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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 22 February 2013

Hemingways does keep up with the name. Excellent property .The beach lives up to the standards, clean with clear crystal blue waters. Very impressed overall. The staff is over friendly and made our stay in Paradise even better. rooms on the north wing need a little renovations to match the rooms on the south wing. Keep up with the good...

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beijing
Reviewed 12 February 2013

In brief: Having heard good things, even from family members, the current reality was a shock. A visit for dinner was spoilt by the condescending attitude displayed to customers by certain staff. I saw a plate of sashimi pass destined for a table, I asked what the fish was. I was told wahoo. Mmmmm. Wahoo flesh is white not dark...

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Hemingways C, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear SD, Thank you for choosing to visit Hemingways for an evening dinner during your holiday in Watamu and we are truly sorry that you did not enjoy your meal. I have double checked with our Executive Chef who has confirmed that we served two separate items last week; we had a white fish (wahoo and dorado) carpaccio on the...

Exeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 February 2013

During a recent work trip to Kenya I took a weekend off to stay at Hemingways in Watamu. It was everything it promised to be, the location was stunning, the beaches are amazing, the hotel had such a lovely atmosphere that made you feel at home and very welcome. The staff were very friendly always there when you needed them,...

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vancouver
Reviewed 6 February 2013

Set on a wonderful beach in a stunning unspoilt part of the world, Hemingways is a total gem. And the best thing - They keep their drink prices really reasonable!! $1.25 for a great local Dawa cocktail! The food is superb, fresh and local, and the fishing is beyond belief - truly a great area to fish, with great captains...

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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Nickm007, It was great having you and your wife at Hemingways as well! Thank you so much for the kind remarks. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory. I have shared your kind remarks with the George, Hassan and Mohammed and they are happy they met your expectations. We look forward...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 25 January 2013

I Stayed at the Hemingways Resort in Watamu, from the 9th to 16th December with my wife. First of all Watamu itself is a breathtakingly beautiful place, the hotel is situated right at the beach, and from arrival you are welcomed warmly by the hotel staff at reception. Check-in was straight forward and quite quick. The hotel are amazing and...

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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Rmwanga, It was great having you and your wife at Hemingways as well! Thank you so much for the kind remarks. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory. I have shared your kind remarks with the chef and the entire team and they are happy they met your expectations. We look...

Hexham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 January 2013

This hotel is at a very high standard. The rooms are lovely with excellent views. The food was more than memorable - an excellent menu, beautifully presented and delicious. The hotel facilitates interesting excisions. It is a great place to stay.

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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Kate, It was great having you at Hemingways as well! Thank you so much for the kind remarks. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory. We look forward to hosting you again soon, and this time round, not only to Hemingways Watamu but also to Hemingways Nairobi, our 45 all suite...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 6 January 2013

This was my first time staying here. Stayed for a few days with my friend and we both agree that this hotel is definitely the best we've been to at the coast. Excellent service, great activities and very friendly people. The beach is magnificent and the view from our room was lovely. We will definitely be back soon.

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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Janet, It was great having you at Hemingways as well! Thank you so much for the kind remarks. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory. We look forward to hosting you and your friends again soon, and this time round, not only to Hemingways Watamu but also to Hemingways Nairobi, our...

Washington DC
Reviewed 2 January 2013

Back to Hemingways after a few years away, this time with the family. Needless to say, we had a great time. The team here is fantastic - they are attentive, friendly and willing to help. The food was excellent - we enjoyed the generous buffets, afternoon teas, and amazing desserts. The location is unrivaled. The rooms, all overlooking the Watamu...

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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Inamd, Thank you so much for the kind remarks about Hemingways Watamu. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory. I have shared your kind comments to Jeff, Chef Omar and the team and we are glad you and your family had a great time with us. We look forward to hosting...

Lagos, Nigeria
Reviewed 2 January 2013

Overall great experience! Spent New Year's Eve here & the party was awesome food was excellent, I take my hat of to the head chef Omar splendid food all round. Be sure to take a flight direct to Malindi from Nairobi as the 2 hour drive from Mombasa can be tiring. All in all a good & relaxing experience, fab...

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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Sophia, Thank you so much for the kind remarks about Hemingways Watamu. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory. I have shared your kind comments to Jeff, Chef Omar and the team and they have very fond memories of you as well. We are glad you had a good time with...

Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 1 January 2013

First of all, the service is flawless. From the moment you set foot on the hotel to the moment you leave you feel really taken care of. Every member of the staff seems genuinely keen on providing top notch service. Also, our special dietary needs were handled really well. We booked a deluxe room located on the second floor at...

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Hemingways C, Director of Sales at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear J_Eliasson Dear Gullina, Thank you so much for the kind remarks about Hemingways Watamu. We are glad we made a lasting impression, and made your holiday a lasting memory. I have passed your kind comments to Chef Omar and he is delighted that his meals met and surpassed your expectations. I am glad our service was good and we...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hemingways is nestled on one of the world's top ten beaches and few places can compare for relaxation. Every one of our 74 rooms offers an views of the ocean and the endless white sands of of the Watamu Marine Park. Gentle sea breezes tame the hot equatorial sun keeping the tropical landscape surrounding the gardens, pools and terraces cool and comfortable. Simple yet luxurious this very personal hotel has tradtional thatched roofs, white washed walls and uses bright local materials for decor and furnishings. Friendly helpful service in a relaxed and elegant setting where mobile phones are silent and stress has no place. Our chefs make the best possible use of the abundant offerings of the Indian Ocean, the delicious organic meats and an abundance of home grown fruits and vegetables from our farms. Special diets are happily catered for; let us know what you need. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hemingways Watamu

Address: P.O. Box 267, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Hotel Class:5 star — Hemingways Watamu 5*
Number of rooms: 74
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Also Known As:
Hemingways Hotel Watamu
Hemingways Hotel Malindi
Hemingways Resort Malindi
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Watamu
#7 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#10 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
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