Following a total redesign and refurbishment, this iconic hotel opened its doors in December 2017. The $11m refurbishment ensured that this much-loved hotel is a spectacular property without equal on the Kenya coast.
It remains a member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’, and is part of the Hemingways Collection, it is a luxury property in Watamu Bay, an unrivalled Kenyan setting.
The white sands of the bay and its crystal waters form Kenya’s finest stretch of beach. There are coral reefs to marvel at, the ruins of ancient Gedi to be explored, marlin and sailfish to be caught, and of course, Hemingways in which to be indulged.
Location of Hemingways Watamu
Situated on the beachfront in Watamu National Marine Park.
Facilities at Hemingways Watamu
A main restaurant and a sea front à la carte restaurant and a bar. Leisure facilities include two outdoor freshwater pools, tennis, gift shop and library. The spa has 4 treatment rooms, a salon and a gym. Water sports include snorkelling trips, PADI open water diving courses, deep-sea fishing and kite surfing. Further activities include sunset dhow sundowner cocktail on Mida Creek and cycling in Aruboko Sukoke.
The southeast wind (Kusi) blows from mid March to sometime in November and is cooler than the northeast breeze (Kaskazi) which blows the rest of the year. Outside dining and a pool bar are available during the Kaskazi months when the sea is warmer and calmer.
From May to September the beaches in Watamu are subject to seaweed and tidal variance. Water sports are subject to weather conditions in May and June.
Accommodation at Hemingways Watamu
26 Ocean View Rooms are spacious and have easy access to the beach and the botanical pool. They are in the North Wing of the hotel on the ground and first floor. En suite bathrooms and a balcony overlooking the Marine Park provide guests with the utmost comfort and luxury. A green lawn lies in front of the rooms, offering a relaxing place to read and soak up the coastal sunshine. 13 Ocean View Deluxe Rooms located on the top floor of the North Wing, offer even more luxury. Marble tiled en suite bathrooms, super comfortable four poster beds and private balconies with fabulous views of the bay, plus the gentle Watamu breeze all combine to create a wonderful feeling of wellbeing. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, en suite bathroom, wi-fi, telephone, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar, hairdryer and mosquito nets. Ocean View Deluxe Rooms also have a flat screen TV.
1, 2 and 4 bedroom apartments are available on request.
Board Basis at Hemingways Watamu
Transfer Time to Hemingways Watamu
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from Mombasa airport. Approximately 30 minutes from Malindi airport.
Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and a tailored shirt at dinner.