Hemingways Watamu

A proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Hemingways Watamu is a tropical paradise situated in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park in Kenya's Turtle Bay. With clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, Watamu has so much to offer those seeking an active holiday and represents true Kenyan coastal luxury.

Fishing Spa Pool at night
  • Flexible booking terms
  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

Renowned for its prolific big game fishing all year round, the boutique hotel offers 39 luxury ocean-view bedrooms as well as 21 spacious, one- two- and four- bedroom residences, all with ocean views and situated within yards of the white sand beach. With numerous water sports activities on offer as well as a fabulous new day spa, a wide array of international cuisine, and even traditional Arabic dhow cruises, this is the perfect way to encounter Kenya's coast.

Getting There

Catch a flight from Nairobi into Malindi (approx 1 hour's flight) and transfer 20 minutes to Hemingways, or fly into Mombasa (approx 45 minutes) and transfer roughly 1 hour 30 minutes to the resort.


Bird watching, dhow trips, fishing, glass bottom boats, scuba diving, horse riding, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, the butterfly farm, Hell's Kitchen, Mida Creek, local villages and Gede Ruins.

Read what our previous clients thought of Hemingways Watamu

Review of Hemingways Watamu

Andy Robertson

The room, staff and facilities were all great. But they did have a number of operational issues such as very slow service and a general lack of organisation. We addressed this with management/our travel expert, and they improved but are still lagging behind other Hemingway's properties in terms of service and perceived value for money. Basic things such as confusion around paying for water depending on who was serving you…

07/03/2022 Read full trip review

Review of Hemingways Watamu

Tim and Julie Weber

We had an amazing time in this exceptionally beautiful place. The management went above and beyond to accommodate us in a quiet place when some birds took roost. The apartments and rooms are so gorgeous. We were warm a few nights due to humidity in the rooms but I didn't complain. I think additional wall units in the bedrooms would be a wise investment in the comfort of…

04/11/2021 Read full trip review

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