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).
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hemingways Hotel Watamu
- Hemingways Hotel Malindi
- Hemingways Resort Malindi
- Hemingways Watamu Kenya