This Indian Ocean luxury 5-star boutique beach hotel in Kenya is everyone’s favourite and our guests just keep coming back for more.
An iconic tropical paradise on the Kenyan coast sitting right in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park with its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. The exceptional personal service and sincere charm of this established hotel has come to represent Kenyan coastal luxury to so many travellers for close to 30 years. And it’s just got even better with a mega makeover.
There is so much to do here – learn to kite-surf; get your PADI certificate, take a sunset dhow cruise on Mida Creek, play a round of golf on the nearby world-class golf course, Vipingo Ridge; or go on safari for a few days in Tsavo or the Maasai Mara. If that all sounds a little too energetic, relax around the pool with a good book as you work your way through our cocktail menu.
Hemingways Watamu sits just off Turtle Bay Road outside Watamu village. Watamu itself lies approximately 120 kms north of Mombasa and 25 kms south of Malindi. Our nearest airport is in Malindi which is 30 minutes by road whilst the nearest international airport is Moi International in Mombasa.
Bright, airy rooms measuring 40m² with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies all offering exceptional views of the Indian Ocean – a view you wish you woke up to every morning. There are 13 newly renovated Deluxe Ocean View Rooms on the second floor of our North Wing and 26 Ocean View Rooms on the ground and first floor.
There is something to everyone’s taste at Hemingways Watamu. Served in our main restaurant, breakfast offers a range of options to suit all types from the super hungry, the health conscious or the continental. For a mid-morning treat, speciality coffees, cakes and the finest gelato are available at the Gede Coffee Gardens.
The Gede menu also includes a varied selection of delicious wraps, sandwiches and sharing platters plus a variety of grilled meats and seafood along with healthy salads, perfect for lunches and more casual evenings.
The Hemingways Watamu spa is a natural extension of the property’s commitment to quality and personalized service. Sitting adjacent to the botanical pool in its own pavilion, the Spa offers guests the ideal hideaway to retreat for a few hours of ‘me time’.
Our energetic instructors are on hand seven days a week to put you through your paces. Fully air-conditioned, the gym is equipped with a variety of cardio-vascular workout machines and a good selection of free and standing weights. We are fully equipped to kit you out with tennis gear. If the heat of the day is too intense for tennis, play early morning before a re-energising breakfast or after sunset under the floodlights.
Hemingways Watamu was the pioneer of the practice of ‘tag and release’ of billfish on the Kenyan coast. We continue to wholeheartedly recommend this to guests and award certificates to anglers in recognition of their catch.
The resort has a meeting/banquet centre suitable for seminars. training sessions and other public events. On-site parking is available. The resort's attentive staff can also arrange for laundry and dry cleaning services.
Watamu's white sand beach is a walking distance from the resort. The Watamu Marine Park, Watamu Hospital and the Gede Ruins are in close proximity to the resort.
From 12:00 hours
By 10:00 hours
Babies and Kids Stay Free
Max Age: 6
Rolling bed Available