Hemingways was recommended to us by a friend, and we were not disappointed. Booked through the extremely helpful UK contact, Rosie- we were met at Malindi airport after a tortuous journey from the UK with cold drinks and a comfortable air conditioned van to take us to this wonderful hotel. The service levels were amazingly good- the staff from the MD down were excellent and naturally friendly. The pool area is spotless and the perfect place to relax.You can walk out the hotel onto the beach where you can walk freely without any major hassle from bumsters- yeah ,there are a few but they are friendly and welcoming, and take no thanks for an answer without much ado. There are loads of things to do here and all can be arranged from the hotel. The snorkelling was magnificent. The Dhow sunset trip is a must-do. We visited the Gede Ruins and Malindi, including a visit to the Handicrafts co-operative to buy some carvings. The hotel provided a guide- no cost apart from a tip. The food was overall great- the afternoon tea is the best kept secret- pancakes are exceptional. The half board option is amazingly good value and the drink prices are really low for a hotel like this. We asked to move room as soon as we got there as I prefer a view and a bit more privacy- Om, the operations manager, took care of it personally. They opened the refurbished part early just for us- nothing like opening the curtains in the morning with the bed looking out to the sea!The service here may just be the best we have ever had- nobody had a frown, and there are some real characters among the staff who are allowed to flourish without having to follow some corporate guidelines. Don't come here if you want an all-inclusive experience with crappy entertainment at night- there is none! However, for a truly relaxing stay in a beautiful bit of the world , then you would be hard pushed to find better than Hemingways to provide it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hemingways Hotel Watamu
- Hemingways Hotel Malindi
- Hemingways Resort Malindi
- Hemingways Watamu Kenya