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Hemingways Watamu, Kenya

Situated on one of the finest beaches on the glorious Kenyan Coast, Hemingways Watamu has all the ingredients required to re-energise at the end of an action-packed holiday.

Hemingways Watamu has been welcoming travellers to this stretch of the Kenyan Coast, with its turquoise waters and pristine sands, for nearly 30 years. Following a huge remodelling, the property has confirmed its position as the country’s most iconic boutique beach hotel and a wonderful place for some post-safari relaxation. You’ll find a tennis court, two beautiful swimming pools and an exquisite spa, set in its own pavilion, where you can indulge in a range of restorative treatments.


Those who like to keep active are equally well catered for. You can try your hand at kitesurfing, go birding along Mida Creek or take the opportunity to get your PADI certificate. The snorkelling and scuba diving here is exceptional, with pristine corals and a multi-coloured marine life to explore. The hotel is also a renowned big game fishing destination, hosting many televised tournaments throughout the year, and has recently added seasonal whale watching tours to its repertoire of excursions.


Hemingways Watamu, at a glance

  • Established boutique hotel located on Turtle Bay in the Marine National Park of Watamu
  • 26 ocean view rooms and 13 newly renovated deluxe ocean view rooms
  • Guestrooms are light and airy, with en-suite bathrooms, private balconies, fine linens and dazzling Indian Ocean views
  • Also on offer are 1, 2 and 4-bedroom luxury self-contained apartments, complete with open terraces, en-suites and full kitchens
  • Alfresco restaurant overlooking the ocean and serving modern, seafood dishes
  • Iconic Hemingways Bar with uninterrupted bay views
  • Impeccable service and warm hospitality

For leisure and pleasure

  • Two swimming pools, a tennis court and a beautiful spa with four treatment rooms, a gym and salon
  • Exceptional deep sea fishing, with full day and half day excursions to choose from
  • Fabulous snorkelling and scuba diving in the pristine Watamu Marine National Park  
  • Thrilling water sports including kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Watch the migration of humpback whales between June and September
  • Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise on Mida Creek
  • Explore the Sokoke Forest, the most intact coastal forest in East Africa and home to a variety of unique wildlife
  • Nearby 18 hole PGA accredited golf course
  • Explore the abandoned Gede Ruins, dating from the 13th/14th century
  • Safaris in nearby Tsavo National Park




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