Arusha is the gateway to most Serengeti safaris, and this Belgian-owned country inn located on the outskirts of town is the perfect place to lay your head, either during that first night on the ground or as a pit stop between bush and beach. The grounds are accented with neat hedges and bursts of orange frangipani, and the Belgian chef, Axel, makes tasty meals using Kenyan beef and seafood from the Dar es Salaam fish markets.
There are two separate accommodations here, one more like a traditional B&B and the other (where I stayed) more like a boutique hotel. With their deep tubs, verandas, and mélange of West and East African tribal art, the rooms are worth writing home about. Opt for a Swedish massage or hammam treatment if you need a recharge.