Hemingways Watamu

Location: Situated on Watamu’s beautiful white sand beach, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Malindi Airport or 50 minutes’ drive from Vipingo Ridge Airport.

Rooms: 39 Ocean & Ocean Deluxe rooms and 21 apartments.

Facilities: Two swimming pools, tennis court, gift shop, library and spa.

Activities: Bird watching, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, snorkelling. Sunset cruises on Mida Creek, nature walks in the Sokoke Forest and visits to Gedi Ruins can also be arranged.

Children: All ages are welcome.

Our Opinion: Hemingways Watamu is a recently refurbished luxury hotel situated on one of Kenya’s finest beaches. Owing to its location on the edge of a marine park the snorkelling off the beach is excellent, and it is also possible to enjoy scuba diving along the reef a short distance away by boat. All the very attractively furnished rooms have mosquito nets and air conditioning which is a big plus at the coast. There is a lovely large swimming pool, a great spa, floodlit tennis court and a good range of non-motorised watersports. The bar is a very sociable, atmospheric place for a cold beer in the evenings and the hotel’s cuisine is first class. Not far from the hotel are the Gedi ruins and forests for hiking & bird watching.




A Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT + 3 hours

Flight Time

8.5 hours direct


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