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“Short stay in February spot on. Booked our return trip.”
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Hemingways Watamu
Ranked #19 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Short stay in February spot on. Booked our return trip.”
Reviewed 20 September 2011

What can I say, spot on from the minute we arrived to the moment we left. We arrived for our three night stay following a two night trip to the Masai Mara, all had been organised prior by the staff at Hemingways, Melinda in Kenya, Rosemary and Janet in the UK.

All travel plans seamless and wow what a great time was had, a vey close family atmosphere where the staff all seemed to enjoy what they were doing. Simon the GM a lovely guy. We took the kids fishing for 1/2 day and had a fine haul of tuna.

The food was faultless, the evening prior to the fishing trip our boys had an early dinner in the restaurant, they were greeted by the chef who asked what they wanted to eat, anything possible, well what do a 12 and 10 year old choose to eat with no menu and everything on offer, after much umming and ahhing they both decided on a pasta dish (carbonara I recall) which was promptly cooked and loved by the boys, nothing too much trouble.

The rooms were very spacious and spotless too. We enjoyed the resort that much we are planning on returning for a relaxing week before the end of the year, this time minus the boys.

I hope this hotel remains the best kept secret in Kenya, faultless service and perfect for a chill out. We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Kansas City, Kansas
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

I've never encountered such lovely people at a hotel. Everyone at Hemingways was personable and friendly, they care so very much, we were sad to leave. The resort itself was clean, lovely with flowers everywhere. As one reviewer said, this is Africa so things are a bit different for we Americans but the people, attitude and welcoming spirit overcame all of the things I might have counted as not optimal. Do yourself a favor and DO go on the snorkeling trip, Phillip was awesome as a guide, helpful, fun, timely, trustworthy. I had a wonderful massage in the spa. The FOOD was amazing with several choices for dinners, great wine and that superb, sweet caring service. Overall, a lovely lovely experience that I will never forget.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

Fantastic from the moment they picked us up at the airport with free drinks and a cool flannel to freshen up; to the amazing Dhow trip; the excellent food and drink; the lovely pool and great attendants; to the beautiful room, view and location.

A shame about the seaweed on the beach but its just the time of year, not much they can do.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Probably the best resort in Watamu, the rooms were really lovely, modern spaces. Each had a balcony facing the ocean and the bathroom had a huge bathtub and shower. (one complaint was that usually only one would have really HOT water, but the lukewarm shower didn't bother me).

The pool was quite nice and the gym had a good selection of cardio machines. The rate included breakfast and dinner-- food wasnt bad at all, but nothing special either.

I enjoyed the spa services, got an excellent pedicure and decent massage. Also went snorkeling - which was nice that it was included in the rate.

I was there during off season so it was pretty quiet. The resort is far from town (for walking at least), but I get the sense you probably need to go to Diani to find action at night.

Overall I had a very chill, relaxing weekend - which is exactly what I was looking for!

  • Stayed June 2011
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

The last leg of my journey took me down a gravel track lined with bouganvillia. And there it was, the entrance to Hemingways hotel framed in a colouful array of local plants, I was met by bunch of smiling faces all eager to take my luggage . Standing at reception , drinking a fresh lime juice,and wiping my face with an ice cold menthol flannel provided took me back twenty three years to the first time i stood here and looked out at the most fabulous view anywhere in the world , i knew instantly thet this would be the place and 23 years on i arrived for my annual fix of big-game fishing, the view was the same except for the addition of a few more boats,but there i was back in my second home , for this is how it makes you feel..That's why a large percentage of clients return year after year,not only for the fishing but for the fantastic hostpitality afforded to each and everyone.
A perfect base from which to safari, sightsee, birdwatch, or just to relax and unwind. No request ,no matter how unnusual or difficult it may seem ,you get the stock answer, accompanied by a friendly smile ( HAKUNA MATATA) Swahili for no problem and the probem goes away.
To sum up - the best there is, well not quite ,because Hemingways has just been voted THE SECOND BEST HOTEL IN AFRICA.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

Hemingways Resort Watamu exceeded my expectations.
The customer service was excellent. From the time I made a call to make reservations to the time we left I felt I was in a home away from home.
The hotel has a fantastic view of the ocean.
The room was more than I had expected. It looked even better than in the photos. It was spacious and clearly well thought out.
The bathroom was also large, well lit and very well arranged, with all that you would need during your stay there.
The food in the restaurant was well prepared. Breaksfast had a wide selection and they have thought of every possible traveller. Lunch as well as dinner have good presentation and a decent selection. Dinner is served with a gentle breeze from the ocean keeping the air in the restaurant fresh at just the right temperature.
Hemingways has a host of activities to keep on busy. From the boat trips to the marine park, dhow trips to mida creek, shopping trips to malindi (with a guide to show you all the best spots).
I had a brief stay but will be back to stay for a longer period and get to experience all that the hotel has to offer.
There are two pools that are all kept very clean and attended to by a very friendly attendant that ensured you had all that you may need.
There was definetly value for money at Hemingways. I would recommend staying at the hotel.
To sum it all up in one word, Awesome!!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

We stayed at this hotel in early January after a safari. It was wonderful to return to civilisation following a few nights ina tented camp. Our room overlooked the beautiful white sand beach of Watamu and the Indian Ocean, very comfortable and black out curtains ensured a good nights sleep. We had been wanting to stay at this hotel for sometime and we were not disappointed. Staff extremely friendly and helpful, food very good as is afternoon tea. Aside from the hotel the beach is simply beautiful. If you are going to Watamu and want to be directly on the beach I dont think you can do better. Inclusion of breakfast and afternoon tea makes this good value. Easy to see why there are so many return guests.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hemingways Watamu
Address: P.O. Box 267, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Watamu
#7 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#10 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Hotel Class:5 star — Hemingways Watamu 5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hemingways is nestled on one of the world's top ten beaches and few places can compare for relaxation. Every one of our 74 rooms offers an views of the ocean and the endless white sands of of the Watamu Marine Park. Gentle sea breezes tame the hot equatorial sun keeping the tropical landscape surrounding the gardens, pools and terraces cool and comfortable. Simple yet luxurious this very personal hotel has tradtional thatched roofs, white washed walls and uses bright local materials for decor and furnishings. Friendly helpful service in a relaxed and elegant setting where mobile phones are silent and stress has no place. Our chefs make the best possible use of the abundant offerings of the Indian Ocean, the delicious organic meats and an abundance of home grown fruits and vegetables from our farms. Special diets are happily catered for; let us know what you need. ... more   less 
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Hemingways Hotel Malindi
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