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Ocean Sports Resort
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We stayed at Ocean Sports Resort for 5 nights in October 2013 and we had the most wonderful time. My 12 year old son loved the on-site diving option (he completed his advanced PADI there and it was a super experience; very professional) and my daughter loved the swimming pool. The rocky pools on the beach are second to none - we found moray eels, puffer fish and all kinds of wonderful things residing in them. We were looked after fabulously by the owners and the staff and the food was really wonderful - the best tuna sashimi that I have ever tasted. We have stayed at a couple of other places on the coast since and have not found a better place yet for value for money. Ok, so maybe the place might need updating at some point but the rooms were comfortable, the air conditioning works (at least they have ac unlike some other places), there are fresh water showering facilities (I have learned not to take this for granted on the Kenyan coast) and for the money we paid, it really was so worth the trip!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2014

Thanks so much for the review. It was great having you all to stay and we're thrilled that you enjoyed Ocean Sports. I hope you can make it back here this year for more diving and exploring!
Emilie

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We have been coming here for years. Went through a flat spot in 2012. Now new French manager and wife are turning things around with a friendly welcome for all. Most staff have been there a while and are very helpful, if not the swiftest around, but may be this is what makes it one of the most relaxing spots on the Kenya North Coast! Dining overlooking the moonlit Indian Ocean, with a gentle sea breeze to provide the a/c, is very special and the food is good too!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2014

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We're very glad you enjoyed your stay and found the place to be improving. Hopefully your next visit will be even better!
Emilie

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Reviewed 10 March 2014

If you want a Kenyan beach holiday with a local atmosphere this is the place. The good times had here by so many folk over the years radiate from the walls. The style is relaxed and unpretentious, just what we like and the staff friendly and genuinely hospitable but never intrusive. One can always find minor faults, but here you are in the right place, and any rough edges just add to the local character - if you want perfection - go to the Dorchester - don't go to Africa. The managers Emilie and husband Florian, are a constant gentle presence and thus always available to assist.

The house wine is excellent and all the bar prices reasonable, so you can 'relax' without clocking up a massive bill.

The food is good; if you catch a fish it will be superbly cooked for you and the chef has mastered the art of scrambled eggs - a personal plus for us.

Locals on the beach, whilst they may try to engage you, won't pester you if you politely make clear you are not interested. We made enquiries about local security and heard of no incidents of serious crime. We felt completely safe, the staff can be trusted, and the Somali pirate threat is history and didn't come this far south anyway.

The Watamu coast is a magical place. There are others of course in Kenya which is famous for its beaches, but we think this is the jewel in the crown. We will be regulars.

Room Tip: Speak to Emilie and give her your preferences. She will be happy to talk you through the options.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2014

Thank you so much Peter for the review. It's great when we get guests staying who love Ocean Sports for exactly what it is, and always has been! It was lovely meeting you both and we're thrilled that you have managed to squeeze in a visit next year. Look forward to seeing you then.
Emilie

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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
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 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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