The Lake Victoria Serena Resort
A world away from the city
Styled to replicate the lines of a classically rustic Roman villa, which might just as easily stand amid the sunflowers of the Tuscan Hills, as on the shores of Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria Serena Resort is the latest addition to the Serena East Africa Portfolio. Opened in October 2009, it will be complemented by the addition of a golf course, marina and luxury residential complex in 2010.
Rising above white-terraced rose gardens, which descend through water cascades and fountains almost to the shores of Lake Victoria, this tranquil resort has been positioned so as to offer both a contrast and an extension to the 5-star profile of the flagship Kampala Serena Hotel, thus ensuring that the Serena portfolio embraces all aspects of Uganda's social and corporate life.
A gracious terracotta and cream palace, the central citadel is encircled by broad café and cocktail terraces, where cushioned sofas invite relaxation. Above the marble reception, where a Roman fountain plays, white-arched galleries rise to a clear glass atrium, through which shafts of light illuminate the fountained courtyard below.
Beyond the mosaic frescoes of the main restaurant, a clocktower rises above the pool-deck where colonnades of white arches offer the perfect frame for the hazy blue of the lake and the encircling green of the Lweza Hills. Widely spaced amongst the rose gardens, clusters of pastel-painted villas offer a choice of rooms and suites, all with panoramic lake views.
On the shores of Lake Victoria in the Kigo District (equidistant between Kampala and Entebbe), the resort is twenty minute's drive (30 km) from Entebbe International Airport and twenty minute's drive to the centre of Kampala (15 km). The resort will feature its own helipad offering link services to the flagship 5-star Serena Kampala Hotel.
- Wide selection of rooms and suites: all with AC, satellite TV, WiFi and voice-mail
- The Citadel, all-day brasserie
- The Kigo, cocktail bar
- The Lake View Pool Terrace bar and café
- Panoramic terraces for private cocktails and social events
- The Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa
- Dedicated conference and social events floor
- VIP entrance, helipad, dedicated car park, full security
- Wide range of incentives options.
- Business Centre, travel desk, taxi and limousine service.
- Wedding planning service
- Gift Shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk.
Our rooms and suites
We offer 124 rooms, 114 Standard Rooms, 8 Executive Suites and 2 Presidential Suites.
Housed in typically Tuscan villas, which are widely spaced around the terraced rose gardens, each Standard Room is elegantly presented in shades of terracotta and cream and features either a queen-sized or two twin beds, a dressing table, work station, seating area, balcony and lavish marble bathroom with walk-in shower.
The Executive Suites also feature a spacious living area with flat-screen TV, office space and second balcony.
The two Presidential Suites are located on the penthouse level of the main citadel and feature: a luxury ensuite bedroom with king-sized bed, an elegant reception room, dining room (with private kitchen), furnished terrace and staff accommodation. The Presidential floor also features its own private event or conference space.
The amenities include:
- 24-hour room service
- WIFI and in-room modem hook-up
- direct-dial phone
- in-room flat-screen satellite TV
- private safe
- tea and coffee-making facilities
- hair driers
- 24-hour on-call doctor
- Business Centre
- ‘Maisha' Health Spa
- airport shuttle, taxi and limousine service.
Dining at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort
Dining, bars and entertainment
The hotel offers a wide range of dining choices; The Citadel all-day brasserie offers extensive buffet breakfast and lunch choices while the a la carte evening menu features both an international selection and the Chef's own array of typically Mediterranean cuisine. A wide selection of snacks can be enjoyed, either on the extensive Lake View Pool Terrace, in the Courtyard Lounge or on the Piano Bar Terrace.
Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. Our table d'hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of our meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the resort.
Wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks
Our wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. We also offer a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. We serve only the finest Ugandan coffee and tea; we also offer a wide range of fruit and herbal infusions.
We offer a 24-hour room service, which features an extensive menu offering everything from the classic club sandwich to a delicately-spiced curry. We are also delighted to serve a private lunch or dinner in your room or suite; or to provide cocktails and canapés on your private terrace.
Maisha, the Serena Mind, Body and Spirit Spa
Adjacent to the pool deck, the Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa contrasts the gleaming state-of-the-art technology of its gymnasium and cardio studio with the terracotta floors and rustic arches of the Spa.
Our facilities include:
- 25-metre pool
- State-of-the-art gymnasium and cardio studio
- Aerobic studio offering workouts to include; cardiovascular, kick boxing, dance, yoga, Tai chi and ‘stretch and sculpture'
- Steam, sauna, plunge pool, sun-deck and juice bar
- Full range of holistic massage, de-tox and aromatherapy treatments
Lweza-Kigo Road Off Entebbe Road, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: (+256) 417121000
Fax: (+256) 417121550