Hemingways Watamu

Hemingways Watamu is a luxurious tropical retreat located on one of Kenya's finest beaches and overlooking the Watamu Marine Park. Here you can enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere coupled with stylish comfort throughout. Large glass doors lead onto your private terrace or balcony in many rooms and all rooms feature elegant decor.

For meals, the resort's restaurant serves a blend of Swahili spices, fresh organic vegetables and tropical fresh fish throughout the day and light fare for lunch. Enjoy dinner on the terrace from October to March.

A menu of activities keep even the most energetic entertained. Opportunities include some of the best game fishing in the world, world class golf courses which can be found close by and amazing scuba diving sites.

Consider combining your stay at Hemingways Nairobi and Ol Seki Hemingways Mara for an unforgettable Kenyan adventure; from the city to the African bush, and eventually to the idyllic Indian Ocean.

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Hotel highlights

  • A luxury 5 star boutique beach hotel nestled on the Indian Ocean
  • Spacious rooms with easy access to the beach
  • Enjoy Swahili flavors as you dine al fresco at the beach beneath the starry skies
  • The iconic Hemingways Bar is located right on the seafront and offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 76 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 2 hours from Mombasa or 20 minutes from Malindi.
  • Floors have lift access: Yes

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Hemingways Watamu

  • Beach
  • approx. 2 hours from Mombasa or 20 minutes from Malindi.
  • Overlooks the world renowned Watamu Marine National Park
  • Watamu is a small village on the Kenyan coast approximately 120kms north of Mombasa
  • Watamu’s shoreline features pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters
  • Considered one of the best snorkelling and diving areas on the coast of Africa
486 Reviews 83% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 354
  • Very Good 79
  • Average 26
  • Poor 14
  • Terrible 13

What to Expect

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  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 22, 2020

Definitely coming back

Nairobi Region, Kenya

I came here for a two day conference in January. The staff are superb, going out of the way to organize bespoke island breakfasts and a lovely gala dinner with a great spread of all kinds of seafood. My room was spacious, well appointed and had a nice balcony facing the sea lending itself to many warm nights lounging on the seats. I will definitely come back again with my children as I didn’t get a chance to sample even one of the four pools! With only 39 rooms you’re assured of no crowds, a pleasant dining experience and plenty of space to find a quiet spot.
Jan 15, 2020


Wonderful place to be. We stayed at the 2 bedrooms apartment with clear views of the ocean from all rooms. Very spacious clean rooms fully furnished with dish washers etc. The hotel staff were friendly and responded effectively and efficiently to any issues that needed their attention. The hotel owner was present and quite friendly too. The hotel manager was hands on and demonstrated good leadership. The linen was changed every day with clean and pressed ones. The food was good with a variety of thematic choices. We went fishing by the sea and the staff too were knowledgeable as regards the fishing sport, entertaining and educative. Special mention to Nelson at the dining section and the cake chef who surprised me with a lovely cake. The entire staff, we are thankful and we shall truly make this our second home. We highly recommend visitation. Thanks
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Big Game Fishing

The area boasts some of the best big game fishing in the world and Hemmingways allow you to enjoy this rewarding experience.

Fitness Centre

The resort features a fully air conditioned gym, equipped with a variety of cardio-vascular work-out machines and a good selection of free and standing weights. Here fitness instructors are on hand to optimise your work out.

Outdoor Swimming Pool

The resort features an outdoors swimming pool overlooking the azure waters of the ocean.

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A range of water sports are available at the resort including kite surfing, kite-boarding, wakeboarding and waterskiing.


Recline in the sanctuary of the cool, candle-lit beauty boudoir that is Hemingways Spa, in one of the three private treatment rooms and enjoy a mango facial, coconut scrub or chocolate butter massage for a truly rejuvenating experience. Alternatively opt for a luxurious wrap or enjoy a manicure, pedicure, wax or eyebrow threading.

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Room Types

Ocean View

Located on the ground floor, in the North Wing of the hotel, the Ocean View rooms are spacious with easy access to the beach and botanical pool. Views overlook the Marine Park, and the quiet lawn area in front of the rooms is a relaxing place to read and soak up the coastal sunshine.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Deluxe Ocean View

The Deluxe Ocean View rooms are situated on the top floor of the North Wing. Offering laidback luxury, the rooms have marble tiled en-suite bathrooms and private balconies with beautiful Indian Ocean views. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
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Food & Drink

Hemingways Restaurant

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be sure to impress, from freshly baked croissants accompanied with a Kenyan coffee, to an energising fruit smoothie, to homemade pastas and pizzas, as well as tasting platters of grilled seafood. For dinner, dine al fresco under candle light and starlight. For something extra special, catch your own fish of the day and ask our Chefs to prepare it for you to your liking.

Hemingways Bar

The iconic Hemingways Bar is located right on the seafront with incredible views of the Indian Ocean and Watamu Beach. The extensive wine and list of tropical cocktails pair perfectly with a romantic Kenyan sunset. The Gede Café food menu is available in the Bar.

Private Dining

For special occasions consider arranging a sundowner cruise on a traditional Swahili dhow boat to a candlelit dinner for two in the Arabuko Forest.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast
Half Board
Full Board

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