Hemingways Watamu

Watamu, Kenya

A luxury tropical retreat on Kenya’s finest beach

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At a glance

76 rooms

A beachside retreat in one of one of East Africa's finest big-game fishing destinations, Hemingways Watamu overlooks the stunning beach of Watamu Marine Park. With a fabulous day spa, a wide array of international cuisines, numerous water sports and activities, plus a traditional Arabic dhow, this is the perfect way to encounter Kenya.

Location

Watamu Beach, near Malindi on the Kenya coast. 13 miles from Malindi Airport and 75 Miles from Mombasa Airport.

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Things to enjoy

Spa, big-game fishing, tennis, gym.

In detail

The low thatched buildings at Hemingways Watamu blend well into the coastal environment. The rooms and suites are contemporary in design with distinct local touches in the woodwork and artefacts. Palm-filled gardens and spacious public rooms provide a refined yet relaxed atmosphere.

Be sure to go fishing on a big game vessel. Then bring your catch back to Hemingways Watamu and the chef will cook it any way you wish. Enjoy snorkelling in the marine park or take to the waters for dolphin, whale or turtle watching. In the evening, take a sunset cruise on a dhow and return for a sumptuous seafood dinner in the restaurant.

Rooms

In line with our commitment to offer our guests both choice and diversity, Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties offer a range of room categories for you to choose from.

Hemingways Resort

Superior Room

These rooms are all on the first or second floor of the South Wing with balconies and have either twin or double beds. Bathrooms have showers only. The rooms also have air-conditioning, fan, mosquito nets, fully stocked mini bar, direct dialing telephone, safe, hairdryers and can accommodate an extra bed or a baby cot.

Hemingways Resort

Deluxe Room

These rooms are spacious and have baths and showers and come in a variety of setups in both wings of the hotel. In the North wing, on both the ground and first floors we have deluxe rooms set up with one large, king size double bed. On the ground floor only we have rooms set up with one double and one single bed and these rooms also offer interconnecting doors for use by families. We do not put any further extra beds into these north wing rooms. In the South wing the deluxe rooms are all located on the ground floor and come with a double and a single bed. In these rooms to configuration allows us to put in another extra bed, letting the room sleep 4 people plus a baby cot if required.

Hemingways Resort

Junior Suite

These rooms are all located in the South Wing and are extremely spacious with a large bathroom with both bath and shower, king size bed and a lounge area section of the room with sofa and chairs. On the ground floor two suites also offer an outside verandah area. On the second floor the two junior suites do not have an outdoor seating area. An extra bed can be placed in these rooms but they are designed for couples. All rooms have air-conditioning, fan, mosquito nets, mini bar, telephone, safe and hairdryers.

Hemingways Resort

Executive Suite

Consists of a large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and shower and is located in the main hotel block. There is also a separate living room with lounge facilities, TV and a dining table. The Executive suites also have a small wet bar and separate toilet/shower at entrance. All rooms have air-conditioning, fan, mosquito nets, mini bar, telephone, safe and hair dryers. These rooms may also interconnect into a two bedroom suite by way of a connecting door into a superior room. – please also book a Superior room to accommodate up to 6 people.

Services

Hemingways Resort has 70 luxury bedrooms and six private suites within earshot of the surf, all having views of the activities of Hemingway's deep-sea fishing fleet. There is also a bar dedicated to the master himself in which many a tale is told. And yet, as many who have been to the resort will tell you, one of the principal attractions is the food; it is inspired and ranks among the best in the world. Add to this, the impeccable service, the water sport and fitness facilities and the legion opportunities for big game safaris and you have all the ingredients for a memorable encounter with Africa.


Directory of services

  • Car Parking ( complimentary )
  • Car rental service
  • CD / DVD library
  • Daily maid service
  • Daily newspaper
  • Direct billing
  • Disabled Access
  • Doctor on call
  • DVD /CD Library
  • Foreign currency exchange
  • Guests relation services
  • Hairdresser
  • IDD telephones
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Laundry service
  • Multilingual staff
  • Nanny service
  • Pressing service
  • Room service - restricted hours
  • Shuttle service
  • Turn-down service
  • Wake up calls
  • Licenced Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wheelchair available
  • WI-FI in public areas
  • WI-FI in guest rooms
  • Wine, flowers & fruits in-room

On-site facilities

  • Beauty Salon
  • Boutique/Gift shop
  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Facility
  • Gym/studio (supervised)*
  • Helipad
  • Library
  • Luggage storeroom
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Tennis Courts

Family facilities

  • Baby sitting
  • Children's activities
  • Cots
  • Family rooms
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Children's Meals
  • Pool

Languages spoken

  • English

Dining

Dining Room - Terrace a la carte or table d'hote menus. Indoors for most of the year. Outdoors - October to March weather permitting. Open 05:30 to 23:00. Circular African style thatched building.. *DRESS CODE: It is requested that gentlemen wear long trousers and a tailored shirt, in the restaurants and bars after 7.00pm (i.e. no shorts, jeans, T-shirts, kikois or sleeveless shirts). New Years Eve is formal black tie.. . Bar - Open Hours: From 10.00am. Poolside Bar, open daylight during High Season


Dining Room

Dining Room - Terrace a la carte or table d'hote menus. Indoors for most of the year. Outdoors - October to March weather permitting. Open 05:30 to 23:00. Circular African style thatched building. - *DRESS CODE: It is requested that gentlemen wear long trousers and a tailored shirt and appropriate footwear in the restaurants and bars after 7.00pm (i.e. no shorts, jeans, T-shirts, kikois or sleeveless shirts). New Years Eve is formal black tie. - - Bar - Open Hours: From 10.00am - Poolside Bar, open daylight during High Season

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Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

Spa

Day spa providing various massage, body and facial treatments plus full manicure and pedicure facilities and hairdressing salon. Fully trained and qualified staff.


Hemingways Day Spa

Spa Treatments
  • Swedish massage

Leisure

Beach. Bird safaris. Boating. Canoeing. Fishing. Game drives. Golf (on request). Gymnasium . Marina (private). Marine park. Safaris. Snorkelling. Squash courts (adjacent). Zoological park (nearby)


Activities

  • Bike Riding
  • Big Game Fishing
  • Sea Fishing
  • Hairdresser
  • Horse Riding
  • Jogging Track
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Safari
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing

Meetings and Business

E-mail. Fax. Internet access. Photocopying. Secretarial services available

Getting there

Hotel Address

Hemingways Watamu
PO Box 267
80202 Watamu. Kenya Watamu80202Kenya

Transportation

Helipad. Hotel launch. Local airport: Malindi 13 miles. International airport: Mombasa. Bus station: Malindi. Taxi Fare - airport: USD 30.00. Car rental: at hotel. Shopping district: Malindi. Hotel courtesy shuttle available. Nearest train station: Mombasa, 75 miles

Airports

Nearest international airport: Mombasa Airport (More than 50 Km.)
Nearest local airport: Malindi Airport (11 - 20 Km.)

Trains & Buses

Nearest train station: Mombasa (More than 50 Km.)
Nearest bus or coach station: Gede (5 Km.)

Directions

75 miles north of Mombassa on Main Coast Road or 13 miles south of Malindi on Main Coast Road.

Near Hemingways Watamu

Big-game fishing, fly-fishing for billfish, bird-watching safaris, big-game safaris, historical tours, snake farm, butterfly farm, shopping trips, wind surfing, catamaran sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, Tsavo National Park, Sokoke Forest, Gede Ruins, Malindi, Mombasa, Mida Creek.


Landmarks

  • Watamu National Marine Park

    Oldest marine park in Kenya with over 600 species recorded. Superb snorkelling and diving facilities

  • Gede Ruins

    Ancient coastal trading town abandoned in the 17th Century and now partly excavated. A national cultural monument.

  • Mida Creek

    A large mangrove tidal creek with superb bird watching and boat cruises.

  • Arabuko Sokoke Forest

    Large coral rag coastal forest reserve. Home to elephant, buffalo, monkeys, leopard, hyena and several endemic bird species.

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