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“Mixed bag - tired, dated but wonderful staff” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean Sports Resort
Ranked #16 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
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84 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Mixed bag - tired, dated but wonderful staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

We came here on recommendation from friends. The interaction with staff at a distance was positive, we were collected on time and taken to ocean sport. We had a lovely relaxed welcome and liked the view/location.
The room we were in was large but basic and boiling hot as the AC was temperamental. The pool is only open between 7am and 6pm... That's ok as you have the sea but is a little limited. Food was plentiful and delicious but we had to clean our BBQ prawns as they hadn't been properly cleaned, service is pretty slow but it's a beach holiday so you can live with that. Renting kayaks cost us more than the cost at next doors Hemingways (unless someone charged us the wrong price).
Overall good location and nice place to relax

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hanahtarifa
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review, 28 March 2014
Thank you very much for writing a review, it's always good to hear feedback from our guests on what they enjoyed and where we can make improvements. We will look at changing the opening times of the pool to give people more time to use it and will work on speeding up the service. We hope that if you visit Ocean Sports again in the future you'll notice an improvement!
Emilie
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Almeria, Spain
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39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Didn't stay this time but return visit to Ocean Sports and delighted to see the changes made under new management. This has always been a favourite spot and it did not disappoint. Had dinner here on our wedding anniversary which was wonderful as food and staff were great. Ate here with the family on several occasions and always superb. The special hockey supper is not to be missed! Pay as you go as often the billing can get confused. Having said this found the hotel superb as ever in one of the most beautiful settings. Will be back ASAP. Such a great welcoming relaxing place to hang out with family and friends. Thanks to all the team at Open Shorts and keep up the good work.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KJK50
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review, 28 March 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Ocean Sports. We're all very happy that you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully your next visit will see more improvements! Look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Emilie
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

I stayed at Ocean Sports with my fiance and you won't be disappointed if you visit. This place is an absolute paradise. We'd spent a few nights at Diani beach further down the Kenya coast and got nothing but hassle from the beach boys and the locals. Thankfully someone recommended we visit Watamu and it was a breath of fresh air. This place was the total opposite, no hassle, beautiful beach, lovely people, just paradise. The hotel has a perfect location on a relaxed part of the beach, the restaurant serves beautiful food with a range of options in different price brackets which is nice, it means you can afford to eat there more often as the prices aren't ridiculous. We absolutely fell in love with this place, the staff and management go out of their way to make you feel welcome. We liked it so much we're thinking about getting married there!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WanderingAfrica
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, and for such great feedback! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Ocean Sports and are very excited about the prospect of a wedding! Look forward to welcoming you back then!

Emilie
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Sidbury, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

After a couple of days at The Reef Hotel Mombasa.....in its own way not a bad place.....catering mainly for the package all inclusive market..;:..brandishing your blue wristband at the staff words not needed for drink or food !!!Travelling up the coast to Ocean Sports at Watamu its a different world....one immediately feels at home and part of the action and thoroughly spoilt !!We came for two nights ,,and stayed for nine!We've been coming here since 1968......and its still very very special....a big thankyou to all the staff ,Emilie ,Florian.......and.....Hugo ..
from Andy Lynden Webb.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LYNDEN W W
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Thank you so much for the great review. It was great meeting you and having you both to stay. Hopefully you can make it out for longer next time!
Emilie
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

Having spend 4 nights after New Year we had a wonderful wind-down stay at Ocean sports and enjoyed the great food, especially the crab that was amazing-we had it for lunch and dinner in the same day! Thank you to all the staff, Emilie, Florian and Hugo!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank noxnox2013
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Thank you so much for the review. It's great that you enjoyed your stay, and the crab! Hope you can come and stay again this year.
Emilie
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

Charming and helpful staff. Though it was their busiest time of the year with full house occupancy, everyone made sure that we were taken care of. Beautiful dining experience and kids friendly environment. Loved early morning tea serviced on our veranda as we watched the sunrise!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We are all very happy that you enjoyed your holiday here and hope that we see you back at Ocean Sports in the future!
Emilie
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Ocean Sports last year in December and had a really wonderful time. The food was excellent and the location is absolutely beautiful, the service friendly and full of smiles. One of the best things that we noticed about the place was that it suits everyone - from couples to families to big groups of friends and anything and everything in between - you can have family 'fun in the sun' all day and dance all night if you choose. Malindi, the town nearby, is also great for shopping - fabrics, crafts, interiors, clothes - and more - but most importantly, delicious ice cream! I have been to OS a few times and I would definitely say that this was one of the best - I would certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a fun beach holiday - be it with friends, family or as a couple, you're sure to find it fits.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Daphne M
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. It's always good to hear feedback from guests and we're very happy that you both enjoyed your holiday here. We hope you can make it down to Ocean Sports to visit us again.

Emilie
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Property: Ocean Sports Resort
Address: Mida Creek Road | P.O Box 208, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ocean Sports Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The plaque on our famous 1952 bar boat states "Ian Pritchard sailed his boat through the reef and staked his claim right here. Cheers Ian!" And so the legend of Ocean Sports was born.Our ambiance is relaxed, friendly and barefoot chic. Frequented by a loyal following of East African residents and savvy overseas guests, many consider this being their second home.Located 20km south of Malindi Airport, within the protected Watamu Marine Reserve, our 30 rooms, suites and self catered cottage overlook Kenya's favorite, white sand beach.Our outdoor, ocean-side deck dinning venue is simply stunning! Freshly caught, sustainable seafood and local organic produce, inspired our French chef, Florian's new mouth watering menu choices. Delicious stone-oven piazzas and a 'daily specials' board, ensure something for all. Nature will nourish your soul! Our 14 acre plot boasts indigenous African fauna and wildlife that includes monkeys, bird-life and night bush babies. Low-tide reveals rock pool aquariums of sea life, crabs and even King George, our grumpy resident Moray eel! Turtles, dolphins and whales are observed further out to sea.Our name reflects our love of ocean activity and adventure. Deep sea fish with our professional charter boats to experience adrenalin hook ups. Blue water dive over sparkling coral reefs, all organized by our PADI scuba centre. Try kite-surfing, kayaking and boogie boarding - the ocean is your playground! Onshore we offer trail-biking, tennis, squash, hokey, beach volley and touch rugby. On weekends our resident DJ entertains all age groups in total harmony.We are "A small, stylish and sociable beach hotel for free spirits and active families in search of Africa" ... more   less 
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Ocean Sports Hotel Watamu
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