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“Relaxing & friendly” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ocean Sports Resort
Ranked #16 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Shrewsbury
1 review
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“Relaxing & friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2010

Relaxing and laid back hotel with happy staff that can't do enough for you.
Wonderful dining deck that looks over te ocean.
Good food with a varied menu , what more can you ask for.
Beautiful white sand, Watumu is the best bay in Kenya which is not bothered by hawkers.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2010

Do you want one of the best beaches in the world, lots to see and do, great staff, good food and one of the best hotel managers ever the Ocean Sports Watamu Kenya is the place to go. The manageress, Helen, is fantastic company and runs the resort better than any other resort we have visited. I can't recommend it enough we will certainly be returning next year.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Gwynedd
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2010

We spent two fantastic weeks at Ocean Sports with Helen and her wonderful team. The service at the hotel is second to none and the food was of an excellent standard. I think I had fish everyday because it was so fresh!

The location is perfect, you can dine and relax all day watching the tide come in and out of the beautiful bay.

The hotel offers a disco and quiz night and the bar offers lively and quieter nights so enough for everyone.

I would recommend a trip to Malindi, snorkelling over the reefs, the Snake Farm and our favourite day out was on the creek. We took a tour in a canoe up the creek and on the the local island. The boys looked after us really well and were really informative about the wildlife (lots of flamingos) and environment. Also how could I forget the Safari. We headed out to Tsavo East and stayed for one night. We stayed at the beautiful galana river lodge for one night which was enough to get a real feel for safaring.

There is a real friendly intimate feel to Oceansports and there is great mix of people passing through. Go and enjoy it!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 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 Coedwig
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West Sussex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2009

Helen, it is always like coming home when we return to Ocean Sports. Your staff are so welcoming and friendly, the Prawns on a skewer and Chips are the best anywhere...I need to go on a diet before Christmas now!!....the mix of locals (who really know how to enjoy themselves) and hotel guests works really well, especially at the Friday night BBQ and disco and the addition of the new wheelchair ramp is great for the buggy when we need to pay a visit to the facilities!!!
Can't wait to get back at Easter....Have a great Christmas....see you soon

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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London UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2009

Another great time at Ocean Sports! Funny happy quiz nights, scrummy Sunday lunches, a GREAT Cheese and Wine evening...HIC! and ALWAYS great company with a view to die for!
ONLY marred by Helen's abscence for a few days whilst she DARED to take a trip home!....great to see you back though Helen!
Oh and a HUGE thanks to Wycliffe....again.... who found my Bum Bag which contained ALL my money, passport and air tickets!!! Thank goodness for honest OS Staff!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Chilbolton
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2009

Another great stay with Helen & her lovely smiley staff at Wonderful Ocean Sports, Sunday lunch just gets better & better -- SO DELICIOUS ! Can you beat it?!! sitting outside looking out to the Indian Ocean, warm sunshine, great food, fab Dawas,& a lovely ambience !! We had great fun at the Quiz night, a good mix of locals & guests-- & a very ' boozy ' night at the Wine Tasting , OS is a must for you if you want a chilled -out relaxing holiday with warm friendly people !
Thank you so much Helen for all you did for us especially on our last day!!
We ll be back in Feb 2010 !! BIBIFIMBO

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2009

We were so surprised and delighted by Ocean Sports Resort on our trip to Kenya even though it came highly recommended by a friend. It is beautifully located right on the beach, the fishing was amazing and the diving was some of the best we have seen.

If you're looking for a laid back place to unwind then this is it! If you want a shiny, slick hotel holiday then this is not the place for you. Ocean Sports is completely unpretentious. The rooms are simple but charming, the staff are friendly and attentive and the location is beautiful. This is it's charm and it works.

We wanted a fun, romantic holiday and it was perfect. Breakfast on the deck was such a delight we found ourselves up a the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise over the sea on more than one occasion - a real miracle! The big couches in the bar overlooking the sea became my favourite reading place!

I would watch out it you are going into the town, there are hundreds of local 'guides' who will attach themselves to you and not do without a 'fee' - but we were forewarned by the reception staff.

We had such a lovely time we didn't want to leave but will def be back. and have recommended it to everyone I know!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Ocean Sports Resort

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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Also Known As:
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