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Hemingways Watamu

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 travelers for close to 30 years.

There is so much to do while at the resort – 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 the cocktail menu.
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu
Hemingways Watamu

Room Information

Each of the 39 beautifully appointed rooms at Hemingways Watamu offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the endless white sandy beach of Watamu Marine Park. Measuring over 430 square-feet, all rooms are bright and airy, reflecting the relaxed coastal location.

Ocean Rooms
Spacious and with easy access to the beach and the botanical pool, Ocean Rooms are located in the North Wing of the hotel on the ground and first floor. En-suite bathrooms and a beautiful balcony overlooking the Marine Park provide guests with the utmost comfort and luxury. A green lawn lies in front of the rooms, offering a relaxing place to read and soak up the coastal sunshine.

Deluxe Ocean Rooms
Located on the top floor of the North Wing, Deluxe Rooms offer a whole new level of laidback luxury. A bedroom view with nothing but sand, ocean and horizon. Marble tiled en-suite bathrooms, super comfortable four poster beds and private balconies with jaw dropping views of the bay and the magical Watamu breeze mean you may not want to leave your room.

Hemingways Residences
These spacious apartments are located in the South Wing of the property and offer 1, 2 and 4 bedroom configurations. The Residences have been designed and finished to the highest degree of modern coastal luxury and feature majestic open terraces with magical views of the beach and Marine Park, comfortable living and dining areas flooded with natural light, en-suite bathrooms and fully equipped contemporary kitchens. Guests of the Residences enjoy full access to all hotel facilities with the option to be completely self-sufficient if required.

Things To Do

Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is fun for everyone and great way to see marine life.

Kite surfing
Watamu provides the perfect environment to learn and improve your skills, making this a great option for all ages.

Wind surfing
Watamu provides the right conditions with constant wind and flat water, it is a great way for the family to be active on the water.

Scuba diving
The Watamu Marine Park is amazingly rich with over 500 species of fish inside the lagoon and over 1000 if you include the second and third reefs. Over 200 brightly colored coral species also inhabit the waters giving food and shelter to this underwater world.

Snorkeling within the marine park
Snorkelng in the Marine Park in Watamu is spectacular. Exceptional snorkeling conditions in the park allow all visitors easy access to the spectacular undersea life.

Big Game Fishing
Hemingways is renowned for its big game fishing. Host of the Iltta World Championships, many ESPN, DSTV and SKY televised events and numerous other tournaments annually, it is a focal point of fishing off the east African coast.

Wake Boarding & Water Skiing with Tribe Watersports
Wind or no wind, Mida Creek offers the best conditions for wakeboarding and waterskiing in Kenya.

Sunset Dhow Cruise
A highlight in Watamu, experience the creek atop a traditional swahili dhow as it sails serenely along the length of the creek whilst you sip on an ice cold dawa cocktail.

Cultural & Historical Site Visits
Explore some of the ruins and historical sites found in the area. Gede Ruins, an archaeologist’s delight, was one of the ancient Arab towns that dotted the East African Coast. Surrounded by tall shady trees, a walk through Gede is a must for anyone interested in the Swahili people and Kenya’s history. Or, enjoy a half day tour to Malindi just for general shopping with a chance to visit the Old Town, the famous Jumaa Mosque and historical sites such as the Vasco da Gama Pillar, the Portuguese chapel and the British governors house which now hosts the Mijikenda cultural insight among others.

Canoes and Creek Rides
Get out on the water at sunset in a locally made bamboe canoe with a fisherman guide, your camera and your balance!

Mambrui Sand Dunes
The specks of gold in the sand “the dunes of Mambrui” is a haven for travelers just looking to chill.

Marafa Hell’s Kitchen
A sight to behold and a must visit when in Watamu. Located 25 miles from Malindi, in the quiet town of Marafa, this 'mini grand canyon' is known locally as “Nyari” which translates to “The place broken by itself”. Formed naturally over thousands of years through harsh weather, forming this beautiful sandstone canyon with colorfully layered gorges. A magnificent sight, especially at sunset.

Wildlife Experiences
Whale watching (seasonal). Enjoy a Dolphin viewing cruise - Watamu is a haven, a natural sanctuary for families of Dolphins and best seen from November to April when the waters are calmest.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest
The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is east Africa’s largest remaining area (162 square-miles ) of indigenous coastal forest. Well-trained and knowledgeable local guides are on hand to take visitors on educational walks.

Bio-ken Snake Farm
The bio ken snake farm offers a fascinating introduction to these incredible creatures.
Bio ken snake farm harvests and provides for most of the anti-venom in eastern Africa and the incredible, life saving work they do here will teach you to look at snakes in a very different way.

Sabaki Estuary
Approximately 40 minutes drive from Watamu lies the Sabaki River Estuary a must see site for birders which hosts large visiting stocks of Madagascar Pranticole.

The Falconry of Kenya
Falconry of Kenya is a beautiful private zoo located in Malindi featuring an extensive collection of birds of prey and other animals.



Watamu, Kenya



Available Amenities:

24 Hour Reception


Fitness Center

In-Room Dining

Internet Access

Laundry Services

Mini Bar

On-Site Activities

On-Site Dining



Swimming Facilities

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Price Guide

$ = Up to $299
$$ = $300 to $599
$$$ = $600 to $999
$$$$ = $1000 to $2499
$$$$$ = $2500+
Starting price per room, per night, in USD and based on double occupancy.