- High-end ocean setting
- Fishing, whale watching, diving, kite surfing
- Tennis, gym, spa
Hemingways Watamu is a top-notch beachside retreat complete with attentive service, superb accommodation and unforgettable views of the inviting Indian Ocean. This long-established and highly regarded boutique resort belongs to the Hemingways portfolio of luxury hotels and is located just outside the coastal town of Malandi, right beside the Watamu Marine National Park whose highlights include colourful coral gardens and nesting turtles. This is an impressive and sleek offering with great facilities, a good variety of rooms, suites and apartments, and plenty of activities on offer.
The rooms and suites are invariably light, bright and airy and provide generous space and comfort along with breath-taking sea views easy access to the beach. There are two main types of accommodation: the Ocean View rooms (standard or deluxe) and the larger, apartment-style Residences (available in one-, two-, or four-bedroom configurations). All options feature contemporary decor and stylish fittings, with plenty of modern conveniences.
One factor that singles this property out from many others lining the coast is that it’s renowned as a centre for deep sea fishing due to the series of undersea ‘mountains’ nearby which make for especially concentrated marine life. Full or half-day fishing excursions are on offer and humpback whale watching expeditions have recently been introduced (seasonal - June to September inclusive). There’s a really good range of water-based activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Though many activities naturally centre on the sea, there are plenty of worthwhile things to do on dry land from safaris in national parks to visits to nearby towns and sites of cultural interest. Not to forget, of course, simple leisurely strolls along the beach!
The hotel has a floodlit tennis court and a fully equipped, air-conditioned gym. Personal trainers can be booked any day of the week for private fitness instruction sessions. There’s also a spa which is set in its own pavilion and offers a range of indulgent, bespoke treatments, some of which are devised by the Hemingways brand itself. The hotel’s restaurant offers fine dining in the evening, with more informal breakfasts and lunches. Menus feature a broad range of local and international dishes, with options to suit all tastes, and special meals for couples and dining on the beach can also be arranged.
Children of all ages are welcome and various configurations of rooms are available to accommodate families. Due to the waterside location, parents are reminded to keep children under constant adult supervision.
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
I had just the most incredible time on the climb.
The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.
George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.
Finn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019