Welcome to Hemingways Watamu


Welcome to Hemingways Watamu. This Indian Ocean luxury 5 star boutique beach hotel is everyone’s favorite and our guests just keep coming back for more.

An iconic tropical paradise on the Kenyan coast sitting right in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park with its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. The exceptional personal service and sincere charm of this established hotel has come to represent Kenyan coastal luxury to so many travellers for close to 30 years. And it’s about to get even better with a mega makeover.

There is so much to do here – learn to kite-surf; get your PADI certificate, take a sunset dhow cruise on Mida Creek, play a round of golf on the nearby world class golf course, Vipingo Ridge; or go on safari for a few days in Tsavo or the Maasai Mara. If that all sounds a little too energetic, relax around the pool with a good book as you work your way through our cocktail menu.

Hemingways Watamu opened in 1988 and represents the original Hemingways in Kenya. The hotel is currently undergoing a significant redevelopment to improve and revive an iconic property to match its newer, sister property in Nairobi and to offer travelers to East Africa a true luxury 5* boutique hotel experience which will be unrivalled on the East African coast.

The hotel is being transformed into a 39 room boutique hotel, all with exceptional ocean views, together with a private residential development on the seafront comprising 21 luxury residences. Substantial upgrades and renovations are also being made to the guest areas; the restaurant, bar and guest reception are being redesigned to create an open plan layout, we are developing a new luxury spa and gym overlooking a fabulous botanical swimming pool and we are adding new water features outside the main restaurant.

We anticipate the re-development project to be fully completed by December 2017 at which time we look forward to welcoming both old friends of Hemingways Watamu and new guests who we have not had the pleasure of hosting before.

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