
Nestled on the edge of the vast and ancient Nyungwe rainforest, within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, One&Only Nyungwe House offers guests once-in-a-lifetime experiences in one of the world’s most exceptional natural locations. Immersed in wild beauty surrounded by awe-inspiring jungle views, every element of the resort has been carefully considered, with inspired farm-to-table dining, spa and wellness offerings that embrace nature and local traditions, and curated, authentic experiences to discover.
Offering an exclusive front-row seat to observe endangered mountain gorillas in the wild, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga volcano range. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the ultimate ultra-luxury resort in Kinigi, northwest of Rwanda and just five minutes from Volcanoes National Park and The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Fund dedicated to the preservation and conservation of mountain gorillas.
Nightly rates for the OneEscape experience start at $3,250 at One&Only Nyungwe House and $6,500 at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest.
Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, One&Only is conceived as a hallmark of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. The exclusive collection includes One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in The Blue Mountains in Australia; One&Only Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda. As part of the new portfolio, One&Only will be opening One&Only Mandarina in Riviera Nayarit in Mexico in 2020. Additional resorts in development include One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, One&Only Kéa Island in Greece, One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai as well as communities of One&Only Private Homes around the world. More information on One&Only is available at oneandonlyresorts.com