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Hemingways Watamu
Ranked #21 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Reviewed 1 January 2013

First of all, the service is flawless. From the moment you set foot on the hotel to the moment you leave you feel really taken care of. Every member of the staff seems genuinely keen on providing top notch service. Also, our special dietary needs were handled really well.

We booked a deluxe room located on the second floor at the north wing. The view of the ocean from the room is absolutely amazing. The room has a very fresh, clean and sophisticated feel.

The are some activities which can be enjoyed around the Watmu region - either organized by the hotel or by other organizers along the beach. I would recommend a trip to Gede ruins and the snorkeling trip. Also, the dolphin cruise was pretty good.

What else to say - the food is great, the two swimming pools are kept clean and there are not too many (in my opinion) annoying beach boys on the beach.

So whats bad - not much really. It's quite pricey and during certain times of the year, the beach is flooded with seaweed. We were lucky and there was only a lite seaweed during our stay. Other than that, the sand is crystal white and clean.

If you're looking for a large, all inclusive resort with pulsating night entertainment - then don't stay at this hotel. But if you're in for a relaxing, friendly and sophisticated atmosphere, then choose this hotel. I have stayed at several hotels along the coast of Kenya and this is by far the best one. I really hope we will be coming back some day (if we can afford it).

Room Tip: The deluxe rooms on the north wing have has recently been refurbished.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank j_eliasson
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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2013

Dear J_Eliasson
Dear Gullina,

Thank you so much for the kind remarks about Hemingways Watamu. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory.

I have passed your kind comments to Chef Omar and he is delighted that his meals met and surpassed your expectations.

I am glad our service was good and we endevour to maintain th same.

We look forward to hosting you again soon, and this time round, not only to Hemingways Watamu but also to Hemingways Nairobi, our 45 all suite boutique hotel in Karen area, Nairobi and Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, our 10 tents camp in the private Naboisho Conservancy.

Have a prosperous 2013!!

Kind regards,

Anne

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Reviewed 15 December 2012

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Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
Thank Michael M
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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2013

Dear Michael,

Thank you so much for the kind remarks about Hemingways Watamu. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory.

We look forward to hosting you again soon, and this time round, not only to Hemingways Watamu but also to Hemingways Nairobi, our 45 all suite boutique hotel in Karen area, Nairobi and Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, our 10 tents camp in the private Naboisho Conservancy.

Have a prosperous 2013!!

Kind regards,

Anne

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Reviewed 12 December 2012 via mobile

Below average place, not half the hype I'd been given before coming. If you want a holiday with children, definitely NOT the place to come. Hemmingways is not a child friendly hotel. It is however romantic so recommended for honeymooners.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank kwanjohi
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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2012

Dear Kwanjohi,

Thank you for your remarks. We appreciate your review and comment.

We do not have a children's club, but we ensure that all activities in the hotel such as snorkelling and excursions to Gede ruins and the dhow cruise, are interactive and can accommodate families as well. We regret that we did not meet your expectitions as far as the children's engagement is concerned.

Thank you for recommending us as a perfect holiday destination for honeymooners.

Let me know if there is anything we can do to make your next stay with us memorable.

Kind regards,
Anne
anne.murungi@hemingways-collection.com

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Reviewed 1 December 2012

In a Marine Park where anchoring is controlled. Also if you visit during the period when the beach is covered in ankle deep seaweed it cannot be removed. During the season it is in the top 5 for deep sea fishing.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Duck41
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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2012

Dear Duck41,

Thank you for the wonderful review.

The Watamu beach is one of the most facsinating beach in the world. it was recently voted the best beach in Africa by CNN Travel.

During the Kuzi monsoon period between April and August; Watamu experiences stronger than normal winds and receives sea grass deposits on the beach. As this area is a United nations biosphere and National Marine Park, removal of the grass deposits from the beach is not possible. However, there are always clear areas dependent upon the wind and tides and Hemingways Watamu's water based activities such as snorkeling and canoeing are still scheduled. The dhow cruise as well as beach activites at Mida Creek are not interrupted either.

The beach is on the Marine park thus it is the best snorkeling spots on the Kenyan coast, and the fishing experience is remarkable.

I hope we are hosting you again soon.

Thanks and regards,
Anne

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Reviewed 23 November 2012

I stayed at the Hemingways Resort june this year.

Staff was very friendly and kind, the restaurant offers great á la carte menues, which are changes every day. Breakfast was very tasty, you had multiple options in creating your own omelettes etc.

Sadly the beach was covered with a knee-deep layer of seaweed. But fortunatly you can go on a snorkeling trip offshore, with some fantastic corals and many colourfull fish.

I would definately stay at the Hemingways again.

Ps. You MUST taste their club-sandwich! It's the most tasty grilled sandwhich I've ever had.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Philip1990
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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2012

Dear Phillip,

Thank you for the wonderful review.

Chef Omar is all smiles and guess what, I have having the club-sandwich for lunch today!

Your comment about the beach is very true. The Watamu beach is one of the most facsinating beach in the world. it was recently voted the best beach in Africa by CNN Travel.

During the Kuzi monsoon period between April and August; Watamu experiences stronger than normal winds and receives sea grass deposits on the beach. As this area is a United nations biosphere and National Marine Park, removal of the grass deposits from the beach is not possible. However, there are always clear areas dependent upon the wind and tides and Hemingways Watamu's water based activities such as snorkeling and canoeing are still scheduled. The dhow cruise as well as beach activites at Mida Creek are not interrupted either.

I hope we are hosting you and your friends again soon.

Thanks and regards,
Anne

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Reviewed 18 November 2012

I was at Hemingways one week in October- November with my entire family.
We were 14, and we think we had the most wonderful week one can dream of.
The hotel is not less than perfect in every detail.
Tastefully made, expertedly run, friendly, clever staff, big beutiful rooms, wonderful food.
Dinner outdoor at the terass by the sea, still the best meal was the breakfast.
Comfortable sun chairs by the pool in the shade of parasolls or palm trees, every morning made ready for us, nice pools, swims in the sea even during low tide,
Never crowdy, never cueing for anything, nice fellow guests.
Calm family hotel
And the organized activities so good, the sunset on the dow was out of this world.
Yes, we were all in heaven that week
And we will go back as soon as possible !
Highly recommended
Gunilla Skarman

Room Tip: All rooms overlooking the pool or the sea. Perfect service, flowers,aircondition always on ( if need...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2013

Dear Gullina,

Thank you so much for the kind remarks about Hemingways Watamu. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory.

We look forward to hosting you again soon, and this time round, not only to Hemingways Watamu but also to Hemingways Nairobi, our 45 all suite boutique hotel in Karen area, Nairobi and Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, our 10 tents camp in the private Naboisho Conservancy.

Have a prosperous 2013!!

Kind regards,

Anne

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Reviewed 15 November 2012

This was our first trip to Africa, but not our last! This resort was every bit as good as I was told by friends who visited last year. The location is unbeatable, right on the beach, with stunning views onto the Indian Ocean, and a short beach walk to the village of Watamu and a superb ice cream parlour. The staff are the friendliest, and most helpfull we could have hoped for. Richard and George, stand out as perfect barstaff, but everyone was so helpfull. Three nights each week we had Kenyan groups entertain us in the restaurant and they were stunning! The swimming in the pools was always relaxing, and snorkelling off the rocks was superb, but beware the "beach boy's " wanting to show you around. They can be persistent, but a stern "no thank you" usually sees them off! An evening trip on the resorts own Dhow was memorable and the sunsets are every bit as memorable as we had read. We were lucky enough to visit Ol Seki safari lodge, and were amazed at how a camp can attain as high a standard as this.
If every holiday we took was as good as this we would consider ourselves lucky indeed!!

Room Tip: We stayed on the North Wing, but all rooms overlook the beach.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank terrywigan186338
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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2012

Dear Terry,

Thank you so much for the kind remarks about Ol Seki Hemingways Mara and Hemingways Watamu. We are glad we made a lasting impression on African hospitality on your first trip to Africa.

We shared your kind remarks to George and Richard. they have very fond memories of you! Let us know when you are planning your next trip to Kenya and we will be delighted to host you again.

Happy Holidays, and a prosperous 2013!!

Kind regards,

Anne

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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:
#4 Family Hotel in Watamu
#9 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#10 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Hotel Class:5 star — Hemingways Watamu 5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hemingways Watamu is 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 travellers for close to 30 years. There is so much to do here - 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 our cocktail menu. ... more   less 
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Hemingways Hotel Malindi
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