Hemingways Watamu is a tropical paradise, set against an idyllic white sand beach and the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The property is located in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park, which is renowned worldwide for its natural beauty. Boasting a diverse range of marine life from the visiting whale sharks and manta rays to 3 species of sea turtle, as well as unique coral gardens, the area is considered to be one of the best snorkelling and diving areas on the coast of Africa
Guest can enjoy a whole range of land and sea activities during their stay at Hemingways Watamu, from learning to kite-surf, windsurfing and paddleboarding across the ocean, playing a round of golf at the nearby Vipingo Ridge golf course, exploring the nearby Gede ruins - an ancient Arab town dating from the late 13th/early 14th century, dhow cruises, dolphin watching, whale watching (in season - July through to September), going on a deep sea fishing trip, snorkelling trips, or getting your PADI scuba diving certificate.
If that all sounds a little too energetic, then just simply relax with a good book and a delicious cocktail around either of the two swimming pools.
Dining al fresco at the Brasserie on the beach, with a gentle breeze, is one of life's great pleasures. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, the signature menus focus on fresh produce cooked simply and served expertly. The Gede Café, whose structure is inspired by the Gede ruins, is your go-to for a lighter, more casual setting and the menu includes homemade pastas, pizzas and other light bites.
Each of the 39 beautifully appointed rooms offers delightful views of the Indian Ocean and the endless white sandy beach of Watamu. There are 13 deluxe rooms on the top floor of the North Wing and 26 superior rooms on the ground and first floor.
In addition, there are also 21 luxurious apartments (offering one bedroom, 2 bedrooms and 4 bedrooms) which are located in the South Wing of the hotel. They have been designed and finished to the highest degree and feature open terraces with magical views of the beach and Marine Park, a comfortable lounge and dining area flooded with natural light, en-suite bathrooms and a fully equipped contemporary kitchen.
For the perfect balance of exceptional personal service, charm, rest and relaxation, few places compare to this luxury 5* beach hotel.
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General Information For Guests
All of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, complimentary Wi-Fi, a telephone, in-room safe, tea/coffee making facilities,clothes press, a fully stocked mini bar, flat screen TV, hairdryer, balcony/deck, and an iron and ironing board.
The apartments each have separate living/dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen and flat screen TVs in every bedroom and living room.
Facilities at Hemingways Watamu include 2 large swimming pools, a restaurant, tennis court, wellness centre, gym, gift shop and a library.
Served in the main restaurant, breakfast offers a range of options. For a mid morning treat, specialty 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.
An a la carte menu is offered for dinner, providing a wealth of options including fresh seafood and meat dishes. A selection of pastas and vegetarian dishes are also available.
The Hemingways Bar is located right on the seafront and offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and Watamu Beach.
Activities that are available at an additional cost include snorkelling trips, deep sea fishing, sunset Dhow cruises to Mida Creek, cultural visits to the Malindi and Gede ruins, paddle boarding, canoeing excursions, bird watching at either Mida Creek or Arabuko Sokoke Forest, kite surfing, PADI diving courses and scuba diving, and shopping trips to Malindi Town.
A dry cleaning and same day laundry service is available (additional cost).
Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted.